Ron Paul: The Once and Future Conservative Favorite

February 23, 2010

USA-POLITICS/PAULRep. Ron Paul today seems to be little more than a voice crying in the wilderness of Republican politics. But the Texas libertarian and 2008 presidential candidate may have a lease on the future of the Republican Party’s conservative wing, at the age of 74.

Paul, the big winner in the presidential straw poll at the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference, ascribes his victory to young people who don’t like the way the Republican establishment is handling things.

“Right now, I think there is a disconnect with the people, especially with the next generation,” he told MSNBC.  “They feel like the burden is being dumped on their shoulders and I think that’s what the vote represented, a lot of young people saying they don’t like what’s happening.”

The self-effacing congressman from southeast Texas got 31 percent of the 2,395 votes cast, leaving much bigger names way behind. Mitt Romney polled 22 percent vs. Sarah Palin at 7 percent and Tim Pawlenty at 6 percent.

“It’s hard to translate that into policy changes. But if we’re advocating changes that are right and proper, I’d say the young people are where you need to go,”  Paul said. “When I go to the campuses, I come away very encouraged. When I go to the Hill … they won’t admit anything’s wrong.”

He believes establishment Republicans don’t really want to take steps like cutting federal spending or safeguarding civil liberties or undertaking fundamental changes in foreign policy.

USA-POLITICS/MCCAINAnyone think a Republican victory in November would make a difference? Paul says forget it.

“There’s always hope. But I’m afraid their opinions haven’t changed,” he said. “There is not three Republicans, I think, in the House that would vote to cut anything overseas — foreign aid, or anything. And yet we’re spending $1 trillion a year to manage our empire.”

Photo Credits: Reuters/Larry Downing (Paul); Reuters/Brian Snyder (Young Republican)

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Why aren’t more republicans republican like ron paul? They are all liberals in conservative clothing.

Posted by AKnowlton | Report as abusive

Ron Paul is a conservative, which is not a bad thing. A bad thing would be any further carbon-credit-copy of George Bush Senior contaminating the English language by calling himself a conservative.

The downside is, there’s nobody in the Republican Party even remotely as conservative as Ron Paul. What’s worse is, there are almost no Democrats as liberal as Ron Paul, either.

If this means the end of the so-called two-party system, so be it.

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive

Ron Paul won’t be president and it won’t end the two-party system. Yes, just my opinion…

I agree with his economic platform though. Someone needs the sense to stop the spending. it is destroying our country.

Decrease taxes and cut spending. In our personal life, we can’t keep spending money we don’t have. The government should do the same thing.

That’s why the president’s Las Vegas was so laughable. He needs to practice what he preaches.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

I actually like Ron Paul a great deal. He is a major thorn in the side of Establishment Washington. He tells them things they know are true but don’t want to hear. Whether you agree with him or not, you know he is being straight with you, and that deserves respect.

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