Well, it seems like Dr. Ron Paul came in a fairly solid 5th in the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary. I’ve got to admit I’m very disappointed. I didn’t necessarily expect him to win it, but only scoring 8% of the votes in the Live Free Or Die state does not bode well for his chances around the country.
New Hampshire is arguably the most freedom oriented state in the union and has a lot of political activism. As if that wasn’t enough an organization called Operation live Free or Die sprang up a short time back and moved more than 400 people to New Hampshire (temporarily) to campaign for Ron Paul. These guys and gals took time out of their lives (and jobs), went to New Hampshire, pulled on their sheepskin boots, and went walking around door to door to talk to people about Ron Paul. Let me tell you, if somebody knocked on my door to talk to me about a candidate and said they felt strongly enough about that candidate to put their life on hold and travel to promote them (without compensation of any sort and entirely outside the campaign itself) I’d sure as hell listen. But this wasn’t enough to even get Paul into double digits.
I’m certainly not trying to say that the Paul campaign is a failure. He’s certainly getting ideas into people’s heads that they haven’t even dreamed of before. And he’s mobilizing plenty of people to become politically active. But I no longer harbor any belief that he has a chance at the nomination. I’ll wait until after Super Tuesday on February 5th to give up completely simply because I look forward to finally voting for someone who I actually believe in. But at the moment I’d have to say that while his campaign continues to be a victory for the “liberty movement”, it’s yet another failure for the future of America itself.