I watched a segment on Hardball just last Friday where Chris Matthews had comedian Bill Maher on, and they were doing a full rundown of all the GOP candidates, with various commentary (and jokes) about whether or not they could beat Obama.
They talked about everyone from Sarah Palin to Donald Trump to Michelle Bachman to Mike Hubackbee, etc., naming all candidates who have already decided not to run, as well as those that are in the race.
Ron Paul's name wasn't mentioned even once. Not one single time. He's not in the race. It's as if he doesn't even exist.
Similarly, you find all the Sunday talk shows never mention his name even one time. There is obviously a well-coordinated agenda to treat Ron Paul as either a non-existant entity whose is not even in the race, or to treat him as a totally disqualified candidate that is unworthy of any News discussion or coverage.
The only way to get their attention is going to be to win Iowa......not 3rd place, not 2nd place.....but an outright, undisputed first-place win.
So that has to be the goal here. Dispite the CPAC wins, and other strong straw poll showings - they will never take Ron Paul seriously until he starts coming in 1st-place in the Primaries.
I'm starting to think that Gingrich won't get too much traction now. But Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, and Pawlenty are where the Establishment is going to put their weight behind.
I just hope that Ron Paul really has the Organizational structure to canvass Iowa from top to bottom and really win this thing. This is all going to come down to really winning Iowa, and then being seen as a viable enough candidate in New Hampshire and then winning there too.
The good news is that if Ron Paul can win these states, then we can finally move into phase II and past the whole "he can't win" perceptions.
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