CNN had a great presentation on Ron Paul in Iowa. It may be the best indication that Cong. Paul will run in 2012. I’m excited. I’m ready to help! (That’ll decide it right that! Ron’s in the race for sure! )
Seriously, Ron Paul is that rare item in American politics: A cult icon. He does not have many of the traits that most cult icons such as charisma or telegenic ability. But the strength is the ideas he expresses: Liberty. Non-intervention. Free trade. Sound money. Honesty and integrity.
I think there is an issue to resolve: What to do with Gary Johnson. He’s a very fine candidate. Former governor of New Mexico who vetoed over 700 bills. He has credibility on spending issues. However, there are too many constitutencies to merge together to make a Johnson run feasible in 2012. We would be starting over again. For example, I would have to rally my fellow believers and social conservatives again to support Gary Johnson. But if Paul selected Johnson as his running mate at the time of his announcement, this would merge the two groups together and make it possible for Johnson to run on his own in 2016.
But, the objection is made: No one can do it. No place for the VP on the ballot. No one does it like this. But we have a new political paradigm. Why not break the rules. Gary can be a surrogate for Paul who would be able to double the effort. People would be eager to meet Gov. Johnson as well.
This would merge the Tea Party and libertarian movements together. It also answers the age issue: Paul is the present effort and Johnson is the future. While there could be others like Rand Paul rising in the future, its Paul and Johnson for the next two election cycles. John would have in effect Paul’s blessing for the future.
But the CNN article does have a few highlights. Paul runs for ideas not glory:
All of this comes from a man who has no illusions that he can win his party’s presidential nomination, but that won’t stop him from running again in 2012 if he decides to do so.
“It is probably hard to believe, but I look at it a little bit differently than others,” Paul said in an interview during his recent visit to Iowa. “I don’t expect to be president. I don’t expect to be. That doesn’t mean I won’t run for president, but I am really energized when I think we make inroads … to broaden the outreach on the philosophy I have been talking about for 40 years.”
People are eager to support Paul and his message:
Paul’s address was bookended by standing ovations.
“I have been excited about and what he is talking about,” John Bowery, a Republican from Shenandoah, Iowa, said after Paul’s speech. “I am sorry he didn’t get more attention in 2008. I don’t know if he is going to run in 2012. If someone like him does, I will be all for it.”
He spoke to standard themes in Iowa:
On this night in Des Moines, Paul stuck to his talking points. He never mentioned a possible presidential run in 2012. Instead, Paul spoke of limited government and the need for government officials to follow the Constitution, which just so happened to be the theme of the Iowa GOP’s fundraiser.
Paul also has some organization and is supporting candidates:
For now, Paul will continue to travel the country to promote his philosophy, while his 2008 presidential campaign operation has morphed into the Campaign for Liberty, a 500,000-member organization that promotes libertarian views.
Paul also has a small political action committee that doles out contributions to “liberty-based candidates,” a spokesman said.