Rand Paul on a third-party run by Ron: The tea party’s better off within the GOP

posted at 6:45 pm on January 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

Nothing definitive about what he’d do if his dad bolted, but at least he’s willing to acknowledge the implications. John McCormack at the Standard:

Following an interview at a Des Moines radio station, I asked Rand Paul if he has encouraged his father to stay in the Republican party if he doesn’t win the GOP nomination. “I’m encouraging him to try to win the Iowa primary. It’s kind of hard to think about leaving your party when you might be the nominee,” he said.

Asked if he would support his father as a third-party candidate, Paul replied: “I’ve always said I think the Tea Party movement is best and most effective within the Republican party. The Tea Party movement as a separate movement would divide some of the Republican vote.”

“I have not been publicly in favor of a third party candidate and I have not been in favor of the Tea Party splitting off,” Paul said. “But I think people really need to rethink that question when a guy’s leading the polls in Iowa–to be asking about running as a third party when we’re still talking about winning the Republican nomination.”

Has anyone seen a poll of what tea partiers would do in a hypothetical three-way race between Obama, Romney, and Ron Paul? Some segment of the TP surely would split and follow Paul into independence as a protest against Mitt, but I don’t know that that’s where most of Paul’s support would come from. Rand likes to push the tea-party connection because that’s his brand and because it keeps voters’ attention turned towards Ron’s record on spending, but as noted last week, Paul’s not the top choice in the field among tea partiers. WaPo’s national poll before Christmas had him in fifth place in that demographic, in fact. He did better than that in PPP’s new Iowa poll, but not dramatically better:

Third behind Santorum and Gingrich, and he ended up finishing better among non-tea-partiers — which was also the case in WaPo’s poll. Makes sense: If you believe the pollsters, he’s cleaning up among Democrats and indies who intend to caucus tomorrow night but lagging among conservatives. Presumably most of those Democrats and left-leaning independents would abandon him for Obama in a three-way race, but … I don’t know. Most of the tea partiers who prefer him in the caucus would probably abandon him too in the interest of defeating Obama. Are we sure he’d do significantly greater damage to Romney than to Obama as an independent, especially when every tea-party icon except Rand Paul would be pushing the base hard to line up behind Mitt? Maybe, but I’d like to see that poll.

BuzzFeed has a nice piece today on how Paul’s team is strategizing, a la Obama four years ago, to sweep up a bunch of delegates in caucus states to maximize his leverage at the convention. The headline is “Ron Paul’s Secret Plan to Actually Win” but it’s really more “Ron Paul’s Secret Plan to Play Kingmaker or At Least Influence the Platform.” I wonder what the RNC could do for him, realistically, in terms of the latter. They could insert some language in the foreign policy section about America needing to be more mindful of budgetary constraints in its military endeavors and they can include plenty of small-government rhetoric on domestic spending to please libertarians, but social issues stuff like ending the drug war or letting the states decide on gay marriage is a nonstarter. I wonder what happens if Santorum quickly becomes overwhelmed organizationally after Super Tuesday and the race settles into a Romney/Paul dynamic. Romney would end up with many more delegates, for sure, but would we see strategic or protest voting for Paul to try to deny Mitt an outright majority of the delegates? That probably wouldn’t deny him the nomination but it sure would make the convention more interesting.


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Ron Paul only appeals to pot-smokers, anti-semites, racists, and senile gold bugs.

The Tea Partiers are none of those.

Crawford on January 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

thank goodness for rand paul. Without him, Ron might be tempted to screw the Republican party but he cant because that would ruin the career of his son, Rand.

BTW, Ron Paul thinks Mitt Romney is the best of the bunch, excluding him so you know that Ron Paul aint all bad…he is actually pretty good on domestic stuff.

so there

Jailbreak on January 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The Ronulans will not be happy with the boy now…

ManWithNoParty on January 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Well if he wants future in the GOP he said it right. And that fake Romney is terrible.

THIS is a fake Romney. Nearly identical.

Flapjackmaka on January 2, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Vote for Fake Mitt Romney!

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

I thought Romney was going to get us so excited about supporting him, what’s with the third party talk?

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Couldn’t the Paulbots havefound a guy who remotely sounded and looked like Romney for that clip? That was even worse than the guy who plays Obama on SNL.

Roymunson on January 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Vote Ron Paul ”12

GW_SS-Delta on January 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Sounds like Paul could pull more Democrat votes away from Obama than Republican votes. Maybe if he runs third-party, he pushes the Republican over the top? He’s just socially liberal enough to pull away fiscal conservative Democrats, but not move the needle with the Republican base and Conservatives (who are a larger group than self-professed liberals). Interesting to ponder even if I’m way off here.

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Ron is not tea party. The Tea Party won’t follow him.

Darksean on January 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Crawford on January 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The mystery behind Ron Paul’s appeal…

Teenagers who smoke cannabis are likely to have been born with an area of the brain that is significantly smaller than normal, according to new research.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2080842/Cannabis-users-born-smaller-brain.html#ixzz1iLf9A600

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

LOL. The GOP is so gonna get pwned by Paul. Poor Romney will never be president. Too bad so sad.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Dr. Paul*

GW_SS-Delta on January 2, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I wonder what the RNC could do for him, realistically, in terms of the latter.

Automatic voter registration with the sighting of a black helicopter? Think of it as the rotor-voter plank.

trubble on January 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I wonder what the RNC could do for him, realistically, in terms of the latter.


Chi-Ching.

That’s the sound of Gold!

SlaveDog on January 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Has anyone seen a poll of what tea partiers would do in a hypothetical three-way race between Obama, Romney, and Ron Paul?

Yes. Obviously Obama wins easily in that case:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/behind-the-numbers/post/poll-paul-as-third-party-candidate-could-doom-gop-in-2012/2011/12/13/gIQAvviF6O_blog.html

Obama – 42
Romney – 32
Paul – 21

Similar results with Gingrich as the nominee.

Paul’s numbers are obviously a bit inflated in that poll, but I reckon he’d end up in high single digits.

joana on January 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Rand Paul for President!

ModerateMan on January 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Bill Maher likes Ron Paul…

… That is all you need to know.

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Paul only has to win 2-3% to give the election to Obama. He will be the Ralph Nader of 2012. Will the GOP learn its lesson? Of course not. They will triple down on stupid in 2016 and nominate Chris Christie.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Romney could not face his own electorate for a second term. This man has no balls

liberal4life on January 2, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Bill Maher likes Ron Paul…

… That is all you need to know.

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM

He may like Ron Paul. But he will NEVER vote for Paul if it means voting against Obama. Same is true with most liberals. They will vote for Paul in the primaries. But in the general, they will come home to Barry.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Romney could not face his own electorate for a second term. This man has no balls

liberal4life on January 2, 2012 at 7:09 PM

The lib troll is right. Romney is an opportunistic wimp.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Ron Paul only appeals to pot-smokers, anti-semites, racists, and senile gold bugs.

The Tea Partiers are none of those.

Crawford on January 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

And you appeal to douchbags.

fatlibertarianinokc on January 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM

That’s him admitting that a 3rd party Libertarian run does nothing but help President Obama get re-elected. As much as I’d love to get away from a 2 party system I think that it’s dumb in 2012.

Sammo21 on January 2, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I actually think a third-party run by Ron Paul would take more votes away from Obama than from the GOP nominee, especially if they nominate someone that’s really on the right.

His pacifist views and his desire to legalize ALL drugs (not just pot) are going to pull a lot of dirty stinking hippies away from Obama, probably more than his fiscal conservatism and pro-life positions would pull away votes from the GOP.

Again, this is especially true if we nominate a Perry or a Santorum rather than a Gingrich or Romney.

Kakalak Pundit on January 2, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Oh and regarding Rand, that kid’s alright.

Kakalak Pundit on January 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Most of the tea party will not follow Ron Paul if he bolts the Republican Party. I know I won’t even follow him if he doesn’t and I count myself as one.

The only Paul guy I’ve personally met to date was a coworker who spent all of his time talking about things called “money bombs” — who prided himself on being a Wiccan who had profaned a Catholic wedding Mass — and who, according to another co-worker, carried a bullhorn in his truck to add power to his speech when he harangued people who broke the law.

I think he got laid off in the end, probably for the same personality quirks which made him a Paulbot in the first place.

unclesmrgol on January 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

liberal4life on January 2, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Number 3 poster on zyprexa

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gerrym51 on January 2, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Kakalak Pundit on January 2, 2012 at 7:15 PM

No, no, no.

There are only two blocs out there now; the Obama vote (zombies and what remains of his “grand coalition”) and the anti-Obama vote (everyone else.) Paul, or Trump, or whoever runs third-party and gets any traction, or is allowed to join the debates, will ensure Obama’s re-election for sure.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I wish this was the Paul that was running.

gophergirl on January 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Wacko Jr.

n0doz on January 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Uh-oh. Looks as if Rand Paul is the latest victim of neo-con Chemtrails and Bilderberger skullduggery.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

No, no, no.

There are only two blocs out there now; the Obama vote (zombies and what remains of his “grand coalition”) and the anti-Obama vote (everyone else.) Paul, or Trump, or whoever runs third-party and gets any traction, or is allowed to join the debates, will ensure Obama’s re-election for sure.

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM

The only sure thing for allowing obama to win a second term is nominating Romney. He will talk “Conservative” for the primaries and shift center for the general-and lose to a pissed off base and obama destroying him via his own record.

M_J_S on January 2, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I wouldn’t mind Rand Paul as the candidate to come out of a brokered convention.

ModerateMan on January 2, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Rand Paul on a third-party run by Ron: The tea party’s better off within the GOP

Hey rand, your dad ain’t the Tea Party and very few tea Partiers would follow him to a third party. In fact, it’s more likely that tea Partiers would be in favor a third party if Ron Paul won the GOP nomination.

Rand will be crushed to find out that his dad has more support from lefties than from anyone on the right.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Ron Paul is a constant reminder of how Hitler was able to come to power.

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I feel so sorry for Rand Paul. If there was ever a case of “being caught between a rock and a hard place”, this would be a perfect example.

JPeterman on January 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Ron Paul is a constant reminder of how Hitler was able to come to power.

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Hitler advocated limited govt?

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Ron Paul is a constant reminder of how Hitler was able to come to power.

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Stop that. And that example was best shown in 2008, when America experienced a psychotic break from the credit crisis and decided to commit Suicide by Indonesian, which is exactly what the vote in 2008 was.

Hitler came in on a platform of “Change”, too.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Quite frankly I think Rand is trying to distance himself from Dad. He sees that a majority of Ron Paul followers are just decent, everyday people and that they are too busy earning a living to follow the blogs or news every few minutes. They just want SOMEONE in Washington to follow the Constitution. When it does filter down about Ron Paul’s viewpoint on sooo many things other than the basic domestic policies, they will dump him and anyone associated with him. Hence, Rand is starting to put a little distance between the two now. Because when the decent RP followers bail, it won’t be pretty.

PaulK on January 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

The only sure thing for allowing obama to win a second term is nominating Romney. He will talk “Conservative” for the primaries and shift center for the general-and lose to a pissed off base and obama destroying him via his own record.

M_J_S on January 2, 2012 at 7:27 PM

That’s nice. Any substantiation, or are you just wishcasting as usual?

KingGold on January 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

WOW!!! This is the BEST reporting of Paul hotair has Ever done. I feel like am apart of the family again:)
Maybe Ed is expecting a Ron Paul blowout tomorrow. Winning the Iowa Caucas! Here is one of the videos that sold me on Ron Paul. Why I logically went from Palin supporter, Cain supporter, and now a Paul Supporter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Gfzgxh3ZQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Capitalist75 on January 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Ron is not tea party. The Tea Party won’t follow him.

Darksean on January 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

The Tea Party isn’t strictly conservative either. Certainly not the sort of conservative that thinks Bush was a great man and president.

rickv404 on January 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

GeorgiaBuckeye on January 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

If Paul ran 3rd party, he’d pull mostly independents and republicans. He would pull some democrats as well but, not as many as republicans. Plus, republicans are more well known for splitting third party than democrats are.

gyrmnix on January 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Certainly not the sort of conservative that thinks Bush was a great man and president.

rickv404 on January 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

What sort of conservative is that? No such creature exists.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Ron Paul only appeals to pot-smokers, anti-semites, racists, and senile gold bugs.

The Tea Partiers are none of those.

Crawford on January 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

tea partier’s dont smoke weed? got proof?

svs22422 on January 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Ron Paul only appeals to pot-smokers, anti-semites, racists, and senile gold bugs.

The Tea Partiers are none of those.

Crawford on January 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

How insightful. I support him and I am none of those four. Neither are any of my friends or any people I know in liberty organizations that support Ron Paul. Thanks for the stereotype though; I’m sure in the same breath you’d denounce people (as I do too) who criticize Tea Partiers for being racists!

Dagny__Taggart on January 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Ron Paul is a constant reminder of how Hitler was able to come to power.

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Hitler advocated limited govt?

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I mean that Hitler was a little nutty with regards to German purity at the expense of Jews but many Germans overlooked this because they were convinced he was correct on so many other things which appealed to them.

they lie on January 2, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I wonder when Ron Paul wins the nominee that he will get his son to be his VP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Gfzgxh3ZQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Capitalist75 on January 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Rand is just like his father, he campaigned on ending earmarks and even backed Jim DeMint about passing it into legislation.

He didn’t even make it to DC before he reversed course.

I voted for Rand Paul hoping he was different from his father. (People on Infowars.com hated him)

Turns out the tree doesn’t fall far from the nut.

RobertInLexington on January 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Vote for Fake Mitt Romney!

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 6:53 PM

They’re both fake, which one are you talking about?

vegconservative on January 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

By the way, little pisses me off more than the Ron Paul supporters that ruin it for the majority of us who are normal. The crazy ones are the most vocal. The types who think 9/11 was an inside job, that vaccines are evil, that go on about Bilderberg and such. I don’t associate with these people but see them comment on things online sometimes so I know they’re out there. Alex Jones is a piece of sh*t.

Dagny__Taggart on January 2, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Paul if he wins, would try to claim the mantle of the “Tea Party” in speech tommorrow…”message from the Tea Party”, even though he’s more popular with #OWS and not very popular at all with Tea Party since he’s from the Progressive, Anarchist Left.

jp on January 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Crawford on January 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The mystery behind Ron Paul’s appeal…

Teenagers who smoke cannabis are likely to have been born with an area of the brain that is significantly smaller than normal, according to new research.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2080842/Cannabis-users-born-smaller-brain.html#ixzz1iLf9A600

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

you people will never learn will ya?

marijuana was recommended for legalization by a PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION way back in 1972.” Shaffer Commission Report”.

please,alot of us have aleady been EXPOSD to Reefer Maddness. you done lost your pot war,you just dont know it.

svs22422 on January 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Plus, republicans are more well known for splitting third party than democrats are.

gyrmnix on January 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

President Albert Gore Jr. fully agrees.

angryed on January 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM

workingclass artist on January 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Correlation is not causation and this is coming from someone who has never used anything harder that Dr. Pepper.

chemman on January 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I heard there might be a Joo plot to chemtrail the caucuses with fluoride on behalf of the CIA, FBI, NWO, MSNBC, NSA, Illuminati and the 4H Club to grab Ron Paul supporters and drag them off to FEMA camps.

Ron Paul supporters should either stay at home in their parents basements with the windows sealed or go to the caucuses with their Level A Hazmat suits on. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!!

V7_Sport on January 2, 2012 at 8:02 PM

gyrmnix on January 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Thanks for the laugh. Got any data other than your opinion to back up the statement.

chemman on January 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

The more I look at the 2012 election the more I hope the Aztecs were right.

Crusty on January 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I wonder when Ron Paul wins the nominee that he will get his son to be his VP.

Capitalist75 on January 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Ron Paul is not going to win the nomination.

JPeterman on January 2, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Ron Paul only appeals to pot-smokers, anti-semites, racists, and senile gold bugs.

Crawford on January 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Well I’m none of those, so where do I fit in? Or do I not really support Ron Paul? Face it, some people support Paul because he is a the biggest advocate for a smaller government. It is either Paul or you’re a hypocrite.

rndmusrnm on January 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Seven percent @ 7:51
I get that feeling as well! ;-)

angrymike on January 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Maybe Ed is expecting a Ron Paul blowout tomorrow. Winning the Iowa Caucas! Here is one of the videos that sold me on Ron Paul. Why I logically went from Palin supporter, Cain supporter, and now a Paul Supporter.

That’s my path also: Palin to Cain to Paul. I refuse to vote for any of those other establishment types and I am not a pot smoker, racist, anit-semite, or senile and neither is Ron Paul. In fact the person who is writing this stuff here is probably an Obat.

Puma for Life on January 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I like the son…he has been out of the house for a long time?

KOOLAID2 on January 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

My hope is with Rand.

petefrt on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Ron Paul is NOT the Tea Party, you liberal-RINO editorial twits.

rayra on January 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

He’s a damnable Libertarian-Absolutist dipshite.

rayra on January 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

My hope is with Rand.

petefrt on January 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Luke Skywalker?

unclesmrgol on January 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Ron Paul is NOT the Tea Party, you liberal-RINO editorial twits.

rayra on January 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

That’s not even credible. Ron Paul is 90% sync with Tea Party on domestic policy. It’s his foreign policy that’s the problem.

petefrt on January 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Puma for Life on January 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM

took the words out of my mouth. I’ve never tried pot, not anti-semitic. I am a gold bug though. All conservatives should back precious metals based currency. It cuts the statists off at the knees.

8 weight on January 2, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I was weatching the Ron Paul “Fake Mitt Romney” video at the end of the post and I heard them claim that Ron Paul is the only veteran in the Republican field.

What a pack of liars!

Upon graduation in 1972, Perry was commissioned in the Air Force, completed pilot training, and flew C-130 tactical airlift in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe until 1977. He left the Air Force with the rank of captain, returned to Texas, and went into business farming cotton with his father.

jaime on January 2, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Ron Paul’s insane foreign policy, if implemented following WWII, would have us living in Soviet America today. Without the foreign bases, alliances, proxy wars and clandestine “interfering,” there would have been nothing to stop the Soviets from taking over Europe and the Middle East oil and the Chinese from dominating Asia including Japan.

Paul is dishonest as well. He proclaims himself against most spending, yet has been among the top three pork spenders and earmarkers among House Republicans since his return to Congress. His modus operandi is to get his projects inserted quietly at the committee level and then, when they are in the final compromise bill which is certain to pass easily, he loudly votes “NO” and goes out to the Capitol steps to hold a press conference against spending. He gets away with it because his followers are too stupid to check on him.

Similarly, when Paul says, “probably 75% of what the federal government does is unconstitutional,” these are the words of an idiot. Much of what the government does may be unnecessary or even counter-productive, but that doesn’t make it unconstitutional. If Paul were right, though, all he would have to do is take it to federal court, the branch specifically given the authority by the Constitution itself.

The fact he hasn’t sued to stop all this “unconstitutional” activity shows he knows he is lying, but again his audience is too stupid to figure it out.

Unless you’re a drug addict or child pornographer, there isn’t any rational reason to support Ron Paul at all.

Adjoran on January 2, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Unless you’re a drug addict.
Adjoran on January 2, 2012 at 9:17 PM

why would a drug addict need ron paul? why rock the boat? prohibition does wonders for the drug trade.

svs22422 on January 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Should the GOP be reaching out to Ron Paul?

I think we should try.

Mr. Joe on January 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I WANT MY COUNTRY TO POLICE THE WORLD

we’ve done a great job of it so far!

hohya!

ronpaul go stick your head in the sand!

amend2 on January 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Should the GOP be reaching out to Ron Paul?

Mr. Joe on January 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Yeah, with a net.

catmman on January 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Excuse me for askin, Why is Ron Paul even considered a Republican ? He seems more aligned to Democrite party ideals. Hi-jack the Tea Party ? nfw. Ever.

FlaMurph on January 2, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Rand Paul and dad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=l1HkImIxwwM

Pitchforker on January 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Excuse me for askin, Why is Ron Paul even considered a Republican ? He seems more aligned to Democrite party ideals. Hi-jack the Tea Party ? nfw. Ever.

FlaMurph on January 2, 2012 at 10:24 PM

He is not for the indefinitely continuing massive expansion of the federal government. That is an essential and necessary position for any Democratic Party politician.

fadetogray on January 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Why does he think the Tea Party is behind RP? The Paulnuts are just that, nuts. We want nothing to do with the old crazy uncle in the attic.

Kissmygrits on January 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I don’t know of a single other Tea Party person who supports Ron Paul, so who is claiming they do?

JeffinSac on January 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I agree with Rand. Rand\Rubio 2016 works for me! I think that we partiers need to face reality and see that cleaning up the Pubbies will be a long, hard slog, but a third party attempt without broad support (indies and moderates) would go nowhere.

Bob in VA on January 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Ron Paul = Tea Party ? NO ..

RockyJ. on January 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I’ve been in, with and supportive of the TEA Party since the beginning; and I can say – definitely and with no reservations – that RonPaul will NEVER – under any circumstances – receive a vote from me.
RonPaul has NEVER been of the TEA Party and has NEVER been considered any sort of “leader” of the TEA Party.

I’m still not convinced that ronpaul is not working hand-in-glove with the democRAT party to split the Republican vote and ensure a d’ohbama win in 2012. If he makes a third-party run, that will show for certain that he’s a democRAT plant.

Solaratov on January 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

why would a drug addict need ron paul? why rock the boat? prohibition does wonders for the drug trade.

svs22422 on January 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Only if you’re a dealer. Prohibition just drives the price up for addicts.
To which one can but say, Who cares?

Solaratov on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Rand Paul is in a tough spot. He’s sane, but he can’t just abandon his insane father. It’s a lose/lose situation for him.

hadsil on January 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

This Tea Party person is not and never has been a Ron Paul follower. I’m a middle of the road and Ron Paul is to extreme for me.

billetdoux on January 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM