Folks — if I may ask, please say a few prayers this week for Ron Glenn, who is undergoing a heart procedure. We here at America’s Right look forward to a successful procedure, a great result, and a speedy recovery. Thank you, Jeff
There has been lots on chatter about the possibility of Donald Trump running for president of the United States in 2012, including lots of opinions here at America’s Right. Now, with new primary challengers coming out almost daily–officially and otherwise–for the GOP, I think it is time to ask how the candidacy of Ron Paul, a declared third-time candidate, will be received by the Republican Party.
Ron Paul has announced he will run again for the presidential nomination for the Republican party for 2012 . If we can all remember back to the CPAC Convention (The Conservative Political Action Conference) held in February of 2011, conservatives of every description were present and Ron Paul ended up winning the straw poll at the end of the convention. Some say that he stacked his deck full of young supporters, but stacked deck or not this year’s straw poll victory was Paul’s second in a row.
A day or so after CPAC wound down, I heard an interview on Fox News with Karl Rove. Rove, a true Washington insider if there ever was one, said that the radical side of the Republican Party needed to be denounced in the same manner the legendary conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. denounced the John Birch Society in the 1950’s. In short, Rove wanted the Tea Party to be put in its place and the Republican party to maintain its fervor as a torch bearer of the Bush/Cheney legacy.
The problem with Rove’s idea, however, is that conservative Republicans are winning elections, while traditional neo-conservative Republican candidates are not. Ask the Tea Party, and the Tea Party will likely tell you that this nation is in need of a paleo-conservative, not a neo-conservative. And, who better represents the Tea Party outlook than Ron Paul?
Considering Congressman Paul’s status as a de facto preferred candidate of the group, some questions are well worth considering:
- Why has Ron Paul insisted on remaining in the Republican Party?
- If he does not receive the nomination, should he remain loyal to the Republican Party?
- If the wishes of the Tea Party are not properly addressed, will they be forced to go elsewhere? And, if so, where would that be.? (I have previously reported for America’s Right that there was no legitimate third party threat for the presidency in 2008. Keep in mind that all Ross Perot did in 1992 as a third-party candidate was get Bill Clinton elected, an unforgivable sin.)
- Since Ron Paul is seventy-five, who will be his heir apparent in the liberty movement?
Remember, I spent the majority of my political time in 2008 with the Ron Paul campaign when I lived in Pennsylvania. The opinion of many at that time was summarized by an axiom of many public school teachers:
“If a bad student and a good student hang around together, the good student ends up like the bad one. The bad student does not end up good.”
We shall see how this applies to the primaries ahead. Will Ron Paul have to sound more mainstream or will the Republican Party have to sound more like the Tea Party?