Justin at Donklephant criticizes him for staying in the Republican race, but I don’t think he sees the full picture.
But no, keep chasing a GOP nomination that you have no hopes of winning. Throw good money at a losing cause. Good luck with that.
If I were Ron Paul, I’d be thinking just the opposite.Â If he wants to run 3rd party, RP needs to stay in GOP race until the convention.Â That would solidify a “the Republican Party left me” argument, not to mention all the hell he could raise and attention he could get with a brokered convention.Â
Additionally, staying in gives him the opportunity to continue to raise money.Â If he “quits”, he risks losing the interest of his supporters.Â And it doesn’t seem like to me he’s spending much money to begin with.Â It looks to me like he’s building up a war chest for his “real” run.
As far as keeping his Congressional seat goes, I’d guess (hope) his motivation in running 3rd party would be to continue to build the movement he’s started and keep getting his ideas out there.Â He can’t believe at this point that he could win, but he could stir the pot enough to get likeminded people elected to Congress in the next cycle.Â That would be better than tucking tail and going back to his one seat, right?.Â Besides, who’s to say he’d lose his seat by leaving the Republican Party anyway?
I think we’re going to find out post-convention if Ron Paul is about promoting himself or promoting his ideas.Â If he doesn’t run third party, potentially sacrificing his Congressional seat for the ideas he promotes, he will have pulled off a political charade that would make Clay Davis proud.