Paul backs up his positions with explanations. His supporters either agreed with those positions beforehand, or adopted them in response to Paul’s arguments. Young adults can reason, but they’ll reject the mockery directed towards their candidate. Paul’s base should be viewed as students still willing to learn. The other candidates should take advantage of that.
I said it before, I’ll say it again: it’s not to the advantage of the candidates to mock Ron Paul. Paul’s bogus positions deserve a logical response the uninformed can understand. No sense alienating his supporters through ridicule. And the mockery is no substitute for expressing one’s understanding of the issues.
I agree but I also think that these kids are very aware that it is their future that is really at stake in all of this and they are really the ones who will pay the highest price while most of us here are just worried about getting our Social Security check.
It's their generation who are going off to these wars because they can't find a job here -- and are coming back with the physical and mental wounds that all wars cause. It's their generation who is going to get stuck with the bill for all this useless spending long after we are out of the job market. These kids don't see the bright future that most of us once had, and squandered. They are far more afraid of that bleak, helpless moral and economic future in America than they are of Ahmadinejad or any Mullah halfway around the globe.
These kids have the energy that every successful Party and campaign needs -- and we are destroying it with this mocking and self-important silliness against Ron Paul. Address the issues and save the ad hominems for Obama.
Like I said before, even the most successful Repub candidate against Obama is going to need every possible vote to beat him. And even if the RP supporters are just ten-fifteen percent on the Republican side (more in the independents and converted Democrats), it's a number that the Republicans can't do without and still beat Obama. No sane reason to alienate them.