ron paul is not running for reelection

...to his congressional seat.

"I have decided not to seek re-election for my House seat in 2012 and will focus all of my energy winning the presidency. My hometown newspaper, 'The Facts' will be running the exclusive story very shortly."

My prediction: Paul knows he isn't going to win the GOP nomination, the lackluster performance of the field at large notwithstanding. He is positioning himself for a Libertarian/other 3rd party/independent run in the general.

Not a bad way to end a storied career in US politics, I guess. As I've mentioned, I like Paul as a lone voice of sanity in congress, but I don't think he'd make a good president. He does have the opportunity to be Ross Perot to Obama's Bill Clinton...which frankly, a GOP that is not serious about governing richly deserves.


Gino said...

i may vote for a paul third party run.

i think paul enjoys preaching his gospel, and thats what he's all about. he's had a sucessful life, he dont need the political gig.

Gino said...

and ya know what? i think the GOP has enuf disaffected former voters that if they put somebody offensive up, they will vote third party paul maybe in enough numbers to sway the election.

Brian said...

I definitely think he could be a spoiler for Romney, Pawlenty or (shudder) Bachmann. He could almost certainly outpoll the difference between Obama and the GOP candidate in handful of swing states.

That said, I still think the election is Obama's to lose, barring a major economic downturn in the next 18 months.

Gino said...

"barring a major economic downturn in the next 18 months."

you're being funny, yeah?