After a day or so of thinking about Ron Paul’s supposedly major announcement yesterday I’ve come to the conclusion that it truly benefits John McCain. I’m purposefully ignoring Barr Campaign Manager Russ Verney’s decision for Bob Barr to skip Paul’s press conference announcing the news. That is an entirely separate argument. The criticism leveled by Verney (and Barr) at Ron Paul regarding his support of spreading the non-McBama vote four ways is what I’ve been pondering.
Spreading the vote this way seems to benefit John McCain more than anyone in the race. If Ron Paul were to endorse (or choose to run on the same ticket with) a single candidate it would likely hurt McCain more than any other candidate. Instead the so called “liberty” vote is now divided amongst several candidates. That is of course if people choose not to join the “league of non-voters” that Ron Paul mentioned in his statement at the press conference.
Taken singularly and shallowly Ron Paul’s “big” announcement seems to show he still has political courage to stand up to his own party and say don’t vote for our nominee. So now instead of a single candidate or ticket getting the majority of the non-McBama vote it gets marginalized amongst several candidates. Ron Paul was the primary target of media marginalization during the primaries and now he seems to be the one lobbying for the marginalization of liberty.
If he were to endorse or join a single candidate as a running mate there would be an outside shot at getting into the debates with 15% or better in the polls. Having that third voice in the debates, the only one speaking up for liberty, now has virtually no chance of being heard. McCain could not be more happy about that, especially now that he is leading in the polls over Obama.
If I were a conspiracist I’d likely believe Ron Paul did this on purpose to help John McCain. I’d point to the fact that Ron Paul refused to endorse any candidate running against an incumbent Republican in the primaries to give my argument more weight. I’d also point out the several foreign policy interventionist lawmakers endorsed by Ron Paul on his Liberty PAC web site.
I’m no conspiracist so I’ll leave that to others.
Could it be that former CIA Neocon Drug Warrior Patriot Act Loving Iraq War Sympathizer Fake Libertarian Bob Barr actually has shown more principle than Ron Paul? After all the Barr campaign knew very well they would be castigated for shunning Ron Paul’s press conference. They did it anyway and are now paying the consequences. Did they do it out of spite or did they do it for liberty?
I still think Russ Verney and Bob Barr should publicly apologize for misleading Ron Paul and not appearing at the press conference. They should do that out of common decency to a fellow man, but their reason for not appearing is not as preposterous as some of us Ron Paul supporters may want to believe.
I wonder what Harry Browne would say about this if he were still alive?