Friday, March 07, 2008

Ron Paul’s Swan Song?

I would like to say that presidential candidate and Republican Congressman Ron Paul reads the Times Observer but even I don’t have that big of an ego. He told his supporters in a video on his campaign Web site that “though victory in the conventionally, politically sense is not available in the presidential race ...”

Many have been speculating that this is his swan song and he’s packing it in, even though he hasn’t said it outright. Yet.

Personally, I liked a lot of the things that Paul had to say on some of the issues he was addressing that the major, traditional presidential candidates wouldn’t want to say behind closed doors much less to a national audience.

However, in my last editorial I said that it was time for the Texas congressman, Democrat Mike Gravel and independent Ralph Nader to pack it in because of their lack of support. I expressed my views on a few comments pages of videos about these gentlemen on YouTube and got a good number of thumbs down marks for my troubles.

And while Paul hasn’t come right out and say that he is quitting the race, his 7 1/2-minute video isn’t exactly encouraging his supporters to keep up the good fight until he’s sitting in the Oval Office. Hopefully, his supporters will accept that Paul is stepping down, if that is indeed what he’s doing. After all, why give your all for someone when the odds are overwhelmingly against him?

But what is the sense of supporting a candidate that you want to be the next president of this country if he truly doesn’t have the delegates, money or poll numbers to help him gain that? It’s like beating a dead horse. It serves no purpose but again, many diehard supporters refuse to acknowledge that their candidate’s ship is sinking when it has already hit bottom.

Working for real change is something that would make many frustrated voters happy, since many are tired of using binoculars to see the soaring costs of living and health care that are climbing higher with each passing day. However, a good dose of realism, support and order is needed to accomplish this almost impossible goal.

And to Paul supporters; don’t worry about your favorite presidential candidate. Texas Republican primary voters wanted to keep him as their U.S. representative, which Paul won. The District 14th seat won’t have to get used to anyone else’s backside for a few more years.