There is increasing attention being paid to old newsletters which went out under Congressmen Ron Paul’s name in the 1990’s when he was more Libertarian than Republican. They are awful and his excuse for letting them pass without censoring the racism in them is limp.
That said, I think this post in Sullivan’s blog which includes several defenses from Ron Paul supporters arguing that Paul is the only friend Blacks have among the GOP candidates is pretty persuasive.
Still, Paul has flaky economic ideas that will rule him out as my candidate. And Don’t tell me that since he will never be able to persuade Congress to enact his flaky economic ideas I shouldn’t worry about his getting elected.