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Bye Bye Ron Paul: Time to Thin the Republican Field

Paul v. Santorum

An Op-Ed from The Bunker by Gary H. Johnson, Jr.

Thanks to Rick Santorum, Ron Paul’s bid for the U.S. Presidency was effectively over by the end of the CNN sponsored Tea Party Republican Presidential Debate on September 12, 2011.

On Monday night, the volleys directed at the front runner Rick Perry were to be expected.  In recent debates it has become clear that the handlers of Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, John Huntsman and Michelle Bachmann have advised that the best course of action is to fire barbs and accusations Perry’s way to find out what will bounce off and what will stick.  The goal, strategically, is to find a blow that can cause Perry to lose his cool.  Rick Perry has weathered the storm well.   From his stance on illegal immigration to his executive order to have young Texas women immunized for HPV, Perry’s second-tier opponents have been relentless in their assaults.  Governor Romney, by contrast, has been gracious in seeking clarification about Governor Perry’s position on whether or not he would seek to reform or end social security.  Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain, the Georgia boys, have chosen to remain aloof from the fray, and both have chosen to simply put forward winning ideas on a regular basis.

What has become patently clear from virtually every poll, though, is that two candidates should throw in the towel: John Huntsman and Rick Santorum.  Huntsman and Santorum hold a combined 4 to 5% of the voters.

Huntsman’s smarmy delivery on virtually every issue smacks of RINO elitism…his presence in the race at this point is due his belief that he can garner independents and moderate Republican votes – in complete denial of every poll in the world that says no one knows who he is or why he is even running.  It is time for Huntsman to go the way of Pawlenty, bow out and endorse Romney.

Rick Santorum, after a disappointing showing in the last few debates, primarily due to intentional sidelining by the moderators, should take his recent success in his heated exchange with Ron Paul in last night’s Tea Party Express debate, step aside and throw his support to Newt Gingrich or Herman Cain.  This simple step would slingshot Gingrich or Cain into a tie with Michelle Bachmann, change the dynamics of the race and the impact of future debates.

Bachmann’s focus on the Perry HPV mandate, which has largely become a non-issue since it was never enacted, has ended in the relative implosion of her candidacy.  The fact that Rick Santorum jumped on the bandwagon to score points against Rick Perry is yet another indicator that Santorum’s candidacy is at an end.  Since her victory in Iowa’s straw poll, Bachmann’s popularity has been sliding.  Her passion for the country, the constitution, and the virtues of a faith-filled life are read by the average man and woman on the street as holy rolling zealotry – whether that label is deserved or simply the effect of a left wing media spin machine kicked off by Rolling Stone.  Bachmann does still hold currency in the Tea Party set for her powerful work in Congress to date; however, with Ron Paul and Herman Cain in the race, the Tea Party core is split three ways – and if Sarah Palin were to jump in, it would split again.

Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich are, at this point a dead heat for fifth place in a field of six.

Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul are virtually even at third place.  Interestingly, if Ron Paul, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum all dropped their bid and endorsed Herman Cain, he would emerge as the front runner.  This reality is unlikely to happen.  What is more likely is that Herman Cain will emerge as Marco Rubio’s competition in the selection of a running mate for Rick Perry should he win the nomination.

Newt Gingrich’s slow play at this point is due to his political baggage.  Hands down, he is by far the idea man among the candidates.  His ability to chop down Democrat talking points, deliver cutting analysis and act as a uniting force on the debate fora shows his capacity to lead.  His knowledge of history, politics, foreign policy and fiscal policy is hard to beat.  To date, his only debate failing is his continual focus on the age of Ronald Reagan.  The audience is not voting for Reagan or the Reagan candidate in 2012 – they are voting against Obama and Obamacare.

One unfortunate reality in the Republican field, at present, is the fact that Ron Paul’s devotees are completely blind to any failing their candidate demonstrates.  The left wing media has wrongly coined Paul the father of the Tea Party movement.  He is a libertarian thinker with good ideas on fiscal policy and that is where the affair with the Tea Party movement ends.  Ron Paul’s inability to cope with the threat of radical Islam and other foreign threats (without becoming unhinged) completely undermines his bid to be President of the United States.

Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have squared off on Foreign Policy.  Ron Paul called Santorum’s drive to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons “propaganda.”  Rick Santorum, Monday, called out Ron Paul’s 9/11 message to America on his website www.ronpaul.com, for essentially blaming America for the attacks on 9/11/2001.

The shot came after Ron Paul, again, as he seemingly always has these last few months, charged that U.S. militarism around the world should be replaced with wise foreign policy.  Paul was booed for clarifying what he believed were al Qaeda’s motivations for attacking the United States.

The truth of the matter is that Ron Paul’s blog post should be read by every Republican.  He focuses on the idea that occupation is the problem with American foreign policy.  However, perhaps more importantly, Ron Paul cites the scholarship of  Robert Pape, who coauthored “Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It.”

What Ron Paul fails to recognize is that Tea Partiers and Republicans will soon learn that Robert Pape was once a teacher’s assistant to John Mearsheimer, who (in addition to serving as his adviser in 2008) served as a policy adviser to Barack Obama in 2008.   Robert Pape co-directs Chicago University’s International Security Policy program with Mearsheimer, the coauthor of The Israel Lobby.  The March 2006 white paper by Mearsheimer and Dewalt, which became a book, offers the rationalization for an anti-Israeli foreign policy as an attack on Bush era neo-con policies.  Ron Paul calls the studies of this thinker “honest.”

By falling into the anti-neo-con rationale of Mearsheimer and Pape, Ron Paul has, perhaps unwittingly, adopted an anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian foreign policy.  By focusing on the concept of occupation as the source of suicide bombing, Paul completely absolves Islamist ideology as the instigating force of jihad.  By attempting to soften Republican policies toward Islam, in general, Ron Paul reveals his foreign policy positions to be closer to Obama and Kucinich than to Reagan or Bush.  The desire to demilitarize and withdraw from foreign theaters, while intriguing to Republicans weary of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, completely misses the boat on realistically assessing the threat of Islamist radicalism and Shariah Law.

Ron Paul will always have 10% of Republicans supporting him – but will never graduate to 20%.

He is in a tough spot.  He has no ability to sway the election in 2012.  Republicans can have a more photogenic choice in Romney, a more masculine choice in Perry, and a wiser foreign policy choice in Newt Gingrich.  Virtually all of the candidates in the Republican field espouse a capitalist outlook, so the strength of Ron Paul is not his exclusivity in appeal to libertarians.

Republicans rolled their eyes at Ron Paul’s assertions that marijuana should be legalized.  Republicans will not be able to roll their eyes at the natural corollaries of Ron Paul’s foreign policy wisdom – that ending U.S. involvement in supporting the Israeli “occupation” of Palestinian lands is the answer to the Israeli-Palestinian question.

With rationales like this, Ron Paul will never be able to serve as a unifying consensus candidate, that much is certain.

Ron Paul’s best option, at this point, is to bow out of the race.

Gary H. Johnson

Senior Contributing Editor for the Tea Party Tribune, Senior Advisor for International Security Affairs at the Victory Institute, Contributing Editor at Family Security Matters, Jihad & SCF Consultant for hire.
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55 Comments

  1. Joann S.

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum or Herman Cain should be on the same ticket. I would be happy with any one of them for President, however, Newt is the wisest.

  2. Suzann

    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

    You are senseless. We Americans won't be fooled…I have done my own research and found you wanting.

  3. Medusa

    Sep 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Why don't you educate yourself before you go on sounding like an ignorant fool – read bin Laden's letter yourself: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/nov/24/theob

    Perhaps the CIAs analysis would be helpful?
    “Blowback” is a term that was invented by the CIA to describe the often unforeseen and unintended consequences of foreign intervention. The 9/11 Commission Report lists blowback as a primary cause of the 9/11 attacks. Osama bin Laden also cited American foreign policy as a primary reason for radical Islamic outrage.

    Or, as a last option – why don't you ask our TROOPS what they think? Ron Paul has received more donations from active and retired military than all other candidates Combined! Why do you think that is?
    Perhaps it's because they're not watching U.S. TV 'media' promote the Military Complex…the biggest lobby in the history of the world.

    You're a fool to not listen to the truth – and it's shameful that the (co-opted) "Tea Party" is promoting such ignorant views.

  4. Iva

    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    War Pigs took over the Republican party. Then the War Pigs invaded the tea party. The War OF Terror must continue until we are homeless in the country our forefathers fought for and we have no freedom left to be "safe" . Like the Drug War, it will never end. You fake teapartiers cannot have prosperity as long as we spend trillions on occupations and the police state.
    Wake up to the war propaganda. Who really profits? Follow the money. Politicians invested in the war machine bought by lobbyists, the banks, and corporations. How does war benefit YOU?

  5. wirelessjohn

    Sep 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Ron Paul is the wisest politician I have ever heard. The truth is always the best medicine. And like all children the tea party hates medicine. I have attended tea party meetings and it is the same as we saw Monday night. They are more worried about foreign affairs than they are here at home. Also wanting to force religion where ever they can. The Tea Party is not what I thought it would be. Real conservatism to shrink government and get back to our constitution. If the tea party would listen to Ron Paul and not the media that loves controlling and scaring them to death they would understand why Ron Paul will be our next president.

  6. MJU

    Sep 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Ron Paul has only gained support since the debate. Everything Dr. Paul says can be backed up with factual information whereas the lies Rick Santorum spreads only makes us less safe as a Nation and makes Santorum look even more foolish. The worst thing Ron did was actually responding to an opponent who is sub 2% in polls. Dr. Michael Scheuer who carries a "little" more weight in the Counterterrorism World than Rick Santorum says that "Ron Paul is exactly right" and "Ron Paul never blamed America" then Scheuer totally dismisses Santorum as ignorant. Don't be afraid to read, study, and learn instead of just assuming what motivates suicide terrorism.

  7. Medusa

    Sep 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Let's see how the neo-cons handle this:
    "The United States must support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations this month or risk losing the little credibility it has in the Arab world. If it does not, American influence will decline further, Israeli security will be undermined and Iran will be empowered, increasing the chances of another war in the region."
    — Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former director of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former Saudi ambassador to the United States, now chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/opinion/veto-a-

  8. GadsdenGurl

    Sep 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    How DARE you ask Ron Paul to step down! Without him, there would have been no tea party movement started in 2007.. This site is a GOP fake shill for the NEOCONS. You are NOT tea party.

  9. Veteran33

    Sep 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Well, the Tea Party knows nothing about reason because they who qwrite this crap did not read Osamas FATWA! This is such a joke!

  10. veteran33

    Sep 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Wow! Really this is not the Tea Party if they censor comments what a joke! I will let my fellow tea Party Members tonight at our metting of 300! LOL nice try NEOCONS!

  11. GHJJ

    Sep 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Realize Ron Paul Supporters, I am not the only one who feels that Ron Paul is out to lunch on the issue. Here is the take of Peter Wehner – http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/08/31/ron-

    And here is the immediate follow-up he made due to the avalanche of crazed rabid Paul supporters taking him to task for speaking his mind – http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/09/01/ron-

  12. Guest

    Sep 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Generals gathered in their masses
    Just like witches at black masses
    Evil minds that plot destruction
    Sorcerer of death's construction
    In the fields the bodies burning
    As the war machine keeps turning
    Death and hatred to mankind
    Poisoning their brainwashed minds, oh lord yeah!

    Politicians hide themselves away
    They only started the war
    Why should they go out to fight?
    They leave that role to the poor
    Yeah!

    Time will tell on their power minds
    Making war just for fun
    Treating people just like pawns in chess
    Wait 'til their judgement day comes
    Yeah!

    Now in darkness, world stops turning
    Ashes where the bodies burning
    No more war pigs have the power
    Hand of God has struck the hour
    Day of judgement, God is calling
    On their knees, the war pigs crawling
    Begging mercies for their sins
    Satan laughing, spreads his wings
    OH LORD YEAH!

  13. HarryInMI

    Sep 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I am no Ron Paul supporter ( Herman Cain ) but i do have to admit this whole article reeks of neocon. Sorry to break it to the author of the story but the Tea Party was formed out of frustration with not just the dems but wasteful spending in DC, Ignoring the constitution ( see Patriot Act ) and a ever growing government. Thus conservatism NOT Neoconservative. For ANYONE to call themself tea party and support the likes of Rick Perry, Romney, Santorum, Newt and yes even Bachman is a total joke. All of them = Buch/Cheney neoconservative. Everyone else NEEDS to remember the neocons have MASSIVE backers ( special interest friends ) and they are doing everything they can to take out those who do not follow along via going to msm and establishment GOP members and telling them to ignore ( try not to mention ) the likes of Herman Cain for starters. He has not and will not take a dime of their filthy money. Ron Pauls downfall is foreign policy which even i question ( I think it would be very bad for both national security and economy ) but i am not a big neocon donor either. I like Cains approach to looking for the problem ( waste ) and fixing it. That is me though. STILL the Tea Party better get it's act together before it becomes the party of Bush and we see how that worked out in 2008. Sorry but neocons are not it. Try Conservatism.

  14. GHJJ

    Sep 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks Harry for your thoughts. I agree that Herman Cain is being ignored. It astounds me, though, that everyone expects in one 1200 word article the complete coverage of everything that is found in the Tea Party movement – its origins, its hopes, its actual start date. As to reeking of neocon – ooo it begs a strong foreign policy based on realistic assessment of world threats to ensure a national security strategy that is cohesive and effective in its defense of sovereignty and (the horror) does not focus on fraud, waste and abuse. Harry, many of my other articles focus on the waste and pathetic policies involved that have led to fraud in foreign policy, foreign assistance and diplomatic largesse that defies all logic. Dealing with the Patriot Act and the fourth amendment ramifications of the neocon policies in the wake of 9/11, in my estimation, is something that the American people should have a conversation about – not a debate, not a rally, not an ideological pissing match, but a good, long constructive discussion based on achieving the spirit of the constitution at all levels. it should be noted, though, that the fourth amendment foundation was founded by the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, a scion of the left wing press and anarchist psyche [not that I have a problem with that – I think his writing is some of the best in the twentieth century].

    On the whole, I sure am glad those who are reading articles here at TPT are so critical in their evaluation of slant and so determined to label the authors of pieces based on their own preconceived prejudices. At least Harry is willing to admit his and that is a step forward from all previous comments thus far on this track.

    Thank you all for your keen attentiveness to my moral compass and your willingness to contribute in your own way.

  15. Boris

    Sep 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    You're right…Ron Paul IS awesome! Good article. I agree he should win the nomination.

  16. HarryInMI

    Sep 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    NP Gary. Count me amongst those who are tired of THE SAME and thus see Bush/Obama. I see Perry/Romney/Newt/Santorum as = the same. Yes i am one of those who was alive and well and remember what Newt did back in the 90s with Clinton etc. He ( along with Clinton etc ) did their own spitting on the constitution with their war on the so called dead beats. Thus see what it says about debtors prison/jail. Nice how that is conveniently forgotten. See how all of that has EXPLODED the government and a big reason for the welfare rolls exploding again and spending out of control. So yeah my trust level with Newt is not great. Not helping is he is too tied to the establishment. You are correct about everything else where the man is concerned though. He is one heck of a speaker!

  17. Ken

    Sep 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Nice try, no cigar, ain't gonna happen. This website exists today because of Ron Paul.

  18. Wahoo

    Sep 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    For the Liberty Bearers,
    The Tea Party has been compromised. The Tea Party was virtually created by the Ron Paul campaign in 2007. But since then their ideals and philosophy have been hi-jacked by neoconservative talking heads from the likes of Fox News and Clear Channel for financial gains. After realizing how much money and supporters Ron Paul brought in from the Tea Party Money Bomb in 2007, members of the media and political establishment used Tea Party rhetoric as a way to cash-in and distance themselves from the George Bush Republican. If you really believe in limited Gov't, sound money, a humble foreign policy, and restoring the Republic, then follow Ron Paul 2012.

  19. krmasterson

    Sep 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Why are libertarians so freaking annoying?

  20. teapartydaddy

    Sep 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Did a link to this story appear on a Ron Paul website? Alot of rabid, undeserved comments about it.

  21. Bill

    Oct 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

    The one man that can ensure Obama's success at the polls is Herman Cain and his plan to increase taxes for most of us. I did not join the Tea Party movement and attend its rallies to have it associated with an Insider interloper, ex Fed Reserve director, who seeks to ensure taxes for the government and simultaneously financially destroy the retired, the unemployed, the weak and the sick.

    Ron Paul is our founder and our only remaining hope.

    What is happening to the Tea Party? It has had no leaders; let's keep it that way.

  22. carlc55

    Oct 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I have to admit the NeoCons are smart – they are VERY good at preempting any conservative movement and making it their own. Thus we see the demise of the Tea Party as RABID (oh that was the term GHJJ used for RP supporters) NeoCons setup websites like this, spout conservative buzz words like FREEDOM, SMALL GOVERNMENT, the CONSTITUTION etc and then proceed to support politicians whose policies and actions are antithetical to the very political philosophy they supposedly espouse. It really is quite ingenious. HarryInMI is an especially example – claiming to be a Herman Cain supporter and then ranting against NeoCons. He obviously doesn't even know the definition of the word (continued in next post)

  23. carlc55

    Oct 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    (post continued)
    Here it is from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (although it is a rather weak one I might add)

    Definition of NEOCONSERVATIVE

    1: a former liberal espousing political conservatism

    2: a conservative who advocates the assertive promotion of democracy and United States national interest in international affairs including through military mean

    Note the second definition Harry – that IS our current foreign policy and something that RP is adamantly against. Not because he against United States interests but because he knows such policies do NOT further our interests. They have only served to weaken our nation for the past 60+ years to point were we are on the brink of collapse.

  24. carlc55

    Oct 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    God is this author not the EMBODIMENT of neoConservativism? Can any true constitutionalist take him serioulsy. What a clown. He blog and his "ideas" deserve exactly zero further consideration.

    If this guy represents the Tea Party the all I can say is

    R.I.P. Tea Party

  25. REDNECK OF ALABAMA

    Oct 23, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I have wrote before and i will again.. Do not worry about me i will never vote for Ron Paul. He not the right person.
    Anyone who hate Isreal hate me and will not support him. Understand. He does not have any anwrers that we
    need to help America…I will vote for Sarah Palin if she changes her mind…I love the Tea Party and will help all
    i can. THANKS REDNECK IN ALABAMA

  26. Dan

    Nov 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    If someone PAID me to write an article posing as an ultra-neo-con it would look just like this one. Bravo.
    Restore America 2012. Revolution.

  27. GadsdenGurl

    Mar 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    This must be one of those bogus tea party websites, because Ron Paul is the only TRUE tea party candidate. AFter all we started the movement in his honor in 2007 on December 16th.

    The foreign policy that Romney, Gingrich and Santorum would follow is the same as Obama/NATO/UN/Kissinger/Rockefeller and therefore it's the one for the new world order.

    If you don't support Ron Paul you are a fake tea party.

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