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Tuesday, September 9, 2008


posted by on September 9 at 16:23 PM

Apparently, Ron Paul is going to make a “special announcement” tomorrow. He’s probably not going to announce a third party run for president—he’s going to be on the ballot in Montana, but it’s too late to get on many if not most of the other ballots. Paul’s spokesman said to expect “something of an endorsement.”

I sincerely hope Paul endorses Bob Barr if he doesn’t decide to run himself. If Ron Paul endorses McCain/Palin, as McCain has been pulling for, it could be just the little tip in the Republican direction that McCain needs. I have a feeling that Paulites would vote for McCain if Ron Paul asked, but they’d never vote for Obama. A concerted Ron Paul push toward one particular third party would be good news for Democrats in what could be a very close race.

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The number of Paul devotees is not big enough to have a real impact. They're just really, really loud so it seems like there's more of them than there is.

Posted by Dave M | September 9, 2008 5:01 PM

Well indirectly recognizing it's going to be a razor thin race is a start......

hopefully you have better ideas on what we Obama supporters can do beyond praying for Paul to endorse Barr.

This whole idea that we are all just spectators is self limiting.

Getting 5000 Obama supporters from LA onto busses to work in Nevada for 4 days would do just as much ... hell fly 'em there it's not that much money. Send 1000 Obama supporters from Seattle to Colorado.

Right there that's be as important as Paul raising Barr from 2 to 3%.

But itd be something we could do, rather than just talk about.

Posted by PC | September 9, 2008 5:10 PM

Right, PC. Because those people in Colorado and Nevada are just sitting there waiting to be told what to do by a horde of hippies from Seattle. Mass out-of-state volunteers probably cost more votes than they garner. Talk to your neighbors.

Posted by Fnarf | September 9, 2008 5:30 PM

Pretty sure he is not going to endorse McCain.

Posted by Winchell | September 9, 2008 5:40 PM

I don't think it's good for dems. Most libertarians I know are abandoning the republicans because GWB broke the contract with libertains:

1) War is against libertarian ideas.
2) The Prescription drug entitlement program is against small government, as is the freddy mac and fannie mae nationalisation
3) The Patriot act is against personal freedom.

Posted by Andrew | September 9, 2008 6:25 PM

God Damn right Paul won't endorse "Make it a hundred" McCain and his fuckin' imperialism. And Palin only makes it worse with her book banning ass. The thing that is scary is that people would rather support Keating 5 McCain and his unqualified little base stirrer than Ron Paul, who doesn't want the government to intrude on your freedoms or take your children for wars.

Posted by P to the J | September 9, 2008 7:00 PM

I was in Montana last month and I saw a thousand Ron Paul yard signs and bumper stickers. Zero McCain. Paul and Barr may actually tip the state to Obama like Perot did for Clinton. I hope.

Posted by brian | September 9, 2008 7:44 PM

The story's already broken (AP) that Ron Paul will come out strongly against the two-party system and endorse -- get this -- Barr, Baldwin, McKinney, -and- Nader.

I imagine this will help Obama -slightly- in some very tight states, especially in the north and the west, but I'd be surprised if it swung any state more than 2%.

Posted by mjg | September 9, 2008 8:01 PM

Ron Paul has a lot of pull with the white supremacists who were going to vote for McCain.

Posted by elenchos | September 9, 2008 8:44 PM

Remember how everyone blamed Nader for Gore losing? Remember all the rumors about Republicans giving money to the Nader campaign?

Well, why isn't there a concerted effort on the part of Progressives to get fiscal conservatives to vote for the Libertarians?

I guarantee you that there is a much better chance of convincing a disgruntled fiscal conservative to vote for a Libertarian than to vote for a Democrat.

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 9, 2008 9:19 PM

ron paul is such a freaking joke. how about we let the market decide the viability of third parties and dumbass fringe candidates? or does he only like the free market when it punishes people for being born poor or black or female?

ron paul could have and should have been a great third party candidate (in that he would have ensured obama's win). instead, he whines that the system is too libertarian for him to be handed a major party nomination. what a worthless piece of poop.

Posted by jrrrl | September 9, 2008 10:15 PM

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