Republicans not ready to rout Obama; but Ron Paul offers real HopeSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Sat, 09/24/2011 - 10:28
America is finally wising up to President Barack Obama, a nice guy who prepared for the presidency by being a follower, by avoiding confrontation while cozying up to City Hall.
So with the economy in such bad shape, shouldn't this rather flawed Obama be easy Republican pickings in the 2012 presidential election? NO
Meanwhile, Rep. Ron Paul, the Texas libertarian, is doing better than the establishment hoped.
The future of the GOP probably has more to do with libertarian small-government and isolationist impulses than the saber-rattling neoconservatives and corporatists. But that's the future, not the present.
The tea party movement is forcing Republican big-government candidates to mouth Paulian positions. Paul is a long shot, though, because he threatens the interests of the GOP establishment. But what a contest it would be — Paul vs. Obama, a true campaign of ideas.
For those on the right and the left, politics is about ideas and passion. But for the establishment, Democratic or Republican, it's never been about passion and ideas.
It's about access.