By: Paul Joseph Watson
Frisday, May 6, 2011
Our November 2010 forecast that Texas Congressman was frontrunner amongst GOP in hypothetical run off against Obama borne out by new survey
Our November 2010 prediction that only Ron Paul amongst the roster of likely Republican candidates had a realistic chance of beating Barack Obama in 2012 has been borne out by what the media are describing as a “shock CNN poll” that shows the Texas Congressman leading his GOP rivals in a hypothetical run off against Obama.
In an article that appeared on this website six months ago entitled Ron Paul Can Beat Obama In 2012, we wrote that the cult of personality that propelled Barack Obama to success in 2008 had well and truly faded, but that establishment neo-con figures like Romney, Gingrich and Palin were equally unpopular.
“Indeed, the only saving grace for Obama is the fact that the Republican candidates he is likely to face in 2012, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich, have all lost popularity at a similar pace to the President. If Obama were to run against any of these individuals, he would probably still win, such is American’s increasing disdain for the two party monopoly,” we wrote.
“Democrats who voted for Obama in 2008 will only be motivated to do so again if Republicans put forward a compromised candidate who can easily be characterized as George W. Bush 2.0. If Ron Paul runs against Obama, huge numbers of Democrats will take a back seat, and some may even switch allegiances, such is the profound sense of betrayal many liberals now feel towards Barry’s completely unfulfilled promises of hope and change.”
That forecast has been now borne out by a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll that was conducted over the weekend.
“Who does best against Obama? Paul. The congressman from Texas, who also ran as a libertarian candidate for president in 1988 and who is well liked by many in the tea party movement, trails the president by only seven points (52 to 45 percent) in a hypothetical general election showdown. Huckabee trails by eight points, with Romney down 11 points to Obama,” reports CNN.
The results of the poll arrive on the back of last night’s first GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, during which Ron Paul again performed outstandingly amidst a field largely comprised of chicken hawk, torture-loving establishment dupes who have little grasp of what made America strong and prosperous in the first place.
The biggest challenge for Ron Paul will not be defeating Obama. Given the opportunity, the kind of roller coaster momentum the Texas Congressman can build through his energetic supporter base can easily overturn a 7 point deficit and overwhelm Obama. A more difficult stumbling block will be attainting the Republican nomination in the first place, because the establishment media will once again heavily promote establishment neo-con candidates like Gingrich, Palin and Romney while denigrating and sidelining Ron Paul.
Another obstacle is the fact that almost all of the Republican candidates have mimicked Paul’s populist rhetoric and his stand point on issues like the federal reserve, Obamacare, and getting government out of people’s business. But they are wolves in sheep’s clothing and just like Obama’s promises of transparency and hope evaporated almost instantaneously, neo-cons like Romney, Gingrich and Palin, and the rest of the field on display last night will do nothing to affect real change.
Take James Pawlenty for example, someone the media lavished with praise after last night’s debate despite the fact that he advocated Barack Obama’s disastrous cap and trade program. He is another RINO – Republican In Name Only, a big government socialist posing as a conservative, as are most of the candidates that will be running against Paul.
The corporate media also heaped praise on another insider posing as a populist, Herman Cain, who is the former Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Cain has publicly opposed efforts to audit the Federal Reserve. The “conservative media” declared Cain the winner of last night’s debate, yet he is another elitist shill posing as a grass roots populist.