Archive for September, 2007

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Ron Paul Campaign Implodes As Kucinich Support Doubles

September 6, 2007

The “Ron Paul Revolution” came crashing to earth this weekend.

FORT WORTH – As the vote tallies were announced at the Texas Republican straw poll Saturday, at least one supporter of Rep. Ron Paul of Lake Jackson couldn’t contain his frustration.

“Fix!” he yelled from the back of the ballroom at the Fort Worth Convention Center. “There’s no way.”

Ron Paul barely placed in the 5% mark in his home state! This, in a straw poll that was stuffed with every Ron Paul supporter, and which the major candidates in the race ignored. Meanwhile, he continues to poll at under 2% of the Republican primary vote nationwide.

Contrast this to the Kucinich surge:

Dennis Kucinich is at 5% in the EPIC/MRA poll

Just this time last month, Dennis was polling at the same level that Ron Paul was — 2% in the Democratic polls (while Paul was at 2% in the Republican polls).

Despite spending millions of dollars, Ron Paul’s message has failed to win any support in the Republican Party — he remains stuck at 2% and cannot grow, or even win a straw poll in his home state!

Meanwhile, Dennis has over doubled his support in the Democratic primary with a Mainstream Libertarian message of peace, freedom and security through social justice.

Keep in mind that the Republicans don’t have any chance of winning, due to George Bush’s Taint being all over the Republicans (as my colleague Raul Pon has noted repeatedly). A Democrat will win this election.

So we can waste our money on a struggling candidate in the losing party, or we can support the most libertarian candidate in the party that will win the White House.

If Dennis continues his trend of doubling his support every month, continued momentum could make him the dominant candidate in the Democratic Party’s nomination as soon as December.

Ron Paul supporters need to get real, read the numbers, and stop their losing vanity campaign. They’re acting as naive, stubborn, and unrealistic as Libertarian Party supporters!

If we want Liberty In Our Lifetimes ™, we need to support the winning libertarian mainstream candidate with real momentum. We need someone who is getting more support in the winning party — someone with more media access, someone with more popular support among celebrities, someone young, vital and passionate.

Paul supporters should give up their pipe dream, do the responsible thing, and support Dennis Kucinich. Today.  Their naive attachment to the no-hope Paul campaign will only hurt the chances of the electable Libertarian Democrat in this race.

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Ageism trumps homophobia

September 3, 2007

Some of the more conservative Libertarians have contacted us to say that Dennis Kucinich is unelectable, because he waited so long to get married, which makes it look like “he’s a closet homosexual.” (Gotta love that Southern phraseology.)

Well, first of all, women who look like this don’t have to settle for being a gay man’s “beard.” He’s clearly straight, or she wouldn’t be with him.

But what if he weren’t straight? Is a gay man really unelectable nowadays? According to a recent Zogby poll, a gay man is not only electable, but even more electable than the conservative Libertarians’ favorite candidate, Ron Paul, who is 72 years old.

“58% would elect a gay person for President — about the same as for an Arab-American (57%), and more than for a person over age 70 (51%)”

Is it fair that septuagenarian candidates for President face such bias? No. But we’ve got to be ready to sacrifice principle for electability. Otherwise, we’d all just support unelectable purist Libertarians like George Phillies and Christine Smith who aren’t themselves willing to sacrifice our liberty in exchange for votes and campaign contributions.

So, as we’ve said repeatedly to our Libertarian friends, if you want to support the most electable Mainstream Libertarian candidate in 2008, it’s time to get on the Kucinich bus. It’s the only way to achieve Liberty in our Lifetimes™.