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  •  I just don't get it. (1+ / 0-)
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    SmedleyButlerUSMC

    I've run into a few pro-Paul people and they all seem like decent people who otherwise would lean Democratic or Green... A woman vendor at a Rainbow barter faire ("he's not running as a Republican, he's running under the Republican ticket"). The YOUNG hippie-looking guy at the coffee shop who drove off either in a Volvo, VW, or bike (can't recall).
    I've seen the signs with the clever reverse-highlighting of the word LOVE in RON PAUL REVOLUTION. But that seems like the sort of imagery that would be assigned to a Kucinich movement more than Ron Paul.
    Where did his support and momentum originate? It seems to have come from nowhere. It seems as well like the kind of support that I'd love to see behind any of our Democratic candidates, and it seems like exactly what Moveon.org and all of the other NGOs and PACs that email me, asking for my progressive dollar, should have accomplished a while ago.
    I'm not worried about him getting the Republican nomination, but I am worried about him losing the GOP nomination and then running as an independent, and cleaving off a dangerously heavy portion of "our" vote.
    The fact that he's willing to associate himself with the Republican Party is more than enough to extinguish any impulse I may ever have had toward considering him... I'm heavily surprised that more people don't feel the same.
    What gives?

    •  I'm Not Sure (0+ / 0-)

      Every Ron Paul supporter I've met...it seems like the wool has been pulled over their eyes.  Like they have been tricked or brainwashed.

      "Ron Paul robocalled my girlfriend." - Me

      by toyourleft on Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 08:52:19 PM PST

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    •  it's pretty simple (1+ / 0-)
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      tav

      people are angry about politics as usual.  

      There are many things that people realize have been supported by both political parties, including the PATRIOT Act, the Iraq war, spying, etc.  He's a maverick that stands alone on a lot of those things.

      He still draws more from the right than the left, so don't worry.  He also draws a ton of people who would never vote anyway, so it isn't a loss for either party.

      "There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always." -- Mahatma Gandhi

      by duha on Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 08:57:30 PM PST

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    •  So, which (1+ / 0-)
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      chrismatthews

      party exactly should a non-socialist, non-fascist run for? Both parties are for more government control (and have been for decades). A pro-liberty/constitutionalist candidate is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. And you can't get any national attention as a third party candidate (generally speaking).

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