Republitarian Paul earns highest technology grade

CNET gave Ron Paul (R-TX) the highest grade (80%) of all the senators and representatives in their recently published technology voter guide (via Slashdot). Funny enough, he’s being attacked in his re-election bid by Democrat Shane Sklar on… wait for it… Internet-related votes:

Top-scoring politicians said some bills, especially ones that proponents couched in terms of protecting children from Internet dangers, were politically difficult to oppose.

Rep. Paul, a physician and Texas Republican, has been in a tense re-election campaign with Democratic cattle rancher Shane Sklar. Sklar has been running advertisements questioning Paul’s voting record–and especially focusing on Internet-related votes.

“It’s the No. 1 issue being used in the campaign against me,” said Paul, who has a reputation on Capitol Hill for putting principle before politics. “You do know when you’re voting a certain way that it may come back to politically haunt you in the campaign.”

Sklar’s Web site, for instance, says Paul “has repeatedly voted against legislation designed to catch online child predators”–without noting the constitutional objections that Paul raised at the time.

“I have a personal belief that the responsibility of raising kids, educating kids and training kids is up to the parents and not the state,” Paul said. “Once the state gets involved, it becomes too arbitrary.”

Sounds like Paul got some mighty timely ammo to put Sklar’s main campaign message to bed.

21 Comments
  1. It takes a full-grown adult with stregnth of character not to turn tail and run when people are saying you coddle paedophiles.
    Ron Paul=Hero

  2. I agree whole-heartedly with Matt on this.

    As a ‘pragmatist’ I recognize that political compromise and compromise of principle must always be wholly separate from one another. The former is a useful tool of acheiving goals.

    The latter is death.

  3. Shane Sklar is nothing but a slime bucket. Protecting the Constitution in Sklar’s book is tantamount to coddling pedophiles.

  4. I think the most amazing thing isn’t that Sklar is stooping this low, but rather that it isn’t working. In most places, “candidate x is against the children” is a winning blow, but not in Ron Paul’s district, apparently. Is there something in the water down there? If so, can I get some for the Mid-Michigan water supply?

  5. Ron Paul will win reelection with over 65% of the vote. It could be as high as 70%.

    Ron has an overwhelmingly Republican District. And he is well known and well-liked personally.

    District 14 voters think he’s a little “out there” on foreign policy. He is vulnerable on that front. But besides that they are with him.

    Even in Galveston, home to the Nation’s 2nd largest Mardi Gras, voters appreciate his libertarian streak.

    Mark my words, 65 to 70% vote for Ron on Tuesday.

    Eric Dondero – Ron Paul constituent
    Angleton, Texas

  6. On my street corner in Angleton, there’s two huge Ron Paul signs, and two puny Sklar signs. Sklar has run a very amateurish and badly funded campaign.

    The Dems have run far better candidates in the past against Ron.

  7. I remember some controversy a few months back about the LP putting up a candidate against Ron Paul. Did that ever happen?

  8. That’s news from years ago Paulie. Yes, the LP tried to put up a candidate against Ron in his early races, but in the last 4 years, the Texas LP has defacto endorsed Ron, and kept anyone from running against him.

    Kind of like in Michigan. The Libertarian Party has done the same for State Rep. Leon Drolet (an honorary LP member). They have defacto endorsed Leon for many years.

    One would only hope the LP would expand this policy, and become more relevant in American politics. And that we get the Republicans to do the same in instances like the Bob Smither race.

  9. LINK

    Probably his vote total will consist of his vote for himself and some ballot-box mistakes. Is he getting paid money to do this?

  10. The LPTX did not nominate Flynn, though he did run for nomination. Since we do it through conventions, they nominated NOTA over Flynn by a huge majority. (Flynn is from Dallas and wasn’t too well received by the folks in South Texas.)

  11. So I guess that means Flynn’s not on the ballot?

    I’m assuming not, since he would have had to petition in the absence of a political party nomination.

    BTW on another matter, just noticed this post further up in the comments which I fully agree with:

    As a ”˜pragmatist’ I recognize that political compromise and compromise of principle must always be wholly separate from one another. The former is a useful tool of acheiving goals.

    The latter is death.

  12. Sklar has run a very amateurish and badly funded campaign.

    The Dems have run far better candidates in the past against Ron.

    Sounds like it. I remember a few years back the national GOP was working to defeat him in the primary, and I think maybe even helped the Democrat in the general election.

  13. There was once a young man named Rick Sklar,
    Who once tried to attain office and raise the bar,
    But what he did do instead,
    Was to expose his own bed,
    And reveal to all his abilities and life as being subpar!

  14. There once was a man named Ron Paul
    Who made south Texans happy; not all
    A Libertarian named Flynn
    Who knew that he could not win
    Ran a race that no one can recall

  15. We got sent some anti-Paul pamphlets. It had a big picture of a marijuana leaf on the cover and said, “Ron Paul has a drug problem.” Inside was a picture of a over the top wanna-be rasta, next to a caption saying that Paul wanted to make it easier for, oh my gosh, “this person” to get marijuana, and harder for the elderly to get medicine. All this just because Paul is one of the few who says he’s for less government and less spending and more individual rights/responsibility, and then actually backs up his rhetoric with a consistent voting record. I may not agree with him on everything, but I still think he’s one of the best legislators out there and I’m proud that he represents my district.

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