Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul’s foreign policy outlook isn’t so dissimilar to that of President Obama’s long-time pastor and mentor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, says Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Lane made the ideological connection between Paul and Wright, who claimed after the 9/11 attacks that “America’s chickens” had come home to roost.
“Well, I think one of the amazing things that this all shows that this is the Republican Party might be about to crown the winner of the Iowa caucuses, somebody with the foreign policy views of Jeremiah Wright,” Lane said. “Remember that? I mean, Ron Paul goes around blaming the United States for 9/11, etc., etc. So it is obvious he’s not going to be the nominee.”
According to Lane, a Paul win in Iowa would likely knock Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum out of the presidential race, since they’re so vested in the outcome of the Iowa caucuses.
“I think it’s a plus for Romney, it’s a plus for Gingrich,” Lane said of a possible Paul victory.
“But some of the other more marginal candidates will have to drop out simply because Bachmann staked her whole thing on Iowa, and so did Santorum. An interesting question was, does Rick Perry carry on after that? Probably, because he’s got the money and enough to survive into New Hampshire. But a Ron Paul victory with maybe Romney a second I think is — really puts Romney in a great position going into New Hampshire.”