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She’s starting to understand that something’s going on and Republicans should take note.

From Opinion Journal:

The debate was full of fireworks about Iraq, about its essentials–the rightness of the endeavor, and what should rightly be done now. From the libertarian Ron Paul a blunt argument against the war: We never should have gone in and we should get out. “The people who say there’ll be a blood bath are the same ones who said it would be a cakewalk. . . . Why believe them?” His foreign policy: “Mind our own business, bring our troops home, defend our country, defend our borders.” After Mr. Paul spoke, it seemed half the room booed, but the other applauded. When a thousand Republicans are in a room and one man of the eight on the stage takes a sharply minority viewpoint on a dramatic issue and half the room seems to cheer him, something’s going on.

Ron Paul’s support isn’t based on his persona, history or perceived power. What support he has comes because of his views. As he spoke, you could hear other candidates laughing in the background. They should stop giggling, and engage in a serious way.

As many of you know, Noonan was one of Reagan’s speech writers so she’s witnessed an unlikely outsider become a front runner before.

True, Paul doesn’t have Reagan’s persona, but is Noonan hinting at something here?

Could be…

UPDATE:
Here’s more on the debate…

Courtesy of TheNewsRoom

  • Robert Werden

    I guess people are starting to wake up
    There are 4 stages of accepting the un popular
    First they ignored him
    Then they ridiculed him
    now they are fighting him.
    The only thing left for them to do is say they agreed with him all along.

    The Republican party can grow from nominating Ron Paul.
    50 million republicans 50 million dem’s and 100 million other.
    Ron Paul attracts half of the republicans and most of the others. Dems are starting to convert, me included.
    The GOP could grow to 80 million by electing Paul

  • http://westanddivided.blogspot.com/ mw

    I know the Paulonians are not going to like this (and let me just remind them that I do really like Ron Paul), but I cannot help but think –

    This base of support that Dr. Paul has tapped into, that Noonan calls “something going on”, is a natural constituency for Chuck Hagel should he jump into the race, without the baggage of the “fringe factor” carried by Paul. It is fundamentally an anti-war conservative/Republican constituency and it is real and it just may be the only salvation for the GOP.

    I’m not saying Hagel is better than Paul. I’m just saying that with Hagel you get 80-90% of Ron Paul issues, with the added benefit of a candidate that can – you know – actually be elected President. Of course, he has got to find the cojones to run first.

  • http://www.warning1938alert.ytmnd.com Jimmy the Dhimmi

    “The people who say there’ll be a blood bath are the same ones who said it would be a cakewalk. . . . Why believe them?”

    This seems to be the same point MW made with his “Vietnam-Wrong Question” series of posts. I assume that Ron Paul is predicting there won’t be a blood bath. Of course, he would never make such a blunt prediction, no politician wants to set himself up to take responsibility if he is wrong, not even the only man who can save America – Ron Paul(Peace Be Upon Him).

  • http://westanddivided.blogspot.com/ mw

    Jimmy, You think Ron is reading my posts? I wish Hagel would read them. Especially the part about growing some balls.

  • http://www.rightonblog.net James

    That’s one thing that has REALLY pissed me off about these Republican debates.

    Someone else will speak up and you can literally hear snickers and jeers from the other candidates as they speak.

    They have opinions and viewpoints guys, and if you can’t respect that and let them talk then why the heck do you think you deserve to run my country?

  • http://westanddivided.blogspot.com/ mw

    I couldn’t tell for sure, but it sounded to me like it was Giulliani cackling every time that Ron Paul spoke, sometimes even before he spoke, just because his name was called by the moderator. I’d really like to know who it was.

  • Daniel

    I think there is one basic rule for the GOP candidates:

    You cannot support the war and win this election. You probably cannot support the war and win the nomination.

    Huckabee has proven to be the most shrewd of the GOP contenders and will be in it to the end depending on whether he raises enough money this quarter. However, his fracas with Ron Paul, while providing good soundbytes, will come back to haunt him with his “honor” argument.

  • William

    Giuliani was laughing. You can see Wallace glance to his right towards Giuliani’s direction when the laughs are heard.

    Rudy laughed when they ask him hard questions on 9/11 watch in the video here:
    http://therealrudy.org/

  • anthony

    So what you’re basically saying is, the GOP is willing to lose this election, give us 4 years of a devastating Obama/Hillary/Edwards administration, then make an actual serious try in the election after that?

    pragmatic, but crappy.

  • Paul

    I think Rudy was gackling like a little girl, but I also recognized Romney laughing as well at least once. These guys are toads.

  • Bo

    They all got difficult questions. Giuliani didn’t snicker when they asked about his various divorces, nor did Romney when asked about comparing his boys helping his campaign as the same as troops fighting in Iraq. Dr. Paul gave the best answer, “He takes his marching orders from the Constitution.” He was the only one on that stage that can make that claim. The others are a pack of weasels.

  • wgadget

    After Mr. Paul spoke, it seemed half the room booed, but the other applauded.

    NOTE: The booing/applauding was a result of Fox News flashing Rudy’s smirking face up on a split screen, seen by the audience. The crowd started booing as soon as Rudy’s face appeared.

    It was not in response to Paul’s remarks.