Doug Wead (the historian and political operative who coined the phrase “compassionate conservative”) is exactly the sort of establishment figure who has ignored and repudiated Ron Paul and his freedom message. Surprisingly, he wrote this moving piece in his blog.
“[The winner of the 2008 GOP primary] was not John McCain. The winner was Ron Paul. And the effects of his win will be felt for years to come. . . . In debate after debate he pointed at his party, his president, his fellow contenders for the GOP nomination, shouting aloud like the little boy in the proverbial story, ‘they have no clothes’ and lo and behold, we looked and they didn’t. They were all naked.
He showed that the conservative movement has lost its way, its moral authority and its logic. . . . We are no longer conservatives. We are fighting for power not for principles. We have become corrupted by the process and the only way back is to retrace our steps and find all the things we discarded along he way. . . . the words and arguments of Ron Paul are still resonating. They still hang over this election. They are haunting and troubling. . . .
John McCain and his poorly chosen words, of staying in Iraq a hundred years, have almost guaranteed that he will be the answer to the trivia question, who was the Republican candidate who lost to the ticket that claimed the first woman and black for the presidency? Another question may very well be, ‘What other candidate ran that year and launched the movement that has dominated national politics for the last generation?’
And the answer will be Ron Paul.”