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Why are Democrats Attacking Ron Paul?

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And How About those Independents?

Paul's preference by 44% of independents in the entrance poll exceeds Obama's share of independents in the 2008 Iowa Democratic caucus. In the CNN entrance poll for the January 3, 2008 primary, Obama took 41% of independents. We don't know if Paul's 2012 44% share of independents in representative of the 2008 Obama population of 41%. But there was only one place for Iowa's independents to vote this year, the Republican primary.

Iowa is not the nation but there are some trends worth watching. When a Libertarian who opposes foreign adventures, bloated defense budgets, and big government takes a near majority of the youth vote and 44% of independents, it's time to look at the president's vulnerabilities among youth, middle and low income voters, and independents.

The attacks will ramp up and the corporate media will, no doubt contribute. In 2008, the Paul campaign staged a national convention parallel to the Republican festivities in Minneapolis (with nearly as many in attendance). While the Democratic power structure in St. Paul was making up excuses to arrest those exercising their First Amendment rights to protest at the Republican convention, some Paul supporters were there with the antiwar demonstrators.  The rest were at the Rally for the Republic supporting a candidate who opposed Middle East wars from the start.

If the Democratic National Committee brain trust wonders why Paul might appeal to some Democrats, the answer may be found in these questions.

How many Democrats running for national or statewide office ever ran an advertisement like this - Not a Penny for Empire?  Of those who stood against endless war and the national security state, how many did the Democratic Party support?

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This is not an endorsement of Ron Paul.  It i... by Michael Collins on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 4:11:40 AM
If you looked at the polling over the weekend, and... by marko polo on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 5:37:29 AM
Don't put anything past either side, R or D. They ... by Toby Seiler on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 1:23:50 PM
I've seen some odd numbers but have to verify a fe... by Michael Collins on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:40:36 PM
...endorse anything 'political' either. However... by Ned Lud on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 7:21:16 AM
Or maybe write in Michael Collins.  I'd say t... by Michael Collins on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:43:17 PM
The real choice is Tweedle Dee Dems and Tweedle Du... by William Waugh on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 1:10:20 PM
I watched the caucus coverage on Fox Business last... by June Genis on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 1:13:56 PM
Paul is a real unicorn on foreign policy.  He... by Michael Collins on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:46:33 PM
Hi June, YES! And with regard to the bloated milit... by Calvin Davis on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 10:36:04 PM
I love his eminently sane foreign-policy promises.... by j dial on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 7:21:20 PM
But they redistricted him.  He is a terrific ... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 12:27:58 AM
 Michael, let me start by thanking you for yo... by Calvin Davis on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 7:29:09 PM
My thoughts on Ron Paul's policies (quotes from Wi... by BFalcon on Friday, Jan 6, 2012 at 3:45:08 AM
and placed in perminant detention without a trial,... by Al Rodbell on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 12:23:09 PM
At some point, like right now, enough is enough.&n... by Michael Collins on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:49:37 PM
The misguided tools and Psy-op operatives who clai... by Calvin Davis on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 5:53:17 PM
But I won't bet the ranch on it.One wonders, do an... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 12:33:10 AM
I am starting to wonder if RP isn't the perfect... by Truth Will Prevail on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:47:26 PM
The met up at some confab in Colorado.  It's ... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 1:23:56 AM
I, Elizabeth Hanson, am your biggest fan!:-)... by Elizabeth Hanson on Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 1:38:57 AM
How about this for a crazy world!  Moderates,... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:21:03 AM
Mike,  As I have repeated ad nauseum sin... by Richard Charnin on Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 11:09:44 AM
The demographic numbers are "close enough for gove... by Michael Collins on Friday, Jan 6, 2012 at 1:10:47 AM
This Friday in Virginia will be interesting in how... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Jan 15, 2012 at 2:20:24 PM