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JUSTIN RAIMONDO ON RON PAUL: A CONSTITUTIONALIST PRESIDENT AT LAST?

Justin Raimondo is a strong anti-war libertarian.  His site, www.anti-war.com, is useful although I am not sure I entirely agree with him (If I agreed totally with anyone I might have to find somethingto disagree with about that person!) he says interesting and thought-provoking items.  Here is Raimondo’s latest column about Cong. Paul.  He says that he now has a chance to win.  I agree.  (Thanks again to Lew Rockwell)

Here’s Raimondo’s intro:

The news that a Rasmussen poll has Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) running in a dead heat against President Barack Obama in a hypothetical Paul-Obama face-off for the White House has the pundits fuming. Ben Smith, over at Politico, can hardly contain his annoyance: the poll “is a useful reminder of how totally flaky early polling is,” he rants, and “this is the Ron Paul who polled, literally, thousands of votes placing fifth in the Iowa caucuses,” and then only breaking ten percent after everyone but McCain had bailed.

But Raimondo has his answer – it’s compelling:

This evaluation depends on a static model, however: back then, there was no bank bailout, no insurance industry takeover, no tea party movement, and Ron had no real public record to run on – the 2008 campaign, in short, was a way for the country to get to know Rep. Paul, and the Rasmussen poll is a clear indication they liked what they saw. Instead of invoking Paul’s showing in the Iowa caucus, it’s more useful to compare this poll to the results of another similar Rasmussen poll taken in 2008, in which, as the pollster reported, “For Ron Paul, 10% of all voters would definitely vote for him. Fifty-nine percent (59%) say it’s No, no matter what.”

Voter sentiment is now completely reversed: today, he’s in a dead heat with a sitting President. No matter how hard you try to minimize that, it’s an astonishing fact.

Why?  Two things:  The small-government issue and Paul’s non-interventionist foreign policy.

Paul sweeps the independents in the Rasmussen poll, with an astonishing 47-28. Add to this Paul’s appeal to what a recent Pew poll characterized as rising “isolationist” sentiment, and what you have is a new American majority based on the proposition that the US government should start minding its own business, both at home and abroad.

There is a new political paradigm out there today.  Does it have a majority?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  That’s why the November election will be exciting.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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