Posted by Brad @ 9:53 am on May 26th 2007

Ron Paul on Real Time

Here it is. More of a drive-by than I thought it was going to be, and all just Paul for the most part (Affleck and O’Rourke just listen), but I think the more people see of him, the better he looks. He doesn’t have a great TV presence in the way that, say, Barack Obama does, or Bill Clinton did. He doesn’t have that grand, sweeping, slick way about him. But the more you watch him, the more he’s got this genuine, humble charm to him. He seems like a guy who does what he does for all the right reasons; because he believes in it and wants, in his small way, to make America a better place. He seems incapable of grandstanding and, if not uncomfortable, than at least a bit uneasy in the spotlight. But, if he doesn’t put these principles out there, who will? And so he trucks on, and just stays committed to finding the positive in what must be a pretty grueling and thankless career.

Somebody once said (maybe it was O’Rourke), that the first disqualifier for a potential president is them wanting to be president (bad paraphrase). Here’s a guy that qualifies.

Anyway, it’s a good clip. And check out the reactions. He’s a rock star.


  1. …is their wanting to be President.

    Comment by weltschmerz — 5/26/2007 @ 3:22 pm

  2. Yeah, you’re right about the drive-by aspect of it. Why the heck couldn’t he have just been a regular guest? He didn’t have 50 minutes to kill, getting more air time from a more friendly audience than he’s likely to often see? And then the rest of the show it was just two guests! 3 guests gives more diversity of persectives and personalities – but it has the problem that usually one of the three guests is a comedian or some political know-nothing who just makes a bunch of asinine comments. My hope with this episode is that we’d have a case where all the guests were bright people.

    Oh, and god love Michael Moore for showing up to tell us about what a travesty it is that we don’t have socialized medicine.

    Comment by weltschmerz — 5/26/2007 @ 3:33 pm

  3. Paul’s best TV appearance ever…VERY strong, I thought. He’s certainly got more camera presence than P.J.. The entire episode is worth watching, if for no other reason than the panelists reactions to the continual misbehavior of the four or five Ron Paul diehards who somehow snuck into the studio audience.

    And, in passing, a really remarkable generation of Maher at his syncophantic worst. A month ago, when Ron Paul was just a Republican Congressman, Maher could do nothing but throw tomatoes at him. Now Paul has done something Maher liked, and Maher can only throw softballs. There ARE people who can do actual nuanced, interactive interviews, but Maher ain’t one of them–his only two gears are suck-up and attack dog.

    Comment by Rojas — 5/28/2007 @ 10:48 pm

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