Both television and print media outlets have been calling for Ron Paul to drop out of the Republican primary race since about a week after he announced his candidacy. Authors and anchors pull redundant reasons out of the usual bag: Paul is too fringe to be electable, his foreign policy is too docile, he is too old to run the country and, most recently, he is hurting the Republican’s chances of defeating Barack Obama by fracturing Party infrastructure.
Hit pieces on Dr. Paul have long ago become predictable. However, one of the more recent jobs, carried out by Eli Lehrer at the Huffington Post, is downright laughable.
The May 29 article not-so creatively titled Ron Paul should drop out now makes such a desperate plea for Paul’s exit that one would think it was written by Mitt Romney under a pen name. People do smell fear, and Lehrer’s anti-Paul rant reeks of peeing-down-one’s leg anxiety.
Lehrer expresses concern that when Paul and his throngs of supporters show up at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay it will lead to actual political activity rather than the type of North Korean state media display it is supposed to present to the American people. Lehrer writes, “His (Paul’s) continued efforts to pursue delegates (even after saying that he wouldn’t contest future primaries) make the possibility that the GOP convention could become a party-damaging circus rather than the coronation-style infomercial that’s needed to unify the party.”
So democracy is a circus and the American people need a coronation-style infomercial to bolster their unity for a candidate. Rarely have the true thoughts of the GOP status quo been presented with such dangerous honesty. If Mr. Lehrer isn’t careful, he might tip-off others to Mitt Romney’s idea of what America needs.
Lehrer goes on to argue, “A critical mass of Paul delegates could make things messy simply by challenging Romney, trying unsuccessfully to get their pet issues added to the platform and, maybe, even finagling a way to drag out the first ballot beyond the allotted time. It’s all for naught. Romney will be the nominee even after all of this and only the most petty Paul-follower concerns will make it into the platform. And they shouldn’t. Romney is, in any case, the only Republican who has the resources, support, network and name recognition to mount a national campaign that could beat Obama.”
In his article, Lehrer simultaneously discounts the delegate power Paul brings to Tampa Bay while admitting he is terrified of it. Things could get messy indeed. The pesky Paul supporters might ride their bikes through Mitt’s front lawn while he is attempting to receive the nomination his expenditures earned him. Even worse, Paul supporters might weigh on Romney’s ability to portray himself as a non-committal Playdough man by making sure he adapts strange, specific platform ideas like protecting civil liberties and preventing the economic collapse of America by addressing our currently unsustainable monetary and spending policies.
Lehrer finishes his article by sending a stern warning to Dr. Paul. “If he knows what’s good for his party and, indeed, the nation, Ron Paul should shut down his campaign organization and endorse Mitt Romney now.”
Did you hear that Ron Paul? You just stop this silliness right now! If too many people continue to hear the message that constant military aggression is immoral and bankrupting the United States of America, they just might believe it. Or if more people realize that foreign aid and Federal Reserve policies are robbing American’s of their hard-earned incomes, or if Americans get the idea that the Constitution does not mandate that government regulate every aspect of our lives, it would be simply disastrous for a candidate like Mitt Romney.
So you just stop Ron Paul! Enough is enough!
It is hard to tell if Mr. Lehrer does not understand what is going on with Ron Paul’s campaign or if he understands it too well and simply wants to squeeze his eyes shut so tightly that he will make it all just go away.
Because of the aforementioned dread oozing from his article, we can assume it is the latter.
Paul and his supporters have been involved in sustained political organization ever since his 2008 presidential bid. Supporters of Dr. Paul have taken over entire state political apparatuses (see Nevada), and have used their limited funds but endless devotion to win massive slates of delegates that will force the GOP to adopt, at the very least, a slate of their platforms for the fall election.
More importantly, Ron Paul’s liberty message has gone absolutely viral this year, and future politicians, economists and civic leaders will now grow up with the idea that America’s government must follow the Constitution. Unfortunately, that idea is probably what scares establishment partisans like Lehrer the most.