Ron Paul placed second, barely, in the Ames Iowa straw poll this past weekend. The media actually started to predict a Ron Paul win by trying to marginalize the polls value, before it even took place. Now they have a winner that is “media worthy,” but Ron Paul’s placing was a victory in many ways. They covered the race, they covered the winner, but Ron Paul was ever present.
Ron Paul’s campaign is showing huge gains in organizational abilities. Anybody remember Ron Paul’s horrible ad in NH last time around? It made him look even worse than a fringe candidate. With a campaign with so much cash, it was laughable. Ron Paul’s campaign has already released an incredible advertisement and began buying advertisements in the early states.
Ron Paul, and Mitt Romney were the only candidates who really seemed to know they were running this election. Ron Paul’s supporters wouldn’t have let him not run. They are that serious.
Ron Paul will continue to show gains this election. What Ron Paul needs more than anything, is more serious candidates to appear. Say what you want about Sarah Palin, but her inclusion in this race would be huge for the Ron Paul camp. Ideally, however, more candidates like Mitt Romney would enter the race. Let Palin, and the other “tea party candidates,” beat themselves up. Ron Paul will not bow out of the race, until the end, as there is no reason to. Nobody is really competing with Ron Paul’s voters. Expanding on those voters is key.