Ron Paul has been consistently polling 3rd in the early Republican primary states. And yet, as the Paul-fans in our comments section constantly remind us, Ron Paul doesn’t get respect from the media. Why is that?
There are a few minor reasons:
In 2008, Ron Paul seemed totally new, a huge contrast to the party discipline that had characterised the GOP under Bush.
His money-bombs were a big story four years ago. Less so now. The media has reported that he has a core of super-dedicated followers.
And while Ron Paul has been holding steady in the polls, he hasn’t ever threatened to become a front-runner. He’s never polled at 25 per cent nationally, or in any of the early states.
But here’s the big reason why the media has lost interest in Ron Paul: He has already won. He has changed our politics.
Don’t believe it?
In 2008 Paul was the only Republican candidate talking about the Fed.
In 2008, every Republican but Ron Paul was outdoing each other in making bombastic threats to foreign nations, doubling down on the Bush legacy of pre-emptive war.
Now the other candidates are routinely questioning why America needed to bomb Libya. GOP hopefuls like Jon Huntsman are telling their audiences that “only Pakistan can save Pakistan” and preaching against having so many entanglements.
Of course none of these other candidates have staked out positions on foreign policy and the Fed that are as strictly principled as Ron Paul’s – but clearly Paul’s campaign has shifted the consensus in the party.
That means he no longer clashes with the party in the same way as he once did. Hence, less media coverage. Conflict drives media coverage.
If Ron Paul’s fans want him to win a lot more media coverage- he needs to break through what people perceive as his ceiling of 14-17 per cent. If you want him to really shake up the political-media world, take him to victory in Iowa’s caucuses.
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