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In lieutenant governor's race, a grudge lingers

Political columnist Ray Hagar writing for the Reno Gazette-Journal about Chris Dyer’s plan to enter the Republican primary for Nevada’s lieutenant governor race solely to siphon votes away from state Senator Mark Hutchison so that former state Senator Sue Lowden wins:

He still holds a grudge against her from the 2008 state Republican Convention. Lowden was the state party chair that year. And the chaos and abrupt shutdown of the 2008 convention almost cost Dyer his elected spot as a Nevada delegate to the national GOP convention, he said.

Putting Lowden in the general will be Dyer’s ultimate revenge for Lowden’s mishandling of the convention, he said. It will cost her treasure. It will be stressful and ultimately, Lowden will lose, said Dyer, a Ron Paul supporter in 2008.

That’s right: in Nevada, candidates run solely out of spite for other candidates.

If you haven’t heard about what Dyer is sore about: at the 2008 Nevada state Republican convention, a sizable contingent of Ron Paul supporters attempted to procedurally take over the convention and cast the state’s votes for Paul. In a panic, the leaders of the party shut down the convention before that could happen and later elected a bunch of delegates for John McCain by conference call.

Nevada politics are hilarious.

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This is a promo for Ron Paul, “The High Tide,” from 2008 that I only just found now. According to the copy, it was created by a “small group of dedicated grassroots artists,” so it was apparently not an official campaign ad.

It features CG Ron Paul.

Look at that shit. That is some fucking CG Ron Paul.

My favorite part is at 0:41 when doves fly underwater past CG Ron Paul.

I don’t have a punchline or bit of snark to end this post. There is nothing I can do that can top simply repeating that doves fly underwater past CG Ron Paul.

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Tom McCarthy for The Guardian:

After building a political campaign that was long on passion and grassroots support, if ultimately short of votes, Texas congressman Paul announced today that he is suspending his hunt for the presidency.

The candidate urged supporters to continue their efforts to amass delegates at state conventions, however, as part of a strategy to gain a voice at the Republican National Convention – and influence over the direction of the party.

"We will no longer spend resources campaigning in primaries in states that have not yet voted," the Paul campaign said in a statement sent to reporters. "Doing so with any hope of success would take many tens of millions of dollars we simply do not have."

Ron Paul’s “BIG DOG” ad is pretty easily my favorite ad from this election season, and I’ve been waiting for something like this to post it. My tribute to Ron Paul now devoting all his time to his shadow campaign.

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Ron Paul: DC Miser, Galveston Porkmeister

Josh Harkinson, writing for Mother Jones:

As a libertarian, Paul says he opposes federal disaster relief, but one of Paul’s staffers told me that his office has shepherded hundreds of FEMA claims, ensured the reconstruction of the county’s seawall, and won federal funding for an extensive beach nourishment project. Indeed, between 1999 and 2009 (the most recent year available), federal spending in Galveston County quadrupled to more than $4 billion. In 2009, the county received $14,707 per resident, topping average per capita federal spending in 46 of the 50 states. Paul earmarked some $60 million for projects in and around the city that year.

These local projects illustrate a central irony of Ron Paul’s career: Even as the 12-term congressman has become the Cassandra of governmental overreach, he has enabled a deepening dependence on the federal government at home. Paul, who last week announced that he will retire at the end of 2012, will on one hand be remembered as “Dr. No,” the politician who always voted “nay” on new spending, and on the other, as “a politician like all the rest,” as Galveston GOP precinct chair Josh Daniels described him to me last week, noting that Paul’s Janus-faced approach to federal spending “just doesn’t sit well with me.”

Well then.