Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The real question is: Will the mainstream media and Republican establishment kill the caucuses?


Now that the media is done ignoring Ron Paul, they appear to be primed to attack and marginalize him as his campaign positions itself for a win in Iowa. Over the weekend, Tim Carney made the following prediction:

‘The Republican presidential primary has become a bit feisty, but it will get downright ugly if Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucuses.

The principled, antiwar, Constitution-obeying, Fed-hating, libertarian Republican congressman from Texas stands firmly outside the bounds of permissible dissent as drawn by either the Republican establishment or the mainstream media...

If Paul wins, how will the media and the GOP react? Much of the media will ignore him (expect headlines like “Romney Beats out Gingrich for Second Place in Iowa”). Some in the Republican establishment and the conservative media will panic. Others will calmly move to crush him, with the full cooperation of the liberal mainstream media.’

No sooner had these words been published than we began seeing them come true. In a piece actually entitled, “Will Ron Paul kill the caucuses?The Politico reported that “Republican elites” throughout the state of Iowa are already pondering how to prevent Ron Paul from winning, which would be viewed as doing “irreparable harm” to Iowa as a credible early voting state:

‘Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul and his army of activist supporters may capture the state’s 2012 nominating contest — an outcome many fear would do irreparable harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses...

Paul poses an existential threat to the state’s cherished kick-off status, say these Republicans, because he has little chance to win the GOP nomination and would offer the best evidence yet that the caucuses reward candidates who are unrepresentative of the broader party.’

But the real question is: Will the mainstream media and Republican establishment kill the caucuses? Will they throw a wrench in our democratic process and squash the voices of Iowa caucus voters who may dissent from their narrow pick of ‘acceptable’ candidates? Will Iowa voters allow themselves to be threatened with political obscurity if they dare pick the candidate whom they like the best?




Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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