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Despite Mitt Romney's huge lead, Ron Paul revolution persists

Ron Paul has the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hades of becoming the Republican presidential nominee this year. Compared to presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney (switching clichés) the image of gnat vs. elephant comes to mind.

Texas congressman Paul has yet to win a primary election or caucus. Romney has accumulated 10 times as many delegates as Paul (847-80). And yet long after the withdrawal of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich (both
of whom had won more than twice as many delegates as Paul before quitting), the dedicated libertarian keeps on keepin’ on.Should Romney be worried about Paul, nipping at his heels as the former Massachusetts governor pivots from the primary season to take on incumbent Barack Obama?

As he’s said many times, Paul is promoting a movement as much as a candidacy. In a nutshell, that means anti-big government and anti-war, eliminating five federal departments (Commerce, Education, Energy,
Interior, and Housing and Urban Development), refusing to engage in foreign wars, cutting way back on foreign aid to Israel and other countries. To keep his message out there he needs to stay a player, and 2012 probably is Paul’s last chance to do that on a national scale.

His chosen venue? Holding the Republican Party to its often-arcane delegate selection rules, especially in state party conventions.In Maine and Nevada this weekend, Paul’s strategy gets another test.
There, state conventions are scheduled to affirm the naming of delegates. In both states, GOP party officials clearly are worried that Paul supporters – always an energetic force to be reckoned with – could
use state rules to gain delegates in a way that’s sure to rankle the Republican National Committee (RNC).

“The national Republican organization is increasingly anxious over the ability of the Paul campaign to take over state-level organizations, especially in states like Iowa and Nevada that have outsized importance on the nominating process,” the Hill newspaper reports. “National Republicans worry that if grassroots party loyalists
aren't supporting the presumptive nominee, the party could struggle against President Obama's fundraising and organizational efforts.”Paul and Romney reportedly have a good personal relationship, But that hasn’t hampered Paul’s effort to rail against conventional GOP positions – or his enthusiasm for the fight.

"Just look at this last week,” Paul told Bloomberg TV. “The news is very favorable to us. We could even end up winning Iowa, ironically enough. In Minnesota, we're doing well, and Maine, Nevada, and Missouri. We're doing very, very well. Some of the states we could very well win or come up very much because the delegate process is completely different than these straw votes.”In Nevada, political analyst Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun puts it this way: “The RNC fears that mischief at the Sparks convention this weekend could result in Ron Paul delegates taking Mitt Romney slots and then not abiding by GOP rules to vote for the presumptive nominee on the first ballot in Tampa,” site of the Republican convention in August.

Even though RNC chief legal counsel John R. Phillippe Jr. warned state party chairman Michael McDonald that the Nevada delegation might not be seated in Tampa if Paul delegates take too many slots, Ralston
writes, “I don't think these Paul folks respect authority too much.” In Maine, meanwhile, Paul supporters hope to stage a takeover at the state GOP convention this weekend.

"Paul's supporters have always been very energetic and very enthusiastic, very dedicated to the cause," Mark Brewer, political science professor at the University of Maine, told the Associated Press. They are willing to take the extra steps and attend caucuses, conventions and other party events, he said.

The Paul insurgency comes two years after tea party activists attended the GOP convention in large enough numbers to reject the party platform and put in place their own statement of conservative principles, the AP notes.Elsewhere around the country, Paul has successfully asserted himself.

Although they’re pledged to back Romney (who won the state’s primary), 17 of 27 delegates selected at the Massachusetts caucuses last weekend support Paul.Paul won 20 of 24 delegates allocated at congressional district conventions in Minnesota, and they did very well in Louisiana last weekend – winning four and a half of six congressional district caucuses, which gives them 74 percent of the delegates to the state convention next month.Paul supporters now co-chair the party in Alaska, and they include a majority in the Iowa Republican State Central Committee.

“Taken together, these victories and those yet to happen forecast a prominent role for Ron Paul at the RNC,” Paul campaign manager John Tate told the Washington Post. “They also signal that the convention will
feature a spirited discussion over whether conservatism will triumph over the status quo.”

If Paul were to end up with a plurality of delegates from five states, he could be nominated from the convention floor. This is unlikely to happen, but his effort could win him a prime-time speaking slot and major input to the party’s platform.

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  • A vote for Paul is a vote for Obama, unfortunately because he'll be a write-in at best.

    I'd rather Paul than Romney by a mile, but it's not going to happen.

    Paul's whole thing about getting rid of the department of education is a bit scary, I must admit.

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    • @jum_runky

      Actually Romney and Obama are identical and both funded by Goldman Sachs.

      So you are exactly wrong.

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    • @RP2012

      Are you high? I never said they weren't both corporate shills. In fact, I said I'd prefer Paul... Your comment was out of left-field.

      Best to actually read my comment before you talk.

      I made two claims:

      1) RP is a write-in at best

      2) I'd prefer RP over Romney

      What am I "exactly wrong" about, precisely?

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    • @RP2012 BP has contributed more money to Bohama than they've contributed to any other U.S. presidential candidate throughout their corporate name mutations.

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    • @jum_runky "Paul's whole thing about getting rid of the department of education is a bit scary, I must admit." Maybe if the DoE was eliminated our young people could be competitive with the rest of the world again.

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    • @TMoray1

      They're competitive already -- at least on paper.

      I'm all for small government, but there are a few places federal oversight is necessary, and, in my opinion, education is right up there with roads and sewers.

      Education, defence, infrastructure and policing should be covered on the federal level. Everything else should be up to the individual state.

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  • Ron Paul's support is mostly from former Hope and Change suckers who wouldn't vote for the actual GOP nominee unless a gun was put to their heads. In that way, he may actually help Romney in November.

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    • @john1054

      Makes sense. All blacks and lefties flocking to Ron Paul.

      Back to sleep.

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    • @john1054
      Romney has so far only promised MORE of a "Hope and Change" agenda also. Of course he's not calling it that. Keeping a Moderate stance, and the fact that everyone else has dropped out has been all the "help" he needs.

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  • Old Ron ain't perfect, but how anyone could consider the other candidates is mind boggling, it is the same story if any one else is elected, they're puppets. Kennedy was the last president to come in and try to change things. Seems to be a higher power at work.

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  • so tired of hearing about this idiot. Paul lost!

    Half of the delegates he has, do not even represent the actual votes cast for him. He planted his minions in the caucuses where despite other candidates winning those votes the delegates intend to vote for Paul. A cheater and a liar is not fit to be President.

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  • I'm writing Paul in...Fuck Romney and Obama!

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  • The arrogance he has is mind blowing. That which he and his minions accuse everyone else of he is committing daily. Ive yet to see any proof justifying Paul being put on a pedestal... apparently invoking the Constitution and doing NOTHING for 30 years is all one needs to be called a true statesmen and a better man than our Founding Fathers! Oh wait you will hear his kind say "he voted ..." and said this and that on the House floor, yes well that is HIS JOB!!! Show me what he has done o More..

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  • let see

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  • Will you Ron Paul moonbats please let it go? The man is never going to win - ever. He can wave his arms and go on whatever rambling maniacal rant he wants - its over. So get on with your conspiracy theories about why he lost now and give it up.

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  • LOL Has anyone actually met a Romney supporter?

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  • He's got my (write-in) vote.

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  • everybody get with it... mitt is a deknokrat, not a politician. first year in office will be BLITZKREGAN!

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  • Sad old man he knows this is his last chance to try. But when it right in front of his face he blind!!!

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    • @thebigniv Ron Paul has just broken 200 delegates from this weekends delegate selections in nevada. The race is far from over. Ron Paul has taken the majority of delegates in 5 states, with another 275 still up for grabs in states which had elections. Look for brokered convention come tampa.

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    • @lowski Your as blind as he is. Remember Ross??? He has NO chance of winning even if he somehow gets the nomination, he will never ever win the general he is to polarizing. Keep it up and its a shoe in for Obamagod to complete his destruction of this country.

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    • @thebigniv Do you expect Romney not to be polarizing?

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    • @lowski Liberal tactics 101 don't deal with the question at hand divert and ask a question yourself. News flash we are talking about Ron not Romney.

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    • @lowski

      lol

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  • The polls ARE faked by GOP and Libtards!!! Ron Paul IS our FAVORITE and WILL be elected POTUS in 2012!

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