Moments like this make me wish that McCain and I didn’t disagree on so many issues. There’s another great exchange over Vietnam on YouTube.
Jim Geraghty comments on McCain and Paul over at The Campaign Spot:
Win: John McCain. Seemed to be front and center throughout the night. I agree with Thompson on the immigration policy proposals, but disdain any nativist tone, the kind that drips from every pore of Tancredo. McCain spoke like a grownup during that segment, as well as the discussion on interrogation/torture. As I said earlier, in a noisy room, he dominated by speaking softly. Ron Paul wanted to be taken seriously, and tonight McCain took him seriously by head-butting him on the Iraq war.
…Another troubled night: Did Ron Paul really refer to the Trilateral Commission? Sorry, talk like that won’t expand his base of support. For every guy who is up to speed on conspiracy theories and finds them plausible, two voters start thinking of the cigarette-smoking man from the X-Files. I was ready to give him a second look; didn’t win me over tonight.
Just got an e-mail from one of his charming supporters: “PAUL WASN’T EVEN CLOSE TO BLAMING AMERICA YOU STUPID IGNORANT SOCIALIST LOVING CONSTITUTION HATING DUMB***. PULL YOUR HEAD OUT… **** FOR BRAINS!!!” Well, that persuaded me.
I feel your pain Jim.