by W. James Antle III | April 18, 2010
Normally, a septuagenarian obstetrician with a penchant for lengthy disquisitions on monetary policy would not seem a promising presidential candidate. And in 2008, Ron Paul raised millions of dollars and galvanized thousands of passionate supporters but failed to win a single Republican primary or caucus.
The evidence is nevertheless mounting that the quirky libertarian-leaning congressman from Texas should make another go at it in 2012. Paul came within one vote of besting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) straw poll. This strong showing came despite reports from the Daily Caller that Paul backers experienced difficulties registering for the conference or voting in its nonbinding poll.
Paul had already beaten Romney, the presumed 2012 frontrunner, in the Conservative Political Action (CPAC) straw poll in February. CPAC is the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists and, like the SRLC, an early cattle call for aspiring Republican presidential candidates. Paul took 31 percent of the vote to Romney’s 22 percent. Many Beltway right favorites barely registered.
Straw polls are unscientific surveys that have no power to predict how an actual election would turn out, especially this early. But they are good tests of organizational strength and grassroots enthusiasm. The latter the Paulistas always had in spades, as evidenced by their strong showings in Internet polls last time around. Their ability to go toe-to-toe with the most professional campaign operation on the Republican side shows increasing organizational prowess as well.
“Only Ron Paul is in a good position to represent his libertarian and conservative-constitutionalist followers in the 2012 primaries. More importantly, he can continue to mobilize the young activists who remain the best hope for a future of liberty, sound money, and a realistic foreign policy.”
In 1992, Pat Buchanan took on President George H.W. Bush and lost all 33 primaries in which they crossed swords. Four years later, Buchanan came back, won the New Hampshire primary, and nearly knocked Bob Dole out of the presidential race. Although Buchanan got nearly three times as many votes as Paul, the Buchanan brigades of the 1990s have a similar feel to the Ron Paul revolutionaries of today—except the latter are younger, more diverse, and are trying to build a movement that may outlast the candidate who initially inspired them.
Paul’s son Rand now leads the Republican race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, where he would be at least even to win if nominated. Paul-endorsed former Congressman John Hostettler is within striking distance in the contest for Indiana’s GOP senatorial nomination and would be the favorite in November if he wins the primary. With leaders like former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Judge Andrew Napolitano, and New York Times bestselling author Thomas Woods, the Paulites are moving beyond simply being a cult of personality around Ron Paul...
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This needs to go viral. A heartfelt apology from two Bravo Company 2-16 soldiers at Antiwar.com:
As one quoted in the movie the Matrix...
"It is the sound of inevitability"
NY Sun: Reckoning With Ron Paul
No sooner did Congressman Ron Paul emerge in one of latest opinion polls as neck-and-neck with President Obama in 2012 than he came in for a new round of critical postings on the internet. One of them is quoted by Powerline’s John Hinderaker, who writes that he detects something “off” about the physician, who is a Republican from Texas. Mr. Hinderaker quotes an email from one of his readers who had heard Dr. Paul speak at a Tea Party event and concluded that he “ is a nut, out of touch with reality seemingly.”
Our own view of Dr. Paul, however, is different.
Read on Daily Paul...at the NY Sun
And by the way...
Ron Paul To Bernanke: Where Would The Money Come From...? We'd Create It Out Of Thin Air!
Is it me and my conspiratory mind, or is there something going on with the establishment? Are they scared? Or is the mood and mind of the average citizen putting them on the defensive and making them act?
Let me list the issues that brought me to this idea:
1. SEC going after GS--even if it isn't full bore, it's a start!
2. Neo-cons and liberals attacking Fox News about the Tea Partiers and Fox News actually wavering a bit.
3. Bill Clinton expressing regret over taking bad advice from Summers and Rubin--even if it's most likely his cover.
4. Bill Clinton warning against anti-government language--basically a stab at free speech (he sounds like a Neo-con now).
5. Robert Gates toning down his memo on Iran.
6. Pentagon insisting attack on Iran last option.
7. Obama administration bragging about tax cuts.
8. Fox News anchors asking Karl Rove about being chased out of a book signing by Code Pink! Fox News actually admitting that an anti-war organization even exists.
9. Glen Beck parroting Ron Paul.
10. Ron Paul winning polls that had nothing to do with our hand!!!
The establishment is running scared! We need to keep the fire burning! The next two years are the most important. No matter what they do nor what they say we need to keep beating them back with sticks and pitch forks! Remember, everything you hear and read in the mainstream news is corporate propaganda. We cannot let them make us aloof and lazy ever again....
Liberty Candidates Money Bomb April 16-25.
Thank you so much everyone who already donated and Thank you goes to the beautiful souls who helped spread the word about this event.
Gigi Bowman organized this Money Bomb she and others worked so hard and sadly one patriot from this wonderful team Sally is now in the hospital needing prayers -
Freedoms are being taken away from us one by one.
One might say "America is in the hospital wounded and bleeding".
Healing this country helping to restore the Republic starts with you!
Our guest for today’s Important Voices interview is Jake Towne. Jake has traveled the world extensively, and has developed an intense love for individual liberty. His experiences have led him to declare his candidacy for US Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th district.
Josiah Schmidt: What compelled you to enter elective politics?
-- presumably those who don't want to watch the two long, but informative video interviews.
" As I have said many times, I have tried to limit the focus of my observations to the campaigns, not the individuals. However this set of interviews reveals more about the candidates than their campaigns. They had no handlers, their message was unedited, this was not a commercial or a prepared speech. As such this comment will focus on the impression one gets from the interviews of the men themselves.
Ardent supporters will see what they want in each interview and have plenty of ammunition to spin for their guy and against the other. But I have a one word summary of my comment on each.
Rand Paul: Senatorial
Trey Grayson: Student Council "
See the rest here: http://www.bluegrassbulletin.com/2010/04/comment-on-courier-...
Call it Iceland’s revenge, but it appears there is no more effective a way for a small country to get its own back on a larger one than to have an erupting volcano in its midst. No trade embargo, however effective, could compete with the economic devastation that Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano threatens to visit on Britain and much of Northern Europe.
How costly it ultimately proves depends, I guess, on the prevailing winds and the length of the eruption, but any prolonged shut down of UK airspace would certainly have profoundly disruptive economic consequences. Britain is one of the most open economies in the world. It depends vitally on people getting in and out.
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Flights grounded into next week as airline industry loses $200 million per day.
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Here, in Iceland, we were in the midst of the fallout from a fact-finding report into the bank collapse that had been published two days earlier – widely dubbed the "black report", on account of its staggering revelations of corruption and incompetence in the lead-up to the economic meltdown. The media was already working overtime to plough through the 2,000-plus-page report to offer up choice morsels for the public, which was already feeling completely overwhelmed by its revelations...
Here's a quick recap of OhMyGov's weekly Facebook stats for Congress:
Ron Paul, libertarian favorite and Texas representative, led the way by gaining more than 3,000 new Facebook fans. He now has 193,959 total fans, making him the most popular Congressman on Facebook by a huge margin.
This Week - Total Facebook Fans
Ron Paul (R-TX) +3,045 = 193,959
Paul Ryan (R-WI) +2,672 = 26,146
RDunn sent this to me and I think he did an AWESOME job and made me giggle. I thought you and the rest of the Daily Paul family would get a kick out of it, too. He got the idea from my Daily Paul screen name...
I love it! Has everyone who ordered a flag sent their money to QS? Have a happy weekend everyone!
Based on the numbers I've been surveying, it looks like Beck hit his (non-vacation) 2010 low last week, on April 9, when Nielsen tagged his audience at 1.96 million. By way of comparison, during late January, Beck was averaging more than 3 million viewers each night. And since September of last year, Beck had been averaging approximately 2.5 million-plus viewers each night. But recently, in the wake of the health care reform passage, those numbers have been heading south. Fast.
Continue, with charts at: Media Matters for America: