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Old 01-13-2012, 02:24 AM
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Default Re: What should we disqus here?

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there will be a need to address the Paul supporters (the question is whether economic stuff can do that, which is where DZ and TS and all the rest of us have been worried) and I could certainly be wrong.
Well, we'll see how it all plays out.

But that line of economic concessions doesn't really excite Paul supporters, as far as I can tell. The Party already panders to Paul on domestic economic issues. Paul voters are not going to rally around Romney because he agrees with Rick Perry on dismantling Energy, Education and Whatchamacallit.

Paul will keep his focus on spending, but he won't be appeased by establishment figures who exempt defense spending from the conversation.

Interestingly, Paul is energized by support he's getting from veterans and active-duty military. He ought to be. It's a very good sign that the military doesn't (necessarily) support militarism.

Also, "Paulism" can grow organically as it intersects with progressive counter-militarism. The seed of skepticism in US foreign policy is now firmly planted (or the roots rediscovered) on both the right and left.

Less optimistically, this may not prevent war on/with Iran or the usual stimulus program for wars around the world, including in Mexico. But it's a step in the right direction.
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