Ron Paul speaking to supporters in Hollis, New Hampshire, January 10, 2012. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore.
By the Left Coast Rebel
No surprise tonight in New Hampshire. As projected, Mitt Romney won. But... Ron Paul came in at a respectable 24%, considerably better than I (and many others) were expecting. Jon Huntsman came in third with 17% and Newt #OccupyWallStreet Gingrich logged a paltry 10% showing, despite going all-Occupy on us. Unsurprisingly, after tonight, the state-sponsored press is calling the nomination for Romney. You can read the text of Mitt Romney's victory speech here. The High Plain's Pundit has video of Romney's speech as well.
Dr. Paul's 2nd-place victory speech. "...we're nibbling at Mitt Romney's heels!":
Paul: "I think that the intellectual revolution that is going on now to restore liberty in this country is well on its way... and there's no way that they are going to stop the momentum that we have started..."
Interesting from the AP regarding tonight's results:
Even so, the order of finish - Ron Paul second, followed by Jon Huntsman, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum trailing - scrambled the field and prolonged the increasingly desperate competition to emerge as the true conservative rival to Romney.How is a third, then second-place primary finish from Paul "scrambling the field" in this race?
A little more from Matt Welch at Reason.com:
Another repeat oddity from Iowa exit polling: Paul does not win among those who describe themselves as "very conservative" (33-26-18, Romney-Santorum-Paul), but he does win among those for whom the #1 issue is backing a "true conservative" (42 Paul, 21 Santorum, 16 Gingrich, 14 Romney). The former category, obviously, is bigger than the latter. And Romney's main selling proposition continues to be electability: A ginormous 62% of people for whom beating Barack Obama is the #1 issue voted for Mitt Romney.
I spotted Jack Hunter in the background at the Paul New Hampshire celebration. For anyone interested, Wes Messamore of HumbleLibertarian and I talked with him on Wes's Blogtalk show in 2010; it's long but worth a listen.
DailyPaul.com readers seem enthused about Paul's New Hampshire showing, I'm pleasantly surprised myself. Also, I let out a hearty belly chuckle when I saw this ad in the sidebar at DailyPaul.com (screenshot):
Good analysis over at LibertarianPatriot.com:
Taking a look at the Real Clear Politics tracking of the New Hampshire polls, the former Massachusetts Governor was at +30 over the entire field as recently as October and even in the most recent polls had an easy 20 point lead.Here's something for you to chew on: why is it that Mitt and Paul seem to be handling each other with kid gloves? I'm kind of at a loss as to the explanation behind this.
So how did Ron Paul win you are probably asking? After all a win is a win whether it is by 8 votes or 40,000 votes and Mitt is 2 and 0.
Ron Paul won because he made it closer that was expected and only finished about 16% back with around 23% of the vote. The RCP average only had him at 17.5% in the last few days whereas Romney was polling at 37.5% and that's about where he'll finish.
Ron Paul also won because he will more than triple his vote total from the 2008 Granite State Primary where he finished fifth, with a little over 18K votes. With his victory, Mitt will only see a gain of about 25% over the 75,500 votes he received in his second place finish in 08.
Next stop, South Carolina.
Updated: The Paul campaign has said all along that this is a delegate-focused race for them. They scooped up 8 delegates in Iowa, Romney grabbed 8 as well. The High Plains Pundit notes that tonight's results nets Romney 4 delegates to Paul's 3, which puts Paul just one delegate behind RINO-Mitt this early in the game. Interesting.
Updated x2: Must read at American Thinker written by a 24-year-old conservative, "Why a Young Conservative Supports Ron Paul"
I say without any exaggeration that our current government has strayed so far from the constitutional republic as originally conceived by the Founding Fathers that drastic changes must be made if we are to restore it. I am tired of milquetoast, counterfeit conservatives running for public office under the pretense of fighting for limited government, lower taxes, and individual liberty, only to go to Washington and support deficit spending, increase the size of government bureaucracies such as the Department of Education, and pass legislation which erodes our civil liberties under the guise of "national security."
More than ever, we need politicians who practice what they preach, whose lives reflect the integrity they claim to promote.
After election after election of hearing candidates talk about solving these problems yet providing no results, we need leaders whose actions speak far more eloquently than any words they may try to use to placate us.
As a young person who has worked hard to be fiscally responsible and debt-free, I am disgusted with how Republicans and Democrats have both contributed to a $15-trillion national debt in addition to trillions in unfunded entitlements, for which people like myself will have to suffer the consequences for when those congressmen are dead and buried.
It infuriates me how those who have made poor choices in life think they can pass the bill for those decisions onto taxpayers.