Politico highlighted the lack of any press coverage that close second place finisher Ron Paul received from the media after the Ames straw poll. Paul did a great job at Ames, coming within a percentage point of victory. Despite that victory he has been stiff-armed by the media and written off as someone who cannot win. Paul seems resigned to it, but ready to fight.
“They [the media] believe this guy is dangerous to the status quo,” Paul said, “but that is a reason to be more energized. I am a bit more challenging, but I am not on the wrong track. I don’t think that my ideas are more exotic. They are threatening.”
The “top tier” stories have all universally left out Ron Paul, feeding into the idea that he cannot win this fight. Talk about a media bias. Paul has come out with guns blazing, producing a new ad that lumps his Republican opponents in with Barack Obama, calling them all “smooth talking politicians”. Paul’s libertarian bent, in particular his direct confrontation of the neo-con power base of the Republican Party, infuriates so many of those folks. They will continue to marginalize him, treating him as that family member that everyone hopes will not show up for the family reunion. But Paul will not be so easily swept aside. His critique of the neo-con adventurism of the Bush years is beginning to resonate inside the Republican Party, especially in light of the Republican aversion to paying for any degree of federal spending. The inevitable result will be a defense budget that shrinks, along with the neo-con philosophy of invading and bombing multiple countries on the flimsiest of reasoning. Paul may not win, but he has already had an impact.