Paul supporters don’t come right out and say he’s a third rail candidate, but their actions and talk seem to indicate such a view.
They are bragging on and on about his 10% in Iowa and his fifth place finish and his winning in Jefferson County. This is the mantra that to them proves Ron Paul is a winner. It’s fine if they brag about such things, but what are the implications of bragging about these kinds of numbers?
If you brag about weak numbers like this, you are admitting two things. Either Paul is a third rail candidate who did well and exceeded expectations or he is a top tier candidate who did poorly.
There are only two options here my friends. Ron Paul is either a third rail candidate who did well, or he is a top tier candidate who sucked. The only kind of candidate who can brag about finishing fifth at 10% is a third rail candidate. I agree, for a third rail candidate that is a good turn out. But at the end of the day he’s still a third rail candidate if that is all you’re left to brag about.
If your argument is that Paul is a top tier candidate, then you better not be talking about the greatness of a fifth place finish at 10%. Because those are not numbers a top tier candidate goes around talking about to show how good they are. Especially if they have raised $20 million and have more yard signs than there are corn stalks in Iowa.
So my question to Paul supporters is this. Is he a third rail candidate who did good or a top tier candidate who did poorly? You can’t have it both ways.