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  •  Not to mention ensure a Ron Paul third party run (6+ / 0-)

    Santorum is the exact opposite of Ron Paul in individual liberty, foreign policy and federal spending.  

    •  I don't think Paul will go Perot (1+ / 0-)
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      But with that whacky group trying to fund an unnamed candidate on every state's ballot for November who knows? It could be Paul (maybe as VP) will still be around this November?

      "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

      From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

      by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 10:22:38 AM PST

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      •  Paul as VP? (4+ / 0-)

        That's a non-starter.

        There's no way they let that guy anywhere near the leather chairs.  

        The repair they need to fix, as they see it, is the classic one between God and Gold.  They're not gonna let Paul in there to mess up the message. He hits the wrong fear valves on his political pocket trumpet.

      •  What if it is a series of regional "alternatives?" (2+ / 0-)
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        What if rMONEY is facing 3 regional "protest candidacies" in November? A "states rights" Southerner, a "roll back Federal land control" Westerner and a (gee, fill in your own blank: any of 3 or 4 themes will do) Midwesterner?

        Given the rise of the "buy your personal candidate billionaires", this is no longer idle fantasy. None of them have to win a single electoral vote to be a real trouble for Team rMONEY: if any one of  them simply siphons off 3-5% of the GOP base in one or two states....

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 10:42:32 AM PST

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        •  A fifth party candidate? (0+ / 0-)

          We've never had this kind of money in the race, true. But even when campaigns were a hell of a lot cheaper to run we've only seen a few credible third party candidates. But heh, if they want to fracture the right I say more power to them.

          "What profit a man, if he gain the world, but has to pay taxes on it?" Paul 8:36

          From the Gospel of St. Ron Paul in the Teachings and Misunderstandings of the Words of Adam Smith

          by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 10:44:35 AM PST

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    •  Funny that Santorum and Paul can be opposites (3+ / 0-)

      on so many things, but still be equally crazy.

      “Organized money hates me--and I welcome their hatred!” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by shoeless on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 10:34:53 AM PST

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    •  Which in turns brings the possibility (1+ / 0-)
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      of Obama achieving the first 538 - 0 electoral college result into reach.

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'ya aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il ya toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 10:55:47 AM PST

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    •  Got to stop (1+ / 0-)
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      dropping the Ron Paul third party run.  It is just not going to happen; he is not going to sabotage his son's interests in the party.

      •  I do see it if Santorum is the nominee though (0+ / 0-)

        Not if Romney is the nominee.

        •  Yeah... good luck with that one (0+ / 0-)

          Apart from foreign policy, Paul is no great libertarian.  It is not like the man is pro-gay rights or pro-choice.  He has more in common with Santorum than a standpoint libertarian so no, I am not buying the "it could happen" argument.  After all these years, if Paul really had a beef with the GOP he would have acted on it.  He's going to preserve his son's chances of carrying on the torch within the party, which is still "home" to him.

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