The End for Ron Paul
By Jim Roberts
Feb 6, 2008
Mitt Romney suffered through a very rough night, but even he fared better than long shot Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. At one point in this race, Paul dreamed of a brokered convention and he believed that he might actually have a voice in the nomination process. After the Super Tuesday results, that is no longer valid.
I'm not certain what Ron Paul or his supporters are looking for, but they are certainly not going to find it in the Republican Party. His run made waves and got the Internet buzzing, and even raised a lot of cash, but this is the end for Ron Paul. He couldn’t even win Alaska, which Paul supporters claimed would be an easy win.
So what's next? Does it even matter? The way this has now played out is the absolute worst-case scenario for the Libertarian leaning Republican congressman. He has no support anywhere outside of his base and even that seemed to fizzle out big time on Super Tuesday. I'm not even certain what he could do if he decided to Third Party.
With John McCain as the GOP frontrunner and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton set to battle it out from the Democratic side of the aisle for weeks to come, Paul is completely lost in the shuffle and his message obviously will never break through.
The race is actually quite interesting and there will be clear choices for voters, but none of them will involve Ron Paul. It can be debated that he never had an opportunity to get his message out to mainstream voters with the mainstream media and that debate is likely valid. But it really doesn't matter now.
His opposition to the Iraq war sparked the Paul campaign early, but it appears Republicans will choose a man that has vowed to support the troops and win the war. It's very clear, Republicans have rejected Ron Paul.
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