Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Paul won't even vote for himself

One of the biggest head-scratchers of the presidential campaign for Republicans was why Ron Paul was running for president as one of them. After all, Paul's policy positions seem more in line with Libertarian views than those of the GOP, and that was borne out by the support he attracted, which was mostly Libertarians and Libertarian-leaning Republicans.

Well, Paul is giving more credence to those who argued that he shouldn't have been on the GOP ballot to begin with. FitsNews.com reports that Paul is set to endorse former Georgia congressman Bob Barr, who will announce his candidacy as a Libertarian next week. Check out the comments; they're pretty funny.

(Yes, I've considered that it's April Fool's Day, but this story was actually posted on Monday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has done some reporting on the Paul-Barr connection, and it's also been mentioned on FoxNews.com.)

Can I just ask one question? (OK, that was one, but there's one more.) How much sense does it make to run for president, commit to the grueling travel schedule, participate in all those debates, choke down who-knows-how-many chicken cordon bleu dinners at party events, shake an untold number of hands, suffer through all the local political soirees and fulfill all the other obligations of a major presidential campaign and then turn around and endorse someone who didn't think running for president was important enough -- or the American voters are important enough -- to go through the process the way that you did?

It's one thing to run for president becaues you believe you have something to offer the country. Obviously, Paul believed that about himself and his campaign. But then to endorse someone who didn't think the process was worthy his time to this point, that's a slap in the face to all those folks who live in Paul's congressional district who have put up with a part-time congressman while he ran his "reLOVEution."

If I was one of Paul's constituents, I'd be firing off a pret-ty test-y letter to his office today.