What would a Ron Paul 2012 campaign look like?
Let me say here and now that I believe without a doubt that Ron Paul will again run for President of the United States if he is healthy at the beginning of 2011.
And the health issue is a minor one when we are talking about a man who by all accounts exercises daily and eats a diet that consists mainly of salad.
During the primary campaign in late 2007 into early 2008 the Ron Paul campaign experienced a growth rate that surprised everyone in the political world. Along with that rapid growth the campaign also experienced a learning curve on the intricacies of running a major US Presidential campaign with 10’s of millions of dollars.
It is also important to remember that the big money came late in the 4th quarter of 2007 and early in the first quarter of 2008. This left little time for the official Ron Paul campaign to develop a plan to spend the money quickly and effectively.
If and when he makes an announcement that he will be running in early 2011, I have little doubt that he will be greeted with a large “money bomb” day within hours of the initial announcement.
Also the second time around he will have surrogates with established names in the mainstream political press. Peter Schiff, Jesse Ventura, Naomi Wolf and Judge Napolitano have all supported Ron Paul openly in the recent past and would likely continue to do so. With this wealth of potential surrogates the Ron Paul campaign could hold major rallies on his behalf with his surrogates headlining the speaking bill. This strategy would allow Ron Paul to focus on media appearances and avoid extensive travel, while still having a presence nationwide.
Ron Paul himself has also gained a great deal of respect in the mainstream media since the early days of the Presidential campaign in 2007. What is remarkable is that he is almost being treated as the new media darling of both the left and the right. Freedom Watch on FoxNews.com, hosted by Judge Napolitano is essentially a Ron Paul all-star team, with Ron Paul himself often appearing at the beginning of the show. And then on the left, last week I watched a Ron Paul interview on Rachel Maddow that shocked me. She was so polite, respectful and for most part in agreement with what Ron Paul had to say.
The grassroots infrastructure will already be firmly established through remnants of the meetup groups, email lists and relationships developed at rallies and along the campaign trail. Fewer organizational trails will need to be blazed this time around which will conserve energy to be put toward knocking on doors, making phone calls and stuffing envelopes. Starting with a nation wide fund raising infrastructure and mobilized grassroots supporters will put him out ahead of the pack on day one.
Ron Paul supporters have also gained a new sophistication since the end of the Presidential campaign by becoming involved in Campaign for Liberty.
The Campaign for Liberty has given people a chance to learn all the nuances of the legislative system through the lens of pushing bills that would audit the Federal Reserve or legalize hemp. Having supporters with a greater sophistication can only help to effectively spread his message around the nation when the time comes.
And I have yet to mention the hundreds of YouTube channels, blogs and message boards that have helped Ron Paul supporters stay in touch and up to date with the latest news in the liberty movement.
All of these aspects of the potential Ron Paul 2012 run I have touched on just briefly, I will go into greater depth in the weeks and months to come.