It just didn’t pan out for Ron Paul and his fans tonight. Ron Paul came in second in the Ames Straw Poll in August. But he will finish in the contest that really mattered.
But Paul’s campaign is a major success. He brought in a gigantic number of independent voters and first-time caucus-goers. Without Ron Paul, the turnout in the Iowa Caucus would have been abysmally low this year.
Ron Paul may be retiring from electoral politics at the end of his current Congressional term, but he has proven that he is the only person attracting young voters to the Republican party. And he has injected some new and old ideas back into the Republican bloodstream.
“We’ve had success reintroducing some ideas Republicans have needed for a long time. And that is the conviction that freedom is popular,” he said in his speech tonight. “Let’s go back to to this real old fashioned idea, this dangerous idea: let’s obey the Constitution.”
“We are gonna keep scoring, just as we have tonight” Paul said, encouraging his supporters to press on in New Hampshire.
“There are all the reason to be satisfied,” summing up his performance.
And he’s right. Even if he didn’t win, as many thought he would a month ago, Paul has come a long way in four years. In 2008 Rudy Giuliani and other candidates openly ridiculed Congressman Paul during the debates and in interviews. In this contest, most candidates have adopted some of Paul’s issues in opposing bailouts, and calling for more oversight of the Federal Reserve.
So of course his campaign is a success.
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