If you want a single proof of how miserable the Republican presidential candidates look to their natural convervative constituency you have to look no farther than this NY Times headline: Ron Paul Raises More Than $4 Million in One Day. Yes, Ron Paul raised more in a single day than first-tier Republican candidate Mitt Romney did on his best single day. Even more bizarre is the motivation for the giving on that day. Some bright bulb decided Paul’s campaign needed a Guy Fawkes tie-in. Other than fireworks and the ominous threat of revolution implied by the figure of Guy Fawkes, I’m not sure what the connection would be. Whatever it was, it seemed to work.
Do you think if Rudy were firing up the base there would be such a huge groundswell for a ten-term Texas Congressmember whose name was barely known outside his district until last year? There’s only one explanation that makes sense to me: none of the other Republican candidates make sense to their fellow Republicans and they’re looking for somewhere to turn.
Paul clearly caters to libertarian voters and some of these may come from other parties. In fact, I’m seeing lots of Ron Paul signs on lawns in Seattle, which is really startling. I can’t tell you the last time I saw a sign on a lawn here touting a libertarian Republican candidate. There’s something going on here but you don’t know what it is–do you, Mr. Giuliani?
My fervent wish is that Paul will run a third party candidacy though given how badly Bush is doing for the Republicans’ prospects the Democratic candidate may not need that to win.