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WSJ-Blog: Ron Paul–Finally–Gets His Due


January 5, 2009, 6:18 pm
Ron Paul–Finally–Gets His Due

Susan Davis reports on politics.

For much of the 2008 campaign, Texas lawmaker and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and his supporters served as a thorn in the side—or a punching bag—for the mainstream GOP establishment.

Yet today, the six men vying to run the Republican National Committee praised the grassroots enthusiasm Paul tapped into during his campaign—and discussed how they would like to capture that enthusiasm to expand the party’s appeal.

“Ron Paul certainly brought a whole new generation of voters and I think it’s important going forward that we recognize the strengths and the attributes of these individuals who are out there actively building the party and building a movement, a consensus if you will, on certain issues. We can’t look that in the eye and say ‘No, we don’t want that,’” said former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, adding that the RNC needs to find “creative ways” to work with candidates supported by Paul and his followers, and to work with Paul directly to that end.

“I think, at this stage at this party, everyone who can help us should be brought into the room to help us,” Steele said.

South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson recalled memories of Paul’s supporters campaigning during his state’s early primary.

“I witnessed early on the Ron Paul army in South Carolina,” Dawson said, stressing the importance of building new coalitions. “I want people involved in my party that will hang off bridges and paint on their cars and make up t-shirts. There was a passion that I saw of those people for him and his ideas. Do we agree with all of them? No, but we are a party that has to embrace differences.”

Saul Anuzis, Michigan Republican Party Chairman, touted his outreach to Paul supporters, attending campaign functions and talking to supporters. “I think you treat [Paul supporters] like everybody else—if they want to be part of the Republican Party, if they want to participate, we have to welcome them in.”

Former Mike Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman recalled seeing the passion behind Paul’s operation on the ground while the two former rival campaigns shared office space in Iowa. (Saltsman also identified Paul, an obstetrician, as “Dr. Paul”—a key distinction among his supporters.) “Dr. Paul…he is a wonderful man with wonderful ideas,” Saltsman said, “Do we agree with him all the time? Absolutely not.”

Incumbent RNC Chairman Mike Duncan agreed the GOP has to broaden their appeal, and noted that he has met with Paul on two occasions. The key, Duncan said, was respect. “I personally have treated leaders of his campaign with respect, I’ve met with them. I personally treated his foot soldiers with respect whether it was at our convention in Kentucky or whether it was the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, St. Paul,” he said.

Only Ken Blackwell did not praise Paul by name, although he agreed with the overall sentiment of broadening the party’s base. “We are a federation that invites differences,” he said, “The RNC can no longer be a social club, it must be the flagship Republican organization in this nation.”

As for Paul, he spent Monday doing what he does best—railing against federal intervention and regulation of the free market during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the alleged $50 billion Ponzi schemes of Bernard Madoff.

“It’s not the fault of the individuals at the [Securites and Exchange Commission]. They have an impossible job and they have to pretend they’re doing something to feel relevant, the same way we do here, in the Congress. We have to feel relevant in this,” Paul said, “Instead of saying what we need is the market to work, we need to get rid of the bad policies, the monetary system, and this mountains of debt. We say, well, we’re relevant because we’re going to hire more bureaucrats and we’re going to appropriate more money that we don’t have and we’re going to solve all our problems.”
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They don't care how much press Ron Paul gets now.

Their system is still well in place, now that old pesky Ron Paul is quietly back in his House seat. Whew, that could have been disaster for the neo-con society. Just imagine if Dr. Paul would have been the Bush successor? How would we fight all these foreign wars without our blank checkbook?

alan laney

Saul Anuzis has an unmoderated comment section on his site

"Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it."
--Jane Wagner

"Creative ways"

"..RNC needs to find “creative ways” to work with candidates supported by Paul and his followers, and to work with Paul directly to that end."

"Creative ways"--meaning some way to scoop up money and support for the mainstream GOP from Ron Paul followers--WITHOUT actually saying or doing anything that would make them "look bad" to the elites.

Support the Constitution of the United States

Support the Constitution of the United States

Hey guys, are you bored?

Hey guys, are you bored?

Send the fraud Saul a message via his site and tell him we know he's a fraud! I did, it was thoroughly fulfilling. Now I can rest....


Somebody wrote some bad things about Saul on his site ;>)


Unmoderated comment section let him have it!

"Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it."
--Jane Wagner

They've learned nothing....

They're simply trying to figure out a ruse to tap into the RP support bank.

As if they could.

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

I agree.

Just like Bob "Where's MY Money Bomb?" Barr.

Support the Constitution of the United States

Support the Constitution of the United States

Saul Anuzis is the guy that

Saul Anuzis is the guy that had Ron Paul purposely left out of a debate--I think Michigan (?). He also got on a local radio station and blasted Ron Paul supporters and said we threatened him and his family.

Now, look at this guy talk about Ron Paul like he was right there behind us. This guy should be shot for treason. He basically handed the US election to Kenya because of his antics. He threw all of his support and lack of ethics behind McCain--no wonder McCain lost with frauds like this as friends.

Morning Bump

This is a straight forward positive article. Maybe if people think the GOP leadership respects Dr. Paul other rank and file will ease up.

Remember to DIGG IT!

159, posted 14 hours ago. Shout it to all. The title is perfect.

Michael Steele

That was the guy being buddy - buddy with Sean Hannity during the Fox debates, where they were attacking Ron Paul. I see now after the election they want us to join them. Everything Ron said during the debates is coming to pass, and I think they are a bit concerned a few more republicans might stray off the plantation. After all the shenanigans I witnessed (Nevada, etc..) by the party at all levels, I will never again re-join their ranks. I had been a lifelong Republican. I guess the "big ten party" the republicans were trying so hard to achieve was only for "big government" types.

“Ron Paul certainly brought a whole new generation of voters"

LOL -- that was the topic of the question we promoted. Good job Michael and everyone that bumped the question to the top of the list.


This space is for rent.

Ron Paul "Sign Wave Across the USA" -- November 5th!

lets send them all a copy

Revolution a Manifesto.


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Excellent Idea

I like all the Ron Paul asskissing going on. But do any of us think it was anymore than lip service because they know C4L was covering it on their site.

They new all eyes where on them and our question about Dr. Paul.

These guys will do everything possible to court the NeoCon vote in the end.

this looks good in print...

anyone seeing this on the ground? The GOP in my county and state are bound and determined to maintain the status quo.

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

Send them all a copy

of the above wsj article. That might perk their interest ???

I wish there had been

a Ron Paul supporter up there. Now, that would have been worth watching.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."