Paul/KucinichSubmitted by CogDiss on Sat, 01/14/2012 - 13:08
As much as I'd love to see RP go head to head with Obama, I think it would be equally interesting and effective if he were to run as an independent and announce Kucinich as his VP right away. This would build a coalition that Tea Partiers and OWS-ers could not ignore. Progressives and liberals could not ignore the appeal if Kucinich was on the ticket from the get-go.
I understand why he is running as a republican and why that makes sense to try first, but I would be really disappointed if all the campaign amounted to was RP getting a speech at the convention. The republican party is a huge machine that has continued to diss RP and they will do whatever they can to appease him and dismiss him. Yes, his ideas are coming into the mainstream, but a speech at the convention is hardly a victory. I don't want to see him sacrifice his principles for the sake of the republican party.
If he doesn't get the nomination, an independent run is a must. Picking someone like Kucinich right away and forming a coalition would be the smartest thing and could easily garner 30% of the popular vote.