Ashley and I stopped at Gandolfo's for lunch this afternoon. While we sat there eating and talking, I noticed a story on the TV mounted in one corner of the dining room. FOX News Channel was on, and the on-screen blurb read "Ron Paul Still Running for President."
President of what?
was my first thought. Surely not the United States of America. But I just checked it out and, sure enough, Ron Paul is still running for president
. No shit.
John McCain, who will be the nominee of the Republican party, has collected 1,413 delegates to the party's convention this summer. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, who quit the race months ago, have 286 and 260 delegates, respectively. Ron Paul has 19.
Well, you say, maybe Ron's running for the nomination of a minor party, like the Libertarian party (which he ran on in 1988). I thought of that, too. Nope. Ron Paul is still running to be the Republican nominee for the 2008 presidential election.
The idea, says Paul, is to ensure there is a place at the party's convention for his small but insistent cult of supporters, and his agenda, a weird amalgam of small-government fiscal conservatism, and kooky paranoid isolationism. The truth, I think is that Ron Paul is an odd little dude who was virtually unknown outside of his congressional district before about a year ago, and he just likes the attention. It's the same reason Huckabee hung in for as long as he did — don't tell me he wasn't running for first guest on Letterman more than the White House those last few weeks.