It didn't take long for the Iowa caucus to come to a close last night--giving Mittens a razor thin win over Rick "I hate blacks being on welfare, gays should stop being gay, I hate women's rights and have you homeschooled your kid today?"-Santorum.
By eight votes.
So where didstack up? The guy who believes that the UN is threatening to take over Americans' property rights here in this country and the US's currency supply amongst other things--if we're not "careful"?
Not first. But third.
So what happened? Why didn't Ron Paul "take it all"--as his overzealous supporters claimed he would without a shred of doubt?
Well, for one thing, Iowans may be crazy at times, but stupid they aren't.
Two? They aren't all Libertarians hell bent on dismantling our government from within and retreating from the world scene in a desperate bid of self-imposed isolationism.
Three? Not every Iowan in Iowa is a self-prescribed Aryan or white supremacist member with tatoos all over his body and a genuine hatred of ethnic minorities.
Four? Not every Iowan wants to see drugs like heroin and pot legalized like Ron Paul has been touting. (And let's not forget: He wants to make prostitution legal too.)
To put it bluntly, he only attracted the youth and college voting block that wants these things that Ron Paul has been espousing for the past year. And when it came to crunch time, his overall support was much weaker than his roving band of rabid supporters kept hyping.
Turns out that Ron Paul missed the boat by six thousand votes, while Mittens and Santorum got the lion's share of the conservative vote--the very mainstream voters that Ron Paul's supporters claimed were his by right.
The sad thing to Ron Paul's bid for the Presidency, is that he isn't mainstream. He's part of the lunatic fringe movement that can only come from the dark recesses of both the Republican and Libertarian parties.
The man doesn't represent what America is today. He represents what America was some 60 years ago--but has quickly passed into obscurity.
The 21st century (so far) has proven more volatile than anyone could possibly imagine. We need men, women, and leaders who can stand up to these endless changes and make the right (or wrong) decisions which will greatly impact our lives.
The last thing we need is a person who wants to dismantle our government, retreat from the world scene, and go on pretending that we will be left alone to our own devices.
That's not leadership. That's cowardice.
And that's why Ron Paul couldn't capture Iowa--let alone New Hampshire. (Or any other state.)
He's too busy trying to run away from reality, then stand up and face it.