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Politico: Ron Paul goes mainstream?

Ron Paul goes mainstream?
By DAN HIRSCHHORN | 6/23/11 10:56 PM EDT

Ron Paul 2008 was a movement. Ron Paul 2012 is trying to be a campaign.

Determined to be a greater force in his third presidential run, the Texas congressman and his team have embraced some of the more traditional aspects of a White House bid: a focus on retail politicking, deeper early-state infrastructure and a full schedule of meetings with party pooh-bahs.

“There was a consensus among Ron and the people around him that it only made sense to do this if it was going to be bigger and better than last time,” said Jesse Benton, a top adviser.

The world of Paul supporters has changed since 2008, too. His ideology has shifted closer to the Republican mainstream (???), making him more popular with the rank and file and, in turn, helping propel many of his supporters to elected offices or party posts. Those people now form a stronger and more powerful infrastructure, particularly in the early states.

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love the comments all of them

love the comments all of them pro-paul

In all seriousness...

This works in our favor. Imagine the regular Republicans that read that. All of a sudden Paul is more legit in their eyes.

Thats fine with me.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

ohh.. check it out "Ron Paul" He is so Hot right now...

he doesn't even have to try, he receives more air time than jordan and lebron.. no doubt!

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Ron Paul redefines mainstream

Yes, the campaign may be taking more traditional routes and infrastructure, but Liberty defines our race for the office, and therefore fills Dr. Paul's campaign with near flood-stage excitement.

The others get only as much "mainstream" flow, as their corporate interests and party loyalist afford them.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

Victory for the TRUTH!

Haha.. I can't believe it. They actually went back and edited the article because we pointed out an incorrect statement to them! They replaced it with "His ideology has moved into the Republican mainstream, making him more popular with the rank and file and, in turn, helping propel many of his supporters to elected offices or party posts". Now, that's a lot better. Thanks Politico.

"sometimes I hug the coffee table when no one is looking."

Still ambiguously worded.

Still ambiguously worded.

It can still be read that Ron's ideology has changed to be a better match to the Republican mainstream, as an alternative to the Republican mainstream embracing Ron's ideology.

Better than nothing, though.

IMHO we're now seeing a combination of:
- New blood with the Liberty fire in the gut.
- Old hands realizing that Ron has some good ideas, studying them, and embracing some of them - maybe a few, maybe most, occasionally all. (Good: I expect them to absorb more with time.)
- Cynical old hands trying to co-opt the Liberty movement by mouthing its slogans.

All are actually good for us at this point. (Even the attempts at co-optation: It validates our point of view and helps recruit. We just need to be watchful {as usual} for politicians who campaign on one position then vote another.)

= = = =
"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

"It can still be read that

"It can still be read that Ron's ideology has changed to be a better match to the Republican mainstream"

What? You expect politico to actually correct a critical -- perhaps the lead -- sentence when they say they corrected it?

I know... we can always hope.

However, the reality is that there is a power structure that has its retreat positions mapped out and may indeed have flanking attacks prepared as they retreat. Politico is part of that power structure.

If you read nothing else, read this: A Contract Between Americans

The lying liars at politico are our enemy

See this article,


Ron Paul not even mentioned though he is one of the biggest fundraisers - But Santorum is mentioned.

We need to fight this a bit harder - but what to do ?

I think I agree with this guy

The title of the article is worded a bit ambiguously but after reading it in it's entirety, I think I agree with this guy.

Ron Paul has not shifted his position and I don't think the article is saying he has. The article says Ron Pauls' message is now mainstream (ie. the mainstream is now accepting and embracing his message), and Ron Paul is running a more traditional campaign with the necessary tools in place to not just promote the message but actually win the nomination.

The Mountain has not moved Ron Paul,
Ron Paul has moved the Mountain . . .

The rEVOLution continues!!!!!

This shows how corrupt Amerika has become

The fact that Ron Paul is not mainstream or the norm is a sad fact.

morning bump

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Ron hasn't budged his

Ron hasn't budged his positions one inch, the Republican party is unexpectedly moving dramatically to the right.

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People in the mainstream crowd around us personally

are also showing MUCH more interest in reading Ron's books, esp Liberty Defined, than in 2008.

They already saw snippets of Ron's interviews and are eager to get the whole story now with positive inquisitive attitude. They really want to find out how to end wars and get liberty back.

the author needs to get his story straight

When the author said: "His ideology has shifted closer to the Republican mainstream", he got it backwards.... it should have read "The Republican mainstream ideology has shifted closer to Ron Paul". Let's look back to 2008 when all of the GOP candidates (except for Ron Paul) were very PRO-WAR, didn't know squat about the Federal Reserve, didn't care about civil liberties, and certainly didn't care about bad economic decisions (bailout). How can the author possibly write that Dr. Paul has shifted towards THEIR ideology???? The Politico punk is 100% wrong in this statement. Perhaps he will develop some journalistic integrity in the future and actually get the story right. I'd highly suggest we all send him emails explaining exactly how wrong his statement was. Thanks yall.

"sometimes I hug the coffee table when no one is looking."

That was an editing gaffe

That was an editing gaffe that wasn't written by the author.

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That is right. The Party is moving toward Ron Paul.

Listening to the last debate, many of them for mimicking what Ron Paul has been saying for years. They and the Party are the movers, not Ron Paul.

How to contact him, click here:


Better yet, here's his personal email: danh215@gmail.com

Just got that from an auto responder from the above link.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

author is an elitist.

He shall dine on crow in 12 months.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

I knew it was only a matter

I knew it was only a matter of time until our message went mainstream. It was inevitable because the message makes too much damn sense and unlike the other political and economic philosophies that are based purely on emotion, ours is based on pure logic.

Don't be surprised to see millions of former neocons and progressives join our movement now and in the years to come. Some people need more time than others to fully grasp the message of liberty and its benefits to society and it's up to us to keep talking about it to as many people as possible.

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Fringe is in!

It's a great place to be. ;)

Very good article, thanks for

Very good article, thanks for posting it.