Backing a winner is not an option, it’s essential
Iowa’s Des Moines Register reports that Story County Republican chairman Cory Adams has endorsed presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Story County is home to Ames, the city in central Iowa that hosts the August 13th Republican Party of Iowa’s straw poll. The vote is regarded as the first major organizational test of the 2012 presidential race.
Adams said in a statement: “Only Ron Paul articulates and demonstrates a clear devotion to constitutionally limited government.”
That articulation and a buck will buy a half filled cup of coffee, Mr. Adams.
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post has a different view. Writing about Michele Bachmann, he says: “The Minnesota congresswoman is the front-runner. Bachmann has three big things going for her: She’s a native Iowan, she’s beloved within social conservative circles, and she is likely to be free to spend as much money as she likes to organize supporters for the straw vote.”
Libertarian-leaning Paul, 75, has broken with many conservative Republicans by joining with Democrat Barney Franks in pushing for federal decriminalization of illicit drugs and reneging on U.S. commitments to our allies. Polls show Paul with 7.8 percent of the GOP primary vote. Bachmann is holding at 13.5 percent. Romney is at 22.3 — and is taking a pass on the poll.
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has the most riding on a strong straw poll finish since he has struggled to build momentum and raise money after entering the race. A poor showing — anything but first or a close second — could derail his campaign.
And Obama? Yesterday, in an effort to keep his Hispanic support, he pandered on the nightmarish DREAM Act and amnesty to the annual conference of the National Conference of La Raza (“The Race“) in Washington,DC. His speech can be read here.
So let’s focus like a laser beam, Chairman Adams. This is what we need a real shot at defeating and Ron Paul is not a viable option to ensuring Republican success.