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RSDavis
01-30-2008, 04:43 PM
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Ron Paul Roundup (01-30-08)
by RS Davis (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=353127537&Mytoken=3B649991-353C-46C7-8122128895AE74BA101405253)


Hello Freedomphiles! Well, yesterday was the Florida primary, and Ron Paul did about as I expected. The final results:


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Pretty dismal. He didn't even get the 7% (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/fl/florida_republican_primary-260.htmlpolls) at which he was polling. Reason's David Weigel comments (http://www.reason.com/blog/show/124683.html):

Still, the campaign is grinning about Rudy's exit. "It's gratifying to beat Giuliani," said Paul spokesman Jesse Benton. In Florida, he said, "we spread our message and let the other guys beat each other up."

Paul has the money to stay around: His campaign has bought ads in Arkansas and Tennessee, there are campaign appearances scheduled in Georgia, there are organizers working in Minnesota and and rules that help him in Alaska and Montana. The campaign also feels good about North Dakota and Colorado. But the tightening of the Romney-McCain race isn't good for him, nor are closed primaries. He's going to max out his vote in contests where independents can cast ballots and in states where the perception is that one candidate is already far enough ahead to cast a protest vote.

Rudy's exit was sweet, and as I said yesterday, that counts to me as a winner. And remember, these delegates are not set in stone yet. There's a lot of time between now and the convention. We're not even halfway through the primaries yet.

But even if Ron Paul goes nowhere, we can take heart that he knocked the worst of the Neocons out of contention. And make no mistake, we did that. Top-diamond libertarian Jeff Wrobel of The Nolan Chart speculates (http://www.nolanchart.com/article1540.html):

But an analysis of his poll numbers tells a different story of Rudy's fall. His decline started well before the first ballot was cast in Iowa in January. The last time he had 1/3 of the vote in any national poll was in early November. His numbers have gradually declined since then. These are national polls, so his decline had virtually nothing to do with his campaigning or not campaigning in Iowa or New Hampshire.

What really happened to Giuliani was Ron Paul. The beginning of the end for Giuliani was his arrogant smack-down of Ron Paul in the first debate, twisting Paul's words into "We deserved 9/11." Despite mob-like cheering from the neo-cons, Paul's reasoned, informed explanation of blowback placed more than a hint of doubt in the public's mind about the ability of Rudy to see subtlety in foreign relations. As the campaign has continued, Ron Paul has grabbed every opportunity afforded him to shout to the world the folly of the current Republican way as epitomized by Giuliani.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/01/attn-ron-paul-p.html) on Rudy's backhanded shout-out to Ron Paul in his concession speech:

Giuliani gave a gracious concession speech in which he listed all of his Republican competitors and called them good men.

He added Ron Paul on the end, smiling, and said after all the debates he'd go back to his hotel room and watch television and how every time, according to the texted tallies, Ron Paul won all the debates, much, he did not say, thanks to the determined voting of his many busy-fingered followers. "Ron Paul won every debate!" Giuliani said.

I'm glad that the LATimes called us "many," by the way. Lew Rockwell himself wrote (http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/019003.html) on his blog about the positives of the Florida primary:

We all remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. Ron Paul, steady, hardworking, consistent, and principled, keeps going. Last night in Florida he got the most votes he has gotten so far. He is already advertising in Arkansas, and working in many other Super Tuesday states. Then, as he has noted, most of the primaries and caucuses will still lie ahead, and he is working in all of them. As always, he has a two-pronged strategy--to win the nomination, and to build a lasting movement. Of course, he has already won one of these goals. And tonight, he will win the debate again. He has won all of the debates, as even Rudy acknowledged in his defeat speech. And need I mention that the slim, athletic Dr. Paul, though he is one year older than McCain, is FAR younger in mind, body, and heart? Also far smarter and better educated? McCain brags about being a parasite for the state all his life, and disses the private sector. Well, Ron Paul is the candidate of the private sector, of all those productive Americans who are sick and tired of foreign wars, Federal Reserve bubbles, the police state, and the income tax. Only Ron Paul speaks for freedom, peace, and prosperity. I do notice that there are more and more calls for Ron to run as an independent in the fall, or on several third party tickets. Before any thought of that, as he has said, there is the possibly brokered convention in St. Paul. The path is long and grueling, but didn't we know it would be? Ahead of us is one of the great men of American history, speaking truth to power. We can be slackers, or we can try to emulate greatness. For any real American, there is only one choice: the Revolution. Thus we can only follow, support, cheer, and donate. Indeed, let's step up the pace in every sense. This cause is worth all we can give it.

Agreed. Although I must mention that the one problem I have always had with the axiom "slow and steady wins the race" is that "fast and steady" wins the race, too.

Speaking of primaries, Jonathan Specht wrote (http://tigerweekly.com/article/01-30-2008/7468) on LSU's paper, Tiger Weekly, that a timely visit may have given Paul his 2nd place finish:

Attendees cited a number of reasons for their support of Congressman Paul, a former Air Force flight surgeon known for his unwavering convictions.

"It's the Constitution, above all," said Joey Broussard of Baton Rouge. "Freedom has been eroded for quite some time, and I'm glad there's a candidate to bring together all the people who are sick of it."

"My number one reason for supporting Ron Paul is foreign policy, although I agree with all the reasons," said University of Louisiana Lafayette student Ben Harper.

"I want less federal government," said Ben Garrett of Baton Rouge.

Before shaking hands with most of those present, Paul urged his supporters to participate in the Louisiana caucuses, to be held the following night. Paul, who also spoke in Shreveport and New Orleans, was the only Republican to visit Louisiana in the run-up to the caucuses.

And ArkansasNews.com wrote (http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2008/01/30/News/345047.html) about the new Ron Paul ad showing in that state:

The 30-second ad, which began airing Monday and is scheduled to run through Feb. 4 on stations in Arkansas and Tennessee, opens with photos of Paul and fellow Republican candidates Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Mike Huckabee.

An off-screen announcers says, "Who among these men has never supported a tax increase? Never supported an unbalanced budget? Never supported wasteful government spending? Congressman Ron Paul, the taxpayer's best friend."

As the questions are asked, each candidate's photo fades out until only Paul is left.

A quote from Ronald Reagan then appears on the screen: "We need to keep him fighting for our country."

The ad ends with Paul's voice saying, "I'm Ron Paul, and I approved this message."

Station managers at several Arkansas stations contacted Tuesday said Paul is the only candidate to have bought airtime so far.

Sweet. Sounds like a good ad. (Actually, it sounds like the ad I wrote and tried to get someone to make for the YouTube debate. Anyone remember that?) It's good to know, though, that he is taking the initiative in Arkansas, as the only candidate talking to the people of the state right now.

On the subject of talking to the people, The Atlanta Journal Constitution is writing (http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/politicalinsider/entries/2008/01/30/ron_paul_rally_at_the_state_ca.html) about an upcoming Ron Paul Rally:

Just in case things start moving too fast, allow us to go ahead and tell you that the Republican campaign of Ron Paul has got a state Capitol rally planned for noon Saturday, Groundhog Day.

Participants include Rand Paul, son of the candidate, and the Ron Paul blimp. Plus many Georgia libertarians, including Garrett Michael Hayes. Music will be provided.

The Paul event conflicts with the Saturday gathering of the Georgia Christian Alliance, another Republican-oriented activity leading up to Super Tuesday. But somehow, we don't think they'll draw from the same pool of voters.

I don't know about that. I know a lot of Christians that support Ron Paul. The author of the video portion of the Roundup, agapecpus, for example. All American Patriots is talking (http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/48741774_ron-paul%E2%80%99s-son-rand-paul-speak-rally-georgia-state)about how Rand Paul will be speaking at that rally:

Rand Paul, the son of Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul will speak at a Ron Paul Rally this Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rand Paul is the middle son of Ron Paul. Like his father, he is a physician. Dr. Paul's professional field is eye surgery, though he also has a penchant for politics. The younger Dr. Paul also is involved in health care reform and founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic which provides eye surgery and exams for those who otherwise cannot afford proper care.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports (http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/seattlepolitics/archives/130594.asp?from=blog_last3) that Paul himself is going to be in Seattle:

Libertarian-minded Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will visit Seattle on Thursday, packing in three quick events on turf where GOP hopefuls rarely tread these days.

Paul, a Texas congressman, will deliver a noon hour speech on his Economic Plan to "local business and financial leaders" at Lake Union Crew, 11 E. Allison Street.

The GOP hopeful will open the Washington State Ron Paul Headquarters, at 4341 1/2 University Way, between 1:15 and 1:45 p.m..

Paul has then scheduled a "Soup With Students" event from 2 to 3 p.m., at the University of Washington's Husky Union Building.

The Texas congressman flies out for a late afternoon event in Spokane, and then heads for Grand Junction, Colorado.

And if you live near me around Saint Louis, there are a couple of things going on. The first is a rally across the bridge in Edwardsville, IL. All American Patriots reports (http://www.allamericanpatriots.com/48741773_ron-paul-%E2%80%9Cfreedom-forum%E2%80%9D-set-southwestern-illinois):

Madison County supporters of Ron Paul for president invite St. Louis-area primary voters to a "Freedom Forum," Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. The Q&A session will be held at the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign's Southwestern Illinois Field Office at 211 E. Vandalia St. in Edwardsville...

..."Backers of Dr. Paul here, as elsewhere, are eager to spread his message of individual liberty, free markets and a sensible foreign policy," notes Joe Cesarone, Illinois Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 Campaign. "This event is certainly an ideal opportunity for undecided Republican primary voters to hear more about Ron Paul's distinct and popular platform."

Ron Paul has a full slate of committed delegate candidates on Illinois' Republican primary ballot. Both Illinois and Missouri will have an open primary election on Super Tuesday February 5 in which all registered voters may participate.

Also, RosieO would like you to know there's going to be a Ron Paul Revolutionary Rock Soiree - Off Broadway in St Louis:

With performances by:
Gravity Plays Favorites, Tenement Ruth, Rusty Nail, The Dock Ellis Band, Jesse Irwin, Alvan Caby, and Wolf Club
Date: Monday, February 4th
Doors open: 6:00 PM
At the door: $10.00

Ed Crane, president of The Cato Institute, mentioned (http://www.examiner.com/a-1189653~Power_Profile__Ed_Crane.html) Ron Paul in an interview he did with The Examiner:

On the Democratic side, he derides John Edwards for posing as "the candidate of the downtrodden and getting $400 haircuts, the hypocrisy reeks." Hillary Clinton, Crane said, is "dishonest and shrill ... calculating, manipulating." Barack Obama "seems like a nice guy," but then again, "do you want this guy standing up to al Queda?" If he absolutely had to vote, which he wouldn't and never does, Crane said, "I guess I'd vote for Ron Paul, because he's for the market and against the war."

And the final stop in the print part of this is to highlight (http://ronpaul2008.typepad.com/ron_paul_2008/2008/01/arlo-for-ron.html) another Ron Paul endorsement:

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul's campaign has been endorsed by legendary folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie.

Guthrie, known for a series of hits including "Alice's Restaurant," issued the following endorsement of Dr. Paul:

"I love this guy. Dr. Paul is the only candidate I know of who would have signed the Constitution of The United States had he been there. I'm with him, because he seems to be the only candidate who actually believes it has as much relevance today as it did a couple of hundred years ago. I look forward to the day when we can work out the differences we have with the same revolutionary vision and enthusiasm that is our American legacy."

That's awesome! I love Arlo Guthrie! Maybe he, John Mayer, Johnny Rotten and Barry Manilow - all Ron Paul supporters - could throw a schizophrenic benefit concert!

There doesn't appear to be a Video Roundup today, so I am sure agapepcus will have a double dose for us tomorrow!

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John Metcalf
01-30-2008, 06:17 PM
Bill Bonner

integrity
01-30-2008, 06:20 PM
Alex Jones, sorry about all the gibberish but anything is better than nothing.

Alex Jones has a huge audience.

agapecpus
01-30-2008, 11:59 PM
A Great Compilation of Ron Paul Videos
http://eclipptv.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=1092&title=A_Great_Compilation_of_Ron_Paul_Videos
Interview with Romney pushes Mark Larsen to support Ron Paul
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lAFfLy05_Y
Ron Paul - Ron-omics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4uM49WzAWs
WGME 13 News reports on Ron Paul visiting Maine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMiBUyyjjj4
McCain claims he has never attacked Ron Paul
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDu0FgOVRqo
Giuliani: Ron Paul Won All the Debates
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RuubKuvxQ

garyallen59
01-31-2008, 12:15 AM
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits

francioshouse
01-31-2008, 07:31 AM
Although he hasn't formally come right out and said it, I went to a Lewis Black show back in November. In his routine he said was tiered of hearing about the Presidential race and was disappointed he hadn't heard more about Ron Paul.

RSDavis
01-31-2008, 08:59 AM
A Great Compilation of Ron Paul Videos
http://eclipptv.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=1092&title=A_Great_Compilation_of_Ron_Paul_Videos
Interview with Romney pushes Mark Larsen to support Ron Paul
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lAFfLy05_Y
Ron Paul - Ron-omics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4uM49WzAWs
WGME 13 News reports on Ron Paul visiting Maine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMiBUyyjjj4
McCain claims he has never attacked Ron Paul
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDu0FgOVRqo
Giuliani: Ron Paul Won All the Debates
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RuubKuvxQ

Thanks for posting these, man!

ziggrl
02-06-2008, 06:53 PM
I thought John Mayer's song "waiting for the world to change" would be a nice campaign song for RP. Manilow and especially Guthrie would NEVER bring in the young vote.

RSDavis
02-07-2008, 08:17 AM
I thought John Mayer's song "waiting for the world to change" would be a nice campaign song for RP. Manilow and especially Guthrie would NEVER bring in the young vote.

I would say Guthrie and then Manilow. You can't count out the hippies, who aren't bound by current trends.

- R