In Which Goldblog Inadvertently Gave Ron Paul a Talking Point

Ruh-roh.

From John Tabin in The American Spectator:

When I arrived late at the town hall event in Meredith, he was prefacing an answer to a question about Israel by expressing admiration for Zionist principles of independence and self-reliance, going on to say, of course, that Israel shouldn't get any US aid. (Paul, or someone on his staff, has clearly read this Jeffrey Goldberg post.) He went on to make a somewhat odd suggestion, which Felicia Sonmez of the Washington Post zeroed in on, that Israel should "become the Hong Kong of the Middle East, or something like that. You know, have a really affluent society." It's the "become" part that makes this strange; Israel is already more affluent and democratic than her neighbors.
On the way out, I overheard a late-middle-aged Ron Paul supporter, identifiable by button and sticker, talking to one of the Neturei Karta guys, saying that "The Zionist are godless atheists ... they only believe in themselves." Ron Paul may not hate Israel, but people who hate Israel sure seem to like Ron Paul.
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