Amusing Comparison of the Day (Ron Paul Edition)
I was listening to On Point this morning, and the topic of conversation in the first hour was the candidacy of Ron Paul. One of the guests was Ben Levine, a Drake University student and an Iowa precinct captain Paul. In his conversation with the host about Paul, Levine drew the following comparison (this is a paraphrase, as a transcript is not currently available): back in 1964 no one thought that Barry Goldwater could win the Republican nomination, and yet he did.
Two things immediately jumped to mind: the 1964 process was substantially different than it is now (that was in the waning days of real conventions) and, more significantly: yes, Goldwater got the nomination and went on to be trounced in the general election. On this latter point, I suppose the comparison makes sense as that would likely be the result if Paul were to, by some miracle, win the nomination.
Regardless, in making the case for one’s candidate, comparisons to a candidate who won only 38.47% of the popular vote and only 52 electoral votes is probably not the best move.