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(CNN) NewsFlash RON PAUL to suspend campaigning. Will return to his Texas lair to plan his takeover of the GOP convention in Tampa   (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 471
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2012-05-14 04:26:55 PM
Did someone get the V.P. nod?
 
2012-05-14 04:27:04 PM

manimal2878: It seems to me like campaigning is actually a way to launder money, why else would these guys have stayed in for so long with no chance to win?


We'll let you know how that worked out for John Edwards.

After the sentencing.
 
2012-05-14 04:27:24 PM
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"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Libertarians suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
 
2012-05-14 04:27:30 PM
Everyone pans Paul as crazy, but he's the only one who has solid points on what he thinks need to be done. Mr. Mitt "I can be that candidate! You want more liberal? I can be more liberal!" Romney, and Mr. Barack "First I was kenyan, then not a kenyan, then a muslim, the not a muslim, then socialist, then not socialist, then the president nobody even really understands or actually listens to" Obama have some level of vacillation on the issues, but not Paul.

It's really scary, though, when you're a right-leaning independent and Ron Paul is the sanest of all of the candidates they put forth...or, well, allow to get onto national television anyway since if the really sane ones got out, then people would understand exactly how whackey the whack jobs are...
 
2012-05-14 04:27:45 PM

Citrate1007: I'm hoping that Santorum and Paul both try to shake things up at the convention...do it for the lulz.


Santorum comes across as a smug know-it-all elitest.
 
2012-05-14 04:28:41 PM

Forgot_my_password_again: why this guy is so popular is a mystery to me.


It's simple. Listen to a few Ron Paul soundbites about keeping government out of your life, fill in the rest with your imagination, and ignore reality/the rest of his platform. He's a frickin savior.

Try talking to a Ron Paul supporter about some of his crazier beliefs. They simply won't believe you.
 
2012-05-14 04:28:52 PM

2wolves: Did someone get the V.P. nod?


Biden
 
2012-05-14 04:28:54 PM

plewis: His whole platform was "Ruin America's economy but let people grow dope." Are we really surprised?


No, but I did kind of wonder if he was going to hang out and see if he would sop up any mess left over from Romney's recent kicks in the face.
 
2012-05-14 04:29:27 PM

SomethingWitty84: Maybe he'll run as a third party candidate now.
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Go ahead! Throw your vote away!

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2012-05-14 04:29:32 PM

Delay: paygun: I've already heard from some die-hard Paul loonies that he never intended to win.

Enlighten us as to what you have learned about Paul's actual intent.


Probably lulz
 
2012-05-14 04:29:40 PM
Could there still be a chance of a brokered convention?
 
2012-05-14 04:29:40 PM

R.A.Danny: I kinda forgot he was still running.


thats why hes stopping. Why spend millions campaigning when the media wont even mention it? Save the money for tv ads round tampa time.
 
2012-05-14 04:30:19 PM
I can't figure out why a candidate who vowed to dismantle the country people grew up in couldn't win anything.
 
2012-05-14 04:30:51 PM

Delay: paygun: I've already heard from some die-hard Paul loonies that he never intended to win.

Enlighten us as to what you have learned about Paul's actual intent.


From what I'm told the point of his campaign was to "sound off on the issues and to share the spotlight of the national media for awhile."
 
2012-05-14 04:32:17 PM
I should run for office. Say crazy things and appeal to the crazy evangelicals then run away with their money.
 
2012-05-14 04:32:25 PM
Very likely, he was told by the party that if he didn't stop his shiat, they would ban him from all future Republican ballots, kick him out of the caucus, and primary his congressional seat.

Either that, or he finally bargained a VP spot for Rand.
 
2012-05-14 04:32:37 PM
I live in Tennessee, so it really doesn't matter who the fark I vote for.

/explaining peoples cognitive dissonance to them is fun though
 
2012-05-14 04:32:59 PM
He can't quit! Quitting isn't in the Constitution!

/Neither are political campaigns
 
2012-05-14 04:33:06 PM
I think there is going to be a big surprise in Tampa when the delegates vote to nominate the candidate.
 
2012-05-14 04:33:09 PM

Forgot_my_password_again: why this guy is so popular is a mystery to me.


Because he wants to legalize pot.
 
2012-05-14 04:33:12 PM
Well this opens him up to steal 5% of Fartbammy voters via write-in due to his progressive pro-gay marriage stance and furthermore comma
 
2012-05-14 04:33:12 PM
In the past 8 years, Ron Paul has sponsored 464 bills. One has passed:

"To authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Galveston, Texas, to the Galveston Historical Foundation."

He just can't get shiat done.
 
2012-05-14 04:33:26 PM

Tenga: I live in Tennessee, so it really doesn't matter who the fark I vote for.

/explaining peoples cognitive dissonance to them is fun though


I would say the same thing about California.

Doesn't matter how I vote
 
2012-05-14 04:33:33 PM
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2012-05-14 04:33:43 PM

A Terrible Human: Could there still be a chance of a brokered convention?


yes. A chance. It was recently revealed that delegates may not actually be bound to vote for their candidate at the convention, and this means "sleeper" delegates (anti romney delegates) could vote paul anyway.
 
2012-05-14 04:34:08 PM
NOOOOOOO! You were the only reason I was actually going to vote this year. Damnit.
 
2012-05-14 04:34:23 PM
It's no surprise that a complacent population perfectly OK with adomestic fleet of surveillance drones wouldn't vote for a president who would prefer to leave them alone.
 
2012-05-14 04:35:12 PM

paygun: Delay: paygun: I've already heard from some die-hard Paul loonies that he never intended to win.

Enlighten us as to what you have learned about Paul's actual intent.

From what I'm told the point of his campaign was to "sound off on the issues and to share the spotlight of the national media for awhile."


RALPH NADER 2012
 
2012-05-14 04:35:43 PM

FlashHarry: unfortunately, you cant run a campaign on crazy alone.


Tell that to Herman Cain.
 
2012-05-14 04:35:58 PM

Corporate Self: [img.gawkerassets.com image 250x333]

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Libertarians suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."


Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

There's going to be RP fanboy weeping and gnashing of teeth tonite.
 
2012-05-14 04:36:14 PM

Lost Thought 00: Very likely, he was told by the party that if he didn't stop his shiat, they would ban him from all future Republican ballots, kick him out of the caucus, and primary his congressional seat.

Either that, or he finally bargained a VP spot for Rand.


This was his last shot, announced long ago. He isn't running for office after this election, including his current seat. And I don't understand the speculation over Rand for VP...that will carry over such a tiny fraction of his support to Willard as to be meaningless, and he knows that.
 
2012-05-14 04:36:22 PM
So, he won?
 
2012-05-14 04:36:24 PM

NateAsbestos: Delay: paygun: I've already heard from some die-hard Paul loonies that he never intended to win.

Enlighten us as to what you have learned about Paul's actual intent.

Probably lulz


Well that, and that he could make a buck.

It's been the MO of all the Anyone But Romney candidates.
 
2012-05-14 04:36:26 PM

BarkingUnicorn: In the past 8 years, Ron Paul has sponsored 464 bills. One has passed:

"To authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Galveston, Texas, to the Galveston Historical Foundation."

He just can't get shiat done.


What were Obamas legislative accomplishments again?

Also, why does the guy who gets the most bills passed get to be called the winner?

WE LOVE MORE LAWS WE WANT MORE LAWS YAAARRRGGHHH
 
2012-05-14 04:36:29 PM

Kit Fister: Everyone pans Paul as crazy, but he's the only one who has solid points on what he thinks need to be done. Mr. Mitt "I can be that candidate! You want more liberal? I can be more liberal!" Romney, and Mr. Barack "First I was kenyan, then not a kenyan, then a muslim, the not a muslim, then socialist, then not socialist, then the president nobody even really understands or actually listens to" Obama have some level of vacillation on the issues, but not Paul.

It's really scary, though, when you're a right-leaning independent and Ron Paul is the sanest of all of the candidates they put forth...or, well, allow to get onto national television anyway since if the really sane ones got out, then people would understand exactly how whackey the whack jobs are...


Do you not even see in your own comparison the differance between how you describe Romney and Obama? In one the person is making statements about himself, in the other they are all things said about the person that are not true. I imagine any argument you would make has this same level of disingenuous logic and isn't worth paying attention to.
 
2012-05-14 04:36:48 PM
He didn't suspend his campaign even remotely. he said he is going to focus his money on delegate fights where he can win them instead of these last primaries where they are largely winner take all.
 
2012-05-14 04:36:49 PM

RobertBruce: It's no surprise that a complacent population perfectly OK with adomestic fleet of surveillance drones wouldn't vote for a president who would prefer to leave them alone to the mercies of their state governments.




FTFY
 
2012-05-14 04:37:06 PM

DreamWeaver: Forgot_my_password_again: why this guy is so popular is a mystery to me.

why people support endless wars, the tsa, patriot act, ndaa, sopa, drug wars, erasure of the 4th amendment, etc etc is a mystery to me.


Yes because one lone wolf politician would be able to stop all of these in their tracks if voted president. You really should revisit how our system works. You have more cause to blame congress for all these things than a president.
 
2012-05-14 04:37:09 PM

RobertBruce: It's no surprise that a complacent population perfectly OK with adomestic fleet of surveillance drones wouldn't vote for a president who would prefer to leave them alone.


You and your politics are clearly insane.

OBAMA
 
2012-05-14 04:37:21 PM

BarkingUnicorn: In the past 8 years, Ron Paul has sponsored 464 bills. One has passed:

"To authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Galveston, Texas, to the Galveston Historical Foundation."

He just can't get shiat done.



Less bills mean less laws...see what he did there?
 
2012-05-14 04:37:38 PM

DreamWeaver: A Terrible Human: Could there still be a chance of a brokered convention?

yes. A chance. It was recently revealed that delegates may not actually be bound to vote for their candidate at the convention, and this means "sleeper" delegates (anti romney delegates) could vote paul anyway.


Romney will have a proper majority. There cannot be a brokered convention. All the hubub was about Paul introducing annoying motions, not brokering. Now even that possibility is gone without Paul giving direction to his herd.
 
2012-05-14 04:37:44 PM

SoCalSurfer: Tenga: I live in Tennessee, so it really doesn't matter who the fark I vote for.

/explaining peoples cognitive dissonance to them is fun though

I would say the same thing about California.

Doesn't matter how I vote


This is why I [a Californian] intend to vote for Huntsman. Encourage the sane ones
 
2012-05-14 04:37:56 PM
All these internet polls told me he was the clear front runner. He truly is the king of the internet.
 
2012-05-14 04:37:58 PM

RobertBruce: It's no surprise that a complacent population perfectly OK with adomestic fleet of surveillance drones wouldn't vote for a president who would prefer to leave them alone.


It isn't any surprise. It's so obvious that the guy wasn't going to win that it's interesting to watch in a train wreck sort of way. The guy running on the "I will make your life suck" platform didn't win. And apparently his supporters still can't figure it out.
 
2012-05-14 04:38:04 PM

Tat'dGreaser: NOOOOOOO! You were the only reason I was actually going to vote this year. Damnit.


all is not lost. Delegates. delegates. delegates. He will be at the convention.
 
2012-05-14 04:38:06 PM
So the Joe Besser of this past Stooge-a-thon has finally thrown in the towel to let Moe get the nomination. Could've used an obvious tag.
 
2012-05-14 04:38:25 PM

SoCalSurfer: I should run for office. Say crazy things and appeal to the crazy evangelicals then run away with their money.


Well, you're too late now

/someone already took all their money
 
2012-05-14 04:38:27 PM

Kit Fister: Everyone pans Paul as crazy, but he's the only one who has solid points on what he thinks need to be done....Romney and ... Obama have some level of vacillation on the issues, but not Paul.


Unless you count getting an "audit the Fed" bill to the floor, but voting against it because of additional items being added. You know - not willing to use the system to achieve his goals.

Or putting millions in earmarks into bills, then pretending to be against earmarks. You know - being perfectly willing to use the system to achieve his goals.

Or believing so deeply in the Constitution that he thinks states should have the right to abrogate the First Amendment (he thinks banning flag burning is allowable at a state, but not federal, level). You know - wanting a confederation, rather than a federation, despite the explicit wording of the Constitution.

And those are just off the top of my head.

He's as calculating an opportunist politician as the rest of them.
 
2012-05-14 04:38:33 PM

cman: Took his sweet ass time, didn't he?

We Gary Johnson followers welcome our new brothers into our brotherhood


The League of Extraordinarily Douchey Gentlemen?
 
2012-05-14 04:38:37 PM

BarkingUnicorn: In the past 8 years, Ron Paul has sponsored 464 bills. One has passed:

"To authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Galveston, Texas, to the Galveston Historical Foundation."

He just can't get shiat done.


That's because most of his bills are for the government to stop doing shiat.
 
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