In 2008 the Ron Paul Revolution burst onto the campaign trail in a frenzied grassroots blur. The ‘Champion of the Constitution’, ‘the Taxpayers best friend’, ‘Dr. No’ and ‘the Ultimate Conservative’, Congressman Dr. Ronald Paul of Texas was off and running for President of the United States.
Ron Paul did not win the primaries for the Republicant Party and the Ron Paul R[ƎVO˩]UTION soon quieted into the Ron Paul [OVER]LUTION.
That being said, there are some interesting anomalies to investigate. Not that I am declaring any foul play, no I am sure the members of the GOP were all little angels. I simply mean that there are some lessons to be learned here. An example is the use of MeetUps. Ron Paul had a literal Army of R[ƎVO˩]UTIONARIES. The other candidates, including Premier Obama had in no way shape or form near the help that the Paul Campaign had.
Back in 2008 I took some snapshots of the MeetUp Group numbers for multiple candidates. Here are the snapshots
Yes, it is true primaries are not determined by the amount of Meetup members, however the ratio between MeetUp members and Delegate Representation SHOULD have held somewhat true. It did not. So, either the Ron Paul delegates were the worst delegates in history or there was some amount of mischief. We do know that there was some amount of favoritism concerning television bias. Ron Paul certainly suffered there. In fact here is a good video explaining the television bias:
Though Ron Paul garnered 14% of the votes and Huckabee only 8% they employed tricks such as leaving Ron Paul’s face off of a graphic when he clearly beat the Huckster.
So, here we are in 2010. Rand Paul is doing well and Ron Paul has hinted at running in 2012. The drums are starting to beat once again in favor of liberty. However did we learn anything in 2008? Although the article below was written by a Statist, they have very valid arguments.
From Nolan Chart
A calm anlysis of the reasons — and lessons that should be taken away from it , but probably won’t.
by Logical Premise
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Why did Ron Paul lose?
Let me clarifiy that statement. It is theoretically possible that the superdelegates could vote for Ron Paul in the convention. It is theoretically possible that all of Huckabee’s and Romney’s delegates, being free to vote how they like, could also vote for Ron Paul in the convention.
But the ugly reality is that even if he wins in such a convoluted manner, he really lost. He got, on average, between 2% and 10% of the vote in most states. The people clearly are not “behind him”, and if the delegates at the convention acted in a manner that went against the wishes of the electorate, most of them will have a price to pay.
But why did he lose? If you listen to Libertarians, Ron Paul is conservative, Christian, honest, dedicated, and a strict constitutionalist. He’s against big government, seemingly a Republican virtue. He dislikes taxation, seemingly a Republican virtue. He is , on some issues, very close to being a paleoconservative of the oldest school.
Why did they all vote for someone else? Let’s examine the reasons: continue reading
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