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Ron Paul Has Eyes for Red Headed Stranger

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) may have ended his presidential campaign, but the libertarian gadfly isn't exactly going quietly into the good night. Not without a lot of smoke, anyway.

Former libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul hopes to attract Willie Nelson to perform at his shadow convention in Minneapolis in September.

Paul, the only presidential candidate currently on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list (8 weeks in a row) - of course, Barack Obama has been on the paperback bestseller list since the dawn of time - is not only planning a book event during the Republican National Convention in September, he's planning a one-day shadow convention that could well be the wildest party of the entire week. Especially if a certain famous pot-smoking, bandana-wearing, long-haired, libertarian-leaning country star accepts Paul's invitation to perform.

Yes, you guessed it: Willie Nelson.

The Paul campaign, which has morphed into a grass-roots movement called the "Campaign for Liberty" -- is on pins and needles (and roach clips) awaiting Nelson's response.

"We would be thrilled if Willie Nelson could come and he has an open invitation to join us," says Paul spokesman Jesse Benton. (Benton, by the way, prefers that we refer to Paul as the politician who would "get rid of the federal ban on marijuana" rather than as the "pro-pot politician".)

Besides inviting Nelson, who is unconfirmed, Benton says the Ron Paul shadow convention decided to ask MSNBC's Tucker Carlson to be the emcee. And Carlson, a longtime libertarian, has accepted.

"When Ron Paul calls and asks you to emcee you don't say no," Carlson tells The Sleuth. "I'm sure it'll be a good time and I love the libertarians." (Sources say even Carlson, a responsible father and husband these days, would likely toke up if Willie showed up to perform in Minneapolis.)

Others you might see at the Ron Paul convention include such longtime friends of the congressman as Barry Goldwater, Jr. and Pat Buchanan.

Paul decided to have his own convention since he hasn't been invited yet to have a speaking role at the real GOP convention. And he isn't holding his breath for an invitation, either. "He has not been invited to speak and we are not expecting that invitation to come," Benton says.

As for the Ron Paul convention, Benton says it "isn't a protest or anything negative about the Republican convention. It's going to be a celebration. We want to celebrate limited government and constitutional liberty."

Presumably, it will be BYOP (as in, bring your own pot).

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 30, 2008; 5:46 PM ET
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Roach Clips? Come on. Nobody has used such a thing since like 1979 when high school girls used them as hair accessories. If you're trying to invoke marijuana cultural references, that one's a bit dated.

Posted by: VeganMilitia | June 30, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Does the Post actually pay you to write this trash? What an abysmal waste of money and space.

Posted by: FMJohnson | June 30, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, there is a large segment of the population that agrees this man's line of thinking and marginalizing us by trying to label us as pot smokers goes to show how uninformed you are as a journalist. Please treat libertarians with respect - its what we do to big government liberals, big government conservatives and big government journalists... Be objective in your writing sir, this article does not refelect professional journalism worthy of the post.

Posted by: Constitution DEFENDER | June 30, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Pardon me, maam. It was an error to call you sir.

Posted by: Constitution DEFENDER | June 30, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I live in Arizona and I see more signs for Ron Paul than I have for all other candidates put together. I haven't seen a McCain bumper sticker yet, and this is the state he represents.

But I've seen a very few Obama stickers, and I see a lot of Ron Paul stickers. Ron Paul is really loved out here. I've talked to old time establishment Republicans who won't vote for McCain... So who knows...

Posted by: Arizona | June 30, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul would be a great President! Unfortunately, the main stream media won't allow him the publicity. The evil 2-party system will do whatever to make sure no other party gets the main news. Journalists are hog-washed with blinders and are merely puppets to the 2 party enterprise. And I agree with others, I believe this article is poorly written to which it smears libertarians as pot smokers. Just another media twist and Mary Ann should apologize for the insinuation! I am absolutely POSITIVE that there are pot smokers among ALL parties and walks of life!

Posted by: Ed in MD | July 1, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Hahahahahah. I get it. POT. The Libertarians smoke POT. HA! FUNNY STUFF!!!MAK who knew that you could "SLEUTH" out these "under the radar" stories AND make such over the top funny drug references TOO! George Carlin is smiling down on you.

The only thing that would be a wilder-crazy drug crazed lunatics would be if say like the Dead got back together and supported a candidate.

Posted by: Dakota | July 1, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Obama and McCain still needs good vice presidents, though, and there is a weekly poll at that has results worth looking at.

Posted by: Herm | July 1, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"this article does not refelect professional journalism worthy of the post."

Ha! What does any more?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Yeh, Paul's message amounts to smoking pot, right. The guy hasn't even smoked pot in his life. The point is that the drug war doesn't work and respecting freedom requires letting people have the freedom to make bad choices.

Hopefully you will get that journalist urge one day to research the person you are writing about. Maybe even learn about monetary policy, non-interventionist foreign policy, free-market economics, and possibly our constitution!

Or then again, you can continue to spew stories like this, amounting a campaign for liberty to a pot-smoking movement, denying you readership of facts and substance.

Posted by: Chad | July 1, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

If the Ron Paul supporters are just a bunch of pot smokers, we should legalize it, because they are the most motivated, intelligent, and participatory supporters I've ever seen! They must be doing someting right!

Posted by: Liberty | July 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I've heard of guilt by association but this is guilt by association of an association.
Paul to Willie to Pot
This isn't Behind the Scenes, this is beyond logic, behind the barn, below dignity and not above the best of stupid articles. In other matter how you look at it...the editor who permitted this needs to cut back on his medication. Sheesh.

Posted by: k. brahmer | July 1, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

While I do not doubt that the "war on drugs" is one of the less intelligent activities of the federal government, I do not think that it is the most important aspect of Ron Paul's message. More important are the following questions: Why does the U.S. spend more on defense than the rest of the world put together? and Why do we have military bases throughout the world?
I wish that Senator Obama would invite Ron Paul to give an address to the Democratic Convention. I, for one, would really enjoy it.

Posted by: h.hardgrave | July 1, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama? Obama wants to fukking invade Pakistan, what the fukk would he want with Wacky Ron?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Half his ideas are crazy, but at least he promotes some good policies.

The biggest issue is the economy and the both candidates seem to have rather weak backgrounds. Very scary! Many of their policies are absolutely absurd :(

Posted by: Jimbo | July 1, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind snarky journalists, I just get annoyed as a consumer about how DC journalists know that if they start getting snarky about approved establishment darlings, usually Democrats, their careers will not advance. Mary Ann knows which side her bread is buttered on. A little kidding of the 'sophisticated' folks who turn into Moonies when the topic is a certain political Messiah from Chicago has been sorely lacking . . . but then, so many of those neo-Moonies are themselves in the Beltway press corps . . . BS rules . . .

Posted by: Mark Richard | July 2, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Main stream media has never reported political issues, or any other issue for that matter, objectively. This journalist is just another mouth piece for the "powers that be". Why would any true libertarian think that what you read or watch from the national media would be a fair and objective perspective of the topic discussed? The media is just as corrupt as the government controllling it behind the scenes. The reference to pot (how many times) in the article is an insult to the reader's intelligence and an abomination to those of us who want to protect the right to free speech. It's time to draw on the energy from 1776, stand up for our constitutional rights and the principles this country was founded on!
Mary Ann's article enforces the need for libertarian's to NOT sit idle during this election process while mindless voters throw a dart to decide whether to put tweedle dee or tweedle dumb in the white house. Unless of course, the election has already been decided and we just haven't quite figured that out yet.

Posted by: Wisconsin | July 2, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Another distraction for the American people to lose their focus on the important issues the nation faces: the economy, foreign policy, national defense, taxation, health care, the environment, education, infrastructure of the country, medicare, social security, immigration, campaign election reform, government ethics reform.

If Americans want real change in government, vote for a candidate who is not a member of the Democratic or Republican party. Electing a President from a third party will be a wake-up call to the entrenched politicians in Washington who are continuously bribed with campaign money by special interest groups.

We as a people are too distracted by the singularity of the candidate instead of the party ideology that controls the candidate. End the Democratic and Republican two party crime syndicate and return America back to its people.

Posted by: OldNavySailor | July 2, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Don't Democrats and Republicans smoke pot too? Clear the air!!!

Posted by: Freedomman | July 2, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Don't Democrats and Republicans smoke pot too? Let's clear the air!!

Posted by: Freedomman | July 2, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Whoa man, I heard that the rough drafts of the Constitution were written on hemp paper. That, like, means that if you, like, support and defend it you're a stoner, man. I forget about all the other things that the document, like, says because I read them more than five minutes ago.

It must be fun to take pot shots at a people because they defend our nations founding principles. I just wish the Post would have the courage to run front page stories on the 4th explaining how the current crop of political leaders and journalists are so much smarter than the founding fathers.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Ron Paul would have made the best president ever. Such integrity! Maybe BJ Lawson will fill Paul's big shoes someday in the future. Donna (NC)

Posted by: Donna | July 4, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Before posting a comment, I read the Post's directions: "We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features."

No analysis required - Mary Ann's posts aren't worthy of the time. Mary Ann needs to grow up.

Posted by: Blue | July 4, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

You call yourself a reporter? I'd fire you in a heart beat if you worked for me. Get real Lady!
As long as your making all these references to pot you missed a good one as in GRASS-roots movement.

Posted by: Glen | July 5, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

pshaw.. like the "War on Drugs" has had any positive effect. It just created a bunch of gubment jobs and put the dark skinned folks in prison where the GOP likes them to be. Paul and Barr are right.

Posted by: huck | July 7, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

We need to really examine Congress carefully and look at everyone who voted for the FISA bill. Who voted for the Reauth of the Patriot Act? Who voted for H.R. 1955, and who's going to vote for S. 1959
(Check votes on

We need to get these people off the ballot, and here's how to do it

I will be there September 2nd. I wouldn't miss it.

If you would like to know more about H.R. 1955 or S. 1959 check out

Posted by: Some Guy | July 8, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Mary Anne Akers seems to think that Ron Paul supporters are really into pot, or at least it she wants you to think that.

Posted by: Jeremy | July 8, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Nice hit piece. It will come back to bite her some day. If America becomes a fascist country she will have the honor of helping that along.
BTW I hope no one is will be smoking pot while I am there I can't stand the stuff but I would not forcibly take it away.

Posted by: DJ | July 8, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"of course, Barack Obama has been on the paperback bestseller list since the dawn of time"

Akers you hack. Do you actually get paid to write this bile?

"The Paul campaign ... is on pins and needles (and roach clips)"

You call yourself "The Sleuth?" Seriously? What kind of sleuthing did you do for this article? Who are these mysterious "Sources" you describe? Alas, you are only a blogger and not a real journalist. Why research facts from credible sources when you can just make up rumors, inject a few insults, and string together nuggets of crap?

You are a failure as a writer, and this 'article' doesn't even belong on a My Space page.

Posted by: The People | July 9, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

You call yourself a journalist? Pathetic.

Posted by: Jon | July 15, 2008 4:35 AM | Report abuse

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