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Why is Ron Paul running again? 5 theories
The Week ^ | 4/27/11 | Staff

Posted on 04/27/2011 9:40:19 AM PDT by Bokababe

The Texas libertarian is widely seen as a longshot candidate for the GOP's 2012 presidential nomination. So why is he preparing for another White House campaign?....

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In short, because it's a "no lose" position for him.
1 posted on 04/27/2011 9:40:25 AM PDT by Bokababe
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To: Bokababe

Three words:

Ego.

Ego.

Ego.


2 posted on 04/27/2011 9:42:02 AM PDT by Cicero
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To: Bokababe

I don’t care why he’s running. I just wish his supporters would stop spamming my Freepmail with his garbage!


3 posted on 04/27/2011 9:44:31 AM PDT by Sister_T ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: Bokababe
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote against our troops.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote against decency.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for surrender.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for defeat.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for al Qaeda.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Don Black, David Duke, and Storm Front.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for racism.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for bigotry.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for hate.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for antisemitism.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Iranian nukes.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for the destruction of Israel.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for the destruction of America.

4 posted on 04/27/2011 9:44:55 AM PDT by Sarabaracuda (Sarah 2012)
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To: dcwusmc; bamahead; djsherin; rabscuttle385; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; AuntB; EveningStar; ...

RP Ping


5 posted on 04/27/2011 9:46:48 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe

I guess the dem Kucinich will run again, too.

That’s what Kucinich’s do.


6 posted on 04/27/2011 9:47:04 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Bokababe

“Ross Perot”


7 posted on 04/27/2011 9:47:59 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Sarabaracuda

Your entire post was just silly. Is Paul wrong on some things, yes, he is. Does that make a vote for him a vote for Al Qauda, uh...no. Paul is no racist, he isn’t against our troops, etc. etc.

It’s fine if you don’t approve of Paul, but it would be nice if you would keep your gripes about him within the realm of reality.


8 posted on 04/27/2011 9:50:16 AM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Bokababe

Maybe Paul wants to campaign against foreign aid because no one else will.


9 posted on 04/27/2011 9:50:50 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: Sarabaracuda
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote against our troops.

Really, you might want to tell that to his top contributors in his last campaign:

The top three contributors to Paul's (2008) presidential run were individuals employed by the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.

10 posted on 04/27/2011 9:52:09 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe

If he doesn’t run, he has a n=0% chance at the nomination. If he runs, he has a n>0% chance. That simple.


11 posted on 04/27/2011 9:52:30 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: Sarabaracuda

Your post is garbage, Ron Paul is my Congressman and he is none of those things. I know you support Sara and I like her too, but lying about Ron Paul only makes you look stupid.


12 posted on 04/27/2011 9:54:33 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: Darksheare
LOL.

If there is a parallel, it's not Ross.

More like Ralph Nader.........cept ole RP won't even crack 1% if he runs in a third party.

13 posted on 04/27/2011 9:54:33 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Cicero

I think he loves the attention.


14 posted on 04/27/2011 9:55:47 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Sporke
It’s fine if you don’t approve of Paul, but it would be nice if you would keep your gripes about him within the realm of reality.

Civility and actually thinking seem to be in short supply these days on FR, thank you for both.

15 posted on 04/27/2011 9:57:19 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Sarabaracuda

Silly, you just embarrassed yourself.


16 posted on 04/27/2011 9:58:12 AM PDT by Diago ('Why would anyone spend millions not to make that information public?')
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To: Bokababe

If you hate this conservative site so much, why don’t you go stay at DU. You would be more at home there anyway.


17 posted on 04/27/2011 10:02:17 AM PDT by Sarabaracuda (Sarah 2012)
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To: jpsb

I stated the truth.


18 posted on 04/27/2011 10:05:03 AM PDT by Sarabaracuda (Sarah 2012)
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To: Diago

You protect a domestic enemy.


19 posted on 04/27/2011 10:07:01 AM PDT by Sarabaracuda (Sarah 2012)
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To: Cicero

He’s Nucking Futz!


20 posted on 04/27/2011 10:12:00 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Terrorism is nothing more than Kinetic Islam)
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To: Sarabaracuda
Storm Front

Bingo! Why I explain to my "Big El" Libertarian friends that I could never really cast a vote for Ron - anyone who's been that published in Storm Front can not be a guy you really want showing up at the neighborhood barbeque.
21 posted on 04/27/2011 10:12:16 AM PDT by GunningForTheBuddha (Paul/Ventura 2012 - 'Cause Maybe Batsh#t Crazy IS the Answer)
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To: Bokababe

For the same reason Ernest T. Bass kept throwing rocks at Mayberry’s windows. He’s a crazy Pest that won’t go away.


22 posted on 04/27/2011 10:23:01 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Sarabaracuda
If you hate this conservative site so much, why don’t you go stay at DU. You would be more at home there anyway.

You know I posted an article to get some reasonable discourse on the article itself, which if you'd read it, said that Ron Paul is a long shot at best and probably won't win. Instead I get BS nonsense -- not even specific disagreements -- but 2nd grader slander against Ron Paul by people who haven't even read the article, and personal attacks on me. Is this really what it has all come down to? A bunch of harpies, not interested in getting Obama out of office, but just showing off for fellow harpies how you can act juvenile? If so, then you deserve what you get in the next election -- four more years of the idiot and chief !

23 posted on 04/27/2011 10:25:39 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe
Really, you might want to tell that to his top contributors in his last campaign:

That's been debunked so many times.

24 posted on 04/27/2011 10:26:49 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Allegra
Really, you might want to tell that to his top contributors in his last campaign

That's been debunked so many times.

By who? A blog? Enlighten me, because that came from Open Secrets, a non-profit, non-partisan website that tracks where money goes in elections.

25 posted on 04/27/2011 10:34:43 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe
>>>>>>Why is Ron Paul running again?

To get attention? Or maybe Paul is just plain....


26 posted on 04/27/2011 10:35:00 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: All

You know Ron Paul’s new book, Liberty Defined is currently #7 on Amazon best sellers list. His last book The Revolution made it to #1 on the NYT Best Sellers list. But most of you keep acting like RP’s entire following would fit into a shoebox. Makes no logical sense, whatever.


27 posted on 04/27/2011 10:46:24 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe
You tried to represent that the troops donated more to Ron Paul.

In reality, it's government employees who happen to include DoD who gave big chunks (in small increments) to Paul and Obama.

I've been working with the military and with DoD government employees for several years.

Active military tends to be conservative. I've never met one yet that is a Paul supporter. (Although I have met several who think he's nuts.)

Among the DoD civilian employees however, there is a pretty high ratio of liberals.

It was primarily these DoD civilians who donated to Paul and Obama.

But the Paulbots kept spinning it as if active armed forces were overwhelmingly supporting Paul.

Not so.

28 posted on 04/27/2011 10:51:34 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Bokababe
You know Ron Paul’s new book, Liberty Defined is currently #7 on Amazon best sellers list.

So from this we can know that Ron Paul is less popular than Harry Potter.

And equally as based in reality.

29 posted on 04/27/2011 11:07:07 AM PDT by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: Darksheare; Allegra

From Ron Paul’s biography, page 172:

“The main reason I became an OB/GYN doctor was that since
I was such a total geek it seemed to be the only way I
would ever get a peek at an unclothed woman.

Later, with my new abilities as an MD, I discovered that
I could control and prescribe pharmaceutical drugs. This
worked equally well. Even better in some cases. Today I
have five children!”


30 posted on 04/27/2011 11:32:43 AM PDT by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: humblegunner

LMAO


31 posted on 04/27/2011 11:34:56 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: humblegunner

What an old pervert! This man shouldn’t be let near a woman. I wonder if his patients know of his comments.


32 posted on 04/27/2011 11:41:24 AM PDT by Sarabaracuda (Sarah 2012)
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To: Allegra

It’s obviously too much to expect honesty from a paultard. They are as dishonest as their candidate.


33 posted on 04/27/2011 11:44:09 AM PDT by Sarabaracuda (Sarah 2012)
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To: Bokababe
Are you expecting a Kucinich/Paul ticket or a Paul/Kucinich ticket? Both are anti-American surrender monkeys.
34 posted on 04/27/2011 11:46:30 AM PDT by rideharddiefast
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To: Bokababe

35 posted on 04/27/2011 11:53:53 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask rather what you can do for your country." -Cicero)
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To: humblegunner

Who wrote this “biography”? Because I can’t find anything on it.


36 posted on 04/27/2011 11:58:36 AM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe; Allegra; lormand; mnehring

Bokababe: George McGovern flew a bomber for the United States Army Air Corps in raids over Trieste in WW II. That did not keep him from being a delegate to the essentially communist Progressive Party Convention of 1948 or from opposing any and all military efforts against communists in any conflict all the while whining “This Senate stands knee deep in the blood of innocents” or from voting to gut America’s defenses. Like McGoo but with less enthusiasm for international communism and more enthusiasm for our other and more recent enemies, Ron Paul is an anti-American cheerleaeder for Al Qaeda and for the disarmament of our nation and for turning it into a sorry, pitiful and toothless little thing utterly incapable of doing anything worth doing in foreign affairs. What paleoPaulie wants is for us to position our nation before Islamofascist hacksides in a permanent mode of autosmooch. Ron Paul will NEVER be nominated by the GOP and, as a result, the GOP will survive as the military strength party in American public affairs, as the social conservative party in American public affairs (no hiding 50+ million abortions and the destruction and dilution of normal marriage behind an obsolete wall of 10th Amendment obfuscation while SCOTUS Demonrats and GOP wets continue to kill the babies) and as the party that, at least, retains the potential of rejecting Paul’s two-faced and utterly dishonest gobbling of earmarks for Galveston while posing for holy pictures to the contrary as though he were simultaneously principled and rational which the paleosurrenderman most certainly is not.


37 posted on 04/27/2011 12:12:40 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club: Burn 'em Bright!!!)
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To: BlackElk

38 posted on 04/27/2011 12:19:54 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Sporke
It is paleoPaulie's voting record of opposition to our military and his support for "gay" everything in the military that makes him an enemy of our military and his voting record and mouthing off in favor of Al Qaeda and other Islamofascists taking over whatever they please as a power base to bge used against our country without our interfering with their accumulation of assets and power that makes him a shameless cheerleader for such as Al Qaeda. If Paul is not a racist, he sure does have quite a track record of drawing their enthusiastic support (David Duke, et al.).

What you apparently r3egard as "the realm of reality" suggests a need for reality therapy.

39 posted on 04/27/2011 12:21:10 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club: Burn 'em Bright!!!)
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To: BlackElk

hacksides=backsides


40 posted on 04/27/2011 12:22:42 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club: Burn 'em Bright!!!)
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To: Bokababe; Jim Robinson
What is and ought to be in short supply here is cowardice in foreign affairs, paleobirdbrainism, the foreign policy "brilliance" of empty suits like Neville Chamberlain and of the paleosurrenderman of Galveston. Treason and cowardice are not conservatism, never were and never will be. PaleoPaulie has not figured that out and probably lacks the innate intellectual capability to figure it out. Fortunately, he will be finished off as usual in the primaries and he can next run for POTUS as an 80-year old delusional cranky grandpa unless someone has had the common sense to dress him in a straightjacket and trundle him off to Happy Acres for the good of the country.

I also imagine that most here tend to be in strong agreement with JimRob's view of the paleosurrenderman.

41 posted on 04/27/2011 12:32:04 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club: Burn 'em Bright!!!)
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To: BlackElk; Allegra; lormand; mnehring; All
I refer you to my post 23

I posted this article to see if there would be any rational discourse on it, instead all I have gotten back was a bunch of hyperbola, hysterical ravings, stupid pictures and name-calling.

If this is really "Conservatism", God help us all. Because we don't need any outside destroyers, we're doing a good job destroying ourselves.

42 posted on 04/27/2011 12:34:45 PM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Allegra
"Hey, babe.. you sound kinda hot. You're a woman, right?"

"Yeah, I appreciate your support. Hey, have you ever tried Percodan?"

43 posted on 04/27/2011 12:34:53 PM PDT by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: Bokababe

5. More bookings on the Alex Jones Show.
4. More opportunities to sell “The Truth is Out There” t-shirts and bumper stickers.
3. Enjoys the fun of watching beltway establishment Republicans break out in a cold sweat.
2. Great PR for the upcoming Paul-Kucinich Nationwide Standup Tour in 2013.

...and the #1 reason Ron Paul is running for President again...

1. The Groupies, Man.....the Groupies!


44 posted on 04/27/2011 12:38:41 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Bokababe

I would bet on reasons 1 through 4, as I do no think that he will actually be elected.


45 posted on 04/27/2011 12:45:18 PM PDT by rob777
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To: BlackElk

Our military is out of control, which is why Paul votes the way he does. 70% of the EARTHS military spending is done by the U.S., which makes zero sense. We need a military big enough to protect our shores, and not much over that. We can no longer afford to be the world police.

As for the gay thing, I’m not a big fan of that segment of our population, but there’s not a lot in the Constitution about them, which could be why he feels the way he does. I don’t know why he votes the way he does on this issue.

As for the turbanheads, I agree with him. Let them do what they do, over there, it’s none of our business. We have already proven we are inept at stopping them. Other countries don’t do squat about them, but they whine for us to help them (since we have an unlimited supply of soldiers and money).

Racists follow Paul? Racists follow Obama, and Palin, and everyone else too. Paul’s overwhelming theme, always, is to follow the Constitution. I find little wrong with that. If we had been doing that over the past 100 years or so, we wouldn’t be broke and our taxes would be about half of what they are now.


46 posted on 04/27/2011 12:46:24 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Bokababe
"Is this really what it has all come down to? A bunch of harpies, not interested in getting Obama out of office, but just showing off for fellow harpies how you can act juvenile?"


I continue to hold out hope that this mindset does not represent the majority.
47 posted on 04/27/2011 12:48:45 PM PDT by rob777
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To: jpsb; Sarabaracuda
jpsb: No one is lying about paleoPaulie. Since he is your Congressman, you should:

1. Feel a decent sense of shame in recognition that your Congressman is garbage and worthless garbage at that;

2. Stop lying about or misperceiving his actually conservative critics;

3. Do something to elect a conventionally patriotic and actually conservative Congressman with functioning brain cells to replace the paleowimp idiot;

4. If you are looking for stupidity, try looking at those like paleoPaulie who confuse patriotism with cowardice and "letters of marque and reprisal" (and maybe blunderbusses for M-16s) with an actual and regularly used military second to none; those who imagine that, given the persistent mass murdering violation of the Constitution by SCOTUS, somehow marriage and the right to life and civilization generally will be advanced by invoking the 10th Amendment to make Congress even more totally subservient to the baby-killing and marriage destroying black-robes of SCOTUS; those who confuse earmark kings like paleoPaulie with actual fiscal conservatives; and those who want to buy the world a Coke instead of memorably punishing our nation's enemies whenever the opportunity arises.

5. Retire the crazy old coot and get a real Congressman. Galveston owes a lot more to America than the surrenderman. Then drop paleoPaulie in a straightjacket into Teheran with or without a parachute and let his pal and love object Ahmadinejad take care of him from now on. Remember Baghdad Bob? When the time comes, they can strap PaleoPaulie to a telephone pole and he can serve as Teheran Paulie. If you want bipartisanship, send Dennis Cuckoocinich or Jim Code Pink McDermott to be his Demonratic mirrors.

48 posted on 04/27/2011 1:03:57 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club: Burn 'em Bright!!!)
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To: Bokababe
I posted this article to see if there would be any rational discourse on it...

And yet, you conduct "rational discourse" by making false accusations at anyone who doesn't support Ron Paul.

You suggested earlier that since I don't like Ron Paul, I am for the establishment status-quo and will vote for anyone as long as they have an "R" by their name.

And yet, I have never, ever said anything like that on this forum.

You are also slinging insults at others who don't like Ron Paul.

When you do things like that, nobody will take you seriously.

Therefore, don't be surprised when we're having a little fun at your expense.

By the way, the owner of this site is not exactly a Ron Paul fan, either.

49 posted on 04/27/2011 1:16:33 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: humblegunner

ROFL!


50 posted on 04/27/2011 1:17:42 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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