Ron Paul Wins the Coveted Scarborough Vote (And Should Have Swept the Right in General)

Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's Morning Joe says the unsayable: He voted for Ron Paul. Why? He reveals all in this Politico piece:

I... would never vote for a GOP candidate who was the godfather of Obamacare, or another who added $7 trillion to Medicare’s debt or yet another who bashed Paul Ryan one week and venture capital the next. Faced with this truckload of big government Republicans, I cast my vote for the only candidate who spent his entire public career standing athwart history yelling “stop” to an ever-expanding centralized state.

While Romney was distancing himself from Ronald Reagan, Paul was fighting with Republicans to balance the budget for the first time in a generation. While Santorum was supporting an unprecedented expansion of entitlement spending, Paul was warning of a great recession that would be caused by government interference in the housing market. And while Gingrich was talking about how he would build up the federal government to push his conservative agenda, Congressman Paul spent all his waking hours focused on dismembering that big government beast.

It was the first “protest” vote I’ve ever cast, and it felt … well, it felt good...

Do I think a Ron Paul presidency is ever possible? No, I don’t. But I do want some of the Pauline virtues of candor and non-poll-tested conviction to play a larger role in our politics.

Scarborough speaks a deep truth: pretty much any Republican or right-winger who actually takes any of the supposed core values of its party in terms of limited government or fiscal probity, or who respects some signs of a coherent philosophy and values and understanding of how and why we are in the fiscal and debt mess we are in, should have been for Paul by acclimation. A shame a dedication to herd thinking or managing the world through military force kept too many of them from doing the right thing, which Scarborough to his credit not only did, but told the world why. Good show, Mr. Scarborough.

As I wrote here at Reason last month, by most rights Paul should be sweeping the MSNBC vote, including Rachel Maddow, if the progressive vision of rights, liberty, respect for civil liberies, not killing people because the president says so or ruining people's lives because of their personal choices, ending war and government propping up of plutocrats, actually means anything to them.

Mostly, I find, the "make government give people stuff" is the only part they care about, so sorry Ron Paul (and American lives and liberties).

My book, Ron Paul's Revolution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired.

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  • CE||

    There's only one reason Ron Paul lost: most of the 8 to 10 percent of the population that agrees with him and thinks he's the best candidate didn't bother to vote in the primaries, because they thought he couldn't win and their votes didn't matter.

    The primaries are the achilles heel of the Establishment, and we could have taken a tomahawk to it, but we didn't.

  • Tulpa the White||

    most of the 8 to 10 percent of the population that agrees with him and thinks he's the best candidate didn't bother to vote in the primaries

    I'm calling BS. RP's voters were far more enthusiastic about getting to the polls than any other candidate's.

    And are you claiming that Paul supporters didn't bother to favor him when the pollsters surveyed them, too? Because he wasn't winning those either.

  • juris imprudent||

    No, the reason RP can't win the Republican nomination is because the vast majority of Republicans are assholes.

    The Democrats are pussies of course.

  • Copernicus||

    That's why sometimes we need a dick.
    Because dicks fuck pussies, but they also fuck assholes.
    /TeamAmerica

  • Tulpa the White||

    I... would never vote for a GOP candidate who was the godfather of Obamacare

    I'm sure MSNBC is thankful that he dropped this little misrepresentation/tidbit.

    And wasn't RP trying to distance himself from Reagan in 1988?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    I give this article four buttplugs (my highest rating).

    The chasm between the Bush/Romney Big Gov GOP and the fading Ron Paul faction is too big to ignore any longer.

  • crazyfingers||

    Too bad Joe didn't have the balls to say this during the primaries, instead happily participating in several absurd hit pieces against Paul. But now that he is no longer a threat and it doesn't matter, Joe is all the sudden a limited government proponent again.

    Maybe his principles died along with that poor intern girl who just happened to disappear under his watch.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Hey, she fell and hit her head on her desk while at work in his office. Then he resigned from Congress.

    Nothing suspicious about that.

  • ||

    by most rights Paul should be sweeping the MSNBC vote, including Rachel Maddow, if the progressive vision of rights, liberty, respect for civil liberies, not killing people because the president says so or ruining people's lives because of their personal choices, ending war and government propping up of plutocrats, actually means anything to them

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    It doesn't. Only one thing matters: TEAM.

    That's literally all they are.

  • Xenocles||

    This late-breaking endorsement is sure to turn the remaining primary on its head!

  • BarryD||

    Joe who?

    Oh, that guy. I think I saw him on the monitor at the gym once.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    the progressive vision of rights

    Only for the collective, not for the individual.

    liberty

    To other people's stuff.

    respect for civil liberies

    REALLY, Brian? On both fronts, REALLY?

    not killing people because the president says so

    They were never against it. They were just upset that it wasn't their guy doing it.

    ruining people's lives because of their personal choices

    HURR-DURR! Because orthotricyclen and abortion are as important as due process!

    government propping up of plutocrats

    So long as the plutocrats have a unionized (cartelized) workforce, they'll prop up that house, built on sand, made of glass, with a foundation made of dreams and good intentions.

  • Azathoth!!||

    Brian, you really can't see that 'R' after Ron paul's name, can you? You can't seem to grasp that the most popular 'Libertarian' is a Republican.

    And that no progressive will ever vote for one of those. Ever.

    There are no 'liberaltarians'--there are only liberals who try to convince libertarians to vote for leftists.

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