As little respect as I have for Texas Rep. Ron Paul, you have to say that he is putting his chips all in on this one. He has announced that he will not run for re-election in his congressional district and will only be running for President in 2012. That takes a lot of guts, even if I think it is a total mistake.
It seems to me that it is probably more about the fact that he is 75 years old than the heat he got (minor but persistent) about running both for President and U.S. Representative.
It probably does not hurt that while Rep. Paul would still be running in an Republican-by-design congressional district, that district is less safely Republican than before. At 75 you might see that and a hopeless presidential campaign as a bridge too far.
Which is not to say that Rep. Paul recognizes the quixotic nature of his bid for the Republican nomination, I really don’t think that he does. After all he has the ability to raise big stacks of cash and there are a lot of Libertarian true believers out there (comparatively) who will keep pumping him up with the possibility that the a Republican Party dominated by Teahadists and Know Nothings are going to choose him as the savior of their party.
The reality is that Rep. Paul will never be on the Republican ticket. He might be able to make it to Super Tuesday, bur even that seems like a stretch to me. With Michele Bachmann dominating the crazy wing and Mitt Romney dominating the establishment wing, there is just no room for Rep. Paul.
All that said, I still give him full marks for moxie. It helped his idiot son win a seat in the U.S. Senate, but it is not going to get him the kind of national acceptance that any Republican needs to win the nomination.
What is on your minds tonight Firedogs? The floor is yours.