Thursday, September 04, 2008

Well, actually three....

WE'VE MOVED! Democratic Convention Watch is now at

Oreo wrote about the difference between the Democratic and Republican conventions, and I certainly agree with everything he said, except, there actually was this other convention. Okay, a Rally for the Republic, but a convocation nonetheless.

That picture is Jesse Ventura giving his speech, intimating that he might run as an independent in 2012. He, and many of the speakers, believe that both the Democratic and Republican parties have co-opted government by making it to big, and too centralized, compared to the States Rights doctrine of the Constitution. They want practically no government beyond print the money, secure the borders, and run the Judicial branch.

Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign brought in almost $33 million, and ticket sales for the Rally were over $175,000. (Each ticket was $17.76, and estimates say that more than 10,000 people bought them.) For all that, not much came out of it.

There was little press coverage, which means that most people don't know about what went on there. The Times has a brief video, Seattlepi claims it was a distraction, Reuters had a few paragraphs.

I had hoped for more. While I'm certainly not a Libertarian, I have an interest in what they have to say, and their relationship to the Republican party. Bob Barr (currently on more than 40 ballots, with the potential for more) has accepted that Ron Paul won't make an endorsement, but was at the Rally none the less, in an attempt to capture votes of Paul's followers. But precious little news filtered out, and I cannot find any polling data on how Ron Paul supporters plan on voting in November. I have taken a non-poll of the 8 Paul supporters I personally know, and 7 are planning on writing in Ron Paul's name, and the last is undecided.

The on-line ad for the Rally has high production values.

Your take?