Unconventional thoughts

 

Paul’s supporters have an impact at the convention.  Did anyone think the convention, especially this year, would go off without a hitch? I doubt the most naïve GOPers would have thought so. But just to make sure they got the point, lots of Paul people were upset and took their activism to the convention.  I guess they wanted to submit Paul’s name, and wanted to make their presence known. Some left in protest, and apparently some were not seated.  When reading the state votes, they did not call out the Paul votes from the podium.  It caused a stir.

LA Times:

Paul did not win a single state; however, his ardent followers worked arcane local and state party rules to take over several state delegations, including garnering 20 of Maine’s 24 spots. The RNC decided to replace 10 of them, effectively stopping the state from being able to submit Paul’s name for nomination. (In response, the state’s Republican governor, a Romney supporter, decided to boycott the convention.)

 

I really don’t know what to think but I had a few thoughts.

I was always open to the idea and influence of a third Party, conservative one that is. And Paul has had both. In the end, it is the GOP or Republican Party, not the Paul Party.  But probably nothing would be good enough for the Paul supporters.  To me, he had the same predicament the GOP had: one has to accept some undesirable elements with the ones you like.  They don’t see that the same is true for the central GOP platform.  But Paulines  do ask that of other people. Then you have to work in the Party structure. They apparently did that.  Rand Paul seems to have had some real influence on the GOP and platform – as much as he could.

No one can expect Ron Paul’s supporters to go away quietly.  He ended up somewhere around 10%, in votes, which is about where he has been. I can reserve opinion on Paul but they worked the system, to the best of their ability. I have no idea what part of them will come along to support Romney. It’s a question mark to me. What if there were a couple other groups like that?

There have been improvements in the GOP Party (maybe not as much in the establishment per se) this time.  Since 2010 brought in a lot of influence. There is new blood the Party cannot ignore anymore.  I guess it is as good as it gets for now. What the Paul supporters do will be up to them.

Reference:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-ron-paul-20120829,0,6291533.story

To be or not to be…

 

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?”–

William Shakespeare

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I want to remind people what we heard in recent years: 

It’s about the economy… or only about the debt
Republicans must stick to fiscal conservatism.
Stay away from the cultural, divisive issues.
Obama won’t be any worse than anyone else.
Let states decide those controversial issues.
Do not bring character into the debate, or campaign.

Compare Obama’s actions to those above talking points. Who said all the above? Liberals. But I heard the exact same lines from the GOP and fellow Republicans. Just because it’s repeated a thousand times doesn’t make it so.

Now I hear if the economy improves, Obama wins. If the economy is in the tank he loses.

When will the right wake up and smell the propaganda?

I want to believe “the One” cannot be reelected, even if the economy improved. Why should that be the lone deciding factor? As Scott Rasmussen says.  He does not deserve to be reelected in any case. But as we see with the sly “One”, he is making this election about anything but the economy, including big donors to Republicans — who are not running…but neither was Bush.

To the left it’s just a popularity contest: “but people like him”.

Geithner to Ryan: “what we do know is we don’t like yours.” [@4:40]