Saturday, January 28, 2012

If Ron Paul Ultimately Drops Out...

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

Having spent all of my adult life in the business sector in positions from staff advisory, to executive management I can attest to the validity the following article.

The article is about how the RNC should handle Ron Paul on that fateful day when he can no longer continue on the campaign trail. Viewed from a proper business perspective the articles premise is spot on.

While it is without a doubt Ron Paul is the most intelligent and qualified candidate in the 2012 GOP field, it is also becoming clear the forces arrayed against his brand of common sense and liberty are too great to overcome. The GOP statist power base is just too powerful. Combined with a media that basically ignores Ron Paul the hurdle to overcome is just too high.

How to handle a likely Paul exit is the meat of the article.

Reuters - ... Paul is not really the GOP’s problem. It’s his followers, perhaps as much as 15 percent of the general electorate, many of them young, vocal and highly energized. Like Paul himself, they’re not exactly party regulars. No, Paul and his followers promise to be a lot like that fired employee who, if “handled” incorrectly at farewell, will make it his life’s work to, if not bring your organization down, at least show you how very wrong you were to cut the cord.

The Republican Party would be flat-out careless to let that happen. Dr. Paul’s exit isn’t exactly going to be unexpected. Plus, the GOP leadership has an excellent example of how to correctly part ways right under its nose — in President Obama’s masterful handling in 2008 of Hillary Clinton, a bitter opponent right to the end, and Joe Biden, an early loser in the Democratic primary race. Both of these “terminated” rivals, along with Bill Clinton and his minions, could have easily spent Obama’s general-election campaign and his first term engaged in subterfuge, natter-nattering to the media about the Newbie-in-Chief’s every little misstep. Instead, Hillary Clinton was given a big job and a big jet and the opportunity to become the most popular woman in America. And rather than being trundled back to his commuter seat on the Amtrak to Delaware, the gaffe-ridden Biden was anointed vice-president and given the not-insignificant job of humanizing the more aloof Obama, a role he clearly relishes.

And so it must be with the RNC and Ron Paul. There can be no brush-off. No “Phew, he’s gone. Now let’s get down to business.” No booby prize. Ron Paul needs to be given a role that really means something to him –- a role with influence and voice.

The details of this role are not for us to identify — they can only emerge from the kind of good-faith negotiations that party officials should initiate soon with the candidate. All we can say is, in this kind of setting, as in the best-practice business parting, the “victor” must err on the side of bigheartedness and dignity. Whatever speaking role Dr. Paul wants at the convention, give it to him. If he wants some sort of advisory role in the new administration, the answer is: “Of course.” Like a business leader designing a severance package with a key player, the GOP leadership’s mindset must be: “When he walks out that door, Ron Paul is going to be a friend for life.”

Because if he isn’t, Ron Paul and his followers will make their unhappiness known. And for the mishandling of this defining moment, the GOP will deserve their ire.

Just like any leader who botches goodbye.

Indeed those of us who support Mr. Paul must keep fighting in the best way we can to move his vision forward. If and when the day arrives that he suspends his candidacy we should all hope he secures a prominent role in the next republican administration.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. We both know that both Newt and Mittens will distance themselves as far away from Dr. Paul as possible. This will open the door to a future party of the fiscally conservative middle. They will demand accountability and responsibility which neither party is ready to give. Everything happens for a reason and ignoring voter anger, will lead to something better. The Angry Joe has been lied to time and time again by both parties and it only takes a leader to give them true voice and the whole two party house of cards folds. After the debacle of 2012 there will be a new party in 2016 representing the fiscal conservatives of both parties.

  2. Any chance that Mr. Paul's supporters will ultimately vote for Gary Johnson? Or will they simply sit on their hands?

  3. I think it would be lovely to give Paul a prominent role in any administration. But realistically, he will be almost eighty-six years old the next time the American electorate gives a republican the nod to occupy the White House! Not this time. Not next time. Not a chance. Maybe Obama could create a new position specifically for Paul identifying wasteful expenditures, the Office of Fiscal Responsibility or something along those lines.

  4. Sandy - I am hopeful you are right. 2016 is the year to begin thinking about. 2012 shall likely be a continuation of the status quo. That is unless Ron Paul pull off the biggest upset of the last 234 years.

  5. Yes Will, It is a distinct possibility. At least for the true libertarians.

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