John Stossel for 2012: Winner of my informal email surveySubmitted by Treg on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 20:57
I have been wondering out loud here and other places this question:
"Who should be the R3VOLution's presidential candidate for 2012 to go up against Republican GOP Favorates like Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Louisiana Rep Gov and many others.......and out of that, who could really give President Obama a real run for his money in 2012?"
John Stossel was the winner HANDS DOWN.
There was 3 distinct groups who received the question. Each group knows that I am a ardent Ron Paul fan, having received weekly emails from me for over two years.
A) 180 hard core GW Bush Republicans (loved McCain or Giuliani, etc)
B) 210 Hard core liberal democrats, Voted/supported either Hillary or Obama
C) 322 mildly political types... for them, its all about PERSONALITY, who has the "best personality" that "I trust": For these individuals political philosophy, economics, foriegn policy, etc is all just trimmings on the dinner plate or garnish on the dish, and so they could not care less about it and felt like it was above their pay grade to judge the right and wrong of it. Irritating I know, but at least they are honest, and I found that most people when I went door to door as a PC fell into this category, regardless if they were registered an R or D.
Today, with the economy in the tank, these are my hard core Republicans.. the type that NEVER went for Ron Paul, but today now say, "WELL I agree with Ron Paul basically of course, but Ron Paul went about it all wrong, its the WAY he said it and came across in the primaries that turned me off" --- yet I know differently from their emails dating back from that time that it was the war, their blood lust for it, that they loved.
This group bought the Ron Paul is a Racist and drank up every slant & slight that was made against us in the R3VOLution ---out to be white supremacists, anti-Hispanic bigots, nut jobs, weird extremists, etc. It was our lack of OPEN COMPASSION tied to NORMALCY is what turned them off, still does. The problem is, what goes for compassion and normalcy is Un-debatable with these people. It is also an admitted Hang Up of Republicans like Glenn Beck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcniH1nE900&feature=related
This group is all about PERSONALITY. It is this group that makes the USA go from having a JFK, to a Richard Nixon, to a Jimmie Carter, to a Ronald Reagan, to a Bush Sr, to a Bill Clinton, to a GW Bush, to a Barack Obama. If you look at those choices, you see WILD swings in political ideology, and you ask yourself, how can that be? What is the constant threat here? And that thread is PERSONALITY. They decide all upon PERSONALITY. That is it. Again, political philosophies, ideologies, economics, foreign policies, any policies really, are ALL JUST SIDE DISHES, the "Main course" for them is, PERSONALITY. To them, PERSONALITY is all tied up into how one looks, sounds, dresses, carries him or herself, etc. Again, Nixon to Carter to Reagan to Clinton to Bush...the only thing is Personality.
So it was between these groups that I asked them to choose for me, who should lead and represent the Ron Paul Revolution for 2012.
John Stossel was the clear winner.
What is surprising was that for all three groups, they each placed John Stossel as the man best suited to lead the Revolution for us in 2012. Those in Group A & B, hard cores each, took time to write that only John Stossel had the knowledge, skill & Personality. Many suggested he could "Play himself to the Right when going against other Republicans and then go LEFT against Obama. Many (my mother included) said, "gee, in a head to head debate in 2012 against President Obama, I may change my mind and vote for John". This from a retired school teacher and life long democrat and big time Obama supporter.
There was another Group, my 120 member RP Meet Up. They choose Ron Paul, but that was only 2 votes more than John Stossel followed by Peter Schiff and Ventura tied for 3rd.
The List they had was as follows:
** Here is the big news I think, at least for me. Because it is doubtful that John Stossel would ever run for President, we inside the REVOLUTION should take this time to FARM our OWN talent, with TV PRODUCTION TRAINING, SPEAKING TRAINING, and most of all, an Eye on WHO has the "Right" Personality. We can never forget, its all about PERSONALITY. For you and me, its about honesty and having the right ideas and solutions and principles and goals....but for the voting public, its all about PERSONALITY.
So, lets "Promote from Within". Lets train and school from within our movement. I am sure that we have at least a dozen TOP PERSONALITIES that need to be discovered, trained to be in front of a TV cameras, trained to make speeches, and so forth. But it is Personality that is that key quality that we need to cultivate within our ranks. And again, by personality we mean everything from how one dresses, carries themselves, looks, acts, age, temperament, etc... all rolled into one "Personality".
IF Barack Obama's fast rise has taught us anything, it is that Personality wins.