Ron Paul -- Who Cares?
- I am missing your point?
4.3% for Paul as of 12/16 ???
(Real Clear politics)
According to Real Clear Politics, Paul is kicking the snot out of Thompson in New Hampshire (7% to 3%) and Thompson is kicking the snot out of Paul in Iowa (9% to 5%).
But, even with the most optimist poll numbers (10% in South Carolina) Ron Paul will not win Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, or South Carolina. Thus, the point on the money should be obvious.
Money is the mother's milk of politics. Money translates into votes because of two things. Money can buy media and money can hire boots on the ground (e.g. Sean at Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.)
Paul does not need to hire boots on the ground. He has actual volunteers. But, $17 million a quarter in donations buys a lot of media. My prediction is the money will be spent more in NH, SC, and MI rather than in IA. Caucuses are won and lost by "get-out-the-vote" efforts using boots-on-the-ground . Ron Paul has the upper hand in Iowa on this point. Thus, he will need to buy media in the primary states in order to increase his name recognition.
And at last the question: Who cares?
We who love liberty and freedom care.
Some of us would like to live in constitutional republic instead of an empire.
Those of us, for whom Fairness, Justice and Freedom are more than just words, they are perspectives, care. We care very deeply.
I am tired of the rich and powerful clinging to me as they are dragged from their throne. I want a humble man as President. I want a President who can predict the consequences of hubris (e.g. in 2005, in 2001, in 1998). I want a President to actually take his oath of office seriously.
I want Ron Paul.