Friday, January 6, 2012

A thoroughly disgusting ad

A new ad--from a group of apparent Ron Paul supporters--targets the man at the back of the pack: Jon Huntsman. In it, pictures of his family are used and the rather senseless question is posed: "American values? Or Chinese?"

For those unaware, Huntsman--a former ambassador to China--has adopted children who are Chinese. And he even has the audacity to be fluent in the Chinese language!

This kind of garbage from a bunch of knuckle-draggers makes Ron Paul look like a fool. His campaign has denied any involvement in the ad and--in fact--objected to it fully:
“The video was utterly distasteful and no one who actually supports Dr. Paul’s principles would have made it,” she said.
I have to believe that Paul would not be stupid enough to have his hand in this, so I take him at hos word. But this points to a problem Paul has: he attracts wing nuts. He really does. Some of this is his own doing (see the Paul newsletters) and some of it stems from--I think--the tendency of tinfoil to attract other tinfoil, especially given how long Paul has been wearing his.

Regardless, I don't think it's enough for Paul to simply say he had nothing to do with the ad. He needs to make damn sure the people behind it have no linkages to him or his campaign staff, whatsoever. And a big fat apology (and maybe a nice fruitbasket or two) to Huntsman wouldn't hurt, either.

But really, could the clowns behind this ad be any dumber? Targeting Huntsman? To what end? Morons.

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