thatmfguy wrote:Ron Paul can still be considered an option.
I'm surprised actually, at the state of affairs in Conservative America, that Paul's not more of a factor in the GOP race. For crying out loud, he's running against Romney, the bumbling, flip-flopping, free healthcare loving, pro-socialist, American job outsourcing, tax evading, draft dodging, closeted Democrat.
Yep...a democrat is a fine upgrade over an incompetent radical leftist....
I mean if you handed Clinton this congress he would have out tea-partied them...bigger cuts, slashed the deficit and ran a surplus...he was practical and not just an amateur idealist...he also had some experience in such things...governor I believe.
Ron Paul got hurt for following reasons....
1) GOP base is strong on the military...he is the old time isolationist...the 2 parties flipped...used to be the left were the interventionists and the right isolationists.
2) ALEX JONES....really really hurt him....his big catch on was with the conspiracy theorists...it became popular and Alex Jones would have him on...so Ron Paul was associated with them....this really killed him.
3)The RNC is really what the DNC was...big spending, pet projects, etc etc...Ron Paul has no part of it.
4)Media...the left wing media gave him way more exposure...using and playing up his "dissension" on foreign policy...they used him to legitimize their points against GOP defense rhetoric.
5)His rabid followers...like the Alex Jones connection...his followers were so rabid, so "pure blooded" that it turned off your average "I just want to live my life and not get so worked up over every damn thing" voter.
6)His refusal to play the game....by that I mean you would love what you hear from him and then BAM! He would say something that would shut you down and force a knee jerk dismissal of him...
For example he believes, correctly, that our current overreach of power in handling terrorism and it's vague language (you can define any citizen as a terrorist now) as unconstitutional...
Like that loser who shot up the theater...Ron Paul would say, correctly, that like it or not he must stand trial like any loser criminal...and not a member of AL-Queada.
He said it in a way that just handed editors a headline quote....something like "Ron Paul wants terrorists to have rights and stand civilian trial" (total paraphrasing...too lazy to find the articles right now).
What kills me Cranky is Ron Paul shouldn't be so special....MOST IF NOT ALL should agree with his positions...but he stands out like a sore thumb because so few politicians adhere to the constitution.