Jon Stewart has been noting this for weeks now on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), so when he had Paul on his show he decided to see if he could help him spruce up his image and get noticed.
Our favorite look was when Stewart dropped Paul's face onto Sarah Palin's body. Not only did he inherit her luxurious locks, but he got her bus redesigned with his name on it. Looks like a winner to us. Tina Fey may need to start working on her Ron Paul impression.
When CNN decided to name its second Republican Party debate the Tea Party Debate, you just knew things were bound to get weird. But in an evening that featured ten minutes worth of heated discussion about the HPV vaccine as the vultures circled newly-crowned frontrunner Rick Perry, one unsettling incident stood out out as the signature moment of the evening. Televised debates rarely veer into such dramatic -- and unsettling -- territory.
CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question about health care to libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul: say a 30-year-old man gets struck with a catastrophic illness, but has made the choice to not buy healthcare. Who should pay for his care, if he's, say, in a coma?
Harking back to his campaign's themes of personal responsibility and minimal government, Paul started to answer that the man had made a choice to go without healthcare, and it wasn't society's responsibility to foot the bill. "That's what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody" is the basis of a "welfare state," he said, drawing big applause from the crowd.
"But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?" asked Blitzer.
And that's when a significantly smaller portion of the audience started clapping and yelling, "Yeah!" It was hard to tell if it was just a few, very loud people who were rooting for this hypothetical man to die, or a wider portion of the audience, but it was a strange, chilling moment nonetheless. Paul went on to say no, the man should not be left to die, expressing confidence that he would be saved by some combination of volunteerism, churches contributing to the man's care and hospitals treating people for free. But the optics, and audio, of the moment overrode anything else he said.
Check out the video after the jump, and tell us what you think the moment means.
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Last season saw Kirstie Alley charm the American public with her resilient 60-year-old moves, Chelsea Kane go from Disney star to 'Dancing' dynamo and Hines Ward win it all. Which celeb has it in 'em this fall to top Kane's Viennese Waltz? Alley's sexy Samba?
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"There is a law on the books that says you are not allowed to counterfeit, and the biggest counterfeiter in the world is the Federal Reserve," Paul said, continuing to go after America's central bank. "They just print money, trillions of dollars, and they give it out to their friends."
If this is true, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke must be one popular guy.
Paul stopped by 'Morning Joe' (weekdays, 6 AM on MSNBC) where Joe Scarborough asked the libertarian congressman if he thinks he can be elected president.
"You always take that risk when you put your name on the ballot," Paul quipped, eliciting laughter. Then he pointed out that despite his strident and often iconoclastic views he has been elected to congress 11 times.
As for Trump calling him out?
"Somebody said 'how many times has Donald Trump been elected?' Paul continued. "Does he really have the right to go and criticize others (by) saying they're unelectable?"
Smart money would say that neither Paul nor Trump would have any chance of being elected president. However, any feud that could potentially pit Donald Trump's runaway ego against Ron Paul's fervent fan base is only to be encouraged.
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