Why and How Ron Paul Will Run Third Party

Justin at Donklephant criticizes him for staying in the Republican race, but I don’t think he sees the full picture.

But no, keep chasing a GOP nomination that you have no hopes of winning. Throw good money at a losing cause. Good luck with that.

If I were Ron Paul, I’d be thinking just the opposite.  If he wants to run 3rd party, RP needs to stay in GOP race until the convention.  That would solidify a “the Republican Party left me” argument, not to mention all the hell he could raise and attention he could get with a brokered convention. 

Additionally, staying in gives him the opportunity to continue to raise money.  If he “quits”, he risks losing the interest of his supporters.  And it doesn’t seem like to me he’s spending much money to begin with.  It looks to me like he’s building up a war chest for his “real” run.

As far as keeping his Congressional seat goes, I’d guess (hope) his motivation in running 3rd party would be to continue to build the movement he’s started and keep getting his ideas out there.  He can’t believe at this point that he could win, but he could stir the pot enough to get likeminded people elected to Congress in the next cycle.  That would be better than tucking tail and going back to his one seat, right?.  Besides, who’s to say he’d lose his seat by leaving the Republican Party anyway?

I think we’re going to find out post-convention if Ron Paul is about promoting himself or promoting his ideas.  If he doesn’t run third party, potentially sacrificing his Congressional seat for the ideas he promotes, he will have pulled off a political charade that would make Clay Davis proud.

CNN Debates at Reagan Library

This was basically a sham.  We got, literally, 10 minutes of McCain and Romney arguing over semantics.  Whether or not Romney used the word “timetable” as a reference to troop withdrawel or a reference to milestones.  Is that really what the debate is about?

I could have sworn I was watching two high school girls bickering over the fact that one told a boy that the other liked him…”Yeah, but I didn’t mean that I like him like him.”

I wish Reagan could have been there to smack those bitches back to reality.  I’ve come to the conclusion that Ron Paul just isn’t the right man to do it.  His message is great, but unfortunately he just doesn’t have “it”, and his delivery is weak.  I’d love to see Ron Paul’s ideas delivered by a guy with Obama’s oratory skills.

By the way, does anyone else find it ironic that McCain says he wants to change Washington, but his response to every question he doesn’t know how to answer is to name 30 “old and dear friends” whose names I remember as Washington politicians from my childhood?  It seems like he tries to fill up his 90 second responses by naming these dinosaurs as slowly as possible.

Huckabee?  That guy is qualified for little more than hosting amateur night at a “clean jokes only” comedy club in Little Rock.  Two drink minimum…your choice of milk or juice.  And don’t forget to tip your waitresses–they’re illegal workers, and the only payment they’re getting from us is free college for their kids.

Seriously, are these ass clowns the best we can muster up to represent us?

“Is the best of the free life behind us now, and are the good time really over for good?” –Merle Haggard

McCain v. Hilly

Looks like a done deal, which really scares me.

I’ve had to hold my nose and vote Republican several times when I didn’t really want to.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it this time.  Either way, I’d essentially be voting for Democrat.

But maybe this is a good thing.  Maybe people will finally realize this time around that they really aren’t being presented with much of an option.  Maybe this is what we need to make people realize that we need a party that represents true fiscal conservatism and true individual liberty and property rights.

And I Ain’t Lost Yet

Billymac just got back from Vegas, and it sounds like he did pretty well at the poker tables. I’ve known and loved Billymac for years, and this is one reason why…

I like no, I LOVE, taking money from punk-ass kids that show up to a poker room wearing a track-suit, pulled down hat, wrap around sunglasses, and listening to their iPhones at the table.

My favorite stunt to pull at Vegas poker tables is to sit down and immediately start talking. I like to play up the fact that I’m a stupid hick. It’s not much of a stretch, and I’ve preparing for that role my entire life. That kid with the iPhone and glasses Billymac mentioned almost always falls for it, and I can usually take them for a while.

Invariably, a couple of people at the table realize after a while that I’m a somewhat intelligent hick.

My Time Off The Grid

When I go off, I go waaaaaay off.

Very light blogging the last few days, but I’ve written a ton of code. All of it is really good, functionally, but nothing I’m prepared to share with the world. See, I have a tendency to get pretty sloppy with my programming unless I know exactly where I’m going before I start. In this case, I was always fixing this “one more thing”, and now I’ve got some cleaning up to do.

It’s not exactly spaghetti, but calling it ravioli would be fair. The reason I like to start any project with a definite roadmap of where I’m going is to avoid this exact situation.

Mitt Makes Me Giggle

When asked about catastrophic insurance for people in Florida, he said he supports some sort of national fund to make sure folks can get insured.  He had to deal with a similar topic in Massachusetts.  Paraphrasing here…

” Those poor snowbirds who come to Florida from Massachusetts for the winter have get hit both ways.”

He’s pandering to those, ahem, “poor” people who have to buy insurance for TWO houses, one in each state.  He’s just secured the vote of all people who own two homes!!!

About Yesterday…

Newscoma has an interesting post this morning about the three big stories yesterday–the economy, Thompson exiting the Presidential race, and Heath Ledger’s death–and how they were covered by the media.

In rooting around the Internet yesterday, as I was a blogging fool for about five different websites, the most response I saw about all of the three stories was about the death of the young actor.

I have to agree that just about anything trumps Fred Thompson’s exit.  Unless you are a Tennessean, you probably didn’t even notice he was running, but I did go so far as to give it a tweet.

The economy?  I think that’s a huge story that warrants daily discussion and debate.  But it seems like unless the stock market goes up or down 5% in one day, or is at least projected to do so, no one seems to care.

And for the news industry, the other stories take the bottom fold because people want to know about the world of celebrity and watch from a safe distance. 

But why?  Why is it that the death of an actor is able to top just about any other story with such ease?  Why is so easy for us to obsess with the life of celebrities and so hard for us to concern ourselves with things that affect our own lives?  Why?

I’m not casting stones here–I do it too.

I had a boss once tell me in news that there are always three big stories. 1.) Kids, 2.) personal issues with money and 3.) the unknown/death.

I think that’s probably true.  But has it always been this way?  During the American Revolution, Civil War, and The Great Depression was this true?

The Perfectly Aged Kindergartener

In yet another move that is sure to greatly improve the life of every citizen, the Tennessee legislature is pondering whether or not to change the cutoff date that determines when children can attend kindergarten.

Makes sense to me.  Who better than a group of politicians to decide when your kid is ready for school?

The proposal would require children to be 5 years old before Sept. 1 to qualify for kindergarten, up from the current Sept. 30 cutoff.

Oh, I should have read that it was going to change the cutoff date by a WHOLE 29 DAYS before passing judgment.  That puts a whole new paint job on things.  Sorry for the snarky comments.  This is looking more and more like a worthwhile piece of legislation.

He says that moving up the date would help children adjust to the social and intellectual challenges of school.

Intellectual challenges?  Wait, I thought they were talking about public schools?

If you really want to help children, just butt out.  Stop dictating all the decisions about how they are educated to the people who actually care about them–their parents.