For a great variety of reasons, I don’t think Ron Paul will run on the Libertarian Party ticket should he (as most expect) fail to win the Republican nomination. Indeed, I would wager that he will end up endorsing the GOP nominee. (Will explore this in a subsequent post.)
Given my theory, I quickly clicked on a link on Yahoo!’s home page: Ron Paul Quietly Plots Backup Strategy While Seeking the Nomination:
But behind the scenes Campaign Manager Jesse Benton admits to ABC News that the team is plotting a back up strategy in case the congressman doesn’t pull in enough delegates to become the nominee.
If the campaign comes up short at the convention, Benton says the plan is to use all the delegates awarded to Paul as a bargaining chip to force the Republican Party to stick to its limited government platform.
To this, I say, “Right on!” If Paul can use his prominence in the primaries to push his party toward free market principles, then his candidacy will have indeed served a positive purpose.
And Republicans can get all the good the Texas Congressman has to offer (free market principles) without the baggage (newsletters and foreign policy).