Could Ron Paul Defect Back to Libertarian Party?

Ron Paul Texas districtTim West over at The New Libertarian opines on a novel idea: Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) should cast off the Republican Party name and become the first Libertarian Congressman. From The Meaning Of A Name:

I do not know if the people of the 14th District of Texas are so hung up on the power of a empty name ( republican ) that they would turn him out. I suspect most of them know his past and would not care one iota about him personally. The question is: he would lose vast amounts of funding just becuase he changed his name – and could we as libertarians replace that revenue?

This is probably the biggest hurdle, but with Paul having an establish record, it might not be too hard to overcome. I’m guessing Paul already has something like this in mind if he’s considering a presidential run in 2008 (shun the Republican name in 2006 after reelection?).

I have also kicked this idea around with a couple other libertarian strategists: finding libertarian-leaning candidates who can run under the banner of Republican or Democrat parties and get the contributions from the money machine (specifically in Colorado), then pulling the rug out after the election. Granted, this is a risky proposition if voters feel they are being conned, but if the message of the election is libertarian, does it matter what the party attachment is once they are elected?

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. I think every libertarian strategist has kicked this idea around in their head about Ron Paul. I think it’s not only possible but likely that it would work… yet unlikely that it would happen (that he would go through with it). All we’d need to do is to start the ball rolling 1 year prior to the election and really funnel money to him nation wide. It’s a milestone worth striving for

  2. I carried petitions for Ron Paul in 1988. Since then LP numbers have dropped by 2/3 in Presidential elections. ’88 was the high water mark. At this point, Ron Paul would do more good for liberty by running for President as a Republican than by running for Congress as a lone Libertarian.