February 20, 2010
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Well the collective head of the mainstream media exploded today as Ron Paul won the CPAC Straw Poll with 31% of the vote. Of all the write ups I've seen on the web, I think the DailyKos was the most friendly to the Libertarian movement.
Congrats to Ron Paul, the C4L, Mises.org, and everyone who has worked so hard to bring his message to the people. With his son Rand Paul leading the polls in the Kentucky Senate Primary Race (R) and the even more shocking rise of Debra Medinah in the Texas Governor Primary (R) this is shaping up to be a great year for Liberty.
David in Qatar
That Debra Medinah is something special. Talk about the ULTIMATE Washington outsider. Rick Perry and Kay Hutchinson are spending a combined $50 million in the Governor's race. Medinah has raised $600,000 and uses her personal credit card for her travels. She's no millionaire folks. This is coming out of the kid's college fund.
And yet, here she sits at 28% in the latest poll - ahead of Hutchinson and with a chance of forcing a one-on-one runoff with Rick Perry.
I am absolutely stunned. Nobody goes from 4% to 28% in a couple of months without money and sponsorship. How did she do it? Well, she's riding a wave of discontent for one. Seconod, she dominated the debate (see what happens when the debate is open to all candidates. are you listening Faux News?) Third, she's an absolute bulldog. Go get em Debra!
David in Qatart
I don't agree with him on many positions, but I give Ron Paul credit for being principled and sincere. I'd rather have him that any of those maniacs cut from the cloth of Glenn Reynolds, who said a good strategy to reduce the size of government is to get the US to default on it's debts so nobody will lend to us. I'd rather have Howard Dean than Paul, though, so say what you will about me...
Some credit to the people at CPAC. I was pretty sure it was going to be Pawlenty or Romney (and was cringing at the possibility of the excrable Palin). They're probably getting it out of their system before they slip in the shiv during the primaries (again).
Thanks for the heads-up on Debra Medinah. I'd never heard of her before but I'll start keeping an eye out now.
Pleasant surprise about Ron Paul winning the straw poll.
Thanks for the kind comments. They are appreciated.
I misspelled her name. It's "Medina" with no 'h' at the end. She is a great story and continues to fight hard even after getting ambushed by Glenn Beck. She's not going down without a fight.
David in Qatar
Ron Paul wins straw poll...good news to me. But...
I'm fairly suspicious of the Tea Party as a group. Not that I necessarily disagree with some of "their" arguments or conclusions, but because it's very much a Populist movement.
The trouble with Populism, in my poor, humble opinion, is that it can be easily hijacked, redirected, or simply turn ugly. For example, as ajm101 said, even if you don't like Ron Paul, he's got a reputation for honesty and sincerity. But those who have always liked Paul (I'm one of them) can remember when he wasn't the popular guy: Spoke out against the Iraq war, talked about the impending economic problems, criticized domestic and foreign policy.
Now everyone likes him--fantastic. But at the same event, you have Romney, Palin, and the new Conservative types courting this group and dangling nice shiny phrases and speeches. You can argue they are trying to join the crowd or trying to get out front, but it looks an awful lot like a group of politicos hopping around bandwagons...
...which is why I'm suspicious. The Peeples, bless their black flabby hearts, are a fickle group, and the Tea Party types aren't unified (yet). The crowd is heading in the same direction as Paul for now, but it would be very easy for them to coalesce around a different issue or run off in a different direction. As Ron Paul continues on, the entire crowd might decide that something else is going to be a core direction...and he'll be left out because he really is honest and sincere.
Win, lose, or draw, populist movements shape the debate and direction of the country...if nothing else than by their very existence. Until things settle down, I'm going to be very careful about throwing in with one side or another...because you never know when the mob will decide that you are the problem.
I am not sure exactly what a tea partier represents, but for me I feel that both parties have sold out this country for votes. Increased welfare and corporatism seem to be today's answers. All in the name of votes and our countries debt is becoming increasingly scary to me. I worry that my kids will be slaves of the state.
Could I be delusional? Perhaps, but growing up my father never talked about this countries deficit and debt. He is worried for me and I worry for my kids.
I will go on living my life, but I think we are going in the wrong direction and I feel helpless.
I think that's exactly what the tea party people believe.
Strange Days indeed. I will vote for Dr, Paul if given the chance but was amused by how Mike Wallace and Bill Kristol downplayed Paul's victory, on Fox. The same network that has been proclaiming Palin as the leader of theTea Party,
There are days when I wonder whether the Fox crowd is really trying to re-elect BHO
Dare I say it....
Rand Paul 2010
Ron Paul 2012!
"And not to pretend to tell the world how they should live ..." Ron Paul
He says with conviction and clarity what I've believed for so long when it comes to foreign policy. Friends to many, and alliances with very few ... as the framers of the constitution proposed. War as a last resort.
If you want to bankrupt a tyrant, or king, or a people, war is the single best way to do it. It beats out corruption, inflation, illegal immigration and any other "tion" I can think of.
Guns or butter. Right?
Known as slippery fingered sharpshooter nzsvz9
Late to the party, but here is an analysis by a CPAC attendee that puts a different perspective on the Paul victory.
Basically, he's saying that all the spin on the straw poll is a bunch of Carp--no ballot-box stuffing, no flood of new membership from Paul's base, and the "this is just an opinion poll" take that the conservatives have been pushing is just an attempt to cut off any momentum for Ron Paul.
Funnily enough, I was led to this via DailyKos. Guess we're not the only ones interested, huh?