Ron Paul's delegate strategy

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And this is why he can win in Tampa and steal the Republican nomination away from the fascist war mongers.  

Hopefully today I can either get elected as a delegate or elect fellow Ron Paul supporters to go down to Tampa.  

by Jack Hunter

Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign has won the majority of Washington’s delegates to the Republican National Convention, and a number of other states are expected to follow suit, pointing to a hectic convention in which Mitt Romney’s path to the nomination may face a major insurgent opponent.

Washington is now the third state, after Iowa and Minnesota, in which Ron Paul has locked up at least half of the state’s nominating delegates. In order to be officially entered in nomination at the Tampa, Fla., convention, he needs to secure half or more of the delegates in five states, and as of Thursday, he looks poised to grab a majority of delegates in other states like North Dakota and Maine in coming weeks.

Ron Paul’s 2012 campaign has taken an unorthodox tack, hoping to draw state delegates to his camp rather than simply winning the popular vote. As such, he is stacking up delegates who once backed Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and other fallen candidates.

And the strategy is not unprecedented. Warren G. Harding pulled off a surprise win at the 1920 Republican convention, where he eventually won the nomination despite heading in with the fewest delegates of any remaining candidate. And Harding went on to sweep into the White House.

Even Fox News said this week that Paul’s presence on the ballot at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa ”looks inevitable at this point.”

Two serious question for Paul supporters:

  1. Realistically, do you think this is likely to happen?
  2. If Paul managed to win the nomination this way, would you be bothered that he’d done it without the support of a majority (or even plurality) of voters?

I’m a Ron Paul supporter, and (I like to think) a reasonable individual (which is often not the case with anyone willing to write about a candidate this early in the process online), so I’ll respond.

1. Yes. I do think it’s possible. Likely even. The Republican party is completely disjointed. The Paul campaign is many things, disjointed is not among the list.

2. There are rules for the “contest” of party nomination, those rules are subverted yearly by overspending from the party “establishment” or more accurately, their corporate backers. Ron Paul and his campaign haven’t subverted anything here. They’ve given a consistent message (which anyone is free to disagree with) and followed the rules, even when others have not. To be ashamed of the accomplishment of getting through at the convention would be pointless. No one has been disenfranchised by the campaign’s efforts. Instead, a dissenting voice within the campaign is being given a chance to be heard.

There are an awful lot of people that identify as “conservative” that are absolutely sick of being represented by the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich et al. Ron Paul and the various groups that tend to support him want to win back a piece of the national and international conservative label.

Not all Republicans hate homosexuals, or poor people, or Islam. Not all Republicans want to tell you what to do in your bed room, or marriage or medicine cabinet. Ron Paul (and the delegates his campaign is collecting) will speak for those people.

Why wouldn’t you be excited about that?

Ron Paul's delegate strategy