Stipulated: Ron Paul is not God. He’s not infallible. He’s a politician. If you’re one for whom that defines him as “playing on the other team”, I’m not talking to you, now. You may be right, but that’s not the topic at hand.
But Dr. Paul has been walking the limited Constitutional government walk for longer than some Tea Partiers have been alive. He has earned respect for that. You may disagree with specific positions Paul has taken through the years. But if you make a statement equivalent to “Ron Paul = [snarl word]” (racist, lunatic, whatever), you’ve just outed yourself as an Establishment Republican shill. You’ve exposed yourself as somebody who does not take the cause of liberty seriously.
And you aren’t a Tea Partier. It may be theoretically possible for somebody to challenge Paul in a primary and say, “He’s done a lot, but I can do it better.” One could even argue that the cause of American liberty requires the government to enslave Americans to fight jihadis overseas. That’s a pretty tough sell, but it’s a legitimate argument. But if that person disses what Dr. Paul has done and does not carefully model his campaign on the same principles, he may as well be working for George Soros.
This means you, Ace, and most of your co-bloggers and commenters, You too, Dondero. And most of you Reasonoids. You’re ridiculous fakes and ought to STFU, now.