OK, so it's official. Ron Paul refuses to endorse John McCain. He doesn't say he'll run on his own or endorse any one other candidate. Instead he endorses all the third party candidates as a group. But he does criticize the media and both major parties for distracting voters from the major issues of the day.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I pointed out that there was a simmering dissatisfaction among the Paulistas in an earlier post and an anonymous commenter implied I was making it all up out of wishful thinking (probably one of those Republican web stalkers we hear about).
McCain can't get these votes back (assuming Paul can actually influence voters' actions). They started as Republicans and Paul and others from the self-described Libertarian wing of the GOP are clearly restless and frustrated with the current party leadership. That is, McCain and Palin are the problem in their eyes. If they go, they're gone for the duration of this election cycle.
However, Obama should make a major play for this voting block by emphasizing fiscal responsibility and personal liberty. Neither of which is out of step with his current positions. Indeed some libertarians are already making the case for him. Obama's complaints about the Republican politics of distraction is already largely in agreement with what Ron Paul complains about. Ron Paul supporters also tend to be younger and more educated - and so less likely to be worried about Obama's race or "funny name" and less attracted to the faux folksy populism of the McCain-Palin ticket. Obama should make a serious play for these votes.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 11:30 AM