February 9, 2008
Writes Robert Rehfeldt: “Regarding Ron’s latest message: He’s doing the right thing by ruling out a third party run, for several reasons. First, there is absolutely no chance for a third party to win in November. The system is rigged against such candidates, and Ron Paul knows this better than we do. He’s been down that road before. Trust his judgement. We all knew the odds against him winning the republican nomination were slim, but it was at least within the realm of possibility. As a Republican, he’s gotten relatively little media attention, but he has gotten some; that would change to zero as a third party candidate. All his campaign money would have to be spent securing ballot access, leaving none for getting his message out, which is the important thing. There is a real difference between long odds and impossible odds, and as we know, politics is the art of the possible.
“McCain has no chance of beating Billary or Obama in November. We all know this. He will lose in a landslide of Clinton/Dole proportions, no matter what Paul does. If Paul stays out in November, Republicans will be forced to examine why they were defeated so badly. They will have only themselves to blame. BUT– if Paul runs third party, both the Republicans and the mainstream media will make him the scapegoat for McCain’s crushing defeat, the same way Democrats made Ralph Nader their scapegoat for Gore’s defeat. We all know that McCain will lose anyway, that Paul will draw nearly as many votes from Democrats as Republicans, but Paul will be blamed just the same. And then his political career wil be over. Just look at all the hostility and hate directed at Nader from most Democrats. Believe me, the Neocons would absolutely love to pin this coming defeat on Ron Paul. They would love to further marginalize him by painting him as another Harold Stassen or Ralph Nader. Ron Paul is doing the smart thing; when Hillary is sworn in, his hands will be clean.
“Think about how far this revolution have come in less than a year. This is being accomplished, this message is getting out, not as a third party candidate, but as a Republican. Remember that.”
This article was posted: Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 9:25 pm