Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ron Paul Surging in Iowa and New Hampshire

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

Ron Paul for President - 2012

Ron Paul is gaining steam. It now appears, based on polling in both Iowa and New Hampshire he has crossed the threshold and therefore should be viewed as a serious contender. It is within the realm of possibility Mr. Paul could take first or second in both states.

Ron Paul will now perhaps get the respect and exposure from the networks he so richly deserves. His message has been consistent. The only real constitutionalist in the republican field he is clear in his positions on limited government, curbing the MIC, the Federal Reserve, crony capitalism, corporatism and so much more.

Brent Budowsky of The Hill has an excellent analysis.

There are now multiple polls that show Ron Paul has gained support and has a legitimate chance to come in first or second in Iowa and New Hampshire. I would now call Ron Paul one of three front-runners in both Iowa and New Hampshire alongside Mitt Romney and a third candidate, currently Newt Gingrich. If Ron Paul wins Iowa, which he might, all bets are off. Also, most analysts miss the fact that many states have open systems where independents, and in some cases Democrats, can vote for a Republican nominee. This could give a further boost to Paul.

It is now time to give Ron Paul the attention he deserves in debates and throughout the political community.

For Paul this presents good news and new challenges as his positions are given the kind of wider attention I have called for. For example, his foreign policy positions could help him attract independents and some Democrats in open primary states, along with some Republicans, but they also conflict with the majority Republican view.

The campaign gets very interesting if Newt Gingrich joins Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Donald Trump in collapsing, which would give Paul a head-to-head contest with Romney. {Read More}

The prospects of Ron Paul finally being recognized by the MSM as a serious contender for the republican nomination for president is indeed exciting. If he ultimately goes to the convention as one of the top three, even if he doesn't get the nomination he would wield huge influence on who did.

A even better thought is that of a possible third party candidacy by Ron Paul. The man who understands the meaning of liberty, fiscal restraint and responsibility, constitutional governance, taking care of the home front first, and being consistent in his principles.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. I will give some credit to the "MSM" (and I include Fox and rightwing media as "MSM"), for giving Paul a little attention.

    Paul elucidates the bottom line of today's libertarian/Christian philosophy: peace and liberty.

    It's a lovely thought (if you're a Christian libertarian). And he certainly has his points. We're all on average a little libertarian and little Christian, and so Paul hits a lot of notes for a lot of people, including me.

    But deconstructing the entire machine of a massive empire seems unimaginable today. Either we're going on a slow ride down, or we're going to suddenly change sometime in the future. We seem unable to make a decision now.

    And so, therefore, and this is my main point, Paul will not win the nomination.

    Of all the GOP candidates, I wish it were not true in this case. An Obama/Paul debate would be something to see, huh? With both such serious and intelligent men.


  2. jmj - For me Libertarian yes, Christian no. As an atheist and Objectivist I have any issues with the latter.

    I am heartened you view Paul as intelligent and serious. Given the chance Paul would wipe the floor with Obama.

    Sadly you may be right that he won't {can't} win the nomination. Largely because of the political machinery and the MSM.

    It is why I think he should declare as a third party candidate for "liberty and constitutional government" when it becomes clear tou may be right.

  3. "Sadly you may be right that he won't {can't} win the nomination. Largely because of the political machinery and the MSM."

    It's the popularity issue. It's always in the single-digits for him when it gets down to real votes, and his media converage is outsized compared to his popularity.

    His surging in the polls is an artifact of early-campaign and primary politics.

    Remember when Pat Buchanan won early on, and everyone knew then (like with Ron Paul now) that he was actually only popular with a tiny amount of people and could never get the nomination or election?


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