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    Ron Paul seeking to pick off Santorum

    Ron Paul seeking to pick off Santorum

    Richard Viguerie has an interesting observation regarding the methodology of Ron Paul’s campaign intended to leave Paul as the last not-Romney standing, Ron Paul Goes Bird Hunting:

    Experienced bird hunters and fighter pilots know you don’t aim for the leader of a flight — you start at the back of the flight and work your way forward.  This is apparently what Congressman Ron Paul is doing to his opponents in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

    Rather than aim at purported frontrunner Mitt Romney (who should be the number one target of his libertarian supporters), Ron Paul has been working his way through the flock of less well-funded and less well-defined opponents, thinning the field as he goes.

    After raking former Speaker Newt Gingrich with fire in Iowa, the libertarian-oriented congressman from Texas has been zeroing-in on former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in South Carolina.

    And zeroing in on Santorum he is, In South Carolina, Paul Renews Santorum Attack:

    Santorum’s response? Repeat Newt’s mistake in Iowa of not counter-attacking on television.  Santorum may not have the money or may be conserving money for a longer fight, but getting dragged down by Paul in South Carolina (which appears to be working) may damage Santorum even worse than Iowa damaged Newt.

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    Snorkdoodle Whizbang | January 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    “How would this work? I’d LOVE to know.”

    Since Ron Paul will never be President, we’ll never know.

    As to the rest of your thought experiment, it is evident by how you phrased your questions that you know exactly how it would go… as do I.

    The answer is found by locating and addressing the problem. In this case I believe the root of the problem is the Republican leadership itself. They are quite content with maintaining the status quo. In order to turn out the leadership, we need to elect in conservative Republicans. In essence, save the Party from itself. It sounds like a simple enough answer, but in practice will be quite difficult. It can, and – IMHO – must be done for the good of the country. It will take time and toil… but it can be done.


       
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      Henry Hawkins in reply to Snorkdoodle Whizbang. | January 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Indeed, it is being done, beginning in November 2010, although many of those TP electees were likely co-opted the minute they got to DC.

      If this were a Godfather movie, the dialogue would be that Boehner & McConnell need to go – they simply aren’t wartime consiglieres.


     
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    WarEagle82 | January 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Anyone who believes Ron Paul will ever be elected president is delusional. The man is a crackpot and a hypocrite at the very least.

    Did I just launch a “visceral meme?”


     
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    Henry Hawkins | January 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Actual quote by Deputy Barney Fife on Ron Paul:

    “I’ll tell ya what he is, he’s a NUT is what he is!”


     
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    Snorkdoodle Whizbang | January 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    “The money just goes directly to whomever or wherever it’s earmarked for”

    And then the administrative costs due to bidding, ranking, etc. etc. occur. They just occur locally. And you really haven’t decreased the costs associated with Federal department because they still hum along regardless of if they are stuck the administrative task or if it goes, along with the earmark, to the local level. There is no zero sum gain here. Any ‘cost’ savings due to earmarks would be, I think, suspect.

    “You can’t call him a hypocrite just because you believe his way of cutting costs doesn’t actually cut costs, hypocrisy requires one not believe what one claims to believe”

    No… I’m calling him a hypocrite because he derides superfluous government spending, but is one of the bigger abusers of it on the Republican side of the isle.


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