Monday Morning Poll: After Ron Paul Edition

Monday, March 24th, 2008

It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the mailing lists, interest and momentum once the Paul presidential campaign wraps up. Is there a libertarian Richard Viguerie who can turn all of those names and addresses into a lasting movement? Was the Paul insurrection indicative of a real interest in the ideas, or was it a serendipitous collision of candidate and current event?

Here are a few folks who could potentially inherit the Paul momentum in 2012. My favorites are Johnson and Smith, though there’s no indication either of them is interested.


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17 Responses to “Monday Morning Poll: After Ron Paul Edition”

  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Much better voting script. I like that there is no default vote selected.

    Except only the very top edge of the buttons is visible on my browser.

  2. #2 |  JT | 

    A close friend of mine who’s an uber-GOPer come-hell-or-high-water insists that the Ron Paul explosion is almost completely comprised of what he calls “antiwar blame-America wackos” who have absolutely no interest in, or knowledge about Rep. Paul’s libertarian domestic policy positions. Not having gotten myself as involved on Rep. Paul’s side as he continually does for the GOP in general, all I personally have to rebut that claim is the anecdotal evidence of myself, my dad (who re-registered from Libertarian to GOP in Nevada so he could vote for Rep. Paul in the primary) – and for both of us domestic policy trumps foreign policy by a landslide – and the small-l libertarian blogs I read, which tend to have a domestic-policy-heavy slant.

    In short, I hope he’s dead wrong, but I do admit that he put some fear in me that he might be closer to being right than any Agitator readers would like (myself included).

  3. #3 |  Thomas Paine's Goiter | 

    Flake and Campbell are the best shots, but I imagine they are going to be twisted and bent to mold to the current GOP if they want support.

  4. #4 |  Wesley | 

    I like Flake. He might have the best shot if he wanted to try.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    While I hate to be even more depressing than normal, I’m reading a book called “The True Believer” by Eric Hoffer. From what I’ve gathered so far, any movement that values individualism is not likely to be able to compete successfully against other more traditional mass movements that rely on more emotional (patriotic or religious) and collective (everything for the cause) motivations.

    So, I’ve given up and decided to dedicate the rest of my life to booze and women.

  6. #6 |  B | 

    Dayton’s a Scientologist.

    If you think Romney’s religion was problematic…

  7. #7 |  UCrawford | 

    Dave,

    So, I’ve given up and decided to dedicate the rest of my life to booze and women.

    Way ahead of you…I’ve also decided to help save the economy not by voting for smart politicians to implement good policy but by becoming a frivolous consumer of products for immediate gratification. Starting with a 2008 Dodge Challenger :)

  8. #8 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Flake has been cursed/blessed with a name of ‘Flake’. In todays mass-idiot-market, it’d never fly. Johnson would be promising, but I honestly believe there was no real Ron Paul interest. Look at the numbers. Hell, he only garnered 15% in his home county!

  9. #9 |  Sam | 

    Tom Paine’s goiter brings up a concern I have with Flake, but the fact of the matter is, he’s in great shape: if McCain wins the Presidency, he’s either first or second in line for that Senate seat, and even if not, McCain’s getting older.

  10. #10 |  Christopher Monnier | 

    John Mackey is tainted from the Whole Foods/Wild Oats merger scandal, but I think he offers the greatest opportunity for growth…I think open-minded liberals could be won over to his particular brand of capitalism which, if combined with a socially tolerant mindset would be about as good as we can hope for.

  11. #11 |  Greg N. | 

    Jeff Flake is the horse to back. He ought to run for governor, and then he’d be a fantastic 2012/2016 candidate.

  12. #12 |  Phelps | 

    I’m sure that the vast majority of the ronpaul2008.com supporters will go back to dKos. The Ron Paul supporters that are left will do what they have always done.

    And I wouldn’t discount Flake on name alone. I said 2 years ago that a guy whose first name rhymes with Osama and whose middle name was Hussain would never get anywhere in national politics, and I have been proven wrong on that.

  13. #13 |  Tom Lundy | 

    What about Mark Sanford?

    See http://tomlundy.blogspot.com/
    It’s the 4th post down.

  14. #14 |  Alex | 

    Mark Sanford is an excellent choice. His name has been mentioned as a possible VP, which would probably put me back in the Republican camp.

  15. #15 |  Andy | 

    “A close friend of mine who’s an uber-GOPer come-hell-or-high-water insists that the Ron Paul explosion is almost completely comprised of what he calls “antiwar blame-America wackos” who have absolutely no interest in, or knowledge about Rep. Paul’s libertarian domestic policy positions.”

    That’s always been my impression.

    “Flake has been cursed/blessed with a name of ‘Flake’. In todays mass-idiot-market, it’d never fly.”

    The mass-idiot-market that practically ran out the red carpet for B. Hussein Obama?

  16. #16 |  Edintally | 

    Check: None of the above

  17. #17 |  Brian | 

    In order of WANT:
    1) Bob Barr
    2) Mark Sanford
    3) Jeff Flake

    In order of likelihood:
    1) Sanford
    2) Flake
    3) Barr

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