On this, the eve of the Iowa Caucuses, I think he should know that he is actually running for President in the Republican Caucuses, not the Democratic Caucus. That said, I would advise Dr. Paul rethink his latest ad in Iowa.
It consists of several infamous liberals who praise Ron Paul as the best guy running.
Now, the ad might be worthwhile if the 12 term congressman was challenging President Obama for the Democratic nomination in the Iowa Caucuses, but he isn’t. So why Ron Paul chooses to run an ad featuring the praise of beloved liberals like Bill Press, and the gnome-like communist sympathizer Jonathon Alter, is more than just bad judgement, it is totally counterproductive to any attempt at winning over Republicans.
Then again, Ron Paul may have just begun to realize that he has a better chance of winning over liberals and Occupy protesters, than real Republicans, hence the pitch from liberal media icons.
The liberal endorsements aside, the ad tries to claim that Ron Paul is the only politician who can be trusted and the only one who has is consistent in his beliefs. What the ad does not tell you is that Ron Paul is the only politician who has spent nearly two decades in office and failed to accomplish anything. He has failed to build any working coalitions that could make it possible for him to advance any of his lofty promises to reduce the size of government. He has failed to ever gain either the public or political support to limit federal spending or any pass any of either his rational or irrational beliefs.
The ad also fails to address the hypocrisy and inconsistencies of Dr. Paul’s political career such as his long record of participation in the pork process that he denounces and his support for term limits for others but not for himself.
But I can understand why a politician like Paul would not want to tell the truth about his record. And with a record like Ron Paul’s I can also understand why he can only find quotes that come from prominent liberals that he can use to make himself look good. Yet in my attempt to be kinder and gentler to Ron Paul and his soon to be disappointed kool aid swilling fans, I must advise his campaign that this ad does not help him.
Aside from using music and production backgrounds and cuts that a reminiscent of the New york Times genre ads for their “weekender” subscription package, using people like Press and Alter do not make the case for Paul among conservatives and Republicans, it presents a the start of a great case against his candidacy for anything.
So in 2016, when at age 82, Ron Paul makes his fourth failed attempt for President, maybe he’ll remember to reserve his use of liberal endorsements for the liberal nomination. In fact let me be a really nice guy and suggest that next time, Ron Paul should just go and run for the Democratic presidential nomination. It make it much easier for his liberal and Democrat supporters. They won’t have to temporarily switch their Party registration to that of Republican, only to switch back to their liberal Party of origin six months later.
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