Ron Paul Calls Sarah Palin a “Country Club Republican” …and He’s Right!

In an interview with Politico, Ron Paul is touted as the current leader in the GOP on domestic policy issues.  The excellent article highlights his struggles with mainstream Republicans who only follow his lead on issues when they are not in power.

However, Ron Paul has angered the Republican establishment by labeling Sarah Palin as what she is: a typical Republican candidate.

As for soon-to-be departing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Paul dismisses her supporters as “more establishment, conventional Country-Club type of Republicans.”

“I wonder whether she’s energizing the 15-20 year olds,” Paul muses. “That would be a question I would have. Because she doesn’t talk about the Federal Reserve and some of these issues. She doesn’t talk too much about personal liberties, civil liberties, getting rid of drug laws, attacking the war on drugs, punishing people who torture.

I then read a blog titled Libertarian Republican where Palin supporter Editor Eric Dondero tries to offer the same defense that the Republican mainstream offers of Palin:

For the record, there is no recorded instance of Sarah Palin ever being a member of a Country Club. In fact, in Alaska, there are numerous Hunting Clubs, Fishing Clubs, Swimming Clubs, and Boating Clubs, but only one single Country Club: Cottonwood Country Club in the Kenai. LR has not found any evidence to suggest that she, nor her husband Todd have ever been members of Cottonwood, nor any other country club in the Lower 48.

Any time a critic of Palin suggests that she is not prepared to be a leader in this country her defenders argue that she is a gun-toting, fishing, laid back person. However, there are a lot of politicians who can be described this way and yet still place partisanship over principle — exactly as Palin does.

Dondero then quotes another blog that suggests the following:

Ron Paul accuses Sarah Palin supporters of being country club republicans. That’s funny (and patently untrue) because Ron Paul and his wife Carol are Lifetime Members of the Lake Jackson Country Club. It is located on Highway 332 in between Lake Jackson and Brazoria.If anything, country club republicans despise her.

Both this blogger and Dondero are missing the point: Ron Paul is not really talking about country club membership, but rather the type of follower one attracts. Palin will attract the establishment because she sucks up to them. The fact that Ron Paul belongs to a country club means nothing because he has a record of consistent opposition to big government and people in his party who vote for big government. Ron Paul attracts a new kind of Republican, while Sarah Palin is simply a standard Republican who will give us bigger government.

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