Let me state that I very much prefer Romney to be our nominee. And I would be happy with a Romney win in Iowa. But I would be ecstatic with a Paul win in Iowa even though I am not keen on a Paul nomination.
There are three groups of republican voters who should be thrilled at the prospect of a Paul win Iowa. First is the obvious group of die hard Paul lovers. Nothing needs to be said about them.
Second are the Romney supporters. A Paul win in Iowa would Newter the Gingrich and Perry campaigns. Paul is polling in the top three in NH as well and if he pulled a second in NH after first in Iowa then it would be lights out for everyone not named Romney or Paul. In a long drawn out race Romney will galvanize the mainstream republicans and win by a significant margin.
The third group of GOP voters who should be thrilled at the prospect of a Paul win in Iowa are those who are repulsed by Iowa politics: repulsed by the unethical, undemocratic pay to play process of the Ames straw poll and endorsements from guys like Bob Vander Plaats; repulsed by the ravings of uneducated bigots like the very influential radio talk show host Steve Deace (who happened to vote for Obama in 2008); repulsed by the hypocrisy of the far right in Iowa who would overlook the political corruption of Perry and Gingrich, the serial adultery of Gingrich, the enormous mountain of flip flops by Gingrich, and the inability of Perry to articulate any policy position that doesn't fall back on drilling for oil while rejecting a smart, capable, and uncorrupt candidate, Romney; repulsed by a state that guzzles down ethanol subsidies faster than an oceanic tanker guzzles down diesel; repulsed by a state that keeps voting for the democratic presidential candidate by ever widening margins. Should we really be letting these people have such a big say in picking our nominee? No way! A Paul win in Iowa should be the sounding of a death knell for Iowa's importance in national politics.
To all my Romney friends, I implore you to say only positive things about Paul over the next week. Flood the comments sections of blogs with comments about how great Paul is. He is your best friend right now.
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