Repeat offender presidential candidate Ron Paul now faces an unexpected threat, according to sources close to the campaign. There may be somebody in the race who is crazier than him.
On electoral issues, veterans say ‘a year is a decade.’ That proverb is especially validated in 2011, a landscape vastly different from the previous presidential contest.
In 2008, Congressman Paul could rely on a small but intensely loyal group of supporters; no other candidate wanted them. The Paul constituency has always defied definition.
Currents ranging from 9/11 skepticism through isolationism to drug legalization run strong. The only unifying concept seems to be they want Ron Paul to be President. All that may have changed in 2011. As nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expected Gary Johnson.
New Mexico’s former Governor, Gary Johnson seems positioned to challenge Mr. Paul for voters who cherish bizarre opinions. A tireless proponent of marijuana decriminalization, Johnson is widely thought to be the best marijuana expert to seek office since Warren Harding.
Supporters believe Johnson will ‘totally smoke that poser Obama’ in debate on all marijuana related questions. It seems clear the Johnson campaign is already thinking past the nomination.
Presidential elections are often decided on ephemeral issues, according to historians. Some say this trend began in 1960, with JFK narrowly defeating the more experienced Richard Nixon, because Nixon looked like the blind date from Hell.
Many now leaving the Paul camp insist their new man is simply better positioned against Obama. Campaign spokesman Hugo Wild said, “Gary is a triathlete who’s climbed Mt. Everest. That’s a vigorous, dynamic image. Dr. Paul’s contributions in getting the truth out are inestimable. But he’s just a little too ‘you kids get out of my yard’ to defeat Obama.”
And in questioning, Mr. Wild refused to say how many ‘X Files’ DVD’s he owns, citing 8th amendment Constitutional protections.
Under the once dependable fringe of the Ron Paul umbrella, there are now stirrings of schism; that much seems clear. How it will play out is impossible to predict in this just beginning election cycle. Paul die-hard Evan Stevens dismisses any talk of a fringe fracturing, saying it’s another attempt to suppress the truth.
“Libertarians, you don’t understand Libertarians man. Johnson may be all right, but he hasn’t even spoken to the important issues yet. Like, where does he stand on the suitcase nukes that took down the twin towers man?”