George Phillies sent me an email today giving me heads up that Ron Paul has stated, once and for all, he’s not making a 3rd party run.
Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.
I also have another priority. I have constituents in my home district that I must serve. I cannot and will not let them down. And I have another battle I must face here as well. If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat, all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen.
In the presidential race and the congressional race, I need your support, as always. And I have plans to continue fighting for our ideas in politics and education that I will share with you when I can, for I will need you at my side. In the meantime, onward and upward! The neocons, the warmongers, the socialists, the advocates of inflation will be hearing much from you and me.
Folks, I do think Ron Paul cared about the ideas he was fighting for, but he doesn’t care enough to stage an independent bid and try to get into the debates. And the fact that he’s staying in the Republican party, when his philosophy is obviously libertarian, is just intellectually dishonest. That’s all there is to it. Because as a member of the Republican Congress, he’ll simply continue to oppose nearly everything that comes up for a vote, collect a paycheck and be known as Dr. No.
And yeah, in 4 years he can run for President again, but I guarantee you his support will have seriously waned by then. And what if McCain wins? Will he run against the Republican nominee? We all know that would be a completely fruitless attempt? No, the time to make his mark on history is now, but he’s passing it up. Just remember that the next time he emails you and starts asking for money.