Yakk wrote:So those who fell for his current screed are just guilty of not looking at his voting record, his previous statements, and his general history of being a nutjob -- I strongly suspect that the majority of his supporters don't know who they are supporting, and are enthused by the movement.
It could be that or it could be that they only looked up the parts they cared about (like his votes on taxation) and are either unsurprised or uncaring that someone that grew up in the 40s may have had (and may still have) racist views.
Yakk wrote:I don't get why you'd presume that he's honest about his views? Because he's charismatic and convincing?
That's an interesting question. The first answer I thought of is "because no one would pay him to say that," which his fundraising shows is demonstrably untrue. The second answer I came up with is "because he hasn't participated in a number of Congressional perks because of his principles." I don't think it's charisma (I hate
the sound of his voice, it's worse than Bush's), but I do agree that his support could stem from people focusing on the libertarian banner instead of the man waving it.