A few belated
thoughts on Ron Paul and the Iowa caucuses.
a disappointment. Some people counter that what matters are the
delegates, but in my opinion what actually matters right now is
momentum, and an Iowa victory would have been great in that department.
At the same time, 22% in a state that is not ideologically in Ron’s
camp, with all the media hate and ridicule so intense for two solid
weeks – and heck, with Ron’s opposition to ethanol subsidies
thrown in – is nothing to sniff at.
So many people
worked so hard in Iowa for this 20+% showing – particularly
A.J. Spiker, David Fischer, and Drew Ivers, all friends of mine
– and we owe them our thanks.
As a knowledgeable
friend explained to me in 2008, it is extremely difficult to reach
many traditional voters, who decide on which candidate to choose
on the basis of how much he sounds like the typical GOP product
they’ve come to expect. So they listen for a speech that says,
“I love America, Americans are the awesomest of the awesome,
we need jobs, Obama is bad, war war war – and did I say Americans
were the most awesome people ever, in the most awesome country,
and the only reason anyone might not be thrilled with our government
is because of our sheer awesomeness?”