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goldstandard
05-15-2008, 07:09 AM
article: politico.com
(http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10353.html)

Ron Paul revolution sees second wind
By W. JAMES ANTLE III | 5/15/08 5:32 AM EST

As an author, Ron Paul has accomplished something he failed to do as a Republican presidential candidate: finish first. His new book, ďThe Revolution: A Manifesto,Ē has topped The New York Times best-seller list and the Amazon sales chart. It has also helped rally his grass-roots following long after John McCain clinched the GOP presidential nomination.

Paulís supporters began the campaign full of hope. The libertarian Texas congressman smashed online fundraising records and led the Republican field in the fourth-quarter money primary. Polls, and more than a few pundits, suggested that Paul was within striking distance of a third-place finish in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Instead, Paul finished a disappointing fifth place in both states, though he did beat Rudy Giuliani in Iowa and Fred Thompson in New Hampshire. He finished second in a few caucus states, including Nevada, Montana and Louisiana, but mostly began to register single-digit showings in subsequent primaries.

Paulís campaign organization seemed unable to make good use of the millions it raised, and many of the candidateís enthusiastic grass-roots followers were becoming dispirited.

Now the Ron Paul revolution, as his supporters call it, is experiencing a second wind. Paul took 16 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania, his best primary showing yet, and has surpassed 1 million votes in the GOP contest. Ron Paul Republicans have started roiling local party organizations, taking control of state conventions and running for public office, all without much coordination from their leader.

One of the Ron Paul Republicans who actually has the congressmanís endorsement is B.J. Lawson, a fellow Duke Medical School alumni running for the House of Representatives from North Carolinaís 4th Congressional District. Lawson won his May 6 congressional primary with more than 70 percent of the vote, despite his opposition to the Iraq war and criticism of the Bush administrationís free-spending ways.

In the neighboring 3rd District, Paul endorsed incumbent Republican Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. in his primary fight against Onslow County Commissioner Joe McLaughlin. McLaughlin decided to challenge Jones after the freedom-fries crusader became one of the countryís most vocal anti-war Republicans.

Jones easily outraised McLaughlin and won the primary by nearly 20 percentage points.

Another Paul endorsee, Murray Sabrin, is running for the Republican senatorial nomination in New Jersey. Paul traveled to the Garden State on April 28 to help Sabrin raise campaign funds. In Virginia, Amit Singh is the Paul-backed Republican primary candidate running for a chance to take on Democratic Rep. Jim Moran.

In other cases, Paul isnít involved in his supportersí efforts at all. Four Ron Paul Republicans in Maryland won their primaries without the congressmanís endorsement. Paul backers amended the Alaska Republican Party platform to reflect their stances on civil liberties, the Patriot Act, repealing the 16th Amendment and abolishing the Department of Education.

At GOP district meetings in Minnesota, Paul supporters captured seven Republican National Convention delegate slots; one delegate was selected by the Maine Republican convention. The Nevada GOP convention adjourned early after the initial balloting showed Ron Paul Republicans winning at least half the delegates for the national convention.

Even the revived Paul juggernaut isnít without problems. One of them is that Paul himself is too much a believer in decentralization to provide his movement with much direction. At a recent book event in Washington, he was asked what his supporters should do in the general election if he did not run as a third-party candidate. Paul reaffirmed that he wasnít going to run as a third-party candidate and replied that it was up to his supporters to decide what to do.

Paul had to retract his endorsement of a Ron Paul Republican who was improperly vetted and turned out to be a white supremacist. Another candidate, Jim Forsythe in New Hampshire, has already dropped out. Other than in Pennsylvania, Paul, as the last active candidate running against McCain, hasnít done as well as Alan Keyes did in the same position against George W. Bush in 2000 ó largely because his disorganized campaign has sent out mixed messages about the status of his candidacy and has not corrected inaccurate reporting on the matter.

Can the Ron Paul movement make a difference in the Republican Party, especially in its current weakened state? A similar insurrection strategy helped Barry Goldwaterís supporters take over and transform the GOP during the 1960s.

But the Ron Paul Republicans ó many of them running in predominantly Democratic areas where they have little chance of success, even if they win their primaries ó are nowhere near that point yet. Whether they ever get their way will determine whether Paul is remembered as a consequential figure within the partyís history or just another also-ran.

goldstandard
05-15-2008, 07:25 AM
It also has a nice pic of RP:

http://images.politico.com/global/080513_paulists.jpg

acptulsa
05-15-2008, 07:27 AM
If the G.O.P. doesn't lose majority status in either house of Congress it will be because of us. Whatever else we may have failed at over the last year we are doing very well indeed in regard to that august body. And we've barely started!

Remember when the Giants beat the Patriots in February against all odds? Well, come November it looks like the tables will be turned everywhere the patriots take the field--again against all odds. Congratulations, Patriots!!

brandon
05-15-2008, 07:28 AM
good article. That Alan Keyes comment is depressing

goldstandard
05-15-2008, 07:31 AM
Alan Keyes - I don't get it. Was he a media darling?

FireofLiberty
05-15-2008, 07:32 AM
w00t!

IRO-bot
05-15-2008, 07:38 AM
What was with the White Racist endorsement crap? I don't remember that.

tangent4ronpaul
05-15-2008, 07:57 AM
Didn't we get 20 something percent in NV?

re: "Paul took 16 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania, his best primary showing yet"

-n

FireofLiberty
05-15-2008, 08:00 AM
NV held a caucus, not a primary. If you factor in caucuses (or caucii, maybe?) than Louisiana was his best showing.

V4Vendetta
05-15-2008, 08:34 AM
Alan Keyes?

LOL... they wish, Ron Paul took them all to school!

Bradley in DC
05-15-2008, 08:41 AM
NV held a caucus, not a primary.

They have a hybrid system and held both. ;)

tekkierich
05-15-2008, 08:49 AM
Correction:

Four Ron Paul Republicans in Maryland won their primaries without the congressman’s endorsement
YET

;-)

goldstandard
05-15-2008, 08:53 AM
Correction:

Four Ron Paul Republicans in Maryland won their primaries without the congressmanís endorsement
YET

;-)

Demand a correction. :)

Bern
05-15-2008, 09:41 AM
What was with the White Racist endorsement crap? I don't remember that.

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=136135

stewie3128
05-15-2008, 10:58 AM
If the G.O.P. doesn't lose majority status in either house of Congress it will be because of us. Whatever else we may have failed at over the last year we are doing very well indeed in regard to that august body. And we've barely started!

Well, they actually already lost their majority in 2006, but they're going to go down even further in 2008.

yongrel
05-15-2008, 11:00 AM
Great article. Very accurate, I would say.

d_goddard
05-15-2008, 01:39 PM
Jim Forsythe is still heavily active as a "Paulitician", just not running for U.S. Congress.

If you're interested in what Jim Forsythe is up to these days, have a look at the interview he did on Concord, NH community television:
http://nhcaptv.com/episode/25

He discusses his time in Russia and in Gulf for the US military, the causes of 9/11, the nature of free-market economics, how Dr. Paul got him excited about political action, and lots of other stuff...

enjerth
05-15-2008, 03:21 PM
Ron Paul Republicans have started roiling local party organizations, taking control of state conventions and running for public office, all without much coordination from their leader.


Ron Paul is not my leader. But he did inspire me and give me hope.

USAFCapt
05-18-2008, 04:06 PM
good article, digg it

http://digg.com/politics/Ron_Paul_Revolution_Sees_Second_Wind