Take, for instance, a special issue of the Ron Paul Political Report, published in June 1992, dedicated to explaining the Los Angeles riots of that year. "Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began," read one typical passage. According to the newsletter, the looting was a natural byproduct of government indulging the black community with "'civil rights,' quotas, mandated hiring preferences, set-asides for government contracts, gerrymandered voting districts, black bureaucracies, black mayors, black curricula in schools, black tv shows, black tv anchors, hate crime laws, and public humiliation for anyone who dares question the black agenda." It also denounced "the media" for believing that "America's number one need is an unlimited white checking account for underclass blacks."
The Paul camp may try to spin this by saying Ron Paul didn't write or see everything that went out in a newsletter bearing his name. But that's not going to wash. At worst, Paul is a racist, anti-Semitic loon. At best, as Kirchick puts it, he'll come off as "a naïve, absentee overseer, with minimal knowledge of what his underlings were doing on his behalf."