Several months ago speculation was reaching a fever pitch on the Yahoo! Ron Paul Group as to who would be Ron Paul’s running mate. I thought it was not only way premature to talk about Rep. Paul’s vice presidential running mate but silly and a waste of time. Last summer, the only thing that mattered most was for Ron’s supporters to fill the campaign coffers with as much cash as possible. And they came through magnificently.
The campaign raised more than $5 million in the third quarter, more than double $2.4 million in the second quarter. On October 17th Paul campaign officials revealed that Ron is a top-tier candidate, because his net cash on hand is only a million dollars less than Fred Thompson and six million dollars behind the Giuliani campaign. The other candidates have little cash on hand or have substantial deficits.
Ron has become a "legitimate" candidate in the eyes of the mainstream media. All you have to do is to google Ron Paul on www.googlenews.com, and see how many articles have been appearing in local and national newspapers. In addition, Ron is getting treated much better by interviewers on cable shows, and finally receiving the respect he deserves by online and print journalists.
In short, the "Ron Paul Revolution" is growing by leaps and bounds, and Ron has become a "hot political commodity." His appearance on The Tonight Show Tuesday, October 30 could be the "tipping point." He easily could pick up another 100,000 contributors, and millions of supporters.
In spite of what I said earlier about the silliness and inappropriateness of speculating about a Paul presidential ticket, I believe it is now time to create the greatest sensation of the presidential campaign. Next Tuesday on The Tonight Show Ron could announce that if he is honored to be the GOP nominee he will have the opportunity to win the presidency and restore the principles of limited government. Ron could say he will need a partner who is as passionate as he is about liberty, individual rights and free enterprise. That one person would have to know the constitution inside out and be an uncompromising champion of the Bill of Rights. His name came up in August on one of the Ron Paul Yahoo group posts.
There is one person who fits that criteria, Andrew Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, who is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel, and the author of The Constitution in Exile, Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws, and the forthcoming A Nation of Sheep.
Andrew would be a superb vice presidential candidate. He is smart, articulate, with a great sense of humor. He would be the first Italian-American male on a national presidential ticket. In 1984 Democrat presidential candidate picked the relatively unknown New York representative Geraldine Ferraro to be his running mate.
A Ron Paul/Andrew Napolitano ticket would have geographic balance, ethnic and religious diversity as well as having the greatest spokesmen for liberty campaigning for president and vice president in our nation’s history.
A Paul/Napolitano ticket would energize the Italian-American community as never before in American politics
A Ron Paul/Andrew Napolitano ticket would galvanize traditional conservatives, libertarians, fiscal conservatives, civil libertarians, pro-lifers, gun owners, entrepreneurs, hard money advocates, noninterventionists, and any one else who wants to end the Imperial Presidency and create a free America.
A Paul/Napolitano ticket would crush Hillary or Obama or Edwards or Richardson.
In short, the presidential dream ticket of Ron Paul and Andrew Napolitano would be…(fill in the blank). I am at a loss for words.
Murray Sabrin, Ph.D. [send him mail], is professor of finance in the Anisfield School of Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he is executive director of the Center for Business and Public Policy. He is the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth of American Liberty. Sabrin writes a weekly column for www.usadaily.com and blogs for the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, www.njvoices.com. Sabrin and his lovely wife of 39 years, Florence, have each proudly donated the maximum amount to the Ron Paul presidential primary campaign.