Scott Lingamfelter is attacking Ron Paul for his tweet on Chris Kyle's murder then he tries to raise his off of it. While many are up in arms over Paul's comment, he's now retired and not currently holding office. Nor does he live in Virginia or sought any influence in Virginia. Our gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, has studiously worked to bring many of the liberty movement into the Republican Party. Paul's tweet was, to even his staunchest support, at best ill-phrased and at worst down-right offensive. If Lingamfelter felt the need to express his opinion on Paul, that would be fine. Its his right to do so, and I wouldn't think twice about it. Sometimes the hardest part about being a Ron Paul supporter is Ron Paul himself.
I have two big problems with Lingamfelter's little tantrum. First, don't throw your military service in everyone's face like you were the only person to ever serve. Someone needs to remind the good delegate that Ron Paul also served in uniform and took the same oath that Lingamfelter did. Also, someone should remind Lingamfelter that the Constitution they both took an oath to uphold includes a certain first amendment that protects both Paul's right to tweet whatever he wants and Lingamfelter to respond however he wants. Lingamfelter's outrage and demand that everyone, including Cuccinelli, denounce Paul is laughable. In pure politics, Scott is taking an issue that means nothing in this contest but alienating voters from him. Nobody is going to say, "holy shit, Scott Lingamfelter attacked Ron Paul, now I HAVE to spend an entire day in Richmond to help him win a part-time office with no real power."
I could even let that go if he had just stopped there. But to turn around and use this "outrage" as a way to get people to support his race for LG tipped it for me. I was actually giving Lingamfelter a strong look, but that little post-script at the end about Rand Paul "trying to paper over" his father was it for me. Rand didn't try and paper over anything, he said he believed Kile was a hero and that was the end of it. Lingamfelter has now gone out of his way to tell anyone who supports either Ron or Rand Paul (not always the same people, btw) that not only does he not want our support, but he does not want us in the Republican Party! I have always had respect for Lingamfelter and was giving him serious consideration of support. But since apparently he doesn't want me in the Republican Party (even though I've voted in every primary since 2000 and been to every convention since 2008), he can pound sand.
I hope you enjoy your fourth place finish in May, Scott. We won't forget this.