Every party seems to have at least one guest who will not go home, no matter how many hints you drop that the soirée is over.  The Republican Party has just such a guest, and his name is Ron Paul. Republican primary voters have dropped hint after hint that it is time to leave, but he refuses. And, like that proverbial party guest, he looks more pathetic and weird with each passing minute.

This would be bad enough if it were only about him. But his refusal to leave is now doing a serious disservice to the cause of free-market health care reform—a cause he claims to support. The longer he stays in the race, the longer it will be before John McCain can focus on defeating the Democrats who are determined to foist some version of government-run health care on the country.

Moreover, he is throwing away the hard-earned money of his many benighted supporters. This sad coalition of John Birchers, David Duke fans, truthers, and garden variety wackjobs has given him huge amounts of cash which he has squandered for no useful purpose. This chart from The Center for Responsive Politics  shows how much money he has wasted on this charade:

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That’s right. This clown has spent $20 million. And what has this fortune bought Dr. Faux? The opportunity to get up on the stage with legitimate candidates and say irresponsible things about foreign policy and downright crazy things about a variety of other issues.

He has just released a statement claiming he won’t mount a third-party campaign, and I hope that’s true. But he still insists that he will fight on in the primaries and caucuses. Bad idea. It’s time for this sad little man to take his tinfoil hat and go home.

Comments 6

  1. crackerjaxon wrote:

    It will be great fun watching McCain being utterly crushed in the November election. If he had not treated Dr. Paul so badly, I could almost feel sorry for him. Instead, I will chuckle as I cast my protest vote for Obama.

    It’s not going to be pretty come November.

    Posted 09 Feb 2008 at 10:53 am
  2. abraham wrote:

    Haha, how delusional. What right-minded Republican would vote for McCain?

    No, not only is the party over, not only is the election over, but the whole country is over. I hope you plan to learn Chinese.

    Posted 09 Feb 2008 at 12:37 pm
  3. Mandrake wrote:

    Is Hillary the guest that won’t leave the Demo Party ??

    Posted 09 Feb 2008 at 1:53 pm
  4. Chris S wrote:

    Now are you going to write an article about how Giuliani spent $43M for ONE delegate?

    Posted 09 Feb 2008 at 6:42 pm
  5. Catron wrote:

    Giuliani, unlike Paul, did the honorable thing. He quit when it became obvious that he couldn’t win.

    Posted 09 Feb 2008 at 6:47 pm
  6. Matt Horn wrote:

    Catron, in Paul’s defense, he was never in it to win it. I think he was trying to bring a different spin to the debate.

    Posted 11 Feb 2008 at 10:51 am

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