Friday, March 07, 2008

Ron Paul concedes the presidential bid is over...I think

It's a sad day. Yesterday night, Ron Paul released a video (below) that said his candidacy is winding down. However, he doesn't say "quit", or "halt", or "give up", or "come to the end", or something to the effect that the race is over.

And, for unexplained reasons, he does urge "loyal volunteers" to keep up the struggle to gain delegates to the GOP convention in September, although John McCain already has acquired more than enough to win the nomination. Paul sounds rather like the general who got safely off the island radioing back to his stranded troops to keep up the good fight.

But it sure sounds like a farewell message. Paul says things like, "The presidential campaign will soon wind down." And, "I will continue to make every effort to visit states where enthusiasm for liberty exists."

And also: "While victory in the conventional political sense is unavailable in the presidential race, many victories have been achieved due to your hard work and enthusiasm. For that I am deeply grateful and encouraged."

But he said his campaign was "a significant first step" and we should "plan for the next phase". Does that mean the second step will be continuing his campaign as a Libertarian? I hope so. Since there are no Democrats campaigning in TX District 14 this year, and 3rd parties will not compete against him (on account of they like him), Paul has already won his seat and will have nothing to loose in trying. You can see it for yourself:

UPDATE: Ron Paul is still running! ...except for what? Check out this new video:

Now, the Libertarian National Convention will be in May. I guess I will have to wait and see how things turn out.


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