Recently, presidential candidate Ron Paul dropped out of the race, disappointing many libertarians. But what's even sadder to me is the grounding of another libertarian candidate, one who stood for everything Dr. Paul did...and yet always flew higher. I am, of course, talking about the Ron Paul Blimp.
Some people might tell you that the Ron Paul Blimp was just a tool for promoting Ron Paul, but I refuse to believe that. The blimp had something more--call it spunk, call it helium--that could have lifted it over all of the other candidates in this presidential race. Where people like Hillary Clinton barreled forward in their campaigns like jetliners, the blimp was modest. It traveled at the same steady speed whether it was passing over a big city or a small, hard-working town.
Unfortunately, the blimp never quite caught on as a candidate. I believe a large part of this has to do with the one issue Ron Paul and the Ron Paul Blimp differed on--the legalization of marijuana. Where the legalization issue gained Dr. Paul a number of supporters who would normally have voted for a democrat, the blimp had a strict no-smoking policy. The Ron Paul Blimp claimed that its stance was not because of legal issues, but because of health concerns (I believe the exact quote was, "The blimp could explode"), but the issue still alienated a number of voters.
With the Ron Paul Blimp out of the race, it is with a conflicted heart that I will be voting for Barack Obama. We might disagree on some issues, but in the end, I have to admit that out of all the candidates in the race, he has the most in common with a blimp. After all, the man has had a very Goodyear.