Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky may be the only Republican who can beat Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
(Clip from 2012, when Rand Paul was stopped by the TSA.)
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky may be the only Republican who can beat Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
(Clip from 2012, when Rand Paul was stopped by the TSA.)
He won the CPAC straw poll, he is second in the latest national poll, he leads in New Hampshire, the first in the nation primary and now he is the favorite among likely voters in the first in the nation Iowa Caucus.
Senator Rand Paul must be doing something right.
There are still a few of the snubs his father used to get. Policymic ignored him as a GOP contender, insisting with a straight face that he does not break into the top five contenders. (Condoleezza Rice who polls 3% in Iowa apparently meets the stringent Policymic threshold.) But no matter how the power brokers want things to be, Rand Paul, is proving to be popular with the masses, representing the first real political movement since Ronald Reagan.
While the views of the son, Rand Paul and the father, Ron Paul are sometimes different, both represent a strong sentiment against corruption. The poll in Iowa may show Rand’s campaign picking up right where his father’s campaign ended.
By the way, don’t let anybody tell you that Dr. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign of 2012 was for naught. Dr. Paul showed great appeal to Independents, Youth and Hispanics. It was the very crowd that eventually went to Obama and sealed the fate of the doomed GOP ticket. And it is the group that the GOP now needs for any resurgence.
Astonishingly, in 2012, the smug power brokers in the Republican Party ridiculed and broke their own rules to marginalize and hurt Dr. Paul and his followers. While publicly proclaiming a “big tent” to Youth and Hispanics, the GOP security guards cut off microphones to Ron Paul Hispanics at State Conventions and escorted duly elected young Ron Paul delegates off the floor of the RNC in Tampa. During the campaign, Governor Mitt Romney openly laughed at him. No one’s laughing now.
A recent poll conducted by the McKeon & Associates for Freedom to Choose PAC, found Dr. Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul, with a commanding lead over all other possible GOP, presidential contenders in the first in the nation contest in Iowa.
Here are the results of voters most likely to vote in the 2016 Iowa Caucus.
Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul 39%
Florida Senator, Marco Rubio 20%
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 11%
Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush 10%
La. Gov. Bobby Jindal 3%
Condoleezza Rice 3%
Support for Rand Paul among Independents likely to vote in the GOP Caucus was striking and bodes well for a general election contest. 67% favored the Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul. 30% favored Governor Chris Christie, all other candidates failed to muster any showing at all among these voters.
In 2012, the New York Times and all of the national network media declared Mitt Romney the winner of the Iowa Caucus. Only months later did they reverse themselves to say that Senator Rick Santorum had won. This blogger was told that it took threats from the Governor’s office and from fellow GOP leaders, before the Iowa State GOP Chairman would finally release the votes from selected counties that put Santorum over the top. The Chairman, a Mitt Romney supporter, resigned shortly after.
For the rest of the year, the New York Times, the Associated Press and all the major networks continued to show that Ron Paul had only 3 delegates from the Iowa Caucus. Meanwhile, national polls showed him doing better than all other GOP contenders – except for Romney – in a head to head face off with President Obama, and tied within the margin of error with Romney. These were ignored as the national media continued to marginalize Dr. Paul.
In fact, the Paul supporters openly declared that they, not Santorum, had won the Iowa delegation. They contended that if the news had been reported truthfully and the following contests had been allowed to take place according to GOP rules, Dr. Paul would have arrived as a force at a brokered RNC.
The final Iowa vote on the floor of the Republican National Convention was 22 for Dr. Ron Paul and 6 for former Governor Mitt Romney. In a final irony, Dr. Paul’s Iowa state co-chairman was voted in to replace the disgraced Romney operative who had been running the State GOP and had withheld votes to assure that his man would get media credit for a win he didn’t earn.
Most people want fairness and despise the expanding corruption that pervades American society from its food supply, to its national media, to its monetary system to its government relationship with Wall Street and K Street and yes, to the corruption of its two major political parties. What good is an election if the only two candidates to choose from are produced by a corrupt process? How is that really democratic or free?
This recent poll in Iowa is a good sign. It shows that the mood of the people is beginning to reach the flood stage. It shows that the corruption that has bankrupted this nation and made a very few, very rich at the expense of all the rest of us, has finally been exposed for what it is.
It shows that Rand Paul commands a following much bigger and much wider than his father ever had. But it also shows that his father’s campaign was more than Quixotic. Dr. Paul did not run in vain, and all of those thousands of people who were shut out or whose votes were thrown away, or whose bones were broken or whose election was nullified, did not give up a year of their lives in vain. Dr. Paul was the pace car. And now the real race for America’s future begins.
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Post Ron Paul: Where do we go now?
Don’t assume that Ron Paul is going to ride off into the sunset, with his cowgirl, Carol, at his side. He made it clear during his light hearted exchange with Jay Leno that he isn’t finished with us. And I, for one, am not finished with him either.
If Romney wins, Senator Rand Paul’s trajectory would be on hold and in 2016, Ron Paul, the father, would be the best primary challenger to a Republican establishment president, owned by the FED and the few.
Who else would have the guts to do it? And the media, who under normal circumstance would pan him, might let him have more than 89 seconds, just to have some fun – and some ratings – in an otherwise boring re-nomination process. Another run would help educate even more and fatten the Liberty Movement for Senator Rand Paul and the future in 2020.
Besides, this would be the best way to stand up to the corruption and dishonesty of the Republican establishment who runs the party like National Socialists. To let the abuse of Tampa go unanswered would be a mistake. “Remember the Maine.”
Is Ron Paul too old? Not for me. Konrad Andenauer , Germanys greatest leader of the last two centuries was in power at age 87. Michelangelo began painting the Sistine Chapel at age 71, he was still at it when he died at age 89. The Biblical account of Moses has him beginning his long journey, leading the Israelis from slavery, at age 80. Let Ron Paul lead us out of slavery at age 80.
Here’s a toast to Ron Paul, 2016.
But what do we do now? And more urgent, how should we vote in the 2012 presidential election?
The good news is that as befits the Liberty Movement, I don’t have to make that decision. Each one of us will do that as we want. But here are some of the arguments I am hearing.
1. Vote to re-elect Barack Obama?
The reasoning goes that an Obama win would help bring the Republican establishment to its knees and make them more willing to make room for a Liberty Movement candidate next time. Isn’t this the best response to their brutal exclusion of the duly elected Ron Paul delegates to the RNC in Tampa? Haven’t they asked for it? Hasn’t Bill Kristol and John Sununu made it clear that they do not think they need us and in any case, they do not want us, under any circumstances?
The problem is that Obama’s reelection would likely bring the country to its knees as well. Even if a manipulated currency created a temporary bubble the long term damage could be catastrophic. America could go so deep into the sleep of socialism that it might never awaken. Voting for Obama to create an opening for a Liberty candidate in 2016 might make logical sense to some but it would take the courage of that Utah mountain climber who cut off his hand to get himself free. Some of us just don’t have the stomach to do it.
2. Vote for Mitt Romney?
If he wins it will delay Rand Paul’s possible rise and may actually end much of what we have accomplished. Many of our issues, audit the fed, for example, may be co-opted by Romney, who understands the polling data but is owned by the bankers. Of course, he won’t have a “real” audit but it will appear to address the issue and take the steam out of our cause. Likewise, the wars may eventually wind down out of financial necessity, as Dr. Paul has said will happen. For me, voting for Romney is like kissing your sister. There is just no future in it.
3. Write in Ron Paul’s name?
This was what I was going to do but who would ever know the final number? It would give me some personal satisfaction, and amuse a few poll watchers, but otherwise mean nothing. No one would get the message. There is even a chance that my ballot could be disqualified and all the other viable Liberty candidates I voted for would lose my support as well.
4. Vote for Virgil Goode?
He is the former congressman from Virginia who is running as a candidate of the so called Constitutional Party. Some say he will get 5% of the vote in his home state. The Republican Elitist Fascist operation, that worked against us in Tampa, is now hot on his trail, trying to get him off the ballot. But even if he survives and even if he realizes his most ambitious plans, he will only be on the ballot in 25 states. What’s the use?
5. Vote for Gary Johnson?
Why not? No one will know. A good showing will put the GOP on notice that they had better be respectful to the Liberty Movement and make room for it. They made it clear they didn’t want us. Shouldn’t there be consequences?
If the showing is small, well, they were lucky it was Gary Johnson, not Ron Paul. No harm done.
If Obama wins? Rand Paul can make a run in 2016. If Romney wins? Ron Paul can challenge him and if the GOP cheats again, and makes it clear they will not allow a free process, he could take on the mantle of the Libertarian Party one more time. And this time, boosted by bigger numbers and a wider knowledge of the issues, have an impact.
Consider this, if Ron Paul were the Libertarian candidate right now, some polls have him winning 17% of the vote, which would land him in the national debates and change the course of the country.
Bottom line? I haven’t decided yet but I would like to hear your opinions, without profanity please. Or join the discussion at: http://www.facebook.com/DougWeadOfficial
In the last few months I have been inundated with emails and memos and got to this one late but I kept it for months and read it and re-read it. This is from Peter Chiou in the Tacoma, Washington area and it was written in March when the Ron Paul and Rick Santorum people were working together to stop Romney. There is good advice here for Ron Paul people still in the trenches. And this is a good archival piece to have for the future. It offers needed insight into the process.
One correction? Peter Chiou is a very humble, self effacing leader but he is wrong to blame himself. We have taken on the establishment and it is no easy task. There will be successes and times that we fall short. It is a process and his experiences here will help others in others states win delegates and it will help in the future.
Pierce County Convention 3/25/2012
The 28th District
Do not give in to the prospect of losing but proceed ever more boldly against it!
This is a no-holds-barred self examination of how we screwed the pooch so badly in the 28th. This paper is intended to educate in how to win. I apologize to all those in 28th who worked so hard to only fail. We missed a lot of opportunities. No holding back. No time for pride and ego. Get it out and then fix it. We must really hang up our egos at the door in debriefs like this if we are to learn. When we’re done, let’s go have a beer.
It was a bloodbath yesterday in the 28th. The results could have been very different had I known the rules better and had previous experience in a contentious environment like this. JM (RS DL as well as GOP DL and Caucus Chairman), counter to the wishes of the Santorum campaign, crafted a unity slate with the Romney and Gingrich camps. Their objective was to shut the Ron Paul people out rather than to ensure a brokered convention at the national convention. This objective was achieved but to their own detriment. It was a tactical win but an operational error on her part, IMHBAO. However, their execution was nearly flawless (my hat off to them) but it took a lot longer than they had expected because a lot of their Santorum and Romney folks were also new and showed up unbeknownst to them.
Hence, the following are ideas derived from my experience yesterday: (I hate losing due to stupidity)
- Expect a battle.
- KNOW ROBERTS RULE OF ORDER!!!!!! http://www.robertsrules.org/ You have to know how to ask the questions and make motions without sounding dumb. This way, you can challenge with confidence and perceived credibility.
- Appoint an experienced floor captain and not simply one with good heart and good intentions such as I but had no experience.
- Bring notebooks and each keep own notes.
- Establish roll call. Know what quorum is! And keep an eye on it.
- Establish coalition long beforehand. Unless we have a clear majority, we MUST establish coalition to deny Romney the likely 1144 delegates.
- Point of Information and ascertain the number needed for Quorum. Then see if a walk-out of the Ron Paul delegation will affect the quorum. This can be used as a tactic to stall the proceedings.
- Must have a floor leader with personality of wanting to win so badly that he seeks every angle and every opportunity. Not a milk toast like I was. Could have raised a point of information and asked if all the Santorum and Gingrich people really want to help Romney get to the 1144 faster or do they want to slow them down. And if I could affect quorum, lead the delegation out and force a hallway discussion before returning to order of the day. Or, take a risk in walking out and hoping the Santorum/Gingrich people will walk out. I could also have done this after the first ballot and got all the people outside and really laid everything out.
- Appoint a floor toughie. If the leader is not assertive enough as was our case. I was too concerned with building rapport and being nice instead of winning. I made a lot of friends in the process and got people to like me but did not win any delegates at all. This should be our main goal.
- After so many people had left because of exhaustion, we could have politely pointed to the lack of quorum and shut down the alternate election process. They did not have to have any alternates at all!!!! We FOULed this one up big time!
- Santorum and Paul people must be informed to know the plan to secure victory. Be bold in who you support. In other words, don’t be a stealth supporter. Make it a sporting event where there is healthy competition and energy on both sides. And everyone knows who the other side is. At least the leadership should not be stealthy.
- There are no secrets in politics when it comes to real-time. In the military, we safeguard information and plans until execution. Then it doesn’t matter because it’s often too late to respond to. It is true in general but there are always exceptions.
- Go to your caucus room as soon as possible. So that as your people arrive, you can greet them at the door. Assume they know who you are. No stealth was needed in our case because for speeches, we simply stood up and said our name, our preference, and if we’d support the nominee. Most of us said yes. Only one had the courage to say no. It wouldn’t have made any difference if we had said no.
- Clear leadership presence in the room for each must be established early on. We failed here in the 28th. I did not make sure everyone knew I was there and who I was. Santorum caucus leaders had leis around their necks to show who they were.
- Recommend that the two leaders working together know each other beforehand. Agree that when one motions for recess to talk to your people, the each group will agree to the recess. Otherwise, you’d just to have wait for an opportune time. We had Jane Milhans so it was an impossible situation to begin with. This may be the case with you as well. However, if you make the case early on – like a week before, then you stand a chance.
- Have a Command Post established just outside the the caucus rooms with computer and printer for real-time printing of Slates. Bring lots of ink and paper. Exchange cell phones for real time texting. Text to command post’s google voice account to be able to relay to appropriate personnel for action.
- Set the Santorum and Ron Paul tables next to each other or close by to collaborate. Real-time IM or texting between the two might be helpful too.
- JCl, please make my Clear Channel Hotspot available for the conventions’ use if necessary. We had good wifi yesterday but that may not always be the case. This will facilitate the google voice texting by the command post, if desired.
- Have Ron Paul and Santorum leaders address their respective groups together. NS had good success here in the 25th. This builds trust between the two camps. In the 27th, this fell apart because the Santorum people mistrusted the other side and we were thus screwed. Our side trusted them, however. So they got the lionshare of the delegate and we got one after Romney and Gingrich. After church this morning, a bunch of Ron Paul people and Santorum people were exchanging war stories over coffee. Remember, we are brothers and neighbors first before we were adversaries in this contest.
- DW, a very close friend of mine from church, made the front page of The News Tribune. They lied and said he was a Ron Paul person when they knew he was a Santorum district leader. I wish we had thought of this idea sooner. He was trying to effect mutual support with RP in the 27th but failed.
Shocker: Ron Paul and rule 40, the new Romney nightmare
At least one of the cats is out of the bag. The story is now public that an obscure, overlooked GOP rule, passed in January, 2008, has opened the way for Ron Paul delegates to place his name in nomination for vice president at the RNC in Tampa. And maybe for president? Experts say no. More on that.
Rule 40 came at a time in 2008 when there was concern that the GOP presidential field would be split between candidates Huckabee, McCain, Romney, Thompson, Giuliani and Paul, with no one candidate winning a majority in five states. It was accepted that this possibility was remote, due to the sequential power of successive caucus and primary victories which would winnow the field and give one or two candidates momentum but the deadlock was at least a mathematical possibility.
The rule change declared that only a plurality within a delegation, not a majority, was needed in five states to place a name in nomination. It means that a candidate can be nominated for president or vice president if he or she has the most delegates in at least five states. It is a threshold that Ron Paul has very possibly passed. And it may explain why the Romney forces have been apoplectic, even self defeating, in their crushing of the duly elected Ron Paul delegates at the various remaining state conventions.
Romney people insist that it is all a moot point in the presidential contest since Ron Paul delegates in many states are bound to vote for Romney if he was the winner of their primary. Although curiously, Romney sees no problem in taking delegates in states such as North Dakota where Ron Paul beat him.
In the contest for vice president, there is not much that Romney can do to stop Ron Paul delegates from putting his name in nomination. Unless they find a way to quickly change the rule. And Ron Paul’s name in nomination at the national convention could do more for his message than anything he has done in the last eight years, including his participation in the national debates.
The specter that haunts the Romney folks is the convention of 1992, when the sitting GOP president, George H. W. Bush, sought to rally his base by giving Pat Robertson and Pat Buchanan a voice. Robertson and Buchanan represented the evangelical and conservative Catholic base of the GOP and Bush had neglected them, even arguably spurned them. (The Bush administration stoutly defended government sponsorship of the arts which included grants to an artist whose demonstrative talents included putting pictures of Jesus on a cross in bottles of urine.)
There is a big difference in 2012. Ron Paul, who only polls a high of 17% among the GOP, actually beats president Obama in a face to face contest, doing better than Romney, because he pulls strength from general election voters, youth, Independents, Hispanics and Democrats. While Robertson and Buchanan represented the base of the GOP, Ron Paul represents its future and its most important general election voters.
Stay tuned. There’s more.
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Establishment Republicans and the main stream media are having a difficult time understanding why Ron Paul supporters aren’t just falling into line behind Mitt Romney. Don’t we want the GOP to win? And don’t we want our own candidate to win the nomination someday? And if so, don’t we realize that we have to be loyal to the nominee this time?
Of course, these are the same establishment Republicans who are hiring off duty policemen to arrest and detain our duly elected county chairmen, or locking the registered rolls of delegates in the trunks of their cars so that the convention cannot have a roll call vote and they can claim “Ayes have it,” when the “Ayes” don’t have anything.
And this is the mainstream media that gave Ron Paul 89 seconds of an hour long televised debate. And who in another debate, gave their anchor almost as much time as Dr. Paul, the presidential candidate. And who ignore videotaped state conventions where delegates have their bones broken for more compelling news stories elsewhere.
We see the train headed toward a canyon and the bridge is out. There is going to be a great crash. And meanwhile, we are being urged to change the engineer. “Obama is driving this train 100 mph!” we are told by hand wringing, hysterical, establishment Republicans. “We need to get Romney in there. He will slow it down to 95.”
Some are quite energized by this contest. They think that the future of the Republic is at stake. “Can’t you see that?” They ask imploringly. “Don’t you care?”
But we only laugh. Yes, Romney will spend less than Obama but he will not reduce spending by a single cent. The circulation of money will be increased to pay the deficit and the poor and middle class will suffer from devalued money.
Obama? Romney? So what? This train is still headed toward the canyon and the bridge is out. This train needs to be stopped, not slowed. And the bridge needs to be repaired.
Speculation about the size of the Ron Paul presence at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August has some Mitt Romney operatives in a panic. What is worrisome are the additional numbers of “stealth delegates” now winning positions in state conventions and going to Tampa as Mitt Romney delegates. The question is this, how many Ron Paul supporters will actually be on the floor? And what will they be able to do?
Meanwhile, some journalists are scrambling in embarrassment, having assured their corporate masters that the whole drama is over. But if Ron Paul can take delegates in Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, right under his nose, what other surprises are in store?
For the moment, the leading argument inside the Romney camp is being driven by Washington old hands who are urging the campaign to come down hard on the Ronulans, in the tradition of the John McCain – Robert Dole campaigns. Keep the convention tidy, exclusive, show that they are in control and organized.
The counter argument, which comes from some of Romney’s own personal team, is that it is too late, “that ship has already sailed. There will be a sizeable Ron Paul delegation on the RNC floor anyway, we have the nomination, so let’s be nice, let’s take a page from the Reagan playbook and bring them into the fold.” Or so they say.
The immediate question coming to a head this weekend and next is should Ron Paul’s name be allowed in nomination at the RNC in Tampa? If the process is played out naturally, organically, that is exactly what will happen, for Ron Paul will have a plurality in more than the five states required to place his name in nomination. Some in the Romney camp are fine with that. “We need these people for the general election. Let them have their day in the sun. It will add drama and attract a larger viewing audience.”
But the prevailing mood of some in the Romney camp is to shut down the process, to use their power to stop it from happening. It risks angering the Ronulans who will feel cheated by bitter power plays at state conventions this month and next but the Romney Hawks argue that allowing the Ronulans any more room will turn the convention into a fiasco similar to the 1992 convention. That was the year that the RNC had Pat Robertson and insurgent candidate, Pat Buchanan, give speeches and the George HW Bush – Dan Quayle ticket went down in defeat in the general election.
The Romney angels counter that this is not 1992. That Pat Robertson and Pat Buchanan represented the most conservative base of the GOP at a time when they should be reaching out to a wider, general audience, while Ron Paul represents youth, Hispanics, independents and even Democrats, the very votes that Romney must now have to win a general election. A recent Rasmussen poll has Ron Paul beating Obama and Romney only tying him. “If we don’t have them in the general election,” say the more angelic Romneyites, “Then we lose.”
Whatever happens, the ball is now in the Mitt Romney court. If the Hawks continue to prevail and they keep playing dirty at the state conventions they will stop Ron Paul from being nominated and probably their own chances of winning a general election. They will also have a sizeable number of angry Ronulans on the floor of the RNC all with iPhone cameras to record every ugly moment of disunity.
What to do?
Next Wednesday, May 9, 2012, will be an important day. I will be online that night at 9PM to talk with anyone who wants to join the discussion. Here is the link.
At the upcoming state convention that will select the delegates to the RNC in Tampa, the campaigns of Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich should unite at once. The math shows a way to a brokered convention and while a brokered convention does not guarantee a different nominee it does guarantee a nominee who will act differently. And that could lead to great changes for America.
If events are left to themselves, Romney just might win the nomination as the Goldman Sachs candidate, owned by the special interests. Obama-lite. But if the three campaigns unite now, at the State Convention level, there is a path to a brokered convention.
For Santorum this strategy is a no brainer and the delay in arriving at this conclusion has been very costly. If you are a Santorum caucus delegate understand this, your candidate can only win in a brokered convention.
In fact, your candidate will only be selected as a vice presidential nominee in a brokered convention. Romney will never pick Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich as a running mate and he doesn’t want to pick Santorum either but he will do anything he has to do to win the nomination. And if he sees that he will be denied a first ballot victory in Tampa he might end the process by committing to Santorum early. Every delegate you give to Romney weakens Santorum. Every delegate you give to anyone else, strengthens Santorum.
For Ron Paul a brokered convention will give his message and his movement credibility and new numbers. A brokered convention will attract more international press than any other political event in our lifetime. And the people of many countries see Ron Paul as the only sane American public figure. His anti-war, mind your own business – message resonates with many around the world who see the USA as a lawless bully, out of control. Except for some among the West European media, whose executives look to the Federal Reserve as their own personal piggybank, many international journalists descending on Tampa will be an echo chamber that will shame their American media colleagues into a new appreciation of Ron Paul.
Consider, all three candidates favor auditing the Federal Reserve and making our monetary system transparent and honest. Not Romney. But a brokered convention might just loosen the Goldman Sachs stranglehold on Romney and America. Thus a vote for any of the three will help.
Well, you say, I disagree with Ron Paul’s foreign policy.
Keep in mind. 53% of Americans now want to end the war in Afghanistan. Only 25% want to keep going. Ron Paul’s foreign policy as well as his philosophy on the war on drugs, is all subordinate to his belief in the American Constitution. Which means you would not only have to elect Ron Paul as president, you would have to replace most of the entire Senate and House of Representatives to change our foreign policy. Ron Paul, himself, points this out, saying “I’m not running for dictator, I am just stating my views on some of these issues. Congress would have to agree.”
You don’t have to worry about Ron Paul’s foreign policy. A vote for a Ron Paul delegate in some state convention won’t end foreign aid to Pakistan, as we Ron Paul folks advocate, but it might help create a brokered convention that will help all three candidates, including Santorum and Gingrich.
A brokered convention will be a sober warning to Mitt Romney and the establishment GOP insiders. The corruption must end. Their little piggy bank at the Federal Reserve must be transparent and accountable. The destruction of the middle class must stop. Free markets must return.
No one can deny the nascent phenomenon of the liberty movement in America. It is riding a populist wave against government-insider deals that are making the rich richer and the poor poorer and sacrificing individual liberty in the process.
An interesting mix of Republicans and Democrats are involved in this uprising, blurring old labels like conservative and liberal, but the real showdown is happening in the race for the GOP nomination.
|Michele Bachmann (Getty Images)
While all the candidates now pay homage to the movement, the real question is this: Who can best ride this wave? Michele Bachmann, a three-term congresswoman from Minnesota? Or Ron Paul, a 12-term congressman from Texas?
Here are the pertinent points. Bachmann is a new face and is polling well, at least for now. Her best chance — indeed, her only chance — is in Iowa. A win there and she can conceivably pick up delegates in the South as well.
Her critics describe her as a less cerebral version of Sarah Palin. Yep, your eyes are not deceiving you, and that means that with each success the media scrutiny or vetting will increase.
The real concern about Bachmann is her timing. Is she serious about running for president after only a few years in Congress? Moreover, activists in the liberty movement decry her record. As a legislator in Minnesota she allegedly proposed $60 million in earmarks.
In Congress, in 2007, she appropriated $3.7 million in federal pork. She is a poor poster girl for freedom from big government. A report shows Bachmann’s counseling clinic got $30,000 in state and federal subsidies. A family farm received a $260,000 federal farm subsidy.
And here is the big one: In 2008 she voted for Nancy Pelosi’s stimulus
|Ron Paul (AP photo)
Ron Paul, by contrast, is not only the father of the modern liberty movement — the man who made it fashionable to believe in the constitution again — but he has been consistent over a lifetime and seemingly incorruptible.
By comparison, Bachmann looks almost opportunistic. As a U. S. Treasury Department attorney she allegedly went after a taxpayer earning less than $10,000 a year — and at a time when Timothy Geithner, Obama’s Treasury Secretary, wasn’t paying HIS taxes.
In contrast, Ron Paul has been the champion of the little guy, arguing for years, for example, against government taxing of waitresses’ tips.
Bachmann has appeal to social conservatives. She is a Christian, a Lutheran, but then so is Ron Paul, who was Lutheran in upbringing and now attends a Baptist church.
Paul refuses to promote his faith for political purposes but told a reporter in 2007 that he “believed in Jesus Christ as his personal savior” and sought God’s guidance in many of his important life decisions. He is happily married to Carol, his teenage sweetheart.
Consider the following. Ron Paul has money and a ground game. And he has both in spades. Having a ground game this early has not been seen since the Reagan campaign of 1980.
In fact, one could argue that those two things are all that matters at this stage in the process. Romney and Huntsman have money and with it they will be able to hire foot soldiers but they represent a return to George W. Bush’s version of a Republican ”conservative,” which means $500 billion annual deficits instead of $1.2 trillion.
Well, you say, but Bachmann is tied for first in this week’s Iowa poll. Keep in mind, Rudolph Giuliani was the front-runner at this same stage in the process last time. And his eventual, total delegate count at the Republican National Convention was zero.
Only a few months ago, Donald Trump was soaring in the polls. Which brings up the subject of vetting. Trump was not ready for the nation to learn all about how he built his casinos and all the details of his private life. With each success for Bachmann, the scrutiny will increase.
There is a reason why most candidates have to run for president numerous times. But Ron Paul is vetted.
Finally, there is the whole thing about making a decision and sticking to it. Let’s say you move to Bachmann because you are impressed with her polling numbers. And then the media exposes some story that hits her hard and the numbers drop. Or Ron Paul spends some television advertising and his numbers climb. Will you move back?
The problem with moving from candidate to candidate is that each time you move you lose.
Bachmann ’s showing in the polls has one explanation: media exposure. She has borrowed Ron Paul’s views and his tea party, and she is appealing to the masses with his arguments. The media have given it all some air time, something consistently denied to Ron Paul.
But don’t worry, don’t panic. The fact that the public has responded is a good thing, an encouraging sign. Remember, the media did its worst against Ronald Reagan in 1980, calling him a racist and a warmonger and he eventually prevailed. His cause was to save America from totalitarian communism. Our cause is to save it from ourselves.
Stay true. Be positive. It’s still early. Ron Paul’s message will get out.
Meanwhile, Paul is now poised to pull off an upset of historic proportions. I, for one, am not going to miss it.