November 06, 2007
Ron Paul's next move?
A very substantial statement hit the airwaves yesterday, and the aftershocks continue today. Congressman Ron Paul, a libertarian who is running for the Republican nomination in next year's presidential race, took in $4.3 million from online supporters in the largest ever single-day haul for a candidate. The fundraising drive was not initiated by the campaign itself.
Rep. Paul, a medical doctor, has been largely treated as a fringe candidate by the mainstream press, but that has to change after yesterday's outpouring. Or does it? You tell me.
I don't quite yet believe that Ron Paul will win the GOP nomination, but, like Kleinheider, I do wonder what his next move will be.
Presidential Elections | By joe lance | 09:56 PM
The success of that fundraising drive has to be the single greatest moment of the 2008 race thus far. Paul should have enough money to get through the early primaries now and get his platform heard by the general public. I still maintain that he doesn't stand a chance in hell of winning the GOP nomination, but there's a lot of time between now and April. As you say, this has to change something in media coverage, but no idea what it will be.
Posted by: davidm. at November 6, 2007 10:13 PM
The 11/5 fundraising drive is without a doubt the sngle greatest moment in the race so far. None of the media darling, establishment candidates are generating anything like the enthusiasm that Ron Paul brings everywhere he goes - in person and on-line.
The people who don't think Ron has a chance in hell of winning the nomination are the same ones who didn't think he could raise $5M in a quarter or $4.3M in a SINGLE DAY. He has the money to compete on par, or better, with any other candidate in the key early primary states. If he picks up a win or two, or even a strong 2nd or 3rd place finish in the early going, he could go from "long shot" to frontrunner in a great big hurry.
Sooner or later, GOP voters are going to realize that Ron Paul is the ONLY Republican candidate who stands any chance of derailing the Hillary Express. If it happens sooner rather than later - and this influx of cash will help in that regard - then he can win the nomination and, ultimately, the White House.
Appalachian State had no chance to beat Michigan in Ann Arbor, but they did. According to commonly understood principles of aerodynamics, a hummingbird cannot fly, but nobody ever told a hummingbird that, so they fly anyway. Nobody thinks Ron Paul can win ... except Ron himself and his growing band of supporters.
Establishment candidates, be afraid ... be very afraid. The Ron Paul Revolution has begun!
Posted by: Joe at November 6, 2007 10:51 PM
I've got a soft spot in my heart for Ron Paul. I tend to think he's the only honest candidate running, even if I disagree with him on a number of issues.
Still, you gotta give him props for having the most radical (and practically speaking, progressive) environmental policy. I was trying to figure out how pollution of ANY kind is possible in his system, and I can't, really.
Posted by: Josiah at November 7, 2007 12:42 AM
I really think this weekends rally in Philadelphia on Independence Mall is going to be big. Real Big. It happens this Saturday, November 10th. I seriously thought about going, but instead I am going to do some Ron Paul stuff here in the Hixson area.
As far as the Rally goes I have not heard any numbers. My gut tells me that they are going to be huge. Maybe Iím dreaming but I really think this could be the beginning of a Ron Paul tidal wave.
Oh yeah, if I am dreaming then please donít wake me up. :-)
Posted by: gid at November 7, 2007 06:56 AM
Has anyone else noticed Ron Paul's uncanny resemblance to John Inman from Are You Being Served?
Posted by: davidm. at November 7, 2007 07:59 AM
I like Ron Paul. Does anyone think he will continue his race as an independent or as the libertarian candidate after the primaries?
Posted by: Candy at November 7, 2007 07:41 PM
Uh, I'm counting on him continuing his race as a *Republican* after the primaries. He will be Hillary's worst nightmare - a fiscally conservative, anti-war candidate - the only kind of candidate who can beat her. If the Republicans aren't smart enough to realize that, they will lose.
Posted by: Joe at November 8, 2007 09:48 AM
According to a recent Wall Street Journal poll, Giuliani has narrowed the difference in a hypothetical general election against Clinton. The new results fall within the margin of error. Rasmussen recently reported that Clinton only enjoys a single-digit lead against Giuliani, Thompson and Romney. Joe, how does this challenge your paradigm?
I'm still not convinced that Hillary will be the Democratic nominee. Edwards and Obama are hanging in there, and Biden's making some significant noise in Iowa. The problem with a "guaranteed Clinton nomination" is that there are a lot of significant doubts from all factions of the Democratic party. At this point, she only holds the Dem establishment. If that withers in any way, she could be done.
Paul will definitely run as an independent/Libertarian which could have some serious ramifications for both of the major parties.
Posted by: davidm. at November 8, 2007 10:35 AM
Polls, schmolls. "Dewey Defeats Truman."
Polls that only include people who voted four years ago and still own dinosaur land-line phones don't mean diddly.
Hillary will win the Democratic nomination ... count on it.
Giuliani will not only lose New York, but several other key states to Hillary. National polls don't mean anything ... look at states and count electoral votes. Hillary takes Ohio where Kerry didn't, if Rudy is the GOP nominee.
Ron Paul is the only hope to beat Hillary. Believe it.
Posted by: Joe at November 10, 2007 10:23 PM