Perfect Finish in Iowa Straw Poll...Submitted by PoliticalPatriot on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 13:55
On the surface one may be tempted to jump to the conclusion that Ron Paul didn't fare as well in the recent Iowa Straw Poll as desired. I contend that his finish was near PERFECT, with an almost divine blend of attributes that'll help him down the road.
Ron Paul had more physical supporters, more passionate supporters, less time on the ground in Iowa, and little, except negative media spin leading up to the Ames Poll. Yet he proved his followers were actually more than some internet robot voting in polls. So, Ron Paul proves his internet support is not only real, but passionately dedicated to supporting his run for the presidency in 2008.
Congressman Paul also proved that, unlike Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Fred Thompson - the no-shows, he's not afraid of Iowan voters, something the others who whimpered away from Iowa with their tails between their legs, fearing an Iowan massacre, can't say.
Had Ron Paul beat the other so-called second-tier candidates, Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, & Tommy Tancredo, that just might have been the straw that broke their respective campaign's back. Beating Ron Paul in Ames, they now have a fresh wind in their sails to continue campaigning - which ultimately increases the odds of the pro-war vote dilution amongst all the pro-war candidates (Mitt Romney, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani, and Fred Thompson to name a few).
Dr. Paul himself pointed out in a recent interview that Fred Thompson's pending entry into the race would serve to only further dilute an already-diluted and shrinking pro-war vote base. I no longer feel threatened that the addition of more pro-war candidates will hurt Dr. Paul. In fact, the more...the merrier.