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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Ron Paul to CNN: "My Campaign Is Never Over"

Contrary to my earlier blog about Ron Paul's presidential campaign being over, Ron appeared on CNN yesterday stating that his "campaign is never over."

While there is a part of me that is elated that the campaign isn't folding, there is another part of me that feels that it is absolutely silly for the campaign itself to continue. McCain has landed the GOP nomination even well before the GOP National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota this year. After all, he has the delegates, whereas Ron doesn't. What's the point of continuing this campaign if McCain has creamed Ron on that side of the presidential aisle?

Secondly, Ron has consistently said time after time after time that he wasn't interested in a third party or even an independent run. While a slew of his supporters urged him to run on the Libertarian Party ticket, Ron later publicly (but adamantly) ruled out any posibility of a third party or independent run. If he's refusing to consider any of those avenues in order to continue his campaign, then where's the advantage of him running as a GOP presidential candidate when McCain is the already-anointed War Party candidate? Where's the benefit in that?

Moreover, Ron, in his most recent congressional report to his campaign supporters (which was issued on March 6th), noted that the campaign would soon "wind down." Many of his supporters interpreted that to mean that the campaign was over. Was he really serious about the campaign "winding down" or was it chicanery on his part? His statements and actions within the last few days have been very suspicious, not to mention downright absurd to say the least. Moreover, his words "wind down" and "my campaign is never over" are contradictory in a very profound way. It's one or the other; they can't be both.

Look, either Ron is still in the game or not. But, if he is in the game, why is he so stubborn to not run as a third party or independent candidate? What is he trying to prove? I would -- and could -- see it if he were shifting his campaign into a separate political movement (or an educational one) for the purpose of advancing liberty. But to continue the campaign in this fashion is just hairbrained and moronic. What is this tactic going to achieve? How is this going to help the pro-liberty cause at all?

Although I said that I would blog about my feelings about the Ron Paul campaign (despite my shock that it's now continuing) a couple of days ago, I will issue my thoughts on this campaign later today. It will be quite long and analytical.

Nonetheless, it should be an interesting read.