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GOP: Ron Paul is impeding Republican progress

Letter by Wendy Lake, Auburn on March 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm with 31 Comments »
March 21, 2012 1:52 pm

I wish somebody could explain to me why Ron Paul identifies as a Republican. Can’t he compete on his own as an independent? Why do his supporters continually torpedo the mainstream Republican caucuses?

There’s no way Paul can win the GOP nomination. Why, then, does his group continue to impede the progress of the Republican Party in our state? From what I’ve witnessed so far, the Paul supporters are the most obnoxious, disruptive and rude people at a caucus.

My personal opinion is that they must be trying to re-elect Barack Obama, or they’re all Occupy members in disguise. Either way, the Ron Paul supporters in this area certainly don’t adhere to Republican principles.

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  1. lylelaws says:


    More than anything else the thing that is impeding the nomination process is a vision problem: Rick Santourm and Newt Gingrich can’t see the handwriting on the wall, and Ron Paul can’t even see the wall because his ego keeps getting in the way.

    Go Mitt.

  2. Fibonacci says:

    Run Ron run. Run as an Independent—run Ron run/———please.

  3. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Fib- you scared BHO will lose in a head to head match with Mitt? Your comment makes the answer obvious.

  4. lylelaws says:


    Unfortunately, it is likely that Ron Paul will run on the EGO ticket and, as Ross Perot did, draw off enough votes from his hard-core followers to cost the Republican nominee the election.

  5. flamotte says:

    Ron Paul is so insignificant, and his Ayn Rand philosophy is so absurd, that they aren’t impeding anything. No one pays attention.

  6. Sorry CT7 but Real Clear Politics has Obama over Mitt by 4.5%.

  7. Frankenchrist says:

    The only thing impeding Republican progress is the vision and intelligence of the American people.

    Most Americans aren’t eager to live in a 12th century Christofascist theocracy.

  8. Flamotte – I’m cracking up laughing – Ayn Rand? Do I know you? Actually, the RP’s are impeding the GOP progress by stealing delegates from the electable candidates, Romney and Santorum. However, I agree with you on the Ayn Rand theory and Ron Paul’s hierachy of values.

  9. Fib – I wish Ron Paul would run… back to his own little world from whenst he came. RP is not a Republican. He needs to get the heck out of the way, and stop riding the coattails of the true GOP candidates.

  10. He never learns! The handful of hopeful will vote for him even though he has a snowball chance in hell at winning the presidency. They believe they will change the political world by doing so. What they fail to realize is there vote usually helps put the person they hate the most in office like it did with Bush. And they will bitch about it the next 4 years.

  11. (Mar 21 10:27 PM):‎ Thank you Wendy for letting me know the difference between Ron Paul and the other GOP candidates. I was wondering the same thing when I attended my caucus on Mercer Island.

  12. And yet more proof that in the GOP all are free to expression their adherence to the party line.

  13. xring, I wonder if your stats take into regard the whole GOP field, or just BHO v. Romney? Stats, like sound bites in the media, can always be skewed to favor one point of view. Eventually, the electorate will whittle down to one GOP nominee, and winner take all delegates. Personally, I will vote for Abo Orp (Anybody But Obama Or Ron Paul).

  14. HistoryFan says:

    I am no supporter of Ron Paul but you got to admit, he does draw young voters, yes not always the most polite and civil, to conservative politics.

  15. Ron Paul is to the Republican Party what Dennis Kucinich is to the Democrat Party. Both men are charming, intelligent, articulate and very persuasive. Much like Kucinich, Ron Paul has enormous appeal to the extreme fringe of his respective party affiliation and very much like Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul is a lovable lunatic. A small portion of humanity is drawn to such charismatic figures, much like an apparently normal woman wanting to marry a convicted killer sentenced to life in a maximum security prison. Go figure? No! Do not go figure! There is no rationale from which to figure. Ron Paul supporters are there because they have no where else to go. No one else wants them, with the exception of Mr. Paul.
    Sonny Van Gelder
    Auburn WA

  16. Either way, the Ron Paul supporters in this area certainly don’t adhere to Republican principles.

    Please elaborate – exactly what Republican principles are you referring to?

    If you are commenting upon your perception that “the Paul supporters are the most obnoxious, disruptive and rude people at a caucus”, I suggest you refresh your memory of the behavior of GOPers during the “Brooks Brothers riot” or VP Cheney’s verbal “wit” on the floor of the Senate. And then think of Rush Limbaugh (lauded by Reagan amongst others for his efforts “to promote Republican and conservative principles”). Clearly Wendy, being polite is hardly a Republican principle.

  17. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Run Ron run. Run as an Independent—run Ron run/———please.

    Fib, there is some consensus that an unlikely RP third party run would draw pretty heavily from previous 0bama votes. Left-of-center independents and the youth all like his libertarian views on world policy, and his views on things like “indefinite detention” will attract more than just a passing sniff from those on the extreme left.


    Careful what you wish for. At best, he likely would split the draw from both 0bama and Romney. But he would hurt 0bama more in the states with higher electoral college representation.

  18. “you scared BHO will lose in a head to head match with Mitt?”

    Who would be afraid of that? Mittens can’t win against the President, no matter how may lies he tells.

  19. “there is some consensus that an unlikely RP third party run would draw pretty heavily from previous 0bama votes.”

    Of course there is, as long as you don’t look too close!

  20. “Personally, I will vote for Abo Orp”

    The GOP counts on non-thinkers like this.

  21. “Republican progress”?? That’s a major oxymoron. Stop treating women like it’s the 15th century. That would be progress for GodsOwnParty of theocrats.

  22. Frankenchrist says:

    With out without RP Obama wins easily this November.

    Romney is this year’s Dukakis.

  23. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Shouldn’t all of you purple-prose equivocator’s still be beating the “brokered convention” drum?

    Oh, that’s right… that was sooo three weeks ago.

    Ron Paul third party run = the next big lib hope, LOL.

  24. LornaDoone says:

    Nothing like watching the Republicans eat each other.

  25. Lorna, that is the whole point. RP is not a Republican. Nowhere in my letter did I endorse another candidate. This is about RP and his radical followers, not my fellow Republicans. Nobody is eating anyone.

  26. If Ron says he is a Republican, who are you to say he’s not? Just what is a Republican (other than old, white, wealthy and male)?

  27. FigureItOut says:

    Wendy, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. America was founded on principles of freedom, and RP is doing everything he can to restore those principles.

    In a world without handouts. Neither rich nor poor. Plenty of non-profits out there to save the poor, and the 1% don’t need help either.

    Anything he can do to get closer to presidential candidacy is a successful strategy. The elections are rigged against Independent parties, why would he do that? Flip-Flop-Mitt is worse than obama and bush. He’ll get in, sign some more laws to keep his friends uber wealthy and get out.

    Not on my watch.

  28. Thank you for your input, Go Figure, but I’m never ashamed of myself.

  29. Apparently RP, who is steadfast in his beliefs, isn’t a “real Republican” but Romney, who is free to say anything he wants in the primaries because it is just like an etch-a-sketch, is a real Republican.

  30. Romney is the standard bearer of republican principles then? Well, Ron Paul may not follow the party platform of the last decade, at least on foreign policy, but he sure is a heck of a lot more conservative then Romney, and also has the advantage of being able to appeal to independents and young people, two voting blocks the republicans need to win in November. And at least Paul can say he’s been consistent his whole career, where as Romney will say or do anything to get a vote. P.S. The Paul supporters at my caucus, which was dominated by Romney supporters, were very polite and knowledgeable and the caucus finished on time without a hitch.

  31. I see the Repubs are already lining up to blame RP for their upcoming loss – kinda like when the Dems blamed Nader.

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