If you are tired of the gaseous bigotry of Rush Limbaugh and the verbose
inability of Mitt Romney (the "weather vane") to directly criticize
Limbaugh, check out the hearing about the State Department budget from
Feb. 29. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Rep. Ron
Paul (R-Texas) exchanged civil and respectful words about President
Obama's recent apology regarding Afghanistan. This exchange suggests why
Ron Paul runs better against Obama than most other Republicans, why
Hillary Clinton towers above all other national political figures in
popularity, and why other Republicans could learn a lot from Ron Paul
about how they could avoid the landslide defeat that might be
I agree with the president and Clinton about the apology and deplore the fanatical hyper-partisan Republicans who are driving the GOP on what I have called a death march. I applaud the ability of Ron Paul to avoid demagoguery about the apology, conduct a mutually respectful discussion with Secretary of State Clinton and use the moment to advance a serious debate about foreign policy.
In this case, three cheers for both Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul for conducting the kind of civil discourse that voters deserve.