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Monday, May 28, 2012

In New Hampshire and Maine - When Right Isn't Right Enough and Ron Paul's Campaign Lives On

News media aren't reporting the very evident Ron Paul campaign still politically alive in New Hampshire and Maine. In fact, Paulism is dividing the right wing.

Driving between Hampton and Exeter New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon was more than experiencing the charming landscape brushed with the colors of Spring flowers, blooming rhododendrons and Memorial Day bunting on colonial clapboard houses.  

Plenty of Ron Paul political signs were bruising the loveliness of the New Hampshire post card melange - five months post the state's GOP primary. 

The signs weren't just left overs from New Hampshire's winter primary where Mitt Romney won the state's Republican delegates.  Rather, some Paul signs looked freshly painted.  One was a Ron Paul red-white-and-blue plywood billboard firmly planted in front of a trailer park - like it was there to stay.

These political signs scream dissatisfaction with the outcome of Romney's win in the New Hampshire Republican primary (and he owns a home in the state!).  

In other words, Libertarian leaning New Hampshire Republicans are saying that Romney is too moderate. He's considered liberal!  He's not "right" for political conservatives still holding out for a Ron Paul right wing candidacy.

A sparsely reported story in Maine demonstrates how pervasive Ron Paul supporters are about their right wing candidate.

"AUGUSTA, Maine – With Mitt Romney's nomination all but decided, Ron Paul supporters wrested control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention, party officials said as the two-day convention neared its end Sunday. The results gave the Texas congressman a late state victory."

Die-hard right wingers aren't convinced about Romney's credentials. It probably explains why the front runner Romney hasn't moderated his right wing extremism to attract voters who would rather support a centrist.

This right wing "Paulism" is bound to show up at this summer's Republican convention in Tampa. If Romney ignores this right wing crowd, he risks a divided national convention, a horrible political outcome.

As a right wing Republican, a tethered Romney promises to destroy the progress of health care reform, roll back sensible immigration policies rooted in the reality of our American immigrant history and destroy compassionate social policies.

Nevertheless, this Republican polarization might be a good omen for incumbent President Obama who enjoys overwhelming support within the Democratic party.  A united Democratic party can galvanize against divided Republicans, if momentum support for the President can be sustained.

Given my experiences driving through sign dotted New Hampshire and living in Maine where the Paul candidates stormed the state's GOP convention, I'm confident Republicans have no choice but to bow to their right wing.  

Moreover, many Republicans are simply too concrete about right wing extremist dogmas to consider compromise or moderation.  This concreteness might just sink the party, unless Romney can pull them out of the spiral.

Often, being right means being "dead right".  

For Democrats, being right means remaining unified in support of middle class values and to protect the progress made by previous administrations who won public support for progressive policies.

But, why aren't news media reporting more about Paulism ?  


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