Ron Paul - lousy politician?Submitted by Minarchist on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 17:58
I think the two main characteristics of a good politician are:
1) Being right.
2) Being effective at persuading others that you are right.
Ron Paul has (1) sewn up, no doubt. Not so sure about (2), the 100,000 or so Paul supporters notwithstanding.
Today, for example, Ron Paul obviously failed to make sure Bob Barr understood what this was about and committed to it. It should not have been that hard to explain the gist of what he was doing - convincing as many people as possible that the two party system does not work, and that more people need to vote 3rd party. To the extent that RP is successful with this, it can only help Bob Barr. He has many more potential voters among those currently looking at McCain vs. Obama than he has among the tiny percentage already looking at 3rd party. It's a no-brainer. But he obviously didn't get it, which doesn't say much for him, but it also says something about Ron Paul's political savvy - not so good, sad to say.