The Daily Paul has the most wishful thinking opinion pieces up post-RNC:
So we all know Ron is making a special announcement on Jay Leno on September 4th. I know many of us are hoping it’s that Ron is running Indy or third party. Some are hoping he will endorse Johnson.
I just got off the phone with someone very close to Ron and want to tell everyone that a third party run is possible. At this point that is not what the announcement is going to be. It’s also not a Johnson or Romney endorsement, so says my well placed source. Again, take it worth a grain of salt, but I trust that this person is close enough to Ron to know.
Up until know I have believed that there was ZERO chance Ron would run third party. However, after my phone call I believe there is a glimmer of hope. It’s too late for Ron to get on the ballot as an Indy, however Johnson has said in the past that he would step aside for Ron.
Now for the bad news..Ron does not think the grassroots would fully back him because of all of the Rand and Benton bashing that has taken place, but RON would LOVE to make a last major push for Liberty in the presidential debates.
WE HAVE TO TELL RON BEFORE SEPTEMBER 4th THAT WE WILL SUPPORT HIM AND FUND HIM AND BACK HIM. If he knows that, there is still a chance he could change his mind, and if Gary really will step aside for Ron, Ron may take one final shot as a Libertarian. There is no chance Johnson will be anywhere near 15% and therefore no chance Gary is going to be in any debates. However, if Ron is the LP nominee and Gary as VEEP (as much as I dislike Gary, I could accept that) Gary would be debating Biden.
Sadly, Paul supporters (the ones that truly go full paultard) should properly educate themselves about the 50+ different ballot access hurdles before spouting off nonsense like this.
I love that little “not hype” at the end of the headline… pshaaaa!
But wait, there’s others:
I was wondering if Ron Paul is considering to run as in Independent.
If he did I believe he could gain 15% in the polls and be able to debate with Romney and Obama.
Now I’m not crapping all over Ron Paul and the grassroots’ triumphant interjection of libertarianism into our political debate this year by no means. What he’s accomplished is worthy of more praises than even this blog post can contain. Yet at this very late stage, Paul would be much better off wooing/accepting Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson’s open offer to apply for a cabinet position
I estimate a Treasury or Defense Secretary slot for Paul would certainly help give Johnson the needed organizational leverage to scale back any of those entrenched bureaucracies that prove to be difficult.
That is admittedly some wishful thinking on my part, but it’s more realistic than the prospect of Paul trying to rally his troops to pour countless more days and millions more donation dollars into merely getting on the ballot in only a few states this late in the game.
Here’s what Johnson has consistently said on the subject when questioned:
“One of my credos when it comes to politics is being reality-based and I just don’t think any of the above is going to happen” said Johnson. When asked in a follow-up question if Ron Paul would be considered for a cabinet position in a potential Gary Johnson presidential administration, Johnson was skeptical about the possibility even arising, but remained open to it.
“I go back to my experience as Governor of New Mexico. There was not one single commitment that I made to anybody for a job. It was all, apply for the job and I’m going to conduct an interview process. I don’t see Ron Paul as playing second fiddle to anybody and so, just the reality of Ron Paul, what he’s done, I don’t think he’s going to have any interest in a cabinet position and if he does, you know, terrific, we’ll deal with that if that actually comes into play.”
This is the reality those Ron Paul faithful ought to focus on.
Update: Someone over at the The Daily Paul kindly linked us up and started a conversation over there (the circle is complete, weeeeeee). I do not have an account over there to correct their errors, so I’ll point out that the “hyperbole” is squarely on the DP community.
Hammer of Truth can happily confirm that Ron Paul will be on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday. Beyond that it’s pure speculation what he’ll be talking about.
Correction: The online petition for Ron Paul has not yet reached 11,000+ (it’s mighty close) and we’ve fixed that. We regret the error.