Keep talking about Ron Paul running as a third party candidate!Submitted by Trevor Lyman on Sat, 10/29/2011 - 16:54
I think the premise of the post "Stop talking about Ron Paul running as a third party candidate!" ( http://www.dailypaul.com/185079/stop-talking-about-ron-paul-... ) misses a few important points.
Ron Paul would have said NO hands down to the idea of a third party run if that were the message he wanted to send. So why didn't he? I think he didn't shut down a possible third party run for good reason and we should open our eyes to it.
Ron Paul as "spoiler" is a threat to the Republican party in more ways than one. If Ron Paul ran as Independent one thing is sure (at least I think so) and that is that the Republicans would not defeat Obama. Some may say Ron Paul as spoiler will be used against Ron Paul.. but really will it be? How can it be? Will anyone who was going to vote for Ron Paul say they won't now because he might run as third party? I think the idea that Ron Paul will take all his votes away from the Republicans will force them to think long and hard about how they handle Ron Paul.
I think the key here is that Ron wields an extraordinary amount of power to determine the results of the election and the real message is.. don't dismiss Ron Paul because if you do you will lose. Another way to say it is... if you want another four years of Obama keep your head up your ass. That should strike fear in the hearts of Republicans and we all know they respond to fear.
I know this is all a little harsh but I think there is a very real veiled threat here and that Ron Paul is putting it out there on purpose. He has been doing this (politics) for thirty years and the fact that he did not shut down the idea of third party run was no mistake.
Personally I think we should talk about him potentially running as a third party candidate MORE not less. We should make Republicans realize they can't win without us. We should be forcing them to ask the question... "Do you want Obama for four more years or Ron Paul the Republican?" In the end that could change more minds than any of our more rational/intellectual arguments for his candidacy.
Now don't put me down as saying he should drop out of what he is doing now. No, he is running as a Republican and right now Republicans have the opportunity to have him work for them. They have the opportunity to have all of his votes on their side and to defeat Obama in 2012 - if they put him on the ballot. But to say it's not a good argument to admit that we have the power to shape this election? That would be foolish and blind of us in my opinion. We need to play every card in our hand and if that means we need to throw a few elbows out on the playing field then so be it.