by user DNL
And like most, I realize that there's no way he'll ever win the GOP nomination.
But there are ten reasons why a switch to the Democratic Party would change that:
#1: Unlike Hillary and Obama, Paul Voted Against Going to War in Iraq
And Paul can say: "Well, I actually did vote against the war."
#2: By Switching, He Becomes the Strongest Advocate For The Proposition That The GOP Has Left Its Roots
George W. Bush was supposed to lower taxes and pork-barrel spending. He's done the opposite. He'd be instantly polarizing -- showing that when it comes to the nation's finances, there's no difference between the two parties. This statement would resonate with a lot of fiscally conservative voters who are otherwise liberal -- that is, people who probably aren't voting in GOP primaries, but would prefer a true "small government" alternative to the current Democratic front-runners.
#3: Instant News Firestorm
Headline: "Dissatisfied GOP Rep switches parties; Will run for Prez as Democrat".
That's front page, New York Times material.
#4: Make Eminent Domain History
The Kelo case is a great example where Democrats are out of touch with their base. It makes no sense that a poor black family should be evicted from their house so a Fortune 500 company can build a lounge for their C-level employees. For some reason, the Democratic leadership doesn't get this -- and Paul can ram that down their throats.
#5: He Hates NAFTA, the WTO, GATT, etc. -- Just Like a True Liberal!
While Paul's conservatism is true, in this case, he's more in line with the far-left, MoveOn.org crowd; and for that crowd, this is a red meat, litmus issue. Can they really vote for a Hillary-type over Ron Paul?
#6: His Gay Marriage Stance? Basically The Same As John Kerry's
At least publicly. The bigger issue is that Paul's stance -- "it's not really the government's business, but we shouldn't *make* states recognize gay marriages" -- has been consistent throughout. He'll be able to assuage right-wing voters while still being palatable to the left, and without flip-flopping.
#7: He's Pro-Life but Pro-Roe
It's the perfect middle-ground position -- the one espoused by every single mainstream Democratic candidate. Abortion is bad, but the government shouldn't ban it. Al Gore]. Bill Clinton. Even Rudy Giuliani. All said roughly the same thing.
#8: He's Big Into Health Care Tax Reform
Instead of trumpeting "universal health care" -- a sure loser in the general election -- he'll be about "tax credits" and "fundamental fairness". Dem primary voters will like that; general election voters will eat it up.
#9: It's a HUGE Rebuke of Dubya
Democratic voters are chomping at the bit for someone to take ACTUAL ACTION to tell Bush that he's a certifiable moron. Paul can do that simply by changing his party affiliation.
#10: Donations Would Fly In
There's little reason for small-l libertarians to give Paul a dime. By default, the GOP is better than the Democratic party when it comes to nominating candidates that have a prayer when Mitt Romney is a serviceable candidate, and he has a chance at winning. Basically, the upside of investing in a Paul campaign is minimal.
However, the message sent if Paul is even moderately successful as a Democrat. Paul supporters will be able to send a message to the other party that we're willing to vote for your candidates -- if you are willing to meet us half-way.