Here’s columnist Clarence Page on Ron Paul:
The Texas Republican, who embraces a libertarian point of view, has been riding an unimpressive 2 percent in the polls, but if the presidential election were held in cyberspace, Paul would probably win hands down.
Paul’s supporters flood online polls, such as the unscientific survey ABC News invited viewers to join after the Republican debate last Sunday. Yet, you could barely find the Texas doctor in the network’s after-debate coverage, despite the vigorous applause he ignited with his call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
Which may be why John “Stay-the-Course-in-Iraq” McCain has utterly collapsed. I have no doubt that a majority of Republican voters still support the war but maybe — just maybe — some of the closeted party realists and civil libertarians find their scrotums when they hear a fellow Republican (Dr. Paul) say that we never should have gone in and that the time to leave was yesterday.
It may be a Nixon in China thing – when Republicans hear Hillary say “withdraw” it translates into “cut and run”. When a fellow Republican says “let’s get out”, maybe a portion of the base can get behind it without feeling like they’ve betrayed their honor, their patriotism, and their (very real) support of our soldiers.
Then again, they could just be applauding him because, despite the Bush-fog, he connects with a latent nostalgia of who they once were and what their party once believed.
But I digress, Page continues:
Yet, like other mavericks as varied as John Anderson, Pat Buchanan, Ross Perot and Ralph Nader, Paul appears to be turning on a segment of the electorate that usually seems to lie dormant. In his case, a lot of them live online.
Judging by my contacts with Paul promoters — in person and through e-mails — they seem to be largely young, male, independent-minded, leave-us-alone libertarians who like Paul’s tiny-government agenda.
The very folks that Jesus loves most… Impact on the Independent Libertarian-leaning crowd aside, I wonder if Paul will be able to ignite the anti-government/pro civil liberties sentiments of the Republicans of yesteryear. Does he have a plan to do this? Are his media folks putting together “remember when” spots in Iowa and New Hampshire to urge the truly conservative Republicans back to their roots?
I’d bet that they’re not and we can blame that on (dis)organization:
Which leads to another reason why I think Paul faces trouble in moving his campaign to the next level of public attention: organization. You can’t win political campaigns without it, but organizing libertarians is about as easy as herding cats. Angry cats.
Even when I’m at my most self-delusional, I don’t really believe that Ron Paul will be the next President of the United States – but I have not completely dismissed the possibility that his candidacy will have a significant impact on the campaign, the GOP, and the war in Iraq.
Follow-up to an earlier post : Vatican’s No. 2 (sic) supports sainthood for Knights of Columbus founder. Speaking at the Knights of Columbus’ 125th annual convention, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, has pledged to support the sainthood Cause of (Connecticut born priest and Knights founder) Michael J. McGivney.