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Monday, July 09, 2007
 
Stephanopolous On Ron Paul: That's Not Going to Happen



I'm mostly amused by the reactions. Dave Wiegel highlights this exchange:

Stephanopoulos: What's success for you in this campaign?

Paul: What's success? Well, to win, is one, is the goal.

Stephanopoulos: That's not going to happen.

Paul: Do you know for absolute? Are you willing to bet every cent in your pocket for that?

Stephanopoulos: Yes.


Michael P.F. van der Galien:

I find that to be quite unacceptable for a journalist. He can question Paul’s viability, but “no chance in hell” isn’t the attitude a journalist should display publicly.


Putting it it quotes like that certainly implies that Stephanopolous said those words, but he didn't.

Ian Schwartz has the same take, a little more angrily:

I’m not a huge fan of Ron Paul, but I do think what Stephanopoulos said was absolutely disgusting and I doubt he would say it to Joe Biden or Chris Dodd....


I don't see anything disgusting about George's observation. He's not doing a straight news show, he's doing news analysis. The point about Biden and Dodd is valid, but I'd argue that just shows that he should be discounting their chances as well, not pretending that Ron Paul is going to win the nomination.

Scholars & Rogues seems to be buying into the Ron Paul phenomenon:

Looking at the comments on any news article about Paul, it strikes me how much the Paul groundswell is a twisted, funhouse version of Barack Obama’s own rise. Both men are running personality-based candidacies, positioning themselves as outsiders who are bringing new ideas to the conversation after years of the same old crap. Both men are raising incredible amounts of money that is disproportionate to their polling–though it has to be said that Obama has a much better chance of winning his party’s nod than Paul does his. And both are selling their candidacies using returns to ideals classically held by their parties–Obama the Kennedyesque appeals to hope, good government, and principle, and Paul the belief in low taxes, less government, etc. Whether or not they support these principles isn’t the point–it’s how they’re selling the principles, and people are buying.


The notion that people are buying Ron Paul is quite a stretch. He's got cash in the bank, yes, but he's not spending it, which should tell everybody something.
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