After reading Newt Gingrich’s comments on Ron Paul today, I don’t know if I should feel vindicated or uncomfortable. Basically, Gingrich said Paul has never adequately explained how a newsletter published under his name had a 10-year run of publishing racist, anti-Semitic garbage — of which Paul claims to have been unaware.
When I wrote about the same thing on my old City Lights blog a few years ago, and then in a follow-up after some Paul fanatic posted a link to it seven weeks later, I was inundated with comments from all over the country. Unfortunately, comments posted to the old blog are now lost, but I had hundreds of them, many of them unbelievably rabid. I would see nothing like it until I wrote a column about the Tea Party last year.
And now Gingrich, God love him, is making the same points I made about Paul way back when. I hope he knows what he’s getting into. Here’s the piece I based my original blog post on. And here, also from the New Republic, is a recent compilation of Paul’s “most incendiary newsletters.” Enjoy.