Because he is not the godfather of the Tea Party movement. he had nothing to do with this movement, other than trying to hijack it. Newt Gingrich actually supported the Tea Party. Ron Paul is a sham.
I've always read that it was the other way around - that the neocons hijacked the Tea Party from Ron.
Wrong. Ron Paul used it as a fundraiser to keep his life time political career going.
Ron Paul is one of the kings of pork. He has earmarks added for projects in his district then votes against them so he can say he voted against them. One of the biggest hypocrites in DC>
Because he has an unrealistic view of foreign policy and border issues. That and the fact he is older than dirt.
In fairness on dec 16th 2007 the tea party moneybomb was the largest one day moneybomb in history. This was proceeded by very large grassroots efforts in iowa and across the country for meetups. This was the ignition of the modern tea party that glenn beck morphed into once he saw the nightmare of what was going on. Soon after you had tea party partriots, tea party nation, tea party express, tea party of florida, etc..that we can go back and look up the trade marks that were put down for each.
The problem with Ron Paul is his stance on foreign policy...everyone knows it...it is not what the majority of the party believe in. But the weird thing is that he voted for afghanistan, going after bin laden, and previously supporting israel to take out the reactor in Iraq. From an economic point and a moral point that are both badly needed for change He and Gingrich both coming from the age of reagan would have been an amazing ticket. But the problem is defense, economic and social conservatives dont necessarily play well together. Ron is truly a strong economic conservative, low key social conservative, and not in line publicly with the defense conservatives. Gingrich in turn is in line with the defense conservatives, scares the economic conservatives, and has the social conservatives trying to figure him out given his baggage of his personal past.
So santorum and Romney became the default choices. Personally Jim Demint should have ran. Its absolutely ridiculous that he didnt run! We needed a unity candidate and he was it!
First, your history is completely wrong.
Ron Paul did a fundraiser in 2007 which he referred to as a Tea Party. Newt Gingrich did the same thing in 1994. By that logic Gingrich should be called the Father of the Tea Party movement. This movement began in 2009 with Rick Santelli's rant. The Tea Party groups exploded onto the scene in early 2009. Ron Paul had nothing to do with any of the groups. Newt Gingrich offered us his complete support.
Ron Paul's only connection to the Tea Party movement is that his followers tried to hijack it to support Ron Paul. There is a reason why none of the major Tea Party groups will have anything to do with Ron Paul.