Dear Ron Paul:
I am your biggest fan. I also donate to your campaign because I believe in your message.
I want you to win. You are the only candidate who has the ability and ideas to bring our country back to prosperity and peace.
I understand that it has been a lonely fight for you in Congress over these many years of your service. It is a tribute to you that you have been true to your principles.
While you have achieved great success in the Iowa straw poll, it is clear from the media that no one is taking you seriously. You are seen as being able to rally your libertarian base, but when it comes to the big numbers in a primary, they see you as losing out to more mainstream candidates. You have been marginalized.
It is my hope that you are running to win and not just to popularize libertarian and free market ideas, or just to skew the national dialogue to freedom.
My problem is that I don’t think you are running to win.
I watched you during the last debate and while I agreed with everything you said, you are preaching to the choir. You need to speak to America.
Another way to say this is that you need to be more presidential. Perhaps all those years of having to defend your principles has resulted in your feisty and wonkish style. But you keep selling steak rather than the sizzle. If you really want to win, you have to sell the vision of a great country based on the libertarian ideals of our founders.
For example, when speaking about the economy you passed up the opportunity to comment on the fact that none of the other candidates have a clue about how to make the economy recover. Yet you know how to bring prosperity by unleashing the great power of our entrepreneurial society and you don’t have to quote Mises to do it. And you fumbled your conclusion by failing to stress the end game. Yet this is America’s number one issue.
Craft a better message. Work on your presentation. Get a new speechwriter. Play for keeps.