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Saturday, December 24, 2011 

Why Ron Paul winning Iowa caucus would be dangerous

Matt Mackowiak, along with Ford O'Connell, has written a couple reasons why, even if Ron Paul doesn't win the nomination for presidential candidate in the GOP primaries, it would still be taking some considerable risks. For example:
Let us also not forget that should Paul actually be the nominee, his decades-old incendiary (although unbylined) newsletters — once Team Obama highlights them — will likely damage the Republican brand for years to come. Simply put, if Paul is the Republican nominee, President Obama will be assured four more years in the White House, and Americans just cannot afford that.
This just hints at one of the major problems voting for Paul in the Iowa primary could cause: what if it gives the MSM the opportunity to smear even Iowa's conservatives as racists?

That's something very important to think about. For quite a while now, conservatives have been trying to appeal more to black and Jewish voters. Any support for Paul beyond his hardcore base of idol worshipers could very easily jeopardize the potential of gaining the support of the black and Jewish communities, 2 of the biggest victims of Paul's bigoted views in the past 3 decades of his publishing newsletters. If the conservative movement is to defeat Obama, they're going to need all the help they can get and not alienate the wrong crowds.

In the past, Paul has not demonstrated himself to be a team player, and with our new primary rules, Paul could wreck havoc all the way to the convention in Tampa. This counterproductive behavior was on display in 2008, when he refused to endorse then-nominee McCain and proceeded to hold a protest near the national convention. If Paul accumulates enough delegates in 2012, he could cause some real problems for the eventual nominee and the party at the convention. Regardless of which candidate not named Paul ultimately wins the nomination, every potential GOP voter needs to be unified if Obama is to be defeated in 2012.
As Paul has signaled recently, if he's not to be the candidate for the GOP, he won't support the one who does win the nomination. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if, based along similar lines, a lot of his cultists wouldn't even bother to vote for whomever does get the nomination in the general election unless it's Paul himself. I do know though, that the Republicans cannot continue to allow Paul to monopolize subjects like economy, an issue he has cleverly exploited this year. In fact, with positions as extreme and dishonest as he's got on racial issues and foreign policy, can he actually be trusted with finance either?
Congressman Paul is extremely dangerous and his candidacy for president should not be taken lightly. He cannot be allowed to gain momentum in Iowa, either within the Republican field or in preparation for a third-party general election run. Our country’s future literally hangs in the balance.
You got that right.

Update: more from Alana Goodman at Commentary.

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