If Gary Johnson or Virgil Goode needed any explanation as to why they ought not waste much time trying to win over the most devoted of the “Ronulans” out there, they should take a look at this video. Created by a Paul-supporter who goes by the name TMOT, it was posted on the The Daily Paul website just the other day.
The Ron Paul movement and the liberty movement are two separate things and they only partially overlap. Many, perhaps even the majority, of Ron Paul supporters are only going to follow Ron Paul. No matter what they learn about his background, they are fully and completely invested in this man as a living deity.
During his appearance on The Daily Show recently, Gary Johnson explained to Jon Stewart and the audience that he was sort of like Ron Paul. It’s a line he’s used before and one I hope he drops in short order. Many voters think Paul and his ideas are “a little crazy” and they base that, to a large degree, on the fervently wacky Ron Paul supporters they’ve encountered in their everyday life. I’m talking about folks like TMOT.
Ron Paul has more in common with L. Ron Hubbard than he does with Gary Johnson. Goode and Johnson need to reach out to new audiences, and explain where they stand on the issues without leaning on the Ron Paul crutch.