January 12, 2007
Ron Paul for President

Looks like we might have an open seat race in CD14 in 2008.

Ron Paul, the iconoclastic nine-term congressman from southeast Texas, took the first step Thursday toward launching a second presidential bid in 2008, this time as a Republican.

Paul filed incorporation papers in Texas on Thursday to create a presidential exploratory committee that allows him and his supporters to collect money on behalf of his bid. This will be Paul's second try for the White House; he was the Libertarian nominee for president in 1988.

Kent Snyder, the chairman of Paul's exploratory committee and a former staffer on Paul's Libertarian campaign, said the congressman knows he's a long shot.

"There's no question that it's an uphill battle, and that Dr. Paul is an underdog," Snyder said. "But we think it's well worth doing and we'll let the voters decide."

You have to admit, he'd fill a niche that isn't otherwise occupied. Who knows, he might be a spoiler for someone, especially if he makes immigration a linchpin of his campaign. He'd be very appealing to the xenophobic voter. Hard to say right now who that might affect the most, but it'll be interesting to watch.

BOR has more. Will this give the CD14 race a higher priority by the national parties next year? I think both of them would be wise to pay attention to it. I don't have full precinct data for CD14, but I can do a comparison on the seven counties that are entirely within that district: Aransas, Calhoun, Chambers, Jackson, Matagorda, Victoria, and Wharton. About a third of the total vote resided in those counties. It looks like this:

Candidate Votes Pct
Ron Paul 31,523 55.69
Shane Sklar 25,079 44.31

Don Willett 28,859 56.17
Bill Moody 22,523 43.83

Avg GOP 33,686 63.35
Avg Dem 19,487 36.65

Moody was of course the high scorer among statewide Dems. Sklar overperformed the statewide average by nearly eight points, and he ran better than everyone else. Only Sklar carried Jackson County; only he and Moody carried Calhoun (Moody ran ahead of him there). I'd guess that when I see the rest of the data it'll confirm what this indicates, that Sklar ran well above the baseline partisan index in a tough district (tougher than I admit I thought it would be). In other words, I'd love to see him run again. We'll see what he does.

(Spreadsheet with comparison data is here. All data was taken from the Secretary of State's election returns page.)

Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 12, 2007 to The making of the President | TrackBack

Ron Paul in 2008 or Oceania by 2012.... You decide! The Two Party system is a facade used by the Globalists! You might just as well believe in a WWF championship match as go on supporting the Two Party facade! Let's take back this country! This is literally our last chance! If we fail this time, then ... our future will be nothing more than the image of a boot stomping on a human face forever!

Posted by: SMadewell on January 13, 2007 3:05 PM

Dr. Paul might be conservative, but he's no xenophobe. He's the future, I think.

Posted by: matt on January 13, 2007 8:12 PM

Ron Paul is the best choice today for the future of my children.

Posted by: Ron Barlean on January 28, 2007 3:58 PM

I believe the bottom line question the supporters of Ron Paul need to address and answer is: how do they gain a majority of American Voters to support Ron Paul during election time.

Before this question can be answered, one must be able to identify a significant goal which a majority of voters consider is a worthy one and one important enough for them to work toward accomplishing.

Since we live in a constitutionally limited Republican Form of Government [see Art. 4, Sec. 4 U.S. Constitution] and are ruled by written constitutions, state and federal, I believe I have identified a common factor responsible for the complaints of a significant number of single interest voters ___ folks in government violating the most fundamental rule of Constitution law which is, a sworn duty to carry out the intentions and beliefs under which our Constitution was adopted, as they are documented from the historical record during which time our Constitution was framed and ratified!

The irrefutable fact is, there are those who support and defend our written Constitution [the intentions and beliefs under which it was agreed to], and, there are those on the left and right who work to subjugate our written Constitution and the intentions and beliefs under which it was agreed to, and, this subjugation has created a very subtle dividing line in politics that spans across the extreme left wing and extreme right wing who vote during America's elections.

I believe that a political movement with a fundamental goal to compel folks in government abide by our Constitution, that is, abide by the intentions and beliefs under which it was adopted, would have very wide appeal and cuts across political party lines. Who are potential participants in such a movement? The list appears to be very, very long and includes a number of single interest voters, e.g.: those who support and defend the right to keep and bear arms; those who support the federal government protecting our borders from invasion; those who were outraged over the Kelo decision and the SCOTUS subjugating the intentions for which eminent domain power is granted to government; those who believe the Americans With Disability Act is a usurpation of federal power and nothing more than a clever "lawyers full employment act"; those who believe Congress and not an un-elected majority on a NAFTA panel, the majority of who may be foreigners, are delegated the power to regulate America's commerce with foreign nation. This of course covers the NAFTA, WTO, CAFTA, and other un-constitutional creations by which America's commerce is no longer regulated by the people's elected representatives. And, let us not forget all those who believe that Roe vs. Wade was an outright usurpation of state authority by the federal government and that the abortion issue is one retained by the people of the various states via the Tenth Amendment and also includes the No Child left Behind Act which is another federal power grab with a dangerous intention by the existing leadership of the Republican and Democrat parties intended by them to be used to control the minds of each succeeding generation's children, teaching them to be good little tax slaves and subservient to the federal establishment in Washington . And, let us include all those who see the American Civil Liberties Union for what it really is...a domestic enemy of our Constitutionally limited Republican Form of Government which seeks to subjugate the intentions and beliefs under which our Constitution was adopted! Like I correctly said, the list is very, very long!

A solution to our misery can start right here, right now, by organizing a movement to create the largest demonstration on Capitol Hill in our nation's history___ a demonstration to demand our federal government abide by the intentions and beliefs under which our Constitution was adopted as they may be documented from the words of those who framed and ratified our written Constitution which can be documented from historical records, and, the primary speaker could be candidate Ron Paul!

NOTE: documenting the intentions of our Constitution from the historical record slams the door shut on and smokes out all those [left and right] who would attempt to peddle their own personal agenda by making the Constitution mean whatever they want it to mean!

Now, how do we start such a movement, a political movement to support and defend our written Constitution and the intentions and beliefs under which it was adopted, or, is it that we are happy to appease ourselves by engaging in table talk and consider talk our contribution in taking back our Country? Would you participate? Would anyone here participate? Any suggestions?

If the defenders of our country and our constitutional system want to make a difference, they must do so before the overwhelming voting public has been made dependant upon government for its subsistence, and they must take quick action to identify themselves as a powerful political force in America with a clearly defined objective which draws significant public support. I believe I have identified a clearly defined objective which all freedom loving people would have an interest in seeing accomplished ___ compelling our public servants, our hired employees, to abide by the intentions and beliefs under which our Constitution was adopted as they may be documented from the words of those who framed and ratified our written Constitution, which can be documented from historical records!



The servant has become the master over those who created a servant and the new servant pays tribute by taxation to a gangster government which ignores our most basic laws...our constitutions, state and federal.

Posted by: johnwk on February 11, 2007 6:28 PM