When Romney Runs as an Independent, Plus Random Advice and an Introduction
Ron Paul's support continues to grow. In 2008, the good Doctor received 7.8% of the votes cast in the New Hampshire Republican Primary. Despite more than tripling that total in 2012, the Dead Stream Media (DSM) continues to invent new and amusing reasons to dismiss his candidacy. One hysterical non-contributing zero from MSNBC even referred to Paul's candidacy as a fraud, clearly enraged that Huntsman wasn't declared the de facto runner up!
The DSM is taking bets on when all non-Mitt Republicans will concede, but we know that the fun is just beginning. Let us take a moment to consider what will happen after Ron rocks Super Tuesday. Will Mitt Romney run as an Independent to split the Republican vote?
Now it's true that I might be getting ahead of myself. Let's take a moment to review the argument against Mitt's electability from my first Daily Paul blog.
The argument against Mitt in six sentences or less:
The neoconservative influence in mainstream America has declined since 2008, when John McCain was defeated. One strike against Mitt.
Mitt doesn't inspire anyone - not on the Right nor any Independents. As Tom Woods recently remarked, how many of you were inspired to learn more about "The Philosophy of Mitt Romney?!" Strike two.
The Ron Paul base of the Republican Party has grown dramatically since 2008 and very few, if any, of these enthusiastic supporters will vote Mitt just to beat Barack. I'd like to add that personally, I prefer Obama in that scenario. If it's 4 more years of Barack versus 8 more years of Mitt, give me Obama and let me take my chances with another libertarian candidate in 2016 rather than 2020.
Strike three Mitt. Grab some bench.
Mitt can't win the general election. He has no chance. I'm counting on Republican voters realizing this over the next two months, but it's important that we all stress this to every Republican we know. When our friends and family say "Ron Paul is unelectable," go right back at them. "Sorry Billy Bob, but it's Mitt that is unelectable. Here's why...." Mitt's supporters will compromise. We won't.
Three Humble Pieces of Advice for the Campaign
1. When Dr. Paul is asked if he would consider running as an Independent, he should start openly wondering about Mitt's thoughts on an Independent run. After all, Mitt could split the Republican vote!
2. A recent tactic used by the DSM is to point out Ron's lack of ... ahem... success in passing despicable liberty crushing legislation, like the other DC parasites we are told to worship. The question at the New Hampshire debate went along the lines of, "Dr. Paul, how can voters expect you to be able to build a coalition to get things done, when none of your measures ever receive support in Congress?"
Ron needs to look these media cretins right in the eye and say, "Excuse me, what is the public approval rating for Congress? 15%? 18%? So you're telling me that I should be joining Congress in doing things that mainstream Americans obviously resent? I think siding with Americans, sticking to my principles and the Constitution is far more important than getting along with my fellow Congressmen."
It's not like Congress doesn't pass enough laws. People despise Congress because nearly all of the laws they pass are terrible. So we need to shove that one right back in their DSM faces. This criticism is seriously misguided and symptomatic of a media that is out of touch with America.
3. Waste no money on Rick Santorum. I loved the Betrayal ad too, but Rick defeats himself every time he opens his mouth. Remember, Rick succeeded in Iowa through no effort of his own. Rick is a bizarro human. Had he put any effort into Iowa, he would have received fewer votes. He's only competent in being completely, hopelessly incompetent. (He's also a stark raving lunatic.) He'll be out of this race in a month if we simply ignore him. Better yet, let him stay in the race and gain some momentum here and there. His presence amuses and reminds me that there are lower forms of human life than my own. Thank you, Rick.
(The above paragraph can be copied by replacing "Rick" with "Newt" and "Santorum" with "Gingrich".)
That's my take on things right now. Take it or leave it. It costs you nothing.
Introduction and Helpful Links
I was very overwhelmed by the positive response to my first blog. I'd like to dive right in and spit hot fire, but maybe we should get to know each other first. I'm old fashioned.
I started following Dr. Paul in 2007 but I grew up a statist.
In the mid-1990's I joined the Marines. They liked me, so I was selected for Embassy Guard duty. That put me close to the heart of the State. I came to understand how unelected bureaucracies function and influence outcomes. That experience laid the groundwork for my future libertarianism. After leaving the Marines, I went to work as a defense contractor. I viewed corruption first hand, especially during the Iraq invasion. I saw how public opinion was manipulated to shield the reality of the war effort. I came to understand the propaganda of war very well. That experience forever turned me into a sworn enemy of the neoconservatives.
The silver lining of this background is that I have seen the world, good and bad. I've lived overseas for 10 of the last 15 years. I've experienced what it is like to be an American in a Muslim land. If I haven't seen it all, I've come close. (And I've probably thought of the rest. I have a sick mind. =D)
Those days are in the past, however. The Daily Paul community gets to experience a new me. I moved to California, found a great job (away from government), and can finally focus on starting my life apres l'etat. I can't wait to share it with you.
I want to link to some of my past work. I covered many topics and arguments that you run into as a Ron Paul supporter.
Breaking Down Jon Stewart's Challenges to Libertarianism
Talking Past Each Other: MMT and Mises
All of my previous blogs can be found here
Glad to make your acquaintance.
David in Liberty