One of the more interesting phenomenons from the 2008 GOP Primary campaign was the countless local straw polls that Ron Paul either won or finished well in. Many of his supporters pointed to them as evidence of possible victory for the nomination. What it truly represented was the kind of grassroots activist support Ron Paul had. The results of the 2009 CPAC Straw Poll demonstrate the Paul activists are still around and they aren’t going anywhere. As Ron Paul says, “Freedom is popular”.
Ron Paul didn’t win the straw poll. That distinction was left for Mitt Romney who’s ballot stuffing tactics during last year’s Ames Iowa Straw Poll were criticized by many. The final results according to Politico were:
“Romney took 20 percent of the vote, followed by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with 14 percent, Texas Rep. Ron Paul with 13 percent, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 13 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 10 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 7 percent. “
Ron Paul delivered an excellent speech at CPAC this afternoon. He received a lot of applause and cheering for many of his lines. There were some obvious skeptics and shaking of heads in the audience as well, but overall he was on his game and hit all of his talking points and then some.
He talked about his bill calling for more Federal Reserve transparency. He claims it is getting bipartisan support in the Congress. That would be a great first step. He also spoke about abortion, foreign policy, and individual vs. groups with respect to liberty.
There were a few lines that I loved. It reminded me of the many rallies during his campaign in 2007 and and early 2008.
Ron Paul appeared shortly before his speech at CPAC in Washington DC today on CNN. He took viewers questions and again addressed the possibility of running in 2012 among his other usual topics and criticisms of the Obama administration and the previous Bush years.
Even though Ron Paul may not run for president in 2012, we do have hope for the future since his son, Rand, has been a great speaker on his father’s campaign trail and is now considering a run for the U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press:
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Yet another Republican is considering a run for U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning’s seat.
The latest is Rand Paul, son of U.S. Rep. and former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would consider entering the race, but only if Bunning drops out.
Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon, is complimentary of Bunning and stressed that he is in no way encouraging the 77-year-old baseball icon not to run. [Continue article]
Mike Shedlock (a.k.a. “Mish”), an investment advisor with SitkaPacific Capital Management, wrote an excellent article on his popular blog in which he takes President Obama to task for everything that’s happened since the swearing in: economic policy foibles, war spending, budget deficits, etc. I say he’s right on target:
Dear Mr. President, I read your New Era $3.6 Trillion Budget Proposal. I also listened to your speech Tuesday night. You made a great campaign speech. However, the campaign is over. You won. And the reason you won is you offered hope as well as a promise of change.
With all due respect Mr. President, Tim Geithner and Ben Bernanke are offering the same policies as President Bush and Secretary Paulson. Those policies are to bail out banks regardless of cost to taxpayers. Mr. President, it’s hard enough to overlook Geithner’s tax indiscretions. Mr. President, it is harder still. if not impossible, to ignore the fact that neither Geithner nor Bernanke saw this coming. Yet amazingly they are both cock sure of the solution. Even more amazing is the fact that solution changes every day.
With all due respect Mr. President, Geithner and Bernanke are a huge part of the problem, and no part of the solution and the sooner you realize that the better off this nation will be. [Continue article]
Ron Paul discusses the state of the Republican Party with Bob Schieffer during an “Washington Unplugged” segment. He fields questions about his Internet support and money raising capabilities. He emphasizes the “young people” and the self-organizing nature of their support based on the message and not some centralized organization.
He also talks about how it is unbearable for him to even attend speeches like the one Obama delivered earlier this week and he lets it out that he hadn’t attended George W. Bush’s speeches either. Some will criticize him for admitting this, but it truly shows his own disgust for the apparatus he is part of.
In the second clip Paul discusses foreign policy, specifically Obama’s choice to send more and more troops into Afghanistan. He also discusses the economic crisis and how long it could last.
The clip ends with Paul’s sarcastic quip regarding “accepting the Constitution again.”
Ron Paul had a chance to follow up his grilling of Fed Chairman Bernanke earlier this week with another smackdown of Paul Volcker during a Joint Economic Committee hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday.
The video includes Paul’s opening statement followed by his questioning.
Paul again references the move toward creating an international regulatory body to regulate the global economy. He calls it a “Super IMF”. Volcker tip-toes around the question and eventually even admits, perhaps inadvertently, he’s dodging the question.
At the very end Paul attempts to get in the last word after Volcker’s reply with:
“It just may be the death knell of the fiat currency!”
Quote of the Day: “Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” — from “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.
President Obama gave a speech Tuesday night. He asked the American people to believe many impossible things at once. He claims he’s going to . . .
* Continue to intervene in the economy and bailout irresponsible companies and individuals
* Revolutionize health care
* Transform energy and the environment
* And cut government spending too
It was an “Alice in Wonderland” performance. His speech, to once again guote from “Alice,” demonstrated a complete mastery of “The different branches of Arithmetic — Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.”
It’s hard to decide which, of all his many impossible ambitions, is the most frightening. However, since we can only fight one impossible thing at a time, we choose this one . . .
* Cap CO2 emissions
* Sell CO2 emission permits to businesses in amounts equal to the cap
* Allow companies to trade and/or sell these permits to allegedly create a market for innovations that would reduce CO2 emissions
* Use the proceeds from the permit sales to create a vast new research bureaucracy to help corporations cope with the cap
Even if you accept that human CO2 emissions are causing problematic global warming, a government run “cap and trade” system isn’t the best way to deal with this problem. Here are some points to consider . . . Read More »
The headline of this article could be pure fantasy, but isn’t now the best time for such an announcement? Ron Paul will deliver a speech at CPAC at 4pm on Friday afternoon and then participate in his own Liberty Forum running within CPAC.
There are no rumors to report about Paul making an announcement to run in 2012 at CPAC on Friday, at least not other than the rumblings rolling around in my own head. Paul has been very visible of late thanks mostly to the economic crisis. Fellow lawmakers are starting to respect and emulate him. It is true though, that he may be the wrong man with the right message. Let me explain what I mean by that.
For most long time Ron Paul supporters there is no one other than Ron Paul who could have any credibility in their eyes. However, even though there are a great many coming around to Paul’s views there seems to remain a majority who find him borderline crazy. Their own ignorance won’t even allow them to consider otherwise. Unless the economy completely collapses, which is certainly possible, these people may never end up on Paul’s side.