Ron Paul: Today’s announcement failed.
Today Ron Paul basically gave the middle finger to both McCain and Obama and told the country to embrace third party candidates. After digesting the conference and kicking the thoughts around in my head, I’ve come to conclusion that the whole thing was a big waste of time and a huge disappointment.
Now this is coming from a loyal Paulster (hell I even still have the campaign bumper stickers on my car), so this is not some Ron Paul basher just ranting.
Why is it that I feel this way about the whole announcement? Well the plain fact is that there are four third parties that Paul was presenting to the American people when it should have only have been one. I don’t see the logic in telling the American people to support third party candidates and then splitting that support amongst four parties.
If we truly want a three party system, then the third party campaigns need to come together and join forces. Let’s face facts: in this election they’re not going to be getting a slew of votes since most of the parties aren’t on every state’s ballot. However by join forces, they will have enough signatures to get on all the states. Coupled with the fact that an announcement where the third parties are joining forces and getting behind a single campaign would give them the media coverage they deserve to draw interest in their views.
Was today a good start? Not really. First impressions are lasting ones. By not really thinking everything through I firmly believe that once again something that could have been great, failed miserably.
I would have loved for today’s announcement to be that Ron Paul was running as a third party candidate with Baldwin as the VP. Hearing some of Baldwin’s talks I feel that this man knows what he’s doing and has a great plan to put this country back on track. Sure there would be the period of hurt, but who said that “change” doesn’t hurt?
Again, the third party candidates need to come together if they’re even going to stand a chance or be taken seriously come November.