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Ron Paul Takes On Chris Matthews

Ron Paul appeared on Hardball yesterday afternoon and tried with all his might to explain freedom to Chris Matthews. Unfortunately, Matthews seems immune to rational argument:

Tea party breaks down to two factions

New polling from Target Point shows that the tea party movement is essentially divided into two factions:

The results, however, suggest a distinct fault line that runs through the tea party activist base, characterized by two wings led by the politicians who ranked highest when respondents were asked who “best exemplifies the goals of the tea party movement” — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a former GOP presidential candidate.

Palin, who topped the list with 15 percent, speaks for the 43 percent of those polled expressing the distinctly conservative view that government does too much, while also saying that it needs to promote traditional values.

Paul’s thinking is reflected by an almost identical 42 percent who said government does too much but should not try to promote any particular set of values — the hallmarks of libertarians. He came in second to Palin with 12 percent.

At first glance this poll made me think that I’d been wrong about the make-up of the tea party movement. I’ve contended for a year or so now that it had been hijacked by parties solely interested in putting Republicans back into power, such as Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity and others. Maybe I was wrong.

That’s what I thought until I took a look at the numbers that Dave Weigel posted over at his blog. The make-up of the April 15th tea party in Washington was 43% Republican and 36% Independent. Only 9% considered themselves to be Democrats and 11% were some other affiliation. However, 70% of respondents voted for John McCain.

New Poll Shows Ron Paul Statistically Tied With Obama In Race For The White House

A new Rasmussen Poll shows Ron Paul in a statistical tie with President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 match up:

Pit maverick Republican Congressman Ron Paul against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up, and the race is – virtually dead even.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of likely voters finds Obama with 42% support and Paul with 41% of the vote. Eleven percent (11%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Ask the Political Class, though, and it’s a blowout. While 58% of Mainstream voters favor Paul, 95% of the Political Class vote for Obama.

But Republican voters also have decidedly mixed feelings about Paul, who has been an outspoken critic of the party establishment.

Obama earns 79% support from Democrats, but Paul gets just 66% of GOP votes. Voters not affiliated with either major party give Paul a 47% to 28% edge over the president.

Paul, a anti-big government libertarian who engenders unusually strong feelings among his supporters, was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. But he continues to have a solid following, especially in the growing Tea Party movement.

Of course, it’s the sad truth that Ron Paul has precisely zero chance of getting the 2012 nomination, and part of his performance in the poll can be attributed to opposition to Obama more than support of Paul.

Republicans Faced With A Weak Field For 2012

Republican activists who attended the Southern Republican Leadership Conference this past weekend don’t seem too thrilled with the 2012 contenders they saw:

NEW ORLEANS — Southern Republicans wrapped up a three-day meeting in New Orleans on Saturday unified in fervent opposition to President Barack Obama, but wide open at this early stage about whom they want to challenge him in 2012.

Party activists at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference cheered potential presidential candidates such as Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty, as well as absentee Mitt Romney.

But they also readily volunteered objections to the same names: Gingrich has personal baggage, Palin’s too inexperienced, Romney pushed Obama-like health care while governor of Massachusetts and Pawlenty lacks charisma.

Given those commonly heard objections among rank-and-file party workers, it appears that no potential Republican candidate can yet claim to be the heir apparent and the race could be wide open.

Everyone one of them has flaws, some of them, like Palin, flaws that make the prospect of being able to win a General Election seem remote at best. However, this is the field the GOP has and, while others may come along over the coming year, there isn’t going to be a GOP superstar:

Ron Paul At Southern Republican Leadership Conference

Here’s Ron Paul’s full speech yesterday at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference:

Obama isn’t a socialist

Yesterday while speaking at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) explained President Barack Obama’s economic beliefs to attendees:

“In the technical sense, in the economic definition, he is not a socialist,” the Texas Republican said to a smattering of applause at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

“He’s a corporatist,” Paul quickly added, meaning the president takes “care of corporations and corporations take over and run the country.”

Republican talk show hosts, such Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, often call Obama a socialist (or Marxist), citing health care or some other policy as proof. Corporatism isn’t as well known socialism, a word that brings out a reaction from people, so that’s probably why they choose socialism. Either that or talking about corporatism would make people realize that Republicans are as bad as Obama.

Tim Carney, author of Obamanomics, explains why Ron Paul is right:

Tone Down the Hate

Obama told critics to tone it down in a recent interview:

“Well, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it’s pretty apparent, and it’s troublesome, but keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out,” Mr. Obama said. “It happens often when you’ve got an economy that is making people more anxious, and people are feeling like there is a lot of change that needs to take place. But that’s not the vast majority of Americans. I think the vast majority of Americans know that we’re trying hard, that I want what’s best for the country.”

Sure, I think that this government is spending way too much money and pushing us into debt, but I’m finding the direction the Right is going to be profoundly disturbing. Any bridges that Bush tried to build by reaching out to minorities (both in his campaigns and in his cabinet appointees) and that Ron Paul build by reaching out to younger and more diverse voters is going to be absolutely destroyed if the GOP looks more and more hateful, rural and ethnically homogenous.

I’ve been seeing the ugliness in full display while in Washington D.C. It’s why I do not have trouble believing the claims about racial and homophobic slurs at tea party rallies. Sure, people are in hard times, but they should remember how to be decent. And, yes, there is irony in a secular writer like myself lecturing the most religious people on earth on how to be decent.

Rand Paul hits back at Trey Grayson’s misleading ad

Rand Paul is hitting back at his opponent, Trey Grayson, for running a misleading ad that leaves you with the impression that Paul believes 9/11 was our fault.

Here is Rand Paul’s response:

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KY Senate: Dick Cheney endorses Trey Grayson

The Republican establishment is getting nervous about Rand Paul. So much so that ex-Vice President Dick Cheney has endorsed Trey Grayson:

Dick Cheney today announced that he is endorsing Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson over Rand Paul in the GOP Senate primary.

“I’m a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it. I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear to me that Trey Grayson is right on the issues that matter — both on fiscal responsibility and on national security,” Cheney said in a statement released this morning.
“The challenges posed by radical Islam and Al Qaeda are real and will be an on-going threat to our domestic security for years to come. We need Senators who truly understand this and who will work to strengthen our commitment to a strong national defense and to whom this is not just a political game,” Cheney said.

“There is no doubt that the real conservative in this race is Trey Grayson, and there is no better choice for Kentuckians in May and November.”

Grayson, neo-conservatives and Republican establishment are running against Ron Paul more than they are Rand Paul, who has taken a more hawkish stand on foreign affairs that his father.

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