Ron Paul, Romney, Bachmann and Perry Begin to Shape Republican FieldSubmitted by telepathic on Thu, 08/18/2011 - 03:02
Considering that he [Rick Perry] still is nonetheless perceived as more mainstream in his appeal than Bachman, it's unclear whether the far right can afford to continue to demand something more conservative than Mitt Romney if they remain oblivious to Ron Paul's candidacy. Paul, who continues to poll very well, despite being almost completely, and even compulsively ignored by the mainstream media, brings a 20-year old message of consistently preaching the small-government, states' rights, Libertarian message that the Tea Party types say they want, yet he's still being presented as something of a second fiddle to a much less qualified, experienced and credible Tea Party candidate like Bachman, who he finished a close second to in the recent Ames Iowa Straw Poll.
In fact, in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial that focused almost exclusively on Bachman, Perry and Romney, Bachman was described as having, “emerged from cable-TV land in recent months to be a viable competitor,” as they fawned over how telegenic the Congresswoman is, while dismissing the veteran Texas Congressman Paul in one parenthetical clause after describing her victory in Ames: “(Libertarian Ron Paul, who has no chance to win the nomination, finished a close second.),” was how it read! Apparently the Wall Street Journal is comfortable even at this early point declaring definitively that someone near the top of the field is D.O.A. Perhaps they know something we don't.
The piece even insinuated that Senator Paul Ryan was being prepared to be rolled out and into the race if Perry and Bachman managed to split the religious right and Romney still emerged out front. Which then begs the question, why not Romney? Do Republican rainmakers really feel he can't win? Or are they worried that without a hands down frontrunner, something unscripted might happen like Bachman winning, or god forbid Ron Paul actually getting the nomination. It's no secret in many circles that a Ron Paul presidency would privately anger many power brokers at the very top much more than an Obama victory.