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Washington Times: When all else fails, blame the Paulbots

Great article by Andreatta Geerdes. I hope to see a lot more from her in the future!

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2012 — Suddenly, Ron Paul's supporters are relevant. You remember Ron Paul — that old Republican guy who ran for president. His non-interventionist foreign policy ideas were considered kooky during the Republican debates but have since landed him interviews on Fox.

He is the guy who barely cracked 10 percent in the primaries but managed to attract tens of thousands of people, from all walks of life, to his rallies during the primary season. People lined up to hear Paul speak about free-market economics and Constitutional government.

Yet his lively supporters were dismissed as "Paulbots" and "Paultards."

But if breitbart.com, glennbeck.com, and others are correct, the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, may have difficulty defeating Barack Obama if the Paulbots don't fall in line and vote for Mitt.
Various commentators are pleading with the Paulians (and other libertarian and Constitutionally minded voters) not to split the vote and give Obama four more years.

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One of the big themes in the forums is that write-ins are not counted or reported. If that is the case, what good will it do to write Dr Paul's name in? I ask because I am still torn over the issue. I would prefer to write Dr Paul in, but if it wont even register as a blip on the public radar, wouldn't it be better to vote GJ?

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The 2012 vote

I really hope no one stays home this election. If you are in a state that will actually count a Ron Paul write in then by all means do it. If you are not then please, still turn out to vote. Vote Gary Johnson, Constitution Party, Green or even Communist. Just vote. What will make an impression is if the 3rd party votes can exceed 3% of the vote. If they can't then the two party duopoly will never learn the error of their ways.

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no compliance with Obama or Romney and if they make the people mad enough, we can always drag them out with our own hands.

I'll write in if I can, vote Constitution Party, or stay home.

I'll write in if I can, vote Constitution Party, or stay home.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I have a question. Do write-ins actually register as a RP Vote?

If it doesnt i'll go with Gary Johnson.

Im in Florida, I dont know if that matters

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Trying to figure some stuff out now...

but from what I have found so far, in order to even write in Ron Paul, he or his campaign would need to register him as a "write-in" candidate (for name recognition), because voting for "Ron Paul" could refer to any natural born American citizen named Ron Paul.

Here's one tidbit of info I found:

Also, there appears to only be several states that allow candidates to be written-in. Here's another DailyPaul thread addressing this:

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Depending on your state (maybe 10 states) it might be counted but don't expect any write ins to ever be reported in the news and since a good percentage of us will be voting Johnson to further the liberty movement in a way that will count that will just marginalize your write in that much more.

I agree with your assessment

I'm voting for Gary Johnson. It takes a really good guy to get Dr. Paul's endorsement and he almost gave Gary the nod. I think Gary Johnson is a practical libertarian but lacking in some of the more esoteric theory. He's good enough for me and a ton better than Robomney.

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I wrote in Ron Paul in 2008 in Florida.

I did hear that there were 140 write ins for Ron Paul in my county, beating Micky Mouse and HILARY CLINTON!!! I was happy to do so because after vetting all the other candidates, I didn't feel right voting for any of them. My signature used to read "Ron Paul or no one at all" BUT, unless I am persuaded otherwise, I'm leaning over the fence to vote for Gary Johnson. I believe the voice for liberty will be more noticed if Gary gets a strong showing, I agree with him on most issues and believe his foreign policy stand will be quite an improvement from what we have. There is still time to make a difference.

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

I disagree. I think a strong showing of Ron Paul write ins

I think a strong showing of Ron Paul write ins compared to 2008 in a state that counts write ins will make a splash regardless. now if only 140 people show up to write him in again..... What does that tell us (or the establishment)? And what the heck difference does it make if Gary Johnson does better than Bob Barr from 2008? Both numbers will tell us if the MESSAGE is making it out there despite things like FOXNEWS.

If Gary Johnson gets a strong showing OR if Ron Paul gets some decent write in numbers in Write in States the effect will be the same.
Not much.

The difference will be that the folks that voted will be able to tell their grandkids that they voted for RON PAUL (smiles from Grandchildren) or Gary Johnson (confused quizzical looks of disappointment and 'who's that?')

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is an American Hero, Legend, and Icon. Gary Johnson's name will be reduced obsolete after this election when one of Obama or Romney wins.

If There are let's say, 10 time more write ins for Ron Paul, what message could that send? The libertarian party had 40 years, none of them did they even get above 2 percent of votes in the presidential election.

Write in Ron Paul is the way to go

"Truth is Treason in an Empire that lies" - Ron Paul

Educate the masses, and win in the end.

This is my reasoning as well.

This is my reasoning as well. I will be proud to say that I voted for Ron Paul in the first presidential election I was eligible to vote in.

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I've already had the pleasure of saying "don't blame me,

I voted for Ron Paul!" So go for it, if that is your choice. As for me, I would like to see Gary Johnson win the Presidency. I figure that if I would like that, then I should vote for him. Looks like we are splitting the vote between RP, GJ, none, and other, but not splitting the Romney vote because he never had our vote and never will.

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

Don't vote for the lesser of

Don't vote for the lesser of x evils, stay the course, stay principled; vote Ron Paul. I am.

Linda Cross's picture

I don't see Gary Johnson as "evil"

If it weren't for family conflicts, and endorsing a non-Republican candidate, Ron Paul just might have endorsed him.

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

RP* wouldn't endorse him,

RP* wouldn't endorse him, because RP* has principals.

*RON Paul, Not, RAND Paul. Big difference now a days.

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Very nice article. The GOP may have imagined

they'd never hear from us again after cheating RP. but we will continue to be a resounding voice as their status quo script fades into the ash heap of history.

Isn't it

possible that they squashed us so this could happen. And then demonize the liberty movement as a whole in an attempt to stop it from growing.

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Personally I don't think the GOP establishment

is that clever; but if you were correct, it will backfire as will all of their criminal behavior.

Write ins count in many many

Write ins count in many many many states.

Including my home state of Florida.

I'm writing Ron Paul in and it'll be the best vote I have ever made. Join me!


No they don't. They count in far less than half the states.

I wote Ron Paul in last election and....


I can't wait to do it again! You will NEVER regret it. I promise.

Same here

Same here

Hmm, have to check if NC

Hmm, have to check if NC counts write-ins. My preference is to write in Dr Paul, but I will be forced to vote GJ if it wont be counted.

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein

"forced" to vote for the

"forced" to vote for the lesser evil?
A sound, principled vote, is the right vote.

So Dr. Paul thinks someone

So Dr. Paul thinks someone who is 'evil' is also 'wonderful'? Please explain.


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Has Ron Paul ENDORSED GJ yet?

Has Ron Paul ENDORSED GJ yet? Ya didn't think so.

Good point...

Good point...

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. - Heinlein