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Salon: Ron Paul will ruin the dreams of the 2012 fringe candidates

Ron Paul is going to run for president again, and why not: It's his moment. The Republican Party borrowed his rhetoric wholesale (without also borrowing his principles) and used that "libertarian independent" magic to revitalize its tarnished brand. So why shouldn't the good doctor make another go of it? He's the original Tea Partyer and so on.

And so despite the fact that he'll be 77 on Election Day 2012, Paul is headed to Iowa, to deliver one of those speeches that candidates have to give, to weird groups that relish the opportunity to make would-be presidents dance.

This is good news, obviously, for Liberty -- political scientists estimate that adding Ron Paul to a Republican presidential debate increases that debate's Liberty by a factor of 12 -- but it is bad news for every other fringe candidate who hoped to be 2012's Ron Paul. Dave Weigel already pointed out the obvious loser: former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who appeals to professional libertarians because he's younger and less ... quirky than Paul.


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About to watch (yes I know) the T.I. Video "Live your Life" before going to help my friend with his permaculture landscaping and compost tea business.

I stopped reading Salon after I found other websites. It's the worse version of the HuffingtonPost.

Ron and Gary should run, having two candidates that agree on Liberty issues on stage at the same time will help the cause in the debates. They can always join their electoral votes or whatever at the convention as a ticket, and walk out with their supporters if they are bullied off the ticket, maybe head over to the Constitution or Libertarian Party convention(s) and put support behind their candidates.

Jack Wagner

Wow, the comments are

Wow, the comments are positive.

Those comments are brutal

and the writer could use some spam. It's funny how this moron thinks that oxygen is used to fill a blimp. (Why aren't we floating?)


Obama = O.ne B.ig A.ss M.istake A.merica


Bile filled backhanded hit piece from the liberal rag known as Salon. The Salon rag is good for one thing, wiping the defecation from liberal phalanges.

The Abuse of Greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. - Shakespeare

It's not that bad

So they say he's "quirky". But we already knew that. Or do you think that he's a mainstream Republi-con?


If this is a good article, then what is a bad one??? This author is an idiot! he is sarcastic, and belittling of Dr.Paul, he disses him every chance he gets throughout the whole thing!!
for those of you who commented "another good article,etc" did you read it?? Are we now saying that a rag piece like this is "good"???

Here are just a few of the snide disrespectful comments from that article...

---Gary Johnson, who appeals to professional libertarians because he's younger and less ... quirky than Paul.
---(because Ron Paul will use all of that oxygen to fill his blimp)
---He'll take precious attention away from everyone else who has no shot at winning the nomination but who wanted to be followed around by reporters for a while.

This article was sarcastic, disrespectful and mean spirited , and he attempts to destroy any real idea that RP can and should win the nomination for POTUS!! The thing that is the worst about this liberal hack is that he mixes in some truth with MAJOR LIES AND COMMENTS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO STICK IN THE BACK OF PEOPLES MIND. These lies are repeated here and there, enough that eventually when enough people here them they stick in the mind of the voter!! (see partial list above)

Here is his contact info, let him know he needs to go back to school to learn to stick to the facts, and not be biased and hateful towards truth!!
Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter@pareene

I agree

Since the auther knows that he can not say anything negitive about ron paul he is trying to say good try go home, by constantly calling him quirky, I would like to call the author average.


Awesome. Some people get it! Rob Paul is my prez no matter what happens.

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good find Bobby

another good article to post on Twitter -- Thank you!

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before you twitter this POS article....

why don't you twitter that the author is an incompetent journalist, who has no real grasp of the truth, or does,and twists it to subtly destroy RPs reputation!!!

At least then people can realize what a fake journalist he is. (or hey maybe he might learn something...doubt it though.)

Good article...Salon gets

Good article...Salon gets it.

but ron is helping folks like gary johnson...paving the road for them...providing events they can give speeches.

many of us never heard of gary before paul's rally for the republic event.

From this piece

While I always welcome another Ron Paul campaign, if only because he might yell at Rudy Giuliani again, everyone who isn't Mitt Romney (or Jeb Bush? or ... Mike Huckabee?) is probably praying for Dr. Paul to stay home.