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2012-06-08 10:37:17 AM
This isn't surprising.

RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.
 
2012-06-08 10:50:06 AM

Aarontology: This isn't surprising.

RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.


This

/there's definitely a motive behind it
//this could get amusing again
 
2012-06-08 11:09:27 AM
done in one.
 
2012-06-08 11:12:08 AM
Rugged individualism!
 
2012-06-08 11:34:03 AM

Aarontology: RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.


Plausible.

Kind of a let down, though. I was hoping he'd do something fun, like force the GOP to add a plank calling for the legalization of marijuana.
 
2012-06-08 11:59:17 AM
Gonna have some explaining to do at the Thanksgiving dinner this year.
 
2012-06-08 12:00:28 PM

Aarontology: RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.


Romney won't go for it.

Rand Paul lacks pretty much every quality you want in a VP candidate - he isn't particularly charismatic, he isn't experienced and he can't bring in a certain demographic the way they thought Palin would bring in women voters.
 
2012-06-08 12:03:18 PM
Rand Paul is a partisan shill with no credibility. The only reason he is trying to pass his budget knowing full well it will never have a chance is to make his party look like they weren't being obstructionists and to rally votes for himself and any other shill that wanted to get a few more votes. If that budget actually passed it would be the end of the GOP.
 
2012-06-08 12:04:00 PM

Aarontology: This isn't surprising.

RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.


I completely disagree. Ron Paul's support leverages nothing. Romney doesn't need Ron Paul's support to win the presidency, or do anything. The VP slot is too valuable as a tool to waste on Ron Paul.

Romney will most likely use it to appeal to a valuable swing state.

The myth that Ron Paul is playing the long game and has somehow amassed a ton of leverage in the Republican party is a farce. His supporters are rabid, sparse, and so ideologically driven (to libertarianism, not the republicans) they're useless to the party.

I hear this all the time and it just smacks of half wishful thinking and half over dramatization of politics. It's a wonderfully entertaining thought, but sadly I think absolutely nothing will come of Ron Paul 2012 (on the national stage)
 
2012-06-08 12:09:36 PM
"But now that the nominating process is over, tonight, I am happy to announce I am supporting Governor Romney."

How very brave of him. That's the kind of courage and conviction we should all admire in a leader.
 
2012-06-08 12:10:14 PM
Well I guess Ron Paul's been recruited by the NWO.
 
2012-06-08 12:12:04 PM

Aarontology: This isn't surprising.

RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.


Maybe. But if that slot is so desirable that RON PAUL would go to all this trouble to get it for his son, WHY would Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Tim Pawlenty, Chris Christie, etc. all be tripping over each other to avoid that nomination?
 
2012-06-08 12:12:09 PM
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2012-06-08 12:14:23 PM
 
2012-06-08 12:17:21 PM

HMS_Blinkin: Aarontology: This isn't surprising.

RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.

Maybe. But if that slot is so desirable that RON PAUL would go to all this trouble to get it for his son, WHY would Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Tim Pawlenty, Chris Christie, etc. all be tripping over each other to avoid that nomination?


Money? Power? Even unsuccessfully running for VP would probably get you seats on a ton of corporate boards. Maybe the other guys aren't done with politics.

Though Jeb Bush will never be elected federally. The public wouldn't stand for a third Bush in as many decades. Too dynastical. It's why I don't think Hillary Clinton will either.
 
2012-06-08 12:18:02 PM
You mean some people actually bought into his outsider shtick?
 
2012-06-08 12:24:11 PM

palelizard: The public wouldn't stand for a third Bush in as many decades.


You DO live in this country? Right? This is the country that cares what the f*cking Kardashians are doing. They care enough that Kim's fat sister and whiny, loser husband have their own TV show. We'd elect a third Bush.
 
2012-06-08 12:26:09 PM
Oh please let me see Biden debate Rand.
 
2012-06-08 12:28:48 PM

palelizard: HMS_Blinkin: Aarontology: This isn't surprising.

RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.

Maybe. But if that slot is so desirable that RON PAUL would go to all this trouble to get it for his son, WHY would Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Tim Pawlenty, Chris Christie, etc. all be tripping over each other to avoid that nomination?

Money? Power? Even unsuccessfully running for VP would probably get you seats on a ton of corporate boards. Maybe the other guys aren't done with politics.

Though Jeb Bush will never be elected federally. The public wouldn't stand for a third Bush in as many decades. Too dynastical. It's why I don't think Hillary Clinton will either.


Rand Paul is already a United States Senator. A failed VP run would only be more beneficial to someone out of the national spotlight and consciousness. Maybe some popular state senator who the RNC thinks has the chops to make it on the national stage.
 
2012-06-08 12:40:05 PM
Once RON PAUL inevitably endorses Romney, I think I'm going to collect Paultard tears and bathe in them.

/what?
 
2012-06-08 12:47:22 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Aarontology: This isn't surprising.

RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.

This

/there's definitely a motive behind it
//this could get amusing again


The magnitude of fail if this happens will be unlike anything ever seen before.
 
2012-06-08 12:49:31 PM
MAGIC UNDERWEAR/AQUA BUDDHA 2012!
 
2012-06-08 12:50:43 PM

Citrate1007: Rand Paul is a partisan shill with no credibility. The only reason he is trying to pass his budget knowing full well it will never have a chance is to make his party look like they weren't being obstructionists and to rally votes for himself and any other shill that wanted to get a few more votes. If that budget actually passed it would be the end of the GOP.


I think you are confusing Rand Paul with Paul Ryan. Both are incredible douchebags, so it's understandable.
 
2012-06-08 12:56:56 PM

stoli n coke: MAGIC UNDERWEAR/AQUA BUDDHA 2012!


That would look awesome on a bumper sticker.
 
2012-06-08 12:57:52 PM

Esc7: The myth that Ron Paul is playing the long game and has somehow amassed a ton of leverage in the Republican party is a farce. His supporters are rabid, sparse, and so ideologically driven (to libertarianism, not the republicans) they're useless to the party.


everything about this. I think a lot of people are confusing the Ron Paul campaign with Ron Paul supporters; they're giving the former credit for the actions of the latter. Anyone who didn't see that Ron Paul would come around to endorsing Romney is, well, a Paultard.
 
2012-06-08 01:09:10 PM

Esc7: His supporters are rabid, sparse, and so ideologically driven (to libertarianism RON PAUL, not the republicans) they're useless to the party.


I agree with your basic premise but these cats are not Libertarians; they're disgruntled Republicans. RON PAUL is just their pied piper. They're not putting any kind of effort towards the Libertarian party. Gary Johnson is polling at what, 8%?
 
2012-06-08 01:19:21 PM

Zerochance: I agree with your basic premise but these cats are not Libertarians; they're disgruntled Republicans. They're not putting any kind of effort towards the Libertarian party.


Wait, the Libertarian Party is NOT made of disgruntled Republicans?
 
2012-06-08 01:51:49 PM

jigger: Zerochance: I agree with your basic premise but these cats are not Libertarians; they're disgruntled Republicans. They're not putting any kind of effort towards the Libertarian party.

Wait, the Libertarian Party is NOT made of disgruntled Republicans?


Libertarians are disgruntled Republicans who also want to smoke dope. Important difference there.
 
2012-06-08 01:56:02 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Aarontology: This isn't surprising.

RON PAUL is going to use his support to leverage a VP spot for his son.

This

/there's definitely a motive behind it
//this could get amusing again


I honestly don't see Ron Paul willing to sacrifice his principles like that. It's not his MO.

/huge Ron Paul fan, not a big Rand Paul fan
//Vote Gary Johnson
 
2012-06-08 02:08:23 PM

sirgrim: Oh please let me see Biden debate Rand.


I'd rather see Ron Paul debate Obama.
 
2012-06-08 02:20:47 PM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: You DO live in this country? Right? This is the country that cares what the f*cking Kardashians are doing. They care enough that Kim's fat sister and whiny, loser husband have their own TV show. We'd elect a third Bush.


It's a Friday. Leave me my illusions, there are hours yet before I can drink.
 
2012-06-08 02:21:23 PM

Deftoons: sirgrim: Oh please let me see Biden debate Rand.

I'd rather see Ron Paul debate Obama.


You mean this wasn't real?

I love the crazy old coot's goofy grin throughout the whole thing. He was unaware people were laughing at him, not with him.
 
2012-06-08 02:37:09 PM

Zerochance: Deftoons: sirgrim: Oh please let me see Biden debate Rand.

I'd rather see Ron Paul debate Obama.

You mean this wasn't real?

I love the crazy old coot's goofy grin throughout the whole thing. He was unaware people were laughing at him, not with him.


Fun fact: Ron Paul once named John Stossel as a likely running mate.
 
2012-06-08 02:39:05 PM

Deftoons: sirgrim: Oh please let me see Biden debate Rand.

I'd rather see Ron Paul debate Obama.


Paul already did, showing what a serious, honest candidate he is.


www.mediaite.com
 
2012-06-08 02:42:06 PM
Rand is not like the father.

And I wouldn't do shiat for my son back stabbing me like that.
 
2012-06-08 02:54:09 PM
Any excuse to post

i.imgur.com

is a good excuse.
 
2012-06-08 05:03:43 PM

FeedTheCollapse: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7151706/77363737#c77363737" target="_blank">Esc7</a>:</b> <i>The myth that Ron Paul is playing the long game and has somehow amassed a ton of leverage in the Republican party is a farce. His supporters are rabid, sparse, and so ideologically driven (to libertarianism, not the republicans) they're useless to the party.</i>

everything about this. I think a lot of people are confusing the Ron Paul campaign with Ron Paul supporters; they're giving the former credit for the actions of the latter. Anyone who didn't see that Ron Paul would come around to endorsing Romney is, well, a Paultard.


Ron Paul hasn't endorsed anyone yet. He will most likely endorse a third party like he did last time. I'm thinking Libertarian Gary Johnson since they are so much alike but I could be wrong.

But like has already been said, his supporters don't follow and usually do their own thing. Most will stand by their principles and back Gary Johnson, write in Ron Paul or sit it out. Only the borderline social conservatives/theocrats that supported Ron Paul would vote for Mitt and there are not that many. Most of that support got sucked up early on by Santorum and Newt.
 
2012-06-08 05:22:57 PM
Rand Paul has said from the very beginning that he would support the republican nominee. Coincidentally, Ron Paul just sen out an email to supporters acknowledging that he wouldn't e that nominee. There's no shadiness here. No behind the scenes deals. And if you were paying attention, no surprises. I've been expecting the official announcement for a couple weeks.
 
2012-06-08 05:27:00 PM

Theory Of Null: Most will stand by their principles and back Gary Johnson, write in Ron Paul or sit it out.




I'm willing to bet that they would almost evenly split between voting Romney, voting 3rd party, and voting Democrat.
 
2012-06-08 08:20:00 PM

Deftoons: sirgrim: Oh please let me see Biden debate Rand.

I'd rather see Ron Paul debate Obama.


Paul already won that "debate."


www.rawstory.com
 
2012-06-08 08:27:12 PM

cc_rider: Meanwhile, at the Daily Lulz


My favorites:

"If the Ron Paul Liberty movement is to continue, we must not bail out now because our man is not going to win! In the end, we have already won, you are just not looking at the big picture."

"its done the deals been made.they got our cash and romney gets to be king with the help of us.keep making excuses for Rand and ron.they still want money.for what?and ill bet some of you cant wait to send moer because you think they got a surprise up their sleeve.nope just another war with iran this time but with our money.you see the globalist wanted to keep nobama another 4years but the birth cirtificate is to bad to fix so bring on the rom bomb,and use liberty to win.so wake up.we have been had.i say i am jump'n ship and backing gary johnson then i hope that he will get the votes to steal from the rnc. im not afraid of obama then we can figure out who to trust to fight for us in 2016.if romney gets in then we have no chances"

"Notice how Rand made his announcement after that Bilderberg meeting last weekend where a whistleblower reported a member making a statement in the lobby about assassinating Ron Paul and followers. Made a joke I guess. Carol and Rand may have taken that seriously while we are over here biatchin. I think I would rather have him alive. He deserves a long, healthy life."

"Every time someone says he conceded.....they have been wrong.....again they are wrong today....lol. It is interesting to note that Sean in this interview said "who (stutter) I guess officially and (stutter) finally dropped out of the race. Lol. He did not drop out trolls...lol"
 
2012-06-08 10:38:20 PM

HighOnCraic: cc_rider: Meanwhile, at the Daily Lulz

My favorites:

"If the Ron Paul Liberty movement is to continue, we must not bail out now because our man is not going to win! In the end, we have already won, you are just not looking at the big picture."


That's

what the Paulinistas remind me of. Couldn't put my finger on it.

"And that, I think, was the handle - that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of old and evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave..."
 
2012-06-08 10:42:44 PM

Wasteland: HighOnCraic: cc_rider: Meanwhile, at the Daily Lulz

My favorites:

"If the Ron Paul Liberty movement is to continue, we must not bail out now because our man is not going to win! In the end, we have already won, you are just not looking at the big picture."


That's what the Paulinistas remind me of. Couldn't put my finger on it.

"And that, I think, was the handle - that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of old and evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave..."


"The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon."

Oh, and:

[blackknight.jpg]

"It's just a flesh wound! Come back you coward!"
 
2012-06-09 06:24:07 PM

palelizard: "But now that the nominating process is over, tonight, I am happy to announce I am supporting Governor Romney."

How very brave of him. That's the kind of courage and conviction we should all admire in a leader.


To be fair Monday morning quarterbacking *is* a type of quarterbacking.

/An ophthalmologist with 20/20 hindsight? Neato!
 
2012-06-09 09:03:12 PM

quatchi: /An ophthalmologist with 20/20 hindsight? Neato!


Haha! Good one.
 
2012-06-10 02:38:00 AM

Deftoons: I'd rather see Ron Paul debate Obama.


I would actually really enjoy that, especially if it were done in association with a neutral group and then webcast, so the networks couldn't dumb down their answers and there'd be a transcript to take notes from and quote in research papers.

That said, I have the terrible feeling that Ron Paul and to a lesser extent, his son, are to libertarians what Ralph Nader was to environmentalists, futurists and pot smokers. Supporting the guy you really agree with is okay in the primaries, but in the long run, it can help the other side of the spectrum's candidate win.

And, given some of the wharrgarble I've heard from the edges of the Ron Paul supporter bell-curve, I find I'm completely okay with that.

You get a lot of really smart Paul-fans, guys I don't agree with on certain issues but definitely respect and consider Worthy Opponents and The Loyal Opposition when we aren't seeing eye-to-eye. In fact, I'd say about 90% of them are significantly above-average. But you also get that ten percent, the real special ones who think Ayn Rand comes to them at night and tells them to cull the weak and that they're unemployed and single because socialism doesn't understand Asperger's is evolution and Society isn't letting their superiority be recognized. They blame the dirty socialists with their wicked taxes for their not having the money to fix their beater cars and buy food without WIC and EBT, but somehow there's always enough cash-assistance left for an Internet connection. If they were conservative Christians, they'd be able to sell the Pope on birth-control just with their sheer presence, and if they were women, lesbians as a demographic would race back into the closet to hide so fast their flannel would ignite against the oxygen in the atmosphere.

Being female and going to a Ron Paul supporters' meeting in some areas is more awkward than being female and walking into a comic book store or an auto-parts shop. There are only like three lines in 'The Fountainhead' that constitute a pickup line and if somebody misses the ring on my finger before he starts talking about the granite dust he wants to leave on me, I reserve the right as a fully realized and rationally selfish person to slap the stupid out of him, go home, and give $25 to the Obama campaign out of pure spite.

Libertarianism is going to take a long time to lose the stereotypes the weirder fringe of Ron Paul's base is building now...but to be fair, it's better than the damn pro-pot hippies and single-issue voters showing up and whining at the pro-Obama camp's gatherings.

I farking hate election year.
 
2012-06-10 03:44:28 PM
www.frugal-cafe.com
Look at all those rugged individual "libertarians" sticking to their principles and not just doing what the GOP tells them to do!!
 
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