The denizens of the Beltway “libertarian” crowd are largely legends in their own minds: Ron Paul, on the other hand, is a real world person, a nine-term Republican congressman from the Gulf coast of Texas who has nonetheless managed to maintain his unblemished record of libertarian integrity. Paul, as Gillespie would have it, is “too stupid to realize that’s not how politics works.” Here we have a former editor of “Suck” lecturing America’s most successful libertarian politician on how politics works: it’s laughable. Paul’s entire career in politics is a living reproach to the cynicism of Gillespie and his fellow wannabe “libertarian pundits, and that’s why they get wheeled out to sneer at him.
I linked three examples, above, but there are many more. I've recognized for a long time that any and all of these kinds of pundits will sacrifice principles for popularity every time. Q&O is a pathetic example, as they really aren't even that popular. Paul has, at least -- honestly, and with integrity -- always stated his principles (some of which differ substantially from mine), done his very best to act in accordance with them, and will explain clearly and frankly to anyone who doubts.
This all may very well not amount to much, so the poseurs could one day have their "told-you-so" moment. Yea, that's what I live for. It's so important to cynically predict the future and be right. Wow. Ooh, & ah.