WASHINGTON, November 11, 2011―On Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace interviewed Republican Presidential candidate, Ron Paul. During the interview, Wallace asked Paul if he could support another Republican in the general election if he did not get the nomination. Dr. Paul then responded with an answer which most likely infuriated the Republican establishment.
“If they believe in expanding the wars, if they don’t believe at looking at the Federal Reserve, if they don’t believe in real cuts, if they don’t believe in deregulation and a better tax system it would defy everything I believe in. So I would be reluctant to jump on board and tell all the supporters, who have given me trust and money, that all we’ve done is for naught and let’s support anybody.”
After he expressed this sentiment, a Fox News panel the next day harshly criticized Paul for not being a team player. One panelist even suggested that if he was unwilling to support the presumptive nominee then he should be taken out of the debates. Aside from being illogical Republican rhetoric, this borders on hypocrisy. The only reason that Paul is being asked about supporting the Republican nominee, whoever it might be, is because the media already knows what his answer will be. They wish to use it as ammunition against him, and want the Republicans to accuse him of not being “a team player”. A better question to ask the rest of the Presidential hopefuls would be, “If Ron Paul gets the nomination, would you support him?”
Herman Cain has already answered that question during an interview with Piers Morgan a few weeks ago, when he said that he did not think Ron Paul would make a good President. If Paul were to get the nomination, it is doubtful that Cain would back away from that statement, yet there are no editorials bashing Cain for not being “a team player”.
Rick Perry is another candidate unlikely to support Paul if he gets the nomination. During the 2008 Presidential election cycle, Rick Perry threw his support behind Rudy Giuliani. When being interviewed about this he stated that every other election cycle there had been a Texan in the race which had made it easy to pick a candidate. When asked about Ron Paul, a Congressman from Texas, who ran that time around as well, Rick Perry said, “I didn’t ever consider Ron Paul … You get to make choices in life and I made a choice that Ron Paul is not mine for President. Pretty simple for me, I didn’t need to study that one too deep.” Other than showing complete disrespect toward his fellow Texan, Perry showed that he would be extremely unlikely to support Dr. Paul if he gets the nomination. Again, no one in the media has bothered to dig this up or research the facts. Perry will most likely not be disparaged for not being “a team player”.
The Republicans have become scared of the Ron Paul movement. They have begun to realize that his supporters will not back any other candidate if he does not secure the nomination. With support ranging anywhere from 10-13% and climbing in most national polls, the Republicans know they cannot win next November without some of these votes. So after years of hiding Ron Paul in a corner and trying to ignore him, the Republicans now want him to forget all of that and support their establishment puppet.
The Republican nominee (should it not be Paul) does not deserve support from Ron Paul or any of his supporters after years of being ignored, marginalized, and laughed at by the Republican establishment. Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil, and Ron Paul and his supporters should not be in the business of supporting evil.
It was less than four years ago when the Republican establishment told its base that it had to support the liberal John McCain. Many conservatives held their noses and voted for him. Being one of them myself, I vowed to never vote for the lesser of two evils again. Ron Paul is simply refusing to compromise his principles, something that he has consistently done for the past thirty years. If the other candidates wish to remain consistent with their rhetoric of making Obama a one-term President, they should be prepared to throw their support behind Ron Paul should he get the Republican nomination.
Conor Murphy is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in political science. As a former radio talk show host on WVCW, Conor hosted two popular shows, Murphy’s Law and Son of the Revolution. You can read more of his columns in The Political Pro-Con at The Washington Times Communities.
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