In case you did not hear, Ron Paul won the Presidential straw poll at CPAC yesterday with 31% of the vote with Romney second with 22%. Half the people who voted were under 25, alot were college students who are obsessed with Ron Paul. They are the same crowd that love Debra Medina.
I like alot of things about Dr. Ron Paul, Texas congressman. I agree with Ann Coulter’s answer at CPAC that she agrees with Ron Paul about everything except all his views on national security. But you Ron Paul supporters who overwhelmed the Presidential straw poll at CPAC need to grow up and find the electable person who will replace Dr. Paul as head of the libertarians. Dr. Paul will be 77 years old in 2012, and though it is admirable that so many under 25 support him, there is no way the American electorate is going to choose a Republican who is 77 years old–a 77 year old Democrat would not be elected either.
On another blog, a Ron Paul supporter bemoaned the fact that 3 Tea Party Republicans dared to challenge Dr. Paul in the Republican primary on March 2. Why is that a bad thing, to have competition and let the people in Paul’s district decide who they want as their congressman? The libertarians know if that Dr. Paul does not get re-elected to Congress in 2010, he will not be a viable presidential candidate in 2012. Let us also remember that in the past, Ron Paul was in favor of term limits.
Everyone with any political sense knows a third party candidate in 2012 will just get Obama re-elected. That was clearly expressed at CPAC by many people. I believe even the libertarians accept that fact. Hopefully, Dr. Paul will not be another Ross Perot and will not run for president in 2012—-he will be held in the highest disdain if he takes votes away from a Republican candidate who will most certainly have a great chance to beat Obama or any Democrat candidate.
I would be ok with Ron Paul as the VP candidate, the older, wiser advisor to a younger president such as Dick Cheney was to Bush. Ron Paul called for “tolerance” at least twice in his CPAC speech. The conservatives and libertarians must come together. The conservatives must support some of the economic principles of the libertarians, but the libertarians must accept the fact Ron Paul is never going to be elected POTUS.