Debra Medina’s Loss and The Ron Paul EffectSubmitted by jczeroman on Wed, 03/03/2010 - 07:45
[The Ron Paul Effect] is the seeming paradox of influence and power that comes when a grassroots candidate loses an election. I believe this happens if the candidate awakes a substantial philosophical change in voters, not merely convincing them to vote for them in the short-term, but convincing them to adopt a set of principles and beliefs for the long-term.
Medina is likely to benefit from this effect, as her issues, like Paul’s, are philosophical. She is not an austro-libertarian like Paul, but her brand of conservatism is still a set of time honoured traditions and principles.
Debra Medina has stood up and made herself the leader of a bloc of people in Texas who support less taxes, less spending, nullifying federal mandates, constitutionalism and principled gun ownership. That is no small task - and it represents a furthering shift of some of these more “radical” ideas from the fringes of politics into a cohesive force to affect change in a meaningful way.