Andrew Sullivan Endorses Ron Paul: ‘We Need More Decency Among Republicans’


Political blogger Andrew Sullivan has made an endorsement among this year’s ever-thinning field crop of GOP presidential contenders, and it’s none other than Ron Paul.

On his Daily Beast blog “The Dish,” Sullivan writes that, initially, he had his eye on Jon Huntsman, praising for the former governor of Utah’s tax reform proposals and his experience with foreign relations (particularly where China is concerned, as well as his level-headed approach and — as Sullivan puts it — his “conservative position” when it comes to global warming. However, Sullivan has been less than enthused with what he describes as Huntsman’s “mediocre campaign” and apparent inability to connect with voters on a widespread level.

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Sullivan is also sure to note that he does not support many of Paul’s “nuttier policy proposals,” adding that the candidate has “had associations in the past that are creepy when not downright ugly.” That said, he believes Paul is a candidate of principle, as well as one who remains consistent and genuine:

And I see in Paul none of the resentment that burns in Gingrich or the fakeness that defines Romney or the fascistic strains in Perry’s buffoonery. He has yet to show the Obama-derangement of his peers, even though he differs with him. He has now gone through two primary elections without compromising an inch of his character or his philosophy. This kind of rigidity has its flaws, but, in the context of the Newt Romney blur, it is refreshing. He would never take $1.8 million from Freddie Mac. He would never disown Reagan, as Romney once did. He would never speak of lynching Bernanke, as Perry threatened. When he answers a question, you can see that he is genuinely listening to it and responding – rather than searching, Bachmann-like, for the one-liner to rouse the base. He is, in other words, a decent fellow, and that’s an adjective I don’t use lightly. We need more decency among Republicans.

Agree? And, regardless of how you feel about Paul as a candidate compared to his GOP rivals, how do you predict he’d fare against Barack Obama?

h/t The Daily Beast

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