HolyCoast: Ron Paul Could Do Us All A Favor and Make the Iowa Caucuses Irrelevant

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ron Paul Could Do Us All A Favor and Make the Iowa Caucuses Irrelevant

Some say they already are, and there's no question that we give way too much power to two small states, Iowa and New Hampshire, in picking our nominees.  However, the efforts by the Paul Bearers to get their old guy a win in Iowa might just kill off the caucuses altogether:
What especially worries Iowa Republican regulars is the possibility that Paul could win here on January 3rd with the help of Democrats and independents who change their registration to support the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman but then don’t support the GOP nominee next November.

“I don’t think any candidate perverting the process in that fashion helps [the caucuses] in any way,” said Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, adding that he didn’t know if that’s necessarily how Paul would win.

While there’s no evidence of an organized effort, public polling shows that Paul’s lead is built in large part with the support of non-Republicans – and few party veterans think such voters would stick with the GOP in November.

“They’ll all go back and vote for Obama,” predicted Beach.

The most troubling eventuality that Iowa Republicans are bracing for is that Paul wins the caucuses only to lose the nomination and run as a third-party candidate in November — all but ensuring President Obama is re-elected.

“If we empower somebody who turns around and elects Obama, then that’s a major problem for the caucuses,” said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Leading Republicans, looking to put the best possible frame on a Paul victory, are already testing out a message for what they’ll say if the 76-year-old Texas congressman is triumphant.

The short version: Ignore him.

“People are going to look at who comes in second and who comes in third,” said Gov. Terry Branstad. “If [Mitt] Romney comes in a strong second, it definitely helps him going into New Hampshire and the other states.”
The GOP has got to come up with a better way to choose our candidates. There are lots of places our people should be that aren't Iowa or New Hampshire.


Kold_Kadavr_flatliner, sub/dude said...

amen2that, brudda --- My sis is a hardcore Democrat: she calls me kweer for going to church, yet, she has queer friends (she doesn’t realize, however, all of mortal humanity is being played like a game by the filthy NWO). Scary what the child-like, puppet BO thinks that sinfull mortal can become - we're all gonna croak, BO, controlled by the billionaire, fat-cats-who-think-they-can-outsmart-Jesus. What #@!! morons. If he gits another term, fulla outsourcing our jobs, whorizontal abortion like babies are subhuman, outNout homosexuality, open-borders with white-trash-TexMex's, and 'posse comitatus' with FEMA, we've completely lost - lil we can do when God's outta-the-picture in BOs immature atheism. God, help U.S. Help us poor, mortal souls on earth who wanna Wiseabove.blogspot and go beyond to Heaven. Puh-leeze. Thanx for lissen'n, brudda. God blessa youse -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL -PS- Is it any wonder then why our Mother (the Mother of God) said recently only ¼ of humanity wood enter Heaven?

Larry said...

If the GOP is worried about non-Republicans spoiling things, they should give the more important early primaries to the states that vote most heavily for Republicans.

When ranked according to the percentage of voters who voted for McCain in 2008, Iowa and New Hampshire rank 30th and 29th respectively.

Why should those two states get preference to a state like Utah, which ranks 3rd, yet will be the LAST state to primary at the end of June?

Arkansas and Kentucky rank 7th and 9th, but don't put their two cents in until the end of May -49 days after the District of Colulmbia, which loves the Republican party so much they gave McCain 6.5% of their votes.

The GOP needs to scratch the current primary schedule and let the previous presidential vote percentage determine which primaries are held first. If states like Maine don't like that, too bad -they weren't going to vote for our guy anyway.