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Thursday, 19 July 2007

No Patronizing, No Sloganeering

By now it’s old news that presidential candidate Ron Paul, the ten-term congressman from Texas, has more cash on hand than does the floundering John McCain – whose campaign staffers are fleeing as fast as they can.

Remember Ed Failor of Iowans for Tax Relief, the organization that wouldn’t invite Ron Paul to its candidates’ forum even though he has perhaps the best record on taxation of any congressman in American history? Ol’ Ed was a senior adviser to the McCain campaign. He, too, has jumped ship. Failor, by the way, had initially supported that great crusader against taxation, George Pataki. (Something tells me Ron Paul may in fact be better off without the endorsement of Ed "Svengali" Failor.)

  • In early 1975, Jimmy Carter was polling at 1% (he went on to win the presidency).
  • In early 1987, Michael Dukakis was polling at 1% (he went on to win the Democratic nomination).
  • In early 1991, Bill Clinton was at 2% (he went on to win the presidency).
  • In the spring of 1999, John McCain was polling at 3% (he went on to win the New Hampshire primary).
  • In early 2003, Joe Lieberman was leading the field for the Democratic presidential nomination (he failed to win any primary) Lew Rockwell