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Jesse Benton on Mitch McConnell: "I'm sorta holding my nose for 2 years"

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Those that smelt it

Dealt it.

Anyone who gives an interview like this...

...can't be all bad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wli-xtJDaS4

I only wish Rand would articulate such a strong anti-Income Tax position.

This won't be popular

I want to respond to this from Huskier down below, who asked: How did Jesse Benton hinder the RP campaign?

"By creating a barrier between the grassroots and RP. Essentially ostracizing the grass roots and many influential free thinking allies...And the decision to quit campaigning when it was amassing so much momentum..."

For those of you who want to run campaigns or be involved in "successful" campaigns:
That was probably Jesse's job to "create a barrier between grassroots and RP." Maybe that's what was needed to a certain degree. This won't be popular here, but it is at least partly true. I traveled w/ the grassroots for the '08 and '12 campaigns.
Free thinking allies? My website is endorsed by Tom Woods, but I'm not afraid to point out that Tom Woods, is not a political operative--thank goodness. I don't know him personally--although I've spoken in private with him--but there is nothing I know of in his background that would suggest that he would excel at running a political campaign.

It's very easy here to get confused between the tactical mission of a campaign--which, many here don't even believe in because they are anarcho--and the philosophical/educational debates that we all love. Bless your hearts, but campaigning is boring and simply involves phone banking, answering some objections and compiling a list of people who are likely voters---then trying to activate them to vote in the final week. THAT'S ALL. Passing out flyers about pot and the Federal Reserve may have made some of you guys happy, but it likely lost more votes for Ron Paul than it gained. (Don't try to rationalize this using your limited social circle--statistically, there are only a small group of people who are likely to vote in a Republican primary and only .001% of them know about the Daily Paul or Austrian economics.)

I don't know if Jesse Benton is an ass. Who cares? Ron Paul thinks he did his job, at the time, well. That's enough for me because I don't have some pipe dream idea of what a political campaign is. You guys, Ron Paul came in 2nd in New Hampshire--that was amazing given the odds stacked against us. All of this hand wringing is crying over spilt milk...from a long time ago.

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Holding noses?

Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts

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"When one gets in bed with government,
one must expect the diseases it spreads."
‎"It's not like I'm a powerful person. My ideas are."

The reason Jesse is holding is nose

is that his nose is way up McConnell's ass.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Lol! You beat me to it

It was the first thing that popped into my head :)

Someone still talking to Benton should suggest that he...

try holding his BREATH for that long...

The world would be a better place.

what he meant to say was

"i really don't give a shit what happens in politics as long as I get paid"

So in 2 years will he be on the next democrat candidates election team? Placing bets now.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

Bentoon is a money sniffing

Bentoon is a money sniffing opportunistic at its worst ...

You people are killing me...

1. Jesse Benton is a corrupt, immoral, untrustworthy opportunist. He has done everything in his power to advance his political career, at the expense of OUR FREEDOM. This guy couldn't care any less about our freedom, stopping wars, or anything else Ron Paul has championed. Don't you people get it? He wants money and power. Just like all the other criminals in DC. He was cultured and formed right there, and he's blossomed into a full fledged DC crook. Anyone who thinks he's "pulling a Rand" and "playing the game for our good" is off their rocker. People are judged by their past actions, not speculations on what good they might do in the future. What good has Jesse Benton ever done for ANY OF US??? He personally insulted me when I was actively campaigning for Dr. Paul in 08.

2. I truly hope Rand will turn out to be awesome in 2016. It would make my whole year if he turned out to be "just playing the game in order to win"... I just want to remind you this is what A LOT of people thought about Obama. They were so sure that once he got in, things would change, and that he'd keep his promises. Don't be surprised if nothing changes EVEN IF Rand gets elected in 2016. The feds have dirt on every last person in this country, when you get into public office they make sure you know they can destroy you if you don't play ball...

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Well Rand is going to try and do the right thing, and that's the

difference. He's not just saying "change" because it's a buzz-word.

Debbie

right on

Rand is going to be the only person in the history of the world that is not corrupted by power.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Not sure why this got a -1.

Not sure why this got a -1. Sounds like an accurate assessment.

Is Jesse Bett On Mitt "The Snitch" McConnell?

......:)

I hope for his sake his future employer doesn't hear about this.

Workers with that sort of attitude are usually well-advised to keep it to themselves.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

The sort of thing political operative always say.

Hold nose while taking money. That's nice.

Free includes debt-free!

Why is this piece of garbage

Why is this piece of garbage even getting time on the Daily Paul?? Do we not remember what that pig did to the Ron Paul 2012 campaign?

Jesse Benton is a tool, period.

That's it. Benton just made my list.

Some people are holier-than-thou.

J. B. is assholier-than-thou.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

And some people get elected

And some people get elected to the US Senate and some don't.

Demanding idealistic perfection is nice but the only person it really pleases is Karl Rove. We're so naive at times, thank God for people like Jesse Benton willing to play politics to achieve actual success.

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Hear Hear

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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Are you really saying that

Are you really saying that sabotaging Ron Paul and successfully electing (assuming he'll be "successful") Mitch McConnell is political success???

Explain EXACTLY how he "sabotaged" RP's campaign?

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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

By creating a barrier between

By creating a barrier between the grassroots and RP. Essentially ostracizing the grass roots and many influential free thinking allies.

And the decision to quit campaigning when it was amassing so much momentum...

They didn't decide to quit campaigning...

... they decided not to contest primaries where they knew they had no chance of getting any delegates, and focus on finishing strong in the caucus states where they had done well.

And how exactly did they ostracize the grass roots? Does that just mean: you didn't like their strategy and choice of advisers?

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Ron Paul was drawing crowds

Ron Paul was drawing crowds in the thousands to his rally's, then they suddenly stopped, not only in states where they had "no chance" but also in caucus states. They didn't switch strategies, they stopped.

"And how exactly did they ostracize the grass roots?"

By not providing them any support. were you around for the election??? this isn't a secret. Although if you didn't have any experience I can see how you could think people were just being whinny and dramatic. I did till my interactions with them at our convention. They (the campaigns representatives) had no energy, and expressed little enthusiasm (complete opposite of the grass roots which was LIVELY!). They acted lethargic. I took a photo of one, in the middle of the convention, sitting on the floor in the corner sleeping. It was actually embarrassing to be associated with them.

Then I realized that pretty much everyone that dealt with the campaign had a underwhelming (to be kind) experience. I no longer think people were being whinny or dramatic. And come to think of it, I can't think of a single positive story about working with the campaign... Maybe could find one on a romney site HA!

"Does that just mean: you didn't like their strategy and choice of advisers?"

I was ok with the strategy till it changed to sshhhhhhhhhh. And I was one of the people posting "I LOVE WEEEEEAD" on threads where he crushed an interview.

After reflecting on it though, I have to say Tom Woods was correct about them. Live and learn I guess.

I think they claim that

I think they claim that because he (and others) made some pragmatic decisions about Ron's campaign. There's a certain amount of unreasonable hope that Ron could had won if they had just done x, y or z.

It doesn't stand up to scrutiny. It was the right thing to do for both Ron's future and Rand's. Like Rand's meaningless endorsement of Romney.

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thats not it at all. look at

thats not it at all. look at my history, I defended Jesse the whole campaign. I didn't judge the decisions of x, y or z. Until the decision to quit when there was so much momentum and support. I didn't second guess x, y, or z, but I couldn't go along with quitting when there was no reason too.

There's likely a bunch of

There's likely a bunch of issues, like keeping the money for other more educational things. Not attacking Mitt Romney needlessly to prevent a PR bomb against Ron Paul, thereby hurting his post-political educational career. Ron had 0% chance to win, it's a fact easily realized by just glancing at the average American.

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Do you remember the crowds

he was getting right before they pulled the plug? Tens of thousands of average Americans were showing up at events all across the country. Ron was a long shot, for sure, but its easily realize by recognizing the power structure that exists, not the average American.

Do you remember the delegate count?

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"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."