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Rep. Ron Paul facing unrest at home
Houston Chronicle ^ | February 24, 2010 | MEREDITH SIMONS

Posted on 02/24/2010 2:14:55 PM PST by Allegra

WASHINGTON — In D.C. political circles, Texas Rep. Ron Paul is the quirky icon of libertarian conservatism, a cult figure on American college campuses with a national following large enough to help him capture the presidential poll at the nation's pre-eminent conservative action conference last weekend.

But while Paul basks in the applause of conservatives at a Washington hotel, he can't afford to ignore the three self-described conservatives who are assailing his conservative credentials back at home.

“He's as bad as the rest of them,” says Gerald Wall, one of three Republicans challenging the incumbent in the March 2 GOP primary.

Paul, 74, charges Wall, is a “career politician” who ignores the wishes of voters back home, a conservative poseur who doesn't walk the walk when it comes to pork-barrel spending.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010midterms; ronpaul; tx2010
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The challengers might not have much of a chance this year, ut the word is getting out.
1 posted on 02/24/2010 2:14:56 PM PST by Allegra
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To: mnehring; Eaker; humblegunner; TheMom; Petronski; ejonesie22; fieldmarshaldj; onyx

Ping!


2 posted on 02/24/2010 2:16:17 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racisvisdit.")
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To: Allegra

“when it comes to pork-barrel spending.”

You mean like that 500 million you wanted for wild shrimp studies last year, Mr. Paul? HMMMMMMMM?


3 posted on 02/24/2010 2:19:43 PM PST by texmexis best
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To: Allegra

Ron Paul is a nutjob


4 posted on 02/24/2010 2:20:35 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Allegra
a conservative poseur who doesn't walk the walk when it comes to pork-barrel spending.

Nobody can pack a bill with pork and then vote against it knowing it will pass anyway better than Paul!

5 posted on 02/24/2010 2:21:18 PM PST by Eaker (Where I'm from, "Gang Colors" is Realtree and Mossy Oak. You know what I'm saying hoss. Rule.308.)
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To: Allegra

Its a shame college kids don’t get smart till they leave college.


6 posted on 02/24/2010 2:22:56 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Ron Paul is a nutjob

I'll second that.

7 posted on 02/24/2010 2:23:15 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racisvisdit.")
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To: Allegra
Good. Send Ron Paul packing, and destroy the influence which his acolytes are hoping to have on the Tea Parties.

I hate to say it, folks, but in addition to taking the GOP back for conservatism, we may just have to take the Tea Parties back for conservatism, as well.

8 posted on 02/24/2010 2:23:57 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: Allegra

I saw that RP won the CPAC straw poll for president in 2012. I was really freaked out by that. I though CPAC was for normal people.


9 posted on 02/24/2010 2:25:06 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Allegra

It is paramount he be defeated along with his son. We’ve already beaten Medina, so now we have two more to go.


10 posted on 02/24/2010 2:25:55 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: thefactor

His “win” crippled the credibility of CPAC, to say the least.


11 posted on 02/24/2010 2:26:42 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: thefactor

Not this year. I read that the ACLU had a booth and GOProud was there pushing the norming of homosexuality.


12 posted on 02/24/2010 2:28:27 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: big'ol_freeper; TruthHound

Source: FReeper Truthhound

great tagline btw, big 'ol freeper.

13 posted on 02/24/2010 2:30:39 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: a fool in paradise

Ugh...


14 posted on 02/24/2010 2:30:46 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Allegra
Anyone who qualifies as a "cult figure" with college students is automatically moved to the "nut" category among adults.

Ron Paul is Ross Perot, on stilts.

While a glimmer of common sense seeps through in some of his rhetoric, he doesn't seem to be "all there" on an everyday, common sense sort of basis. He comes across as an eccentric nut, actually.

This also could be another instance of the leftwing, obambpress trying to pick "our" candidate for us, again...as they did with McCain't.

If we pick our qualified candidate, and show up in big numbers, obama is out; if they pick another loser for us, and half the conservatives stay home...as with last time...then we get obama for four more (maybe longer, maybe life)years.

The shortest book in the world is "Libertarians qualified to be President", and the libertarian vote totals in the last few elections should show what an ice cube's chance in hell he has.

Most college students still have a lot of growing up to do, and their vision of the world and politics will change once they start raising families and paying taxes...so to listen to 18-21 year olds is ludicrous.
15 posted on 02/24/2010 2:30:56 PM PST by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: big'ol_freeper

When you’re not looking, Paul picks his nose and eats it. LOL

He is certifiably nuts.


16 posted on 02/24/2010 2:32:03 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First FAILED "light skinned African American [Pres-dent] with no Negro dialect..")
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To: thefactor
I saw that RP won the CPAC straw poll for president in 2012. I was really freaked out by that. I though CPAC was for normal people.

It used to be. The Libertarians are very busy trying to take over any high-profile conservative initiative and if there's one thing Libertarians are good at, it is swarming and spamming.

I'd like to see the conservatives take CPAC back from the Libertarians.

They are also infiltrating Tea Party events and claiming the whole movement was their idea.

Their intent is to get as many PaulCult members into high-profile offices as they can. We must be vigilant and try to thwart them at every turn.

17 posted on 02/24/2010 2:32:38 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racisvisdit.")
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To: big'ol_freeper

He’s the Ernest T. Bass of Politics


18 posted on 02/24/2010 2:33:43 PM PST by NavyCanDo (Palin 2012 Teleprompter Not Required)
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To: Allegra
A radio ad for Paul claims he started the Tea Party movement.

Possible misdirection.

"T" party, maybe.. as in "T" for truther.

He's a nut.

19 posted on 02/24/2010 2:36:03 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Eaker
"Nobody can pack a bill with pork and then vote against it knowing it will pass anyway better than Paul! "

Not at all to be construed as a defense or endorsement of Paul IN ANY WAY, but besides Jeff Flake and Tom Coburn, there really isn't a single principled politician on the subject of earmarks. They all do it, some just more brazenly than others.

20 posted on 02/24/2010 2:36:49 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Allegra
Paul, 74, charges Wall, is a “career politician” who ignores the wishes of voters back home, a conservative poseur who doesn't walk the walk when it comes to pork-barrel spending.

Gay also says Paul is not sufficiently involved in the district.

“He's not ... not addressing the concerns of the people of the district,” Gay said.


Fair enough, but how exactly would Gay better address the concerns of the people in that district?
21 posted on 02/24/2010 2:38:29 PM PST by dr_who
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To: FrankR

“While a glimmer of common sense seeps through in some of his rhetoric, he doesn’t seem to be “all there” on an everyday, common sense sort of basis. He comes across as an eccentric nut, actually.”

yes, he seems very odd in a way that has nothing to do with his positions.


22 posted on 02/24/2010 2:39:11 PM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: a fool in paradise
cPAC has "outed" themselves this year more than ever. This is the Establishment, Elitist GOP who thinks the Big Tent is the right strategy. The architects are David Keene who has been bought and paid for by none other than Willard "Mitt" Romney. Here's a couple threads that highlight the elitism and anti-conservative groups and interests represented now at cPAC - Linda Chavez and ILLEGAL immigration and ad nauseam about GOProud.

CPAC's Odd Ending

Tea Party Backlash Unites CPAC 2010

23 posted on 02/24/2010 2:41:21 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Allegra

There is Hope!

Good to see Conservative Republicans challenge that
anti war, supported by Truthers Ron Paul.
His Dist. deserves better.


24 posted on 02/24/2010 2:45:11 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Servant of the Cross

I’m not sure what is elitist about allowing illegals into this country. I don’t have a problem with ‘elitism.’ I’m all for making English the only official language of this country. I think that every American should be able to pass the same citizenship test that we give immigrants in order to be able to vote. It is something every American can do if they made it their priority.


25 posted on 02/24/2010 2:47:46 PM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

He got 52,000 votes in the primary here in FL. Yet he had the most stickers and signs all around.

McLame got around 800,000.


26 posted on 02/24/2010 2:48:30 PM PST by bicyclerepair (FR - my online family. From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: NavyCanDo

He’s the Ernest T. Bass of Politics

Now that was FUNNY...


27 posted on 02/24/2010 2:50:03 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: Allegra
"Paul is actually very encouraged by the anti-incumbent sentiment out there right now."

Has anybody informed the lunatic Paul that he IS the incumbent?

28 posted on 02/24/2010 2:52:06 PM PST by DakotaRed (What happened to the country I fought for?)
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To: big'ol_freeper
Ron Paul is a nutjob

If by nut job you mean that he's the most small-government, pro liberty politician in the USA, then yes. Those with views to the left of small-government types call Constitutionalists all kinds of names; nut job and hatemonger are the two most common. In fact, over half of the residents of the pre-state colonies called our founding fathers the same exact things. But thank God they stood true and won our freedom from big government tyranny.

But, for all of you that hate Dr. Paul, never fear. I heard him in an interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday and Paul slipped up and stated that he was soon to retire. So, when that happens, and there is no authentic voice for strict Constitutionalism left in Washington, you can go to bed after (as Mark Levin so eloquently stated) your work is done in the rice fields at the command of your communist government.

29 posted on 02/24/2010 2:53:42 PM PST by Engineer_Soldier (Piss a progressive off: Work hard, accept responsibility and risk, and accept no welfare.)
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To: All
Ron Paul Acolyte Glossary:

Neo-Con: Anybody who does not worship Ron Paul.

Statist: Anybody who does not worship Ron Paul.

Paul-Hater: Anybody who does not worship Ron Paul.

RINO: Any GOP candidate who is not Ron Paul.

Small-government conservative: This only applies to Ron Paul or Ron Paul disciples such as Debra Medina or Rand Paul. Nobody else is allowed to claim this.

Big-government supporter: Anybody who does not worship Ron Paul.

People who understand and support the Constitution: This only applies to Ron Paul or Ron Paul disciples such as Debra Medina or Rand Paul. Nobody else is allowed to claim this.

9/11: What the US deserved for refusing to roll over to Muslim terrorists in the Middle East.

30 posted on 02/24/2010 2:55:58 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racisvisdit.")
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To: Engineer_Soldier; Allegra

So you think Ron Paul would be a good president....you’re a nutjob too.


31 posted on 02/24/2010 2:56:08 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: OldDeckHand

Packing a bill with pork and then being honest by voting for it is one thing.

Doing the same but voting against it so one can lie about one’s record as a big spender is another.


32 posted on 02/24/2010 2:57:41 PM PST by Eaker (Where I'm from, "Gang Colors" is Realtree and Mossy Oak. You know what I'm saying hoss. Rule.308.)
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To: Allegra
Ron Paul should follow his own advice and run as a Libertarian or Independent.

The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two party system. This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates.- Ron Paul

I always wonder why he doesn't follow his own advice to voters and just become one of these 'non-establishment' candidates. (by the way, the non-establishment candidates he was recommending people vote for were Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, or Chuck Baldwin). I think everyone should take Ron's advice and vote for one of the non-establishment candidates, in other words, not Ron Paul.

33 posted on 02/24/2010 2:59:31 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Engineer_Soldier; humblegunner
If by nut job you mean that he's the most small-government, ... blah, blah, blah

No, by nut job, we mean completely certifiable.


Source: FReeper humblegunner

34 posted on 02/24/2010 3:00:06 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Engineer_Soldier

Um...

ok.


35 posted on 02/24/2010 3:06:31 PM PST by ejonesie22 (Palin bashers on freerepublic, like a fart in Church...)
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To: Servant of the Cross; Engineer_Soldier
He grew up on these.. ..He's a complete Fruit Loop.
36 posted on 02/24/2010 3:09:57 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
I hate to say it, folks, but in addition to taking the GOP back for conservatism, we may just have to take the Tea Parties back for conservatism, as well.

I'm glad you noticed that. We're trying to get others to notice also.

37 posted on 02/24/2010 3:10:12 PM PST by La Enchiladita (wise gringa)
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To: mnehring
Ron Paul should follow his own advice and run as a Libertarian or Independent.

The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two party system. This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates.- Ron Paul

Yep, just another example of Paul's blatant hypocrisy. He and his disciples run on the Republican ticket because they know they can't get elected on their silly thrid-party tickets.

The Libertarians hate Republicans more than they do Democrats and their motives in infiltrating the GOP are less than honorable. After all, Paultards march with Code Pink and ANSWER. You won't see any conservatives doing such abominable things.

38 posted on 02/24/2010 3:11:52 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racisvisdit.")
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To: Allegra

Also, people need to remember that the president of Google paid hundreds of campaign workers for the Ron Paul 2008 campaign. They flooded New Hampshire, for example. Google’s politics are far left. They know what they’re doing by backing a spoiler who takes votes away from Republican candidates.


39 posted on 02/24/2010 3:14:07 PM PST by La Enchiladita (wise gringa)
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To: Allegra

same song, millionth verse. Aint gonna happen.


40 posted on 02/24/2010 3:14:07 PM PST by Puddleglum ("due to the record harvest, rationing will continue as usual")
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To: Engineer_Soldier

Yeah, it’s amazing how the man who follows the Constitution more closely than any other is demonized more than all the Rinos combined. It’s sad. I was much like most of those on here with regards to foreign policy before, but I never disrespected Dr. Paul, even when I disagreed with him. Now I pretty much agree with him and it just makes you feel hopeless than people attack him with more vitriol than they attack socialists. I put this question to anyone who attacks him: Point by point, who in Congress adheres to the Constitution as much as Dr. Paul?

There’s nothing to gain by treating him the way he is treated on here, but much to lose by replacing him with someone who “interprets” the Constitution.


41 posted on 02/24/2010 3:15:23 PM PST by dcgst4
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To: dcgst4

You poor thing...


42 posted on 02/24/2010 3:17:41 PM PST by La Enchiladita (wise gringa)
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To: thefactor

I saw that RP won the CPAC straw poll for president in 2012. I was really freaked out by that. I though CPAC was for normal people.

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A FReeper who was there said that there was a large and energetic group of students who were stuffing the ballot box for Paul at CPAC


43 posted on 02/24/2010 3:19:01 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: dcgst4

You’re right. You should take a stand right now. Leave FR on principle because, by gosh, Dr. Paul is just not respected here (and never will be).


44 posted on 02/24/2010 3:20:50 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

A FReeper who was there said that there was a large and energetic group of students who were stuffing the ballot box for Paul at CPAC.


45 posted on 02/24/2010 3:21:10 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Bigg Red
Here's a description of the 'typical' Rondamentalist student from a cPAC thread

There, Popell found a young man sporting red hair, wearing an "End the Fed" shirt and leather jacket, who was drunkenly yelling "end the fed" over the sound of the auction announcer.

46 posted on 02/24/2010 3:27:10 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: a fool in paradise
I read that the ACLU had a booth and GOProud was there pushing the norming of homosexuality.

Well who else would vote for cut and run? He got 30% of the 25% who voted. That comes up to about 7 1/2%. Sounds about right. 3 1/2% ACLU and 4% homosexual.
47 posted on 02/24/2010 3:28:36 PM PST by John D
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To: Bigg Red

I don’t doubt it.


48 posted on 02/24/2010 3:36:16 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Servant of the Cross

I will leave when Jim Robinson tells me too. Until then, I’ll donate at every drive and sometimes in between. You can discourage me, attack me, and do whatever other thing that makes you feel good for going after someone who disagrees with you.

Tell me, do you want someone who believes that the Constitution should be amended to say that life begins at the moment of conception, who gave practically my last dime to Terri Schiavo’s cause and wrote ABC, CBS, NBC etc. several times a day pointing out their bias, who gives money to more Christian causes that I can name, who wants the gov’t to be limited because it has endowed itself to be a god, among other reasons. Etc. etc. I don’t claim to be a great Christian, I just claim to try to be. But I let others be who they are.

If people like me are not welcome here by people like you, then that is a sad thing indeed.


49 posted on 02/24/2010 3:46:36 PM PST by dcgst4
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To: dcgst4

Then you're as much of a nutjob at Ron Paul

50 posted on 02/24/2010 3:52:46 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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