I have said throughout this Republican presidential primary that I do not believe Ron Paul will win the nomination. That said, I do think he will be in the race until the end because of his loyal supporters and fund-raising prowess. He might well finish second, and most likely no worse than third, in number of delegates to this summer’s GOP convention. That kind of success would merit more than a nice speaking time slot in Tampa and a few relatively meaningless planks on the party’s platform.
Should the eventual nominee, whoever it is, defeat Barack Obama in November, he ought to appoint Paul to his cabinet.
Which cabinet position? Whichever one that president-elect wanted to eliminate or dramatically shrink.
That’s not a way of pulling a fast one on the man who more than one wag has deemed America’s Grandpa (i.e., he says some things that sound wise, and some other things that make you think, Oh, there goes crazy ol’ grandpa again!). I intend it as a compliment.
Of all people whom a president could appoint to the cabinet without having to worry that he’d resort to petty bureaucratic fights to protect his turf, it would be Paul. Can you imagine what the man would do with the instructions to reduce his budget and work force as much as possible? He could be America’s version of Maurice McTigue, whose government-cutting exploits down under I’ve mentioned before.
Assuming he finished the job in less than a four-year term, I’d then appoint him to the next on my list of agencies to cut.
I don’t know if Paul would take the job(s), but he said he isn’t running for re-election to Congress and certainly has a passion for limiting government. If he were up for it, a Republican president ought to be, too.
– By Kyle Wingfield