If the fundraising numbers reported at www.ronpaulgraphs.com can be believed *, the Ron Paul presidential campaign has raised over $18 million in the 4th quarter of 2007. But if the numbers being reported at www.politico.com can be believed **, the campaign isn’t spending that money trying to win the Republican nomination for president in 2008. The campaign isn’t even spending money on commercials in New Hampshire, the small state with an independent streak and an affinity for political mavericks, the very place that most people believe is his best chance for a respectable showing.
The most logical explanation for the Paul campaign’s failure to even attempt to compete in the Republican caucuses and primaries is that he’s saving his money for later. If Paul switches parties later and runs as a Libertarian or other small-party candidate, or even as an independent, that money will come in very handy.
That’s why I believe that it’s inevitable, Ron Paul will leave the Republican Party and run as an independent or as a 3rd-party candidate.
* see http://www.ronpaulgraphs.com/huckabee_oct_total.html for details