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Forget Sarah Palin: It's Rand Paul's moment and Ron Paul's opportunity
The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-05-17 | Brent Budowsky

Posted on 05/18/2010 2:09:49 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

Behind the scenes the insider Republican establishment is now in an uproar as the odds are high that Rand Paul wins the Republican nomination for senator from Kentucky. This would be a major embarrassment to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and raises a big question about 2012: Why is Sarah Palin getting so much attention, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) so little, from the national media and pundit classes?

Certain pundits appear strangely infatuated with Palin, but it seems to me that if Ron Paul runs for president in 2012, he could win a plurality of delegates in a multi-candidate field. My guess is that Ron Paul does run for president and Sarah Palin does not, but who knows? Why is it that major media are so unwilling to take a close and serious look at Ron Paul as a potential candidate for president, while they pant with excitement at every breath Palin takes?

If Rand Paul wins, it sends cold chills up the spines of Washington Republicans, and it may well force the media to take a close look at what happens if Ron Paul runs for president.

Do the math, folks. If there are three, four, five or more Republicans running for the nomination in 2012, Ron Paul suddenly has a shot at doing very well in the delegate count, possibly winning a plurality of delegates, depending on how many Republicans run and who they are.

If Republican power brokers try to lock him out, what happens if Paul runs as an Independent?

And why don't Republican or Democratic pundits give Ron Paul his due? After Election Day, they just might have no choice, right?


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; braindeadzombiecult; kook; ky2010; larouchies; palin; palinfreeperping; paulbots; paulestinians; paulkucinich08; paulkucinich12; rabscuttle; randpaul; ronpaul; sarahpalin; teapartyrebellion; youknowhesnuts
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1 posted on 05/18/2010 2:09:50 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: bamahead; Bokababe; dcwusmc; djsherin

fyi


2 posted on 05/18/2010 2:10:54 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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Who is ACTUALLY going to do all they can to slash the Federal Government budgets and power? That is all I want to know.

Why it gets to the point the government can literally snatch people off the street, we are truly in deep.


3 posted on 05/18/2010 2:12:33 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: Crimson Elephant

That should say “when” it gets to the point.


4 posted on 05/18/2010 2:13:12 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: rabscuttle385

Libertarians are only one small step up from full on Liberals. Not a big enough step to get my vote.


5 posted on 05/18/2010 2:13:27 PM PDT by fish hawk (Dreaming in my flight, I fly beyond my dreams.)
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To: rabscuttle385

As you can easily infer from articles like this, liberals would dearly love for Ron “Obama is not a socialist” Paul to run as an independent.


6 posted on 05/18/2010 2:13:46 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The welfare state turns us all into zoo animals, mouths open, waiting for the next feeding.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Put down the crack pipe Brent!


7 posted on 05/18/2010 2:13:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Don't care if he was born in a manger on July 4th! A "Natural Born" citizen requires two US parents!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Romney/Paul 2012


8 posted on 05/18/2010 2:14:31 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: rabscuttle385

“Ron Paul as a potential candidate for president, while they pant with excitement at every breath Palin takes...”

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Does Ron feel the same way as his Daddy about the US defending itself? I believe we know where “Palin” stands.


9 posted on 05/18/2010 2:15:56 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: rabscuttle385

I want some of what the author is smoking.


10 posted on 05/18/2010 2:16:00 PM PDT by Ingtar (My dog died yesterday, but less than expected. - Freeper Juan Meden)
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To: rabscuttle385

One does not necessarily lead to the other.


11 posted on 05/18/2010 2:16:21 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: rabscuttle385

“...Why is it that major media are so unwilling to take a close and serious look at Ron Paul as a potential candidate for president...”

Because he is a kooky Libertarian. He is much better than a Dem or a RINO but too weak on standing up to Mohammedans.

Plus people get Ron Paul and Ru Paul confused.


12 posted on 05/18/2010 2:16:33 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: JohnLongIsland

Hell no.


13 posted on 05/18/2010 2:17:00 PM PDT by DB
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To: JohnLongIsland

A pair of losers!


14 posted on 05/18/2010 2:17:08 PM PDT by Ingtar (My dog died yesterday, but less than expected. - Freeper Juan Meden)
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To: pissant

Did you see this thread and comment in particular?

Hope you don’t have high BP.


15 posted on 05/18/2010 2:17:58 PM PDT by little jeremiah (http://lifewurx.com - Good herb formulas made by a friend)
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To: rabscuttle385

If it is truly his son’s moment ... as a father he needs to step back and let him have that moment himself!

He doesn’t need his father riding along, kibitzing or any thing else.


16 posted on 05/18/2010 2:19:21 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: rabscuttle385

“Why is Sarah Palin getting so much attention, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) so little, from the national media and pundit classes?”

The minute Ron Paul looks like a real contender, the MSM will roar to life with its typical hate and smear campaign.


17 posted on 05/18/2010 2:19:44 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: JohnLongIsland
Romney/Paul 2012

Wtf. Why would a libertarian run with a statist like Romney?!

18 posted on 05/18/2010 2:20:25 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: DB

And of course Huckabee for Secretary of State


19 posted on 05/18/2010 2:20:28 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: rabscuttle385
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20 posted on 05/18/2010 2:20:55 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush")
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To: rabscuttle385

Reeaaaaaaaaallllllly.


21 posted on 05/18/2010 2:21:12 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: rabscuttle385

A lot of people who like Palin would have liked Ron Paul had he not soiled his nest with his remarks about 911.

They want to support Ron, and can’t, so with Sarah’s help that frustrated support has passed to Rand.

Rand is going to do well if he can avoid putting his foot in it, because people are anxious to see constitutionalists step forward, and they want people who are bold and will not apologize for the constitution. I think its too late for his dad, but its not too late for him.


22 posted on 05/18/2010 2:24:52 PM PDT by marron
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To: rabscuttle385
After the Clinton Fatigue and the Bush fatigue, I rather doubt it.
23 posted on 05/18/2010 2:25:43 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: K-oneTexas
If it is truly his son’s moment ... as a father he needs to step back and let him have that moment himself!

The kind of people that follow Ron Paul probably forgot that Rand has an election coming up, that he has to win before he becomes a Senator, that his goofy father can try to exploit.

This was only the primary that Palin helped him get through, the general is next.

24 posted on 05/18/2010 2:25:54 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush")
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To: rabscuttle385

Dumb and dumber IMO.


25 posted on 05/18/2010 2:26:18 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: rabscuttle385

“Forget Sarah Palin: It’s Rand Paul’s moment and Ron Paul’s opportunity”

I LIKE Sarah Palin. I think that RAND Paul is better than his opponent.

“Ron Paul and his anti-war span monkeys can KMA,” I think a great man once said.


26 posted on 05/18/2010 2:26:57 PM PDT by Grunthor (Over YOUR dead body!)
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To: rabscuttle385; All
Ron Paul: The CIA conducted a coup in the US

Heh.

27 posted on 05/18/2010 2:27:20 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Did Palin make an endorsement in that race?


28 posted on 05/18/2010 2:27:21 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: Berlin_Freeper

and the kennedy fatigue,


29 posted on 05/18/2010 2:27:30 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Crimson Elephant
Who is ACTUALLY going to do all they can to slash the Federal Government budgets and power?

No current member of Congress, Republican or Democrat. Both have spent us into the thank.

30 posted on 05/18/2010 2:28:16 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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Old, lifetime politician who endorses McKinney, Nader, and Baldwin- AND praised Michael Steele?


31 posted on 05/18/2010 2:29:26 PM PDT by rintense
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To: JohnLongIsland
Romney/Paul 2012

Romney/Paul 2012

You got it half right.

32 posted on 05/18/2010 2:29:37 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Oh brother.


33 posted on 05/18/2010 2:31:16 PM PDT by rintense
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To: ansel12
The art department of the RINO wing of the Republican party hard at work.


34 posted on 05/18/2010 2:31:46 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: rabscuttle385
If Republican power brokers try to lock him out, what happens if Paul runs as an Independent?

He'll open his mouth and make a fool of himself again.

35 posted on 05/18/2010 2:32:14 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Ron Paul’s son may be good Presidential Timber.

Ron Paul has some ideas - BUT - he’s TOO OLD!!!


36 posted on 05/18/2010 2:32:49 PM PDT by ZULU
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To: rabscuttle385

We already have one too many Pauls in the government. God forbid Rand gets in, and his daddy becomes president. The former may happen since many folks have been hoodwinked, but I don’t think the latter will.


37 posted on 05/18/2010 2:33:21 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: fish hawk

Absolutely not true.

Liberals and their communist brethern are a mortal threat tot his nation.


38 posted on 05/18/2010 2:34:14 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Huckabee/Paul 2012


39 posted on 05/18/2010 2:37:42 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: JohnLongIsland

Why do people still try to push Mitt on a conservative site? He will never get my vote.


40 posted on 05/18/2010 2:40:42 PM PDT by MamaB (If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.)
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To: Crimson Elephant
"... gets to the point the government can literally snatch people off the street, we are truly in deep."

If things ever come to that, the law of unintended consequences won't be pretty.
41 posted on 05/18/2010 2:42:37 PM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: MamaB

All my posts were meant for sarcastic purposes, I just wanted to see which direction the Kool-Aid was flowing.


42 posted on 05/18/2010 2:43:11 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland ( schmuckie schucks)
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To: JohnLongIsland

puke


43 posted on 05/18/2010 2:45:38 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: JohnLongIsland

LOL. No one got your joke.


44 posted on 05/18/2010 2:45:48 PM PDT by streetpreacher (Arminian by birth, Calvinist by the grace of God)
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To: JohnLongIsland

Closer


45 posted on 05/18/2010 2:46:32 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: gunsequalfreedom

As a career politician, hasn’t Paul been at this for about 36 years?

Why is it that he could never rise above small time cult figure, and could never win an election outside of his safe congressional district?

Ron Paul could never win a statewide office like Senator, or Governor, he is sure not ever going to be President, he doesn’t have the right stuff, and lacks credibility.


46 posted on 05/18/2010 2:47:48 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush")
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To: oneamericanvoice
We already have one too many Pauls in the government. God forbid Rand gets in, and his daddy becomes president.

Yea, the last thing we need is someone that is going to push the envelope towards freedom. Much better to have the go-along-get-along Republicans that have served us so well.

47 posted on 05/18/2010 2:48:17 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: rabscuttle385

If 5 candidates run, then we have a big problem because no one has fixed the primary cross-over vote, where Democrats can vote in many Republican primaries and select the one closest to their belief system—as they did in 2008, voting for McCain who we were then stuck with.


48 posted on 05/18/2010 2:49:43 PM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: rabscuttle385

Ron Paul will be pushing 80 on Inaugural Day, 2013. He’s too old.


49 posted on 05/18/2010 2:52:12 PM PDT by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: ZULU
Ron Paul’s son may be good Presidential Timber. Ron Paul has some ideas - BUT - he’s TOO OLD!!!

Exactly. Have the utmost respect for Ron Paul for having stood up against the statists and those who wish to ignore the Constitution for many years, at a time when no one else was talking about these issues. I believe that Ron Paul is a great patriot, but he will be too old by 2012 to be a viable candidate. I've watched him slow down in the last two years. Can only imagine what two more years will bring.

Rand Paul, if he gets the Senate seat, may just have enough time to distinguish himself and show himself to be a viable presidential candidate.

50 posted on 05/18/2010 2:52:23 PM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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