I wish the title to this post were a joke. It is not. A Pew poll shows that whereas a Obama-Romney match up polls Obama 50 – Romney 45, if Ron Paul is thrown in, it’s Obama 47 – Romney 32 – Paul 18.
There are vital lessons in this poll for both Ron Paul and his detractors in the Republican Party. And for this country’s sake, both sides had better get it.
For Ron Paul, he must face up to the fact that about all a 3rd party run can accomplish is re-elect Obama. He needs to ask himself if that is what he really wants for this country. I hope he already gets it and will not run 3rd party.
For his detractors in the Republican Party (of which I am one), forget the downright stupid advice of Bill Kristol. Driving Paul and his supporters out of the Republican Party is a death wish.
My advice to Republican leaders is to tell Paul that we have to agree to disagree on foreign policy. But that on shrinking the size and reach of the federal government, Paul is right and we very much want to work with him on that.
Many Paulistas will be impossible to please, yes. But better have most of them on our side, if reluctantly, than voting third party for Paul and helping re-elect Obama.
There is an additional lesson. Romney’s electability is overrated. A strong Republican candidate should be thrashing Obama at this point.