Still in the Presidential Race, Ron Paul’s End Game is Unclear
The Republican nomination for President is almost academic at this point for Mitt Romney. Romney has the most delegates, money, and notches on his belt from the fight for the nomination against seven other challengers that has raged since the end 2010. Ron Paul is still in the race, but with few delegates and no hope for securing the nomination I have one question for the Libertarian idol from Texas: What is the end game?
I view Paul's campaign as a mix between Don Quixote and an underground resistance group trying to stop the spread of a repressive enemy. It can stir some to admire Paul, the buttress of modern liberty, but reality sets in when I see that he never intended to win in the first place. Back in January, Paul was asked by ABC News anchor Terry Moran, "When you lay your head on your pillow at night, do you see yourself in the Oval Office?”. Paul's answer was, "Not really."
What is the end game for Paul? Paul intends to push his philosophy of Libertarianism like an ice cream truck driver trying to sell a push pop in the winter. Paul can meet with the "youth" voters or the non-traditional voters all he wants, but he knows they are unreliable and likely not to vote if doesn't include clicking "like" on Facebook. He knows that one day his son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), is a rising star in the GOP and is much more likable to the base of the party while keeping his guns on advancing personal freedoms for Americans (see: TSA).
The elder Paul's end game is to set up his son Rand with a shot of advancing the ideals of liberty after 2012 for a new generation. If Romney doesn't win this November against President Barack Obama, then Ron has set up his son for a great shot at the Republican nomination in 2016 with a big, "I told you so."