Saturday, February 09, 2008
The inevitable is now
It has become painfully obvious that Ron Paul cannot be the Republican nominee. In his latest e-mail update he acknowledges that unhappy fact and all but throws in the towel:
Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties -- just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.While I am disappointed that once again I will have no horse in the 2008 election, I can't say I'm surprised. I suppose I should be happy that once again a liberal - and by "liberal" I mean in the sense that our founders would have understood the term, not as it's been highjacked by the so-called "progressives" - has once again engaged the national conversation, but I'm really not. All the talk added up to more of the same.
I suppose some may look upon my obsession with constitutional government and fiscal sanity as quixotic. Hell, Jules Crittenden thinks I ought to hold my nose and support the Repugnican nominee.
Well, screw that.
I am, once again, either sitting this one out or going third party. Ron Paul will not run a third party candidacy; too bad - but it makes sense. It's what he maintained form the start, and he is after all trying to keep his congressional seat as a Republican - I intend, and so should you, to send a contribution his way for that purpose. In the meantime, although I am removing the links to Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign, I will not cease to agitate for limited government and fiscal sanity.
Says Dr. Paul: The neocons, the warmongers, the socialists, the advocates of inflation will be hearing much from you and me.
Long Live the Revolution!
The search now begins for a worthy 3rd party candidate to support. It may well be Nobody in '08.
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