Posted Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at 1:21 PM
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North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones has made a second career out of an early mistake. Ten years ago, it was Jones who came up with the bright idea of renaming the "French fries" in the House cafeteria. To save the innocent fried potatoes from being associated with France, Jones coined the term "freedom fries." And then the war went south. Jones turned into a single-issue congressman, voting against any appropriations that didn't bring the troops home.
Via Zaid Jilani, Jones took this message to a conference put on by Young Americans for Liberty, the youth wing of Ron Paul's campaign groups. At 43:40, he gets real:
Congress will not hold anyone to blame. Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in hell right now because of the Vietnam War. He probably needs to move over for Dick Cheney."
Jones gets a semi-serious challenge every other year. This will help make up a challenger's mind. Notice, too, that the Paulians in the audience whoop it up at Jones's zinger.