GOP attitudes toward Ron Paul are changing

January 29th, 2008

I have not been involved with Republican politics for very long, so take this report for what it’s worth.

When I first started meeting Republicans in this area, Ron Paul was regarded as something of an absurd anomaly. If they didn’t come right out and laugh at him or insult him, it was only because they knew there were Ron Paul supporters in the room and they were trying to be polite.

In the last couple of weeks, that attitude has changed somewhat. It still seems to be a widely held opinion that Ron Paul’s foreign policy is either “crazy” or “scary”. But now, when people say Ron Paul’s name (which they do surprisingly often) they follow it up with, “there are a lot of things I like about Ron Paul.” Or “He really seems to understand our economic problems.” Or, even more interestingly (and I’ve heard this sentiment multiple times), “I may even have to vote for Ron Paul.”

I’m not trying to suggest that the whole GOP is singing Ron Paul’s praises. It isn’t. But his message is starting to get through. Progress is being made. And in a race where most Republicans dislike all of their options and can’t settle on a candidate, there may just be hope for Ron Paul after all.

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One Response to “GOP attitudes toward Ron Paul are changing”

  1. Katherine/Aunt Kathie Says:


    Too bad that the conversion of opinion isn’t because of his anti war policies instead of his economic views.

    As Republican candidates go, Paul is intelligent, honest and sane, which is a step in the right direction, but his fiscal ideas scare me.

    I wish everybody would watch the movie SICKO. I don’t understand our aversion to things like universal health care which I believe – above and beyond reducing a great deal of inequity and suffering – would ultimately be a less expensive medical care system than the current one which favors the pockets of insurance and drug companies and not much of anybody else, even doctors.

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