Anarchy in the USA: Ron Paul and the Sex Pistols on Jay Leno Tonight

…in just a few minutes.

Update: see the comments for some reactions. I’m sure YouTube video will be circulating before too long. Actually, it’s up now, though it might be taken down quickly if the Tonight Show lawyers get wind of it. Hat tip to Jackson posting at Reason for the link.

Update 2: here’s Jesse Walker’s take on the Sex Pistols’ bit.


7 thoughts on “Anarchy in the USA: Ron Paul and the Sex Pistols on Jay Leno Tonight

  1. Xenos October 31, 2007 / 3:33 am

    According to Jeff Frazee on the Ron Paul facebook group, Ron did great. Can’t wait to see it.

  2. Cascadian October 31, 2007 / 3:39 am

    For Kriminy sakes, blog it. I’m on the West Coast and have to wait three hours.

  3. Elise Crimsfield October 31, 2007 / 4:41 am

    I’m on west coast just saw it on satellite. Ron paul did a great job of getting his message through in such a short time. he said, “I tend to lean towards a flat tax… of zero”. I found it erie that they showed a clip of Tom Cruise right before Ron was to come on where the actor states “Iraq is a threat”. Well thats corporate sponsorship for you.

  4. Daniel McCarthy October 31, 2007 / 4:44 am

    The image of Ron Paul shaking hands with Johnny Rotten might one day be as iconic as Nixon’s meeting with Elvis.

    Ron was great and really got to say a lot of substance on Iraq, monetary policy, entitlements, you name it. Quite a contrast to Fred Thompson’s vapidity when he announced his campaign on the show a few months back.

  5. Xenos October 31, 2007 / 4:50 am

    “The image of Ron Paul shaking hands with Johnny Rotten might one day be as iconic as Nixon’s meeting with Elvis.”

    One can only hope.

  6. Daniel McCarthy October 31, 2007 / 5:54 am

    For those who missed it, not only was Paul great in his own segment, but the Sex Pistols performed a powerful rendition of — what else? — “Anarchy in the UK.” “That’s appropriate for you,” Leno said to Paul before the band began. At one point during the song, Johnny Rotten said “hello Mr. Paul,” but then pointed his rear end at him, so it was ambiguous as to whether it was a friendly shout-out, an insult, or an appropriately punk combination of the two. Shortly after that, Rotten said, “When will we get out of Iraq,” and seemed to be posing the question in Dr. Paul’s direction. Again, it was a little ambiguous as to whether this was meant to be friendly or not — Rotten’s mannerisms put a negative spin on it, but then, his mannerisms are meant to put a negative spin on everything. I think, within the bounds of the Sex Pistols’ ethos, it was all intended to show solidarity. Maybe Rotten will talk a bit about it at some point.

  7. veteransabroad October 31, 2007 / 10:44 am

    My analysis of the Tonight Show appearance:

    Ron Paul basically suggested (without directly saying it) to Giuliani that he consider him as a VP candidate.

    This was, of course, in the context that RP will run as a 3rd Party candidate if he loses the nomination and is not part of the winning ticket.

    Of course Giuliani is not going to be taking Paul as VP, so the 3rd Party run will happen.

    When Giuliani sees 5% of Americans polling for Ron Paul next summer, he will have to talk a lot of Libertarian talk to bring the surge down.

    The key for us freedom lovers, is to make sure that many of us are then irrevocably inserted into a Giuliani Administration BEFORE the general election.

    We have to make sure we remove the Evangelists and the Gender Feminists from power inside the Republican Party BEFORE the general election.

    Otherwise Hitlery gets elected and the Republican Party removes the Evangelists and Gender Feminists AFTER the general election.

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