DEMOCRATS for the DoctorSubmitted by TenoG on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 11:28
A guy on Facebook has started a "Democrats for Ron Paul" page.
He still plans to ultimately support Barack Obama, but his logic makes really good sense from our perspective.
Obama is the sitting president. He will get no serious challenge from the Democrat party. This gives us a perfect opportunity to encourage Democrats to vote in Republican primaries wherever they can.
Because of the civil liberties issues, virtually every Democrat who votes in a GOP primary will be supporting Dr. Paul. This would give him and edge no other GOP candidate would be able to tap into.
The only trick is to not lose as much Republican support as he gains Democrat support. That could backfire. What he needs to do, and he is doing a better job of it this time around, is to make it clear that he is not *personally* in favor of (insert vice here), but he does not want to run everyone's personal lives.
He is doing a better job of this with his responses that "I support legalizing freedom!" type lines. But there are still a lot of conservatives, Republicans, and Christians that have the impression that Dr. Paul supports things like gambling, pornography, prostitution, drug use, and homosexual marriage.
Those issues, especially homosexual marriage, will kill him among the right, unless he changes the *perception* that he supports those things on a personal level.
He needs to keep working on communicating to the right that supporting liberty means sometimes supporting liberty for those we disagree with, but that does not mean we support the specific things themselves.
The left needs to know that Dr.Paul truly supports their liberty. The right needs to know he generally shares their personal morality.
If he can accomplish that - he'll be living on Pennsylvania Avenue next year. And then Rand, or Justin Amash, or someone similar, might follow him in 2016 or 2020 (an eye doctor in 2020 would be appropriate :-)