Yes, by now you know that I like Ron Paul. First and foremost, I’m actually pulling for Gary Johnson, but Johnson just hasn’t gotten any traction yet while Paul has it. With that laid out, there’s a very good reason why Republicans need to take a look around and recognize that not only can Ron Paul be their nominee, that’s actually a good thing for the GOP.
First, we must understand that while polling shows Democrats overwhelmingly supporting President Obama at this point, he’s not particularly beloved by his base right now. They see a lot of what he’s done as caving, they see a lack of leadership, and they’re generally not happy with him as a president. The primary reason they’re going to head out next November is to keep the GOP nominee from winning.
Now, take Ron Paul. I spoke with a couple of die hard Democrats after Paul appeared on Piers Morgan’s show. One, who had lost a beloved dance teacher to a self administered abortion, was slightly alarmed that Paul was pro-life. However, as he also deferred it to the state level, she was able to move on with it. That was the whole of their difficulties with Paul as a candidate.
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s hardly a large sample group, but it doesn’t really have to be. A Ron Paul presidency doesn’t terrify many Democrats like a Romney, Perry, or Bachmann presidency does. This is important, since I pointed out that Democrats are far more likely to come out to vote against the GOP nominee than to vote for Obama.