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2:37 PM EST         Thursday December 15, 2011

What if Ron Paul rocked the political establishment, silenced the naysayers and spoiled the party for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney by winning the Iowa caucuses?

“I think I have a good chance,” the Republican presidential candidate told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” on Wednesday.

“I’m not saying that I’m not… working on a daily basis, you know, I’m assuming I’m going to win this thing,” Paul said. “I’m assuming we’re going to do very, very well and have a much better showing than anybody has given us credit for the past year.”

In that past year, many political observers did not give Paul much credit. Back then, Romney appeared near invincible, Michele Bachmann basked in the glow of a key Iowa straw poll win, Gingrich’s campaign was left for dead, and many conservatives hailed Rick Perry as a sort of political messiah.

All that has changed.

Several polls show Gingrich ahead, with Romney and Paul battling — or tying — for second place in Iowa. Yet given uncertainty over the depth of support for Gingrich and Romney, there is a very real chance for an Iowa caucus win from the unconventional Paul, an 11-term Texas congressman who’s running as a change agent. He’s a tea party favorite who has run for president twice before, and a man whose libertarian leanings urge pulling all U.S. troops from foreign deployment and deep and controversial spending cuts. He believes so much in scaling back government involvement in peoples’ lives that he says if people choose not buy health care insurance — or even drink raw milk — they should be able to and suffer the consequences of their own actions, come what may.

Paul’s supporters wonder if he could win a general election, and the candidate himself doubts his stamina in what could be a long GOP primary fight.

But what would a Paul caucus win mean for Gingrich and Romney?

For one, it would give the Texas congressman momentum heading into New Hampshire and other early contests and reshuffle the deck of frontrunners. But would it validate Paul’s unique brand of conservatism that urges an end to the IRS and the Federal Reserve but also bucks GOP national security and foreign policy orthodoxy? Would it confirm that Republicans are deeply undecided over whom to support? Or would a Paul win simply mean that Paul is better organized?

“One thing we know about Republicans this year: They are disenchanted with their entire field of candidates,” said Republican strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos. “If Republicans are so dispirited that turnout is low, Ron Paul could win. You know his voters will wade through snow, sleet and mind-numbing political rhetoric to get to the polls.”

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Though Castellanos believes it’s more likely Paul will finish second to Gingrich, he still conceded, “Iowa could be anybody’s race.”

GOP political analyst Rich Galen gives Paul a better shot.

“If Paul wins Iowa — which is possible, trending toward probable — then both Gingrich and Romney get a pass heading into New Hampshire,” Galen said. “Paul’s support is about three yards wide and a thousand feet deep. He has worked Iowa hard and his anti-Newt ads … are having an effect.”

Yet Galen also added: “If Paul wins, then whoever comes in second — assuming its Gingrich or Romney — will ‘win’ having beaten the other. So, whoever comes in third under this scenario is the loser.”

If Paul does manage to pull off an upset, credit a decent campaign war chest, hard-hitting ads against his rivals, and an impressive campaign organization in the Hawkeye state.

When CNN asked Drew Ivers, Paul’s Iowa state chairman, to compare the Paul operation to rival camps in the state, Ivers was boastful.

“I would say we’re probably a little bit better organized,” he said. “And the fact that we ran four years ago, that’s been a plus. He’s not an unknown entity.”

Other than Romney, Paul is the only candidate among the crop of GOP White House hopefuls who ran for president in 2008. But unlike Romney and Gingrich, Paul has long had offices and a ground game in Iowa.

“We’re in better shape than we were four years ago, as well,” Ivers said, citing caucus readiness for Paul in most of Iowa’s 1,784 precincts.

And Ivers also weighed in on the impact of Paul’s ranking in the caucus outcome.

“If we could come in with a good, solid third-place showing, that would potentially leave Gingrich and Romney in their current struggle: back and forth,” Ivers said. “But if we come in ahead of either one, I think it’s going to be more detrimental to them than us. Simply because they’re perceived as the establishment, you know, the front-runners.

“For Ron Paul to come in and beat either one of them, that sort of shakes the establishment. It’s going to shake people up. [Many people will say,] ‘Wait a minute. This is not supposed to happen. A humble congressman from Texas isn’t supposed to beat the brilliant speaker of the House… or he’s not supposed to beat the governor of Massachusetts. And so that will be a dramatic showing.”



Ron Paul was born on August 20th, 1935 according to

August 20th, 1935

August 20th

8 + 20 +2+0+1+1 = 32 = his personal year (from August 20th, 2011 to August 19th, 2012) = His issue is can he win the mainstream American vote.

32 year + 11 (November) = 43 = his personal month (from November 20th, 2011 to December 19th, 2011) = Having fun.  Fun times.  Celebrating.  Congratulations.

43 month + 15 (15th of the month on Thursday December 15th, 2011) = 58 = his personal day = Sick and tired of politics as usual.




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August 11, 2011    5:17 p.m.

The first Republican debate lacked the party’s biggest names. The second lacked any major fireworks.Now, as the GOP‘s announced presidential hopefuls meet again for a debate in Iowa on Thursday, arguably all but one of the candidates are in search of a dynamic-shifting moment as the nominating race enters a decisive phase.For Mitt Romney, Thursday offered more evidence of his front-runner status. The leader in national polling and fundraising, he sparred with liberal activists as he toured the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, focused more on the current president than his GOP rivals.”I’m not going to raise taxes! And if you want somebody who will raise taxes, you can vote for Barack Obama,” he said.The key question before the Ames debate is whether the other Republicans would seek to challenge Romney — something they seemed reluctant to do in the last debate.Michele Bachmannused that last forum in New Hampshire to announce her candidacy. Her dazzling performance launched her from the back of the pack to the top tier, inviting new scrutiny along the way.She canceled a planned event Thursday to huddle with advisors in preparation for the debate, as observers wondered if she could deliver a more substantive performance and show appeal beyond her committed “tea party”base.For Tim Pawlenty, this week’s debate and straw poll in Iowa loomed as a critical moment. His lackluster showing at the June debate robbed his campaign of any momentum it had started to build. His fatal error: passing on a chance to follow through on his criticism of the healthcare plan Romney signed into law in Massachusetts.New to the stage was former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. He entered the race in June to considerable fanfare, but has struggled to gain traction, or even make a strong case for his candidacy. He’s already announced he won’t compete in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses, and would be making a broader case to Republican voters seeing him for the first time.

Looming over the affair were two Republican heavyweights about to descend on Iowa, but neither officially in the race at this point. Aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry revealed just hours before the debate that he would become an official candidate over the weekend.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to arrive in the Hawkeye State on Friday on her “One Nation” bus tour, on hiatus since she toured the Northeast in early June.

Neither is participating in either the debate or Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, traditionally seen as an early test of organizational strength in Iowa.

A CNN poll released Thursday showed Perry and Palin trailing only Romney in the GOP field. Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum, like Pawlenty and Huntsman, were in low-single digits.

Thursday’s debate was sponsored by Fox News Channel, the Washington Examiner and the Iowa Republican Party.

Mitt Romney was born on March 12th, 1947 according to
March 12th, 1947
March 12th
3 + 12 +2+0+1+1 = 19 = his personal year (from March 12th, 2011 to March 11th, 2012) = Sunshine is the best disinfectant.
19 year + 8 (August) = 27 = his personal month (from August 12th, 2011 to September 11th, 2011) = Acting out of character. 
27 month + 13 (13th of the month on Saturday August 13th, 2011) = 40 = his personal day = I could use some help.
Michele Bachmann was born on April 6th, 1956 according to
April 6th, 1956
April 6th
4 + 6 +2+0+1+1 = 14 = her personal year (from April 6th, 2011 to April 5th, 2012) = Sexy.  Sex appeal.
14 year + 8 (August) = 22 = her personal month (from August 6th, 2011 to September 5th, 2011) = Like a three ring circus.
22 month + 13 (13th of the month on Saturday August 13th, 2011) = 35 = her personal day = Not giving up.  Persevering.
Tim Pawlenty was born on November 27th, 1960 according to
November 27th, 1960
November 27th
11 + 27 +2+0+1+0 = 41 = his personal year (from November 27th, 2010 to November 26th, 2011) = Him getting to know you, and you getting to know him.
41 year + 7 (July) = 48 = his personal month (from July 27th, 2011 to August 26th, 2011) = Finding his way.
48 month + 13 (13th of the month on Saturday August 13th, 2011) = 61 = his personal day = Doing the unexpected.
Ron Paul was born on August 20th, 1935 according to
August 20th, 1935
August 20th
8 + 20 +2+0+1+0 = 31 = his personal year (from August 20th, 2010 to August 19th, 2011) = Rising to the challenge.  Personal best.  Stirring things up.
31 year + 7 (July) = 38 = his personal month (from July 20th, 2011 to August 19th, 2011) = I care.  I can feel it.
38 month + 13 (13th of the month on Saturday August 13th, 2011) = 51 = his personal day = Campaigning for the presidency.  Vote for me.  The rule of law.
The United States presidential election of 2012 is to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Ron Paul was born on August 20th, 1935
August 20th, 1935
August 20th
8 + 20 +2+0+1+2 = 33 = his personal year (from August 20th, 2012 to August 19th, 2013) = Taking a stand.  Not backing down.
33 year + 10 (October) = 43 = his personal month (from October 20th, 2012 to November 19th, 2012) = Celebrating.  Congratulations.
43 month + 6 (6th of the month on Tuesday November 6th, 2012) = 49 = his personal day = Happy.  Smiling.  Wish come true.



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