LOS ANGELES, January 13, 2011―This is not your father’s Ron Paul campaign. Or, since he also ran in 2008, maybe it is. 2008 never had this much punch, though. That year, Ron Paul garnered only 8% of the primary votes and looked like an old crackpot congressman trying to make a bigger name for himself with a presidential run.
This year, with a strong 23.3% showing and second place in New Hampshire Primary and 21.4% in the Iowa Caucus, the Republican/Libertarian from Texas is proving to be the Second Coming of the Little Engine That could.
Libertarians and independents, a group that is large enough to influence the Republican nomination and that largely went to President Obama in 2008, are strongly behind Paul’s candidacy. However, many people who are paying attention to the race via the internet (rather than just the network alphabet soup channels) are solidly behind him as well. Paul is building both a national buzz and a powerful base.
Ron Paul is earning his reputation as an outspoken candidate who cuts to the chase. It appears that the Little Engine will not be easily derailed this time.
The appeal of the Texas Republican goes beyond independents and Libertarians. At YouTube.com, there is a very popular video which shows several Black voters discussing their reasons for admiring Ron Paul. None of them are the wealthy Hollywood actor type or the “ballin’” rappers of the hip-hop world. These are everyday, regular joe Six-Pack people taken with the principles and platform of Ron Paul’s campaign.
Jewish libertarian blogger Judd Weiss has used his blog to explain why Israel would benefit from a Ron Paul presidency. He believes that, with the Jews’ long history of prosperity and freedom—as well as their loathing of slavery and oppression—Paul’s message has greater resonance with the Jewish community than ever before (see the video posting below).
Weiss has also explains why he believes that Ron Paul was on the right side of history in his opposition to the policies of Ronald Reagan, especially regarding foreign aid.
The Little Engine that Could is beginning to look like, to borrow a phrase from the incumbent president, like, the Little Engine that Yes He Can.
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