Ronulan alert: Globe notes Paul high-water mark in Idaho

posted at 5:00 pm on May 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

How difficult should it be for Ron Paul to win votes in states where John McCain doesn’t campaign in a primary the Senator has already won? Not very, and yet Paul has only collected single-digit results throughout most of March, April, and May. The Boston Globe points out that Paul won his biggest percentage yet yesterday — but still barely registers on the meter in a state that should have provided him with a huge boost:

John McCain has the Republican nomination wrapped up, but Ron Paul isn’t going anywhere.

In fact, in Tuesday’s little-noticed Republican primary in Idaho, the iconoclastic Texas congressman had his best showing so far, grabbing 24 percent of the vote, nearly 30,000 votes in all.

McCain won with 70 percent, while the other 6 percent went to uncommitted.

Little-noticed? I’d say for good reason, too. The primary race is over, and McCain won it almost three months ago. Ron Paul still has only 35 delegates, compared to 255 for Mike Huckabee. In Idaho, not only did McCain win by 46 points, he won every single county as well.

The Globe and other news outlets want to make this into a news story when it just doesn’t fit. They want to play up any sign of dissension in the Republican ranks to gin up a matching narrative for the Democratic primaries. It’s interesting to compare the races in one aspect; the media wants to push Hillary Clinton out of the primaries even though neither candidate can get to a winning number of delegates before the convention (since superdelegates can change their minds right up to the balloting in Denver), but somehow want to infer that the GOP has a problem because Ron Paul has less than 2% of the total delegate count for the Republican convention.

McCain’s supporters and mainstream Republican primary voters have little reason to turn out to vote in these primaries. Even with that advantage, the best Paul can take is 24% in Idaho, and single digits almost everywhere else. It’s confirmation of his status a minor-league, lunatic-fringe gadfly.


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Watch out, McCain!
He’s catching up!!

ROFLMAO!!!

ToddonCapeCod on May 28, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Wait one minute.

I thought there was a conspiracy by the press against Ru Paul.

EJDolbow on May 28, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Ron Paul still has only 35 delegates, compared to 255 for Mike Huckabee. In Idaho, not only did McCain win by 46 points, he won every single county as well.

Please don’t interrupt the media’s narrative. Facts and perspective don’t interest them.

amerpundit on May 28, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Don’t break flenser’s widdle heart like that!

Leave that to the rest of us.

Sekhmet on May 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

Can the Ron Paul delegates increase their numbers by claiming the voices in their heads?

Kensington on May 28, 2008 at 5:09 PM

So now the Ronulans are going to think they have their own private (tiny percentage of) Idaho?

ReubenJCogburn on May 28, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Who is Ron Paul?

/sarc

upinak on May 28, 2008 at 5:15 PM

I lived in Boise for 15 years then I went to University of Idaho in Moscow and I can tell you Idaho is a very Libertarian state. Don’t ask me how we elect Craig tho. One of Idaho’s House of Rep is a very good conservative guy called Bill Salie. If you have a D next to your name on the ballot you will lose in Idaho.

BroncosRock on May 28, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Can all the delegates fit in the blimp?

phronesis on May 28, 2008 at 5:16 PM

If Ron Paul were ice cream, he’d be nil.

mymanpotsandpans on May 28, 2008 at 5:16 PM

of that 25% it was only about 6k actual voters.

I read that Paul has been campaigning in Arizona, he has practically all of his family on the payroll cashing in from the nutroots support.

jp on May 28, 2008 at 5:18 PM

I lived in Boise for 15 years then I went to University of Idaho in Moscow and I can tell you Idaho is a very Libertarian state. Don’t ask me how we elect Craig tho. One of Idaho’s House of Rep is a very good conservative guy called Bill Salie. If you have a D next to your name on the ballot you will lose in Idaho.

BroncosRock on May 28, 2008 at 5:16 PM

there is a group of well meaning while politically ignorant “Christian libertarians” up there in Moscow, pretty big church outfit. They are paultards, completely clueless about all the newsletter type stuff.

jp on May 28, 2008 at 5:20 PM

I wonder if the Boston Globe published McCain’s best showing a few weeks ago in Nebraska. McCain received 88% of the vote in that state, but why are we ever talking about this it’s just another unreported, useless primary. Guess who else performed well after George Bush secured the nom in 2000, Alan Keyes, yes that Alan Keyes, someone else we will totally forget.

Complete7 on May 28, 2008 at 5:22 PM

They want to play up any sign of dissension in the Republican ranks to gin up a matching narrative for the Democratic primaries.

You’re right about Ron Paul, but the media is also right about dissension. I read an article stating that McCain is the only Republican that could win this election and we should be happy with that, but I’m still not going to support the guy. Wail and gnash your teeth all you like, but it isn’t happening.

DFCtomm on May 28, 2008 at 5:28 PM

70%- Now there’s a unified party.

Valiant on May 28, 2008 at 5:37 PM

70%- Now there’s a unifieddying party.

Valiant on May 28, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Fixed it.

LevStrauss on May 28, 2008 at 5:41 PM

I’d rather have Ron Paul as president than John Mccain anyday.

SaintOlaf on May 28, 2008 at 5:41 PM

I’d rather have Ron Paul as president than John Mccain anyday.

SaintOlaf on May 28, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Ron Paul is the chomsky left on the most important part of the CinC’s job. just because he understands supply/demand laws does not give him a pass.

He is a Rothbard follower, i.e. left-wing libertarian.

hopefully the more right-wing element will take the ‘libertarians’ back to sane land. i.e. Heinlein roots.

jp on May 28, 2008 at 5:49 PM

I’d rather have Ron Paul as president than John Mccain anyday.
SaintOlaf on May 28, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Well then thank God that there weren’t more idiots who voted for Ron Paul and made your day.

wise_man on May 28, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Clinton supporters, on average, will vote for Obama in November. Paul supporters, on average, will not vote for McCain in November. That’s why it’s notable. Because people like me who traditionally vote Republican and supported Paul will not cast a vote for John McCain. That’s why it’s notable — it does represent dissent.

I don’t understand… are you trying to argue that GOP voters are happy with McCain and will gladly pull the lever for him in November?

Mark Jaquith on May 28, 2008 at 6:26 PM

It’s the Jews fault I … er, um, he can’t win.

Sincerely,

Lew Rockwell, who is definitely not Ron Paul, ok?

thirteen28 on May 28, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Who is Ron Paul?

upinak on May 28, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Google Ron Paul!

OneGyT on May 28, 2008 at 7:07 PM

Second look at Alan Keyes….

Knuckledragger on May 28, 2008 at 8:20 PM

Clinton supporters, on average, will vote for Obama in November. Paul supporters, on average, will not vote for McCain in November. That’s why it’s notable. Because people like me who traditionally vote Republican and supported Paul will not cast a vote for John McCain. That’s why it’s notable — it does represent dissent.

Oh noooo! McCain is going to miss out on that 2% Bircher Quack vote. How will the party survive!?

LoL @ Ron Paul and his Jewish Reptilian Space-Vampires.

Lehosh on May 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Ya know, it’s funny. One would think that here on Hot Air, people would be about “idea exchanges”, and honest discussion, but no, they just gnash their teeth, and bitch and complain over any and all Ron Paul news. Did it ever occur to you people that your smug, insulting condescension might reflect more on yourselves than on Ron Paul?

P.S., for those who would call me a “troll”, I’d rather be a firebrand than a bobble-head who just believes everything their told, and agrees with everybody else.

RMC1618 on May 28, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Ol’ Ron Paul must be losing some of his luster. The mere mention of his name in a blog only brought out a couple of Ronulans this time, instead of the old time avalanche.

Big John on May 28, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Ol’ Ron Paul must be losing some of his luster. The mere mention of his name in a blog only brought out a couple of Ronulans this time, instead of the old time avalanche.

Big John on May 28, 2008 at 9:36 PM

That’s because the Paulites got fed up with the naive anti Paul hysteria going on at this site.

I am didn’t vote for Paul, but seriously…some of you are truly naive if you think that the rockefeller/CFR, one world government thing is just a crazy conspiracy theory.

Can anyone explain to me how the Federal reserve system is constitutional either?

Can you explain why Mccain,Hillary and Ubama all want to open the borders?

Or why Mccain is the nominee of the republican party when a few months before the primaries began, 80% of republicans wanted him impeached from the senate?

SaintOlaf on May 28, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Seriously, Ron Paul is far to the right of Mccain on abortion,gay marriage and constitutional rights.

SaintOlaf on May 28, 2008 at 11:38 PM

Little-noticed? I’d say for good reason, too

I notice that you seem quite preoccupied with the story.

flenser on May 29, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Ron Paul is the chomsky left on the most important part of the CinC’s job. just because he understands supply/demand laws does not give him a pass.

He is a Rothbard follower, i.e. left-wing libertarian.

Wow, some people are just completely politically clueless. As libertarians go, Rothbard was a right-winger, as opposed to the left-wingers at Cato.

flenser on May 29, 2008 at 10:53 AM