Not to rehash umpteen threads on the topic, but the Republican leadership absolutely screwed him... In Washington State, I attended my local caucus
and we, the RP supporters were disenfranchised by our local Republican precinct leaders. We had the numbers, but they kept changing the rules until
they had the candidate they wanted.
If the Republicans really wanted to take the presidency in 2012, they would have gone with RP. He appeals to more independents and fence sitting
Repub/Dems than people like Romnuts or Santorum... You can always count on the vast majority or either party to just vote party line. Since there is a
near 50/50 split in the country, those independents and fence sitters would have totally pushed him over into the presidency.
I came of voting age when Reagan was running... While I don't agree with everything he did, during his presidency it became cool to be a United States
Citizen. We could be proud of our country, again... It took me Bush Sr's entire first term to wise up to the fact that all Republicans weren't the
same and that his policies didn't represent my beliefs in any way shape or form.
Being an idealist, I voted Perot thinking his approach, although not nearly as charismatic as a Reagan, was what America needed after a disastrous
Bush Sr. presidency.
Damn my naive idealism!
However, something good came of it... The Republican leadership actually paid attention to the fact that many party members jumped ship and voila - we
had the "Contract with America" which resulted in a budget surplus (read this as NO DEFICIT - gasp!!! It really is possible) due to the Republican
control over the House of Representatives. Clinton's hands were tied. He gets credit for it, but it wouldn't have existed without them holding the
How soon the Republican leadership forgot... and so here we are - about 50% of the populace got stuck with a president they didn't want for a broad
variety of reasons.
Republican party leadership are idiots!!! I will not support the Republican party going forward - UNLESS they return to conservative values. Actually
maybe not even then... Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me...
As for Ron Paul running as a 3rd party candidate, that may have been a nice consolation for those of us who are fairly hard core RP supporters, but it
ultimately would NOT have proven anything. It is doubtful that 5% of the population would have voted for him. Perot was more popular and he barely
garnered that much.
So let's not be naive about RP and his culpability in where we stand as a nation... He is but one man.
If you want to be mad or disappointed - look to the easily deceived sheep from both sides of the political spectrum who can't be bothered with
becoming educated about the candidates and the issues at hand...
Long diatribe... Sorry.
edit on 13-11-2012 by JimmyNeutron because: believe it or not, I had to add something...
13-11-2012 by JimmyNeutron because: (no reason given)