by Diane V. McLoughlin, March 25, 2012
A New York Times editorial yesterday, in discussing the results of a report by a congressional watchdog outfit with the acronym 'CREW', smears Republican presidential candidate and twelve-term congressman Ron Paul with the charge of nepotism. Six family members of Dr. Paul's have worked on two previous political campaigns, each reimbursed for their hours via the campaigns or PACs. That is privately raised money, not public taxpayer funds. By the same measure, we would call all family-run restaurants or corner stores hotbeds of nepotism, too. When I hear a politician accused of nepotism, the charge typically pertains to employment within the pol's public office, or, using their political influence, secures a plum job for kin in exchange for political favors.
Fudging the facts, the NYT also write off Ron Paul's (and Newt Gingrich's) chances of winning the Republican leadership nomination. (Gingrich and Paul Fail to Affect Louisiana Vote; Michael D. Shear, 24/03/12.)
Mr. Shear asserts that Ron Paul 'has settled into a losing pattern, failing even to compete for a first- or second-place finish anywhere.' This is complete fabrication.
Ron Paul came in a strong second in both New Hampshire and Virginia. In Virginia, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich didn't even have the organization to get themselves on the ballot.
In Iowa, Romney and Santorum were almost tied for first, with Paul strong, next in line. Ron Paul also came in a strong second in Maine.
Now let's talk delegates. Mr. Shear writes that in Louisiana, 'Mr. Santorum won decisively.' Is that so?
Louisiana held it's primary March 24th, 2012. Louisiana has 46 delegates allocated to it when voting for the next leader of the Republican Party. The national convention will be held in Tampa, Florida, in August. Louisiana's precinct straw poll allocates an initial 20 delegates. As Santorum got more or less 50% of this straw poll vote, he will now have 9 or so delegates out of 46. Most of the delegates remaining are decided at, next county, and then the state-wide convention. The entirety of the contribution by the New York Times to our understanding, via Mr. Shear? Zero percent.
Fact: Across the country, the political battle for delegates rages on. Mysteriously, there is almost no discussion about it in the popular press. Ron Paul is winning delegates, and it's an interesting story.
The reasons why Ron Paul inspires can be summed up as follows: His faith in and dedication to the Constitution; his desire for peace within secure borders instead of endless war; his understanding of economics and how to achieve national prosperity; his desire for limited government; and his commitment to safeguard civil liberty.
I wrote a comment to the NYT hit-piece but so far it hasn't appeared. For some reason. I don't know why. So I wrote this, instead.