Ron Paul Wins! (So who appears on Meet the Press?)

Ron Paul wins! (So who appears on Meet the Press?)

By Doug Wead

Texas Congressman Ron Paul handily won last Saturday’s CPAC presidential straw poll in Washington, D.C.  It was an event that former Governor Mitt Romney had dominated in years past, but this time Romney wasn’t even close and neither was Palin, Huckabee or Gingrich.

So who did NBC invite onto Sunday’s Meet to Press to talk about it all?  Answer?  Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty, who came in fourth place and won 6% of the votes.  Another typical day for the Rodney Dangerfield of American public life.

Meanwhile, inside the beltway commentators, who in previous years touted a CPAC win as an important initiation rite for any future GOP nominee, were quick to explain to us dummies that the Ron Paul victory was unimportant.  The Washington Post’s favorite blogger warned us to “be careful.”  We were told “not to read too much — or much at all — into these results.”

During live coverage of the CPAC event Fox News commentators were endlessly apologetic, explaining how Ron Paul accidently won the vote, apparently embarrassed that they were covering an event where he would triumph.

But no matter how deep the denial of the American media you can be sure that Ron Paul’s victory sent shock waves through the rest of the American establishment.  While it is unlikely that anyone at the Federal Reserve has actually started the process of shredding documents the idea has surely crossed some minds.  And young staffers at the Justice Department may have asked, “Can the government seize our e-mails?  Hold on a minute, we are the government.”  Some fat billionaire bankers on Wall Street had chest pains Saturday night. Others wondered aloud if they shouldn’t petition the Obama administration for another bailout while there is still time.  (To save the country, of course.)

A tiny few savvy political literates actually paused and took note of the fact that Ron Paul won this with actual votes of ordinary convention attendees.  And young ones at that.  Always a bad sign.  And he did it without hiring the people who did the voting, as Romney had done in years past.  And so a few, not many, but a few are considering a worst case scenario.  What if he does this at the Iowa Cavalcade?  Another small universe that usually precedes a win at the caucus.  And then maybe New Hampshire.  Egad, what if someone like him actually wins the presidency?

Such a worst case scenario could mean an end to American wars abroad and fat war profits for favored insiders at home.  An end to young men sacrificed on foreign battlefields to assure re-election victories for incumbent presidents.  An end to the draining the US Treasury for political supporters.  An end to cronyism, where billionaires give soft money, get positions and honors and favorable laws in return and after it’s all over, offer their private jets to whisk the former president around the world at their expense.  Imagine Lew Rockwell as Secretary of Commerce and Judge Andrew Napolitano as Attorney General and you get the idea.

Now some of these elitist rich Americans, the ones whose wealth has been fattened over the years by our diminishing IRA’s and other retirement vehicles, are big owners of media stock. Some actually sit on the boards of those media entities, as well as the banks that we all now work for and for which our children and grandchildren will also work for throughout their lifetimes.  So you can imagine the dilemma at NBC.

“Should we get Ron Paul for Meet the Press?”

“Are you kidding me?  Are you nuts?  Isn’t your dad on the board of directors?  He would have a fit if we did that.  Gregory won’t want that.  Tim Russert would never have allowed that.”

“Yes, but Ron Paul won the CPAC election.”

“Doesn’t matter. He wouldn’t win an election in our newsroom or anybody else’s, I can tell you that.”

“But maybe we should have him on and expose his idiotic ideas?  A little overexposure and we kill the whole thing?”

“That’s what they did in the 2004 presidential debates and it was the biggest, most moronic, most asinine mistake they ever made.  Don’t you get it? The people in this country actually agree with Ron Paul.  How do you think he won at CPAC without buying the votes?  Listen kid, you’ve got to think ‘Lord Voldemort.’  He who cannot be named.”

“Oh my God.”

“What?  What are you looking at?  Brian Williams?  What did he say?  Did he mention Ron Paul by name? Did I just hear his name?

“Oh my God.”

“Come on kid.  Doesn’t matter.  What could he do?  I mean Ron Paul won.  So it just slipped out.  Now, snap out of it.  Who will Gregory want?  What would your daddy want?  Focus.  If it’s Sunday it’s Meet the Press.”

“Sarah Palin?”

“Born again Christian.  And she won’t do it anyway.”

“Mike Huckabee?”

“Another born again Christian, and he’s on FOX remember?”

“Mitt Romney?”

“We’ve had him on five times now.”

“Hmmm, how bout Tim Pawlenty?”

“Perfect kid.  Someday you will make a great television producer.  Okay, we’ll see if Gregory wants Tim Pawlenty.”

2010 CPAC Straw Poll Results
Ron Paul 31%
Mitt Romney 22%
Sarah Palin 7%
Tim Pawlenty 6%
Mike Pence 5%
Newt Gingrich 4%
Mike Huckabee 4%
Mitch Daniels 2%
John Thune 2%
Rick Santorum 2%
Haley Barbour 1%

Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

20 thoughts on “Ron Paul Wins! (So who appears on Meet the Press?)

  1. Nice hype, Doug. The fact is the CPAC meeting was overly represented by youngsters, who slant towards RP, are energetic teammates who work together well, and are willing to wait in the long lines that form at CPAC to vote. But don’t get carried away, RP has major baggage in the larger picture.

  2. tex2…too funny. It is sad that you and the rest of the establishment cry boo hoo and make excuses for why Ron Paul won. The facts are that this year the “youngsters” made up 54% compared to 57% last year. So I guess that Romney’s win didn’t count last year either because he had too many “energetic” young people running around voting for him. Hmmm…but all we heard last year was how great Romney was and what a great achievement, etc, blah blah blah. When are you people going to wake up and face the fact that people are gravitating towards Ron Paul and his message?

    Oh, and Ron Paul didn’t have to pay or bus in anybody to garner support unlike the establishment favorites. Ron Paul has a true grass roots organization…something that money can’t buy!

  3. jekyll24,

    Does this mean you’ll turn into Mr. Hyde tomorrow, and support Romney or someone else tomorrow? Younger people are known to be “flighty”, as they don’t have enough life experiences to base their positions on, and changing from Romney to RP is proof of this.

    I experienced an RP delegate personally prior to the 2008 elections, he had a whole “talking point” list of issues he wanted to add to the process. The rest of us didn’t want to spend the entire night debating a multitude of issues, so we asked him to pare down his list to the highest priority items.

    The facts are RP is right on some issues, very wrong on others, and comes across as a wimpy and sour old man.

  4. Every candidate has their advantages and disadvantages. The bottom line is that Ron Paul won the straw poll and has accumulated a vast army of energetic supporters just by having the ideas he has. If the establishment insists on putting him down and trying to shaft him as much as possible, his supporters will only become more and more frustrated. They do not want to face a frustrated Ron Paul base during the 2012 election – he may actually have to win this time to keep peoples attention.

  5. Wow.. i never though of it that way!
    It opend my mind up to what is really happing right now in politics!
    Im just a “flighty” kid! I and others needthing put like this to show what the bottom line is!
    Thank you!

  6. I agree with you Michael about the whole thing. And by the way, for those voting, they may want to take into consideration the fact that it is only Ron Paul who hit the nail on the head about the whole economy during the campaign while Obama and McCain were trying to sweet talk people into believing that the economy would be so much better in such little time. It is more like they were doing so for the votes while taking reality out of the picture.

  7. Great post Doug!

    Young people have the most to lose due to Washington’s immoral spending so they have good reason to support Ron Paul. He is the true reform candidate that the country has been yearning for, and they have good reason to believe in him.

    I know many conservatives who would have supported him during the last primary if they thought that he had a realistic shot at winning. Now he does, and the establishment’s worst nightmare is coming true, a primary electorate that believes Ron Paul has a chance. Momentum will build as more people get on board despite his “wimpy” image.

    Most true liberals that I know hate so called “neo-cons”, but love Ron Paul. It’s very possible that in the general election he would be even more popular with the general public than he is within the Republican party. Anybody remember Ross Perot? If memory serves, he was pretty old and wimpy himself, but took away a hefty portion of independent votes.

  8. Ross Perot wasn’t nearly as wimpy as Ron Paul is, he funded his own campaign, Ron Paul can’t do that, Ross Perot was 62 when he ran, Ron Paul will be 77 in 2012. Other than that, you’re right.

  9. We will have to agree to disagree about the degree of wimpiness… and you make a valid point about age. But Perot picked a certifiable lunatic as his vp nominee and still managed to garner a large chunk of disenfranchised independents. With a rational vp selection, it will more than make up for his age.

  10. There’s a reason why Ron Paul doesn’t get traction. Trust me, people don’t want to vote for a whiny and wimpy sounding guy.

    Perot ran as an independent, Ron Paul will NEVER get traction in the Republican party, and can’t afford, both monetarily and attention-wise, to go independent/libertarian.

  11. Ron Paul’s son Rand Paul has raised $1,928,866 as of this writing for a KY Senate primary race. If somebody in Kentucky named Rand can raise that much money for a senate primary, I’m pretty sure Ron Paul can raise enough cash.

    Paul’s advanced age should dissuade younger voters from supporting him more than any other group, yet in your own words younger voters slant his way. I’m sure those CPAC attendees never heard him speak though, otherwise they would have never voted for him.

  12. Then why didn’t he raise enough cash during the last election cycle?

    Actually, the older voters know better he isn’t up to the task, as they are living it. AND they are much more numerous than the younger voters. AND they vote.

  13. Since Ron Paul stands for the Constitution, conservativesm on all sides, plus he predicted the economic collapse that was to come (now he is predicting more trouble on the horizon). Why are the “conservative” pundits on Fox News so willing to dismiss him?

    1. @tex2

      “Because he [Ron Paul] has 19th century solutions [is why Fox News dismisses him].

      Opposed to 20th & 21st century solutions that have rendered debt, inflation and socialism. I see your logic, that’s exactly what we don’t want, 19th century solutions of fiscal responsibility and protection of liberty.

      “The fact is the CPAC meeting was overly represented by youngsters, who slant towards RP, are energetic teammates who work together well, and are willing to wait in the long lines that form at CPAC to vote.”

      I was there and I voted. There were about 5 voting stations and never did I see one line. It took me all of 1 or 2 minutes to fill out my ballot. All people need to see is that Ron Paul is a viable candidate, most know he has the best ideas [all of which derive from the constitution] and he is the most credibility [his 30 year voting record actually matches his rhetoric 100% of the time]. Not one other politician can claim that.

  14. Keep crying tex2.

    Your tired worn out support for the status quo shows you have no concept of what a free society should look like.

    /hands tissue.

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