Ron Paul is surging in Iowa, but the question is why and where are those votes coming from?
From The UK Telegraph:
Dismissed by many as too extreme to win the nomination, Mr Paul has a fiercely loyal following that could propel him to an upset election victory in the January 3 caucus.
In the last week he has surged from 18 points to 21, leaving him only one behind Mr Gingrich and five ahead of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who was once the presumptive nominee but is now being buffeted from all sides.
Iowa has always posed a challenge for Mr Romney, who governed as moderate in Massachusetts and whose Mormon faith may hold him back in an electorate that is 60 per cent evangelical Christian.
"The momentum is building up and a lot of the candidates so far would come and go. They would shoot to the top and drop back rapidly. Ours has been very steady growth, then in this last week or two there has been a sudden extra growth," said Mr Paul.
Where is all of this sudden Ron Paul interest coming from?
Ron Paul has never been able to gather more than 10% or so in any poll. So why the sudden surge?
If you were on Obama’s campaign team and you wanted to cause as much mischief as possible and screw things up as much as possible, which candidate would you want?
Gingrich? No, he would destroy Obama in a debate.
Romney? No. He has a strong organization and could be a formidable opponent.
Bachmann? No, she energizes the Tea Party vote.
Perry? No, for the same reason.
What about Santorum or Huntsman? Their numbers are too far down for there to be a realistic shot at them causing problems in the primary.
The perfect candidate for Democrats is Ron Paul.
The Democrats are not going to simply forget about the primaries. They remember Rush Limbaugh’s operation chaos of 2008 and certainly would love to return the favor.
Thus enter Ron Paul.
Ron Paul is the Republican candidate who has almost no chance to win on his own, yet his continued candidacy could really prolong the GOP primaries.
Ron Paul is the candidate Obama would probably most like to face. In debates he comes off as a ranting, crazy old man. While his talks about fiscal restraint is great, as soon as he is led into areas of foreign policy, he scares the hell out of most Americans.
With no one to run against Obama in the primaries, you can bet Democrats will be crossing over to cause as much mischief as they can.
And to cause some of that mischief, you can bet they will be voting for Ron Paul.
Sadly conservative libertarians and more mainstream conservatives fight each other on things that we should not. Libertarians are wrong to call other conservatives warmongers and mainstream conservatives are wrong to call people like Paul isolationists.
It's more a matter of perception. Paul is flat out wrong on a number of foriegn policiy issues, but it's not because he's an isolationist, it's because he believes that some groups are not a serous threat, and he believes that the government is not telling the truth about certain certain threats. He thinks many are using war as a tool for personal power. That does not mean that he does not want to defend us from threats or wants to economically withdraw from the world. He wants true free markets without government intervention rather than crony capitalist mercantilist policies.
I have some hope that Paul's foreign policy positions will evolve some if he were President.
also the world does not play by our free market rules. The globalist rules just take from us.
Never did like him.
This is not a horse race. I keep reading and hearing statements of "no chance to win" "better chances to win" etc. ?? The qualities of the candidates are the issues, not if they're "winnable" or "able to beat" Obama. People need to vote on values and principles, proven through voting records, ethical behavior, and personal conduct. Newt is slimy like a salamander with his multiple marriages, manipulations for financial gains, and inconsistent standing on issues. Flipflop Romney. Slick Bilderberger shill Perry. Cain defamed by infidelity scandals.
That leaves only a few left that demonstrate integrity and respectable conduct and character. But no, the American media and social culture must thrive off of drama and outrageous scandals.
The presidency is not a prize to "win", it's a privilege to serve, and I think Paul, Bachman and probably Santorum demonstrate the best combination of experience, virtues and AMERICAN patriotic values for serving as president.
p.s. I'm really beginning to question who this Judson is writing for, because it doesn't seem to be coming from a grassroots tea party patriot value system.
Yep I agree Tim Campbell. Americans are brain dead,,guess I'm just old,,,,came from a time when honesty and princibles meant something. a person's word was their bond.
And Brother Jack is very correct, they ARE a bunch of liars and theives, and they don't think it is wrong for them to be so themselves. They just voted down the chance to cut off insider trading for themselves. DEPLORABLE!!!!
The real issue is lack of morality. When many of us grew up, a man's word was golden, his handshake his signature. We didn't need 10 lawyers to prepare all the what ifs, wheretoos and whyfors. If we said it, we did it, even if we were the loser, because it was more important to be honorable than right. Then our society became too educated, too sophisticated to believe in something as silly and archaic as a creator who demanded we behave as moral beings. No, everything now was relative. Relative to whatever you wanted it to be relative to. There was no absolute right or wrong, it all depended on your "perspective". In short, morality was no longer absolute. We've thrown God out of our institutions, our state and court houses, and our homes. We no longer want him here, and so he has complied. Our statesmen are no longer moral men who seek the counsel of the almighty as our founders did. No, they are no longer statesmen, they are politicians. "A statesman serves the nation, a politician serves himself" - Doc Franklin
Part of this disrespectful campaign is the slogan "Anybody but Romney, who invented this?
I would not be surprised if Obama started this because in Florida it was "Anybody But Obama"
-- everyone dismissed Romney as a flip flopper. Have you truly checked this out? He
has explained over & over ... he is Pro Life (fought for it as Gov of Mass), tried to reign in $1
billion fraud in Emergency Room waste, his healthcare has NOTHING to do with Obamacare ...
but naive people believe this. Who could compare private insurance reform with Obamacare.
If the Tea Party was truly for fiscal responsibility, they would back Romney .. he's the most
conservative, honest and has stellar values and coming from the private sector is NOT a
seasoned politician like Newt ... who has been traditionally liberal. I was there when Newt
was asked to leave the House ... thanks to him, we lost the presidency to Clinton. Don't
people check the facts?
The only reason I would even think about voting for Romney is because he is VERY good looking....so I would have to vote with looks only. ;) I am sorry but I don't like how he has that Michelle Obama smirk on his face all the time.... he looks like he is lying..I am scared that he is. Like with Newt I had to do alot of looking on him...NOTHING say's Conservative about him...other than the fact that he is a Business man.
You would vote for a political candidate based on looks?
Ron Paul is an honest man and his history of going after the Fed is the most impressive thing to me.
His liberatarian social ideas are totally out of sync with the GOP, blaming the US for the Iran, luke
warm support of Israel, blaming US for all of the wars around the world without the respect that should
be extended to our brave soldiers. America has fought to free people around the world ... no matter
what anyone thinks, we don't occupy, we bring freedom because America cares. Ron Paul seems
oblivious to our military accomplishments. I do agree that the past three years we have gone into
countries without Congressional approval, or valid goals, and this is totally wrong and the motivations are suspect.
My candidate is Governor Romney. He's the adult in the group and has unique skills the other candidates
don't, namely, business savvy. I believe entrepreneurialship is the basis for our freedoms, Romney is supporting
the middle class, when a strong middle class is essential to a democracy. He sees our military equipment
the lowest since the 50's and attention to this, enables America to protect itself. It looks like this may be
more important than we would imagine, with the huge foreign policy mistakes made these past three years.
Romney went into Mass to save a sinking ship, which he did. He tried to tackle Emergency Room abuse where there
was $1 billion of waste, not universally appreciated, but did offer private insurance reform to 8% of population.
In the meantime, Romney had to battle democrats. At one point he was able to initiate merit pay for teachers in
poor areas, those kids went from last to first in math and science. Romney only took $1 per year pay, volunteered
for work within all areas of his administration. He was liked in Massachusetts and will know how to deal with
Obama for this reason ... compared to Obamacare's total overtake of our freedoms, end of life choices etc.
According to Romney, 3,000 page Obamacare had sentences "to be decided at a future date by the chairman." This should horrify everyone, along with plans for civilian military.
I have heard the Tea Party is supporting Newt, for this I am totally shocked as he belives in federal mandates, paid homage to HIllarycare, most of his positions are totally liberal, yet, he is called the most conservative. God help us!