Monday, February 4, 2008

Ron Paul Flatlines

From James Joyner of Outside the Beltway:

Ron Paul’s numbers are flatlined. He’s the only one of the remaining quartet that isn’t up substantially from six months ago. Despite the field winnowing from ten candidates to four, Paul continues to appeal to no more than 5-6 percent of Republicans.

With most candidates, the obvious explanation would be that their support has shifted to one of the frontrunners in a strategic move to avoid “wasting” their vote. Given the depth of Paul’s support, though, that strikes me as incredibly unlikely. The hard-core libertarians who back Paul are mostly dead-enders who would rather write in Paul’s name than deign to compromise for one of the Establishment candidates.

Could it be that hard-core libertarians are just a relatively small group? That, despite being organized and enthusiastic, there aren’t enough of them to elect a president? Barring a better explanation, I’m leaning in that direction.


(h/t to the Ron Paul Tumblelog)


Anonymous said...

It's not just hard line libertarians . There are the racists and the devoutly brainwashed conspiracy fools . I suspect also there are those who have given substantial resources such as time , effort and money , and will not back out as they feel they will look foolish , or are trapped in the gambler's role of being on a losers streak and hoping for the next one to be the big win that sets them straight . Comical.

glen.h said...

No,no,no,NO. Its all the fault of the "MSM". They are not giving the time and attention to Dr Paul that he deserves! If only they did all us sheeple would be flocking to vote for him...