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Dumb Republicans
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

While Ron Paul never showed much strength in actual primaries, there was no question that he, much like Obama, had energized a good number of people, many of them new voters, to become part of his campaign and the process in general.

Now, per the Washington Times, Paul claims his base is getting the cold shoulder from the GOP:
Ron Paul says the legions of newcomers his presidential campaign brought to the Republican Party are getting the cold shoulder from John McCain and from the party.

The Texas congressman says neither he nor his supporters have heard from Mr. McCain or Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan since March 4, when the Arizona senator accumulated enough delegates to clinch the party's presidential nomination.

"I don't think they want them," Mr. Paul told The Washington Times, adding that indifference doesn't surprise him because the party's establishment has deserted traditional conservative principles for big government and foreign intervention.
Frankly, I don't think the GOP is in any condition to be giving any bloc of voters the cold shoulder.
Many of his 800,000 presidential nomination votes were from newcomers to the Republican Party — the kind of dedicated small-donor volunteers the party needs, he says.
No kidding. So the question is, has McCain taken the party so far left that these voters who are more traditionally conservative are to be left out in the cold? If the Times story is to be believed, apparently so.

The stated excuse, er, reason?
Mr. McCain hasn't approached Mr. Paul's voters because Mr. Paul has not called to say he is ending his run, says McCain campaign senior adviser Charles Black.
Does that mean he can't make at least some noises about those voters being welcome within the party?

You have to wonder if he really would want them:
He estimates his e-mail list of committed supporters alone would account for about 10 percent of the Republican electorate and could move mountains, if they choose to stay in the party and work to change it the way evangelicals and Catholics changed it, beginning in the Ronald Reagan era.
Except they're supporters of Ron Paul and that means:
In the end, he wants to be able to say that he and his supporters "revitalized interest in the concept of personal liberty. It is the instrument that made America the greatest country ever — and we're about to lose it."
And of course, that would mean they'd be opposed to most of the McCain big government solutions and his propensity to "reach across the isle" and embrace such legislation at times. Me, I think they might be a nice group to add to the mix to constantly remind the Republicans how far they've drifted away from their ideological roots and to help keep the McCain candidacy in check.

That may be the real reason they haven't heard from McCain.
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Which sub-group is best qualified to remind McCain? The 9/11 truthers, the blowbackers, the white supremacists, the UFO conspiracists or the get out of Iraq non-interventionalists?
 
Written By: jpm100
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One has to question whether these new voters are interested in Ron Paul, or Republicans in general.

I think his campaign has been more a cult of personality and/or a vote against the status quo.

So, those voters are likely not to vote at all in November for the reason you stated. The Republican Party has strayed from it’s roots.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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Alternatively, and I’m no fan of Mr Cranky-Pants, it could be the realization that the core of Ron Paul’s support are a bunch of granola-munching, Gold-Standard Loving Peaceniks, that are convinced that 9/11 was an inside job, fomented by those Wascally Joooos. And therefore unlikely to ever vote GOP and for which the GOP as no great desire to court.
 
Written By: Joe
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"...that these voters who are more traditionally conservative..."
I’m not so sure the Paul supporters can be classified as traditionally conservative. How about libertarian-conservative?
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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What Joe said too.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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I think they are more anti-Bush and anti-this-war than libertarian-conservative. The Paulnuts were attracted to him because he was more anti-this-war than any other candidate, including the Democrats.
 
Written By: Phelps
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While Ron Paul never showed much strength in actual primaries, there was no question that he, much like Obama, had energized a good number of people, many of them new voters, to become part of his campaign and the process in general.

Isn’t thal like a "Critically acclaimed movie" uh who cares if it didn’t make cost at the box office, and so here...elections are won on votes, and Ron Paul didn’t get many.

And who are the "Dumb Republicans" the ones who didn’t court the Paulnuts, or the one’s who DO, or is it just the Paulnuts themselves that are the Dumb Republicans?"
 
Written By: Joe
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While Ron Paul never showed much strength in actual primaries, there was no question that he, much like Obama, had energized a good number of people, many of them new voters, to become part of his campaign and the process in general
And most of them won’t bother to vote in the general if the candidate who energized them isn’t there.

 
Written By: shark
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I’m actually currently registered Libertarian myself. And I didn’t support RP. While I agree with a lot of his domestic ideas, even when I agree with him, I remain unconvinced of the wisdom of his approach.

For example, the Bush approach on the Supreme Court looks like it is bearing fruit with Heller (and yes, we did have to back hand the administration when they were pushing Miers, but it all worked out). If RP was pres, who would he nominate to the Supremes, and how would that work out?
 
Written By: Don
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If RP was pres, who would he nominate to the Supremes, and how would that work out?

Alex Jones, Justin Raimondo? Whoever edited his news lettre?
 
Written By: Joe
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Uhh, Ron Paul occassionally had some good points, and I am no McCain guy, but he is our candidate and I know we will all vote for him... the other option is frightening.

If Paulinista’s feel they are getting the cold shoulder it might be because of the way they conduct themselves in public, their appearance etc.... if you put them next to some Kucinich or Code Pinko’s you probably couldn’t differentiate them... just saying they aren’t a group who "invites positive attention"
I observed that the main platform of Paul was getting out of Iraq, so many of his supporters were simply World Can’t Wait, Ruckus Society, Code Pink Soro’s monkeys.... am I way off base here???

For what it’s worth coming from a simpleton like myself, I think your off base a little with this one.....



 
Written By: TRM
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LOL, I just read th eother comments, guess I should have read them first and just posted "ditto"
 
Written By: TRM
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While Ron Paul never showed much strength in actual primaries, there was no question that he, much like Obama, had energized a good number of people, many of them new voters, to become part of his campaign and the process in general.
RP’s problem was that the people he energized were the sorts like Billy Beck, who don’t vote...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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RP’s problem was that the people he energized were the sorts like Billy Beck, who don’t vote...
Why vote the Constitution doesn’t apply to him? Or to Richard N....any thing that passes for government is an illegal contract being foisted upon them!
 
Written By: Joe
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Let me go to my stock answer ..

I can no more likely renounce him/her than Obama could renounce Rev. Wright.
 
Written By: Neo
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Two words:
Sour grapes.

Out.
 
Written By: Bithead
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McCain has taken the party so far to the left. As evidenced by his support for extending the tax cuts that by this administrations own calculations will caus the deficit to continue to ballon? That far left?
 
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