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Ron Paul: what will he be able to do at the convention?

Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/04/16 17:49:43
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The New York Times shows Mitt Romney leading with over 600 delegates, and Ron Paul with only 52. But:

Over the weekend, reports came in from Examiner.com (Wilmington, DE and their National
edition). They showed Ron Paul winning delegates in Missouri, Colorado
and Minnesota that everyone thought would go to Romney or Santorum.
Santorum then quit the race last week, and never said how he expected
“his” delegates to vote. The two Examiners seemed to think that many of
them would vote for Ron Paul and not for Mitt Romney. In any
event, Ron Paul knew that caucuses would select delegates, because
primaries were non-binding. Not only are those primaries non-binding;
they have no influence on what caucuses do.


The Colorado results are most interesting. Caucuses chose 36
delegates. Sources did not seem to agree on how they would vote. But
those who investigated the matter closely, realized what had happened. RealClearPolitics, for instance, says
that Mitt Romney had the most delegates. In fact, he “won” 13
delegates, against 6 for Santorum. The caucuses chose 17 others who did not pledge their votes. But where do their loyalties lie? Tom Mullen at The Washington Times thinks he knows. Todd King of Lewis, CO, one of those “unpledged” delegates, told Mr. Mullen this:


13 unpledged delegates, including me, will vote for Ron
Paul on the first ballot. One unpledged delegate will vote for Santorum.
The remaining three unpledged delegates, also known as the ‘delegates
at large,’ are the state GOP Chairman, the state GOP National
Committeeman and the National Committeewoman. Those three will likely
vote for Romney. They usually vote for the frontrunner so as not to make
waves.


So Ron Paul can count on as many delegate votes as Mitt Romney can,
or almost as many, depending on how the super-delegates vote.


Missouri Republicans changed their caucus rules,
under pressure from many who felt that the Republican “establishment”
wanted them to shut-up and let them do things their way. Ron Paul hopes
to “dominate” in Missouri when Republican voters there meet in caucus
this Saturday and in June.


The Ron Paul campaign flatly disputes the AP/New York Times delegate tally. In March they showed the true delegate strength as:


  • Mitt Romney: 425
  • Rick Santorum: 361
  • Ron Paul: 225
  • Newt Gingrich: 165

One commenter on that page explained how Ron Paul’s supporters get delegates:


This isn’t for sissies. You have to go to the meetings,
meet people and tell them your name so they’ll remember you when it
comes time to vote in delegates, etc. And frankly, it’s boring. I
listened to a long speech tonight and there were a million other things I
would’ve rather been doing (like reading on here or griping with my RP
friends on Facebook).


If those who support the other three candidates are less willing to
listen to “boring…long speech[es]” and forgo their “million other things
[they'd] rather [do],” then of course they’re losing delegates. They
leave the field to Ron Paul.

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  • Theresa 2012/04/16 18:32:09
    Win the nomination
    Theresa
    +18
    Ron Paul could be the only Nominee without the scent of scandal. That I think will be very important to the delegates.

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  • Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~ 2012/04/21 21:09:15
    Make or break the eventual nominee
    Kat ♪.BTO-t-BCRA-F~PWCM~
    +1
    Bottom line is Obama needs to go, Paul has little chance of getting nominated. His followers are going to hate it, but Romney would be better than 4 more years of Obama and he should know that. He probably could get a cabinet position and do some good, but if Obamas re-elected he sure as hell won't get anything except higher expenses like everyone else.
  • Aahz_OneAndOnly 2012/04/20 06:40:13
    Win the nomination
    Aahz_OneAndOnly
    +2
    Time for the SHEEPLE to wake up.
    wolf at the door
  • *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg' 2012/04/20 02:31:56
    Undecided
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    +2
    Any of the above. But also, assuming Romney is just short of delegates, Paul can take his delegates (and even other's delegates who like Ron Paul) and leave. A protest. A walk-out. The convention would be in uproar. The GOP establishment could implode.
  • niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20 2012/04/19 14:01:04
    None of the above
    niviongo R ☮ P ☮ 12-20
    +3
    Stick to his principles as he has done for over 2 decades.
    Conventions are rigged!.
  • Sherlock Dog BL - a Gazillion 2012/04/18 21:02:43
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/04/18 18:35:22
    None of the above
    Stan Kapusta
    They will ignore him.
  • The Black Dagger 2012/04/18 16:44:46
    None of the above
    The Black Dagger
    I hope, because he has a snowball's chance in hell of receiving the nomination, he will do his level best to keep all the members of Congress, the POTUS, etc honest and pursuant to keeping them to Constitutional values.
  • Skip 2012/04/17 23:35:14
    Win the nomination
    Skip
    +4
    I'm certain the Grand Old Politburo would be able to strong-arm a Neo-conservative into the nomination, especially since most Republicans vote "anybody but Obama"... showing their lack of intellectual stamina to pay attention during the debates where Ron Paul whipes up the other nominees.
  • goatman112003 2012/04/17 23:04:09
    Force the convention to adopt a platform more to his liking
    goatman112003
    +1
    Get certain planks in the platform. This he can do with relative ease anything else is not likely.
  • bozo 2012/04/17 21:47:22
    None of the above
    bozo
    well he could sweep the floors, windows need to be washed inside and out side, there will be much trash to remove.
    in fact why should they even let him into the convention????
  • wrwheelerjr 2012/04/17 21:28:43
    Win the nomination
    wrwheelerjr
    +3
    The convention will be brokered and on the second vote Paul will secure the votes to win. Fortunately the Democrats will have dedicated so much energy to Mitt that they won't be ready to fight Paul.
  • sbtbill 2012/04/17 19:35:01
    None of the above
    sbtbill
    +2
    The Republican will as usual ignore Paul.
  • Brat 2012/04/17 19:28:49
    Win the nomination
    Brat
    +3
    Wouldn't that be grand!
  • FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX 2012/04/17 18:14:29
    None of the above
    FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX
    Card tricks, maybe? I hear he's a pretty good juggler also.
  • Opinionated-Conservative 2012/04/17 17:19:12
    None of the above
    Opinionated-Conservative
    +2
    He has no chance, no matter what.
  • Opinion... Opinion... 2012/04/17 17:20:22
    Opinionated-Conservative
    +2
    I will say that if he was chosen as the vp, he would be able to bring in a lot of the younger vote for Romney.
  • Tuna Opinion... 2012/04/17 19:42:20
    Tuna
    +4
    He would take ALOT democrats from O, who has already lost the independants.
  • Cold Warrior 2012/04/17 17:16:56
    None of the above
    Cold Warrior
    +1
    Just make an ass of himself, like he's been doing.
  • Alleycat 2012/04/17 17:09:39
    Force the convention to adopt a platform more to his liking
    Alleycat
    +2
    Ron Paul is a respected Congressman and some of his ideas will be included in the party platform, I honestly think him and Romney struck a deal early in the primary...
  • Tuna Alleycat 2012/04/17 19:43:20
    Tuna
    +3
    I kinda think RP doesn't want to muddy the waters too badly for Rand; Rand is a rising star.
  • Alleycat Tuna 2012/04/17 19:52:00
    Alleycat
    +4
    Rand Paul is a class act and Ron Paul is and has always been a respected Congressman as far as I am concerned. Their interest in the welfare if this country is selfless and I think Romney will be influenced by their ideas and opinions.
  • Tuna Alleycat 2012/04/17 19:56:14
    Tuna
    +4
    I remember when RP was at 1%-3% but this time he is 9%-20%; so somebody hears him moreso than before. Rand will carry the torch until the rest hear Dr. Paul's message.
  • Alleycat Tuna 2012/04/17 20:04:13
    Alleycat
    +2
    You can bet your ass they hear him loud and clear...
  • hari 2012/04/17 17:02:37
    None of the above
    hari
    +1
    he will do what he had been doing in 2008
  • Fire&Ice 2012/04/17 16:55:15
    None of the above
    Fire&Ice
    Sit there and watch his career go the rest of the way down the drain.

    Funny this should mention RCP. On April 5, 2012, a few days before Santorum announced he would suspend his campaign, RP was sitting at 12.2% and Romney at 37.5 in the National average.
    Today, RP is at 14.3% (nearly tying his all time high) while Romney has jumped to 47.3%.
  • Ferηαηdo Fierce Monster of ... 2012/04/17 16:54:03
    None of the above
    Ferηαηdo Fierce Monster of Phaet
    +1
    Fade into irrelevancy like he has the entire campaign.
  • LAAD Gu... Ferηαηd... 2012/04/17 19:14:48
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +7
    You're delusional if you think Ron Paul is irrelevant. His support base is so large, the GOP will not be able to beat Obama without us. So anyone who TRULY wants Obama out had better change their tune about Ron Paul.
  • sbtbill LAAD Gu... 2012/04/17 19:37:23
    sbtbill
    +1
    You may be right, but the Republicans will still ignore him. They may share a view views with him but basically the Republican party just wishes Ron Paul would go away.
  • LAAD Gu... sbtbill 2012/04/17 19:45:22
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +5
    The MSM is who REALLY wants Ron Paul to go away, and they're sucking in many Republicans and getting them to believe the bs they're spewing. If America has a chance in hell of being saved, that CHANCE is Ron Paul. People call us Paulbots and say Ron Paul is our "Savior"...that's a load of crap, Ron Paul is no Savior, however he IS the ONLY candidate in the race that is talking about the corruption, the only man with a cause, and the only man that will give us a chance of saving our nation, because come next election...if there is a next election...it will be too late to save us.

    TRUE conservatives realize this. TRUE conservatives know that in such a crucial time in our country, we cannot settle for anything less than a Ron Paul, they know that if we want a chance we have to elect the RIGHT man not just any man. I'm probably speaking to the choir here, but just the same, we need Ron Paul. No one else will do.
  • ☆The Ro... LAAD Gu... 2012/04/27 05:33:25
  • Max 2012/04/17 15:22:21
    Undecided
    Max
    +8
    Ron Paul is the man. Hopefully, voters will read his plan.
  • voice_matters 2012/04/17 14:56:04
    None of the above
    voice_matters
    He doesn't have anything to use to get anything. having him at the convention would show that romney is not interested in the gop platform. paul is a weak choice for anything. he oesn't carry enough power in congress to make him a threat if he did decicde to run as an independent to congress.
  • talli 2012/04/17 14:53:36
    None of the above
    talli
    +2
    He will keep the good old boys in the RNC at least somewhat guarded about shoving more liberal garbage down our throats in the form of a Rhino at the helm. At least, that is what I hope for!
  • Crank_It_Up 2012/04/17 14:34:46
    None of the above
    Crank_It_Up
    ron paul can't do jack, but of course it will take months for the sodahead tea baggers to admit this. Watching them cry and moan will be very amusing.
  • LAAD Gu... Crank_I... 2012/04/17 19:18:28
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +5
    Thank you for espousing just how ignorant you are, particularly with the tea bagger comment. Ron Paul's support is coming in large part from libertarians, if you're going to be insulting at least TRY to look like you know what the hell you're talking about...which clearly, you don't.
  • Crank_I... LAAD Gu... 2012/04/17 20:37:37
    Crank_It_Up
    tea baggers can't stand romney, so who does that leave for their support? ron paul will be their last hope for no obama. Look for more crying and moaning ahead from the tea baggers.
  • nverumind 2012/04/17 14:18:11
    Win the nomination
    nverumind
    +8
    He's got my vote. And its gonna piss the mainstream media off when noone is listening to them anymore. Do your own research and find the truth, because god knows the news doesnt have it anymore.
  • LAAD Gu... nverumind 2012/04/17 19:19:05
    LAAD Gunner - USMC
    +5
    Speak that truth! :)
  • Robert 2012/04/17 14:10:22 (edited)
    Win the nomination
    Robert
    +10
    Hopefully, he will upset the establishment by getting the nomination. Go Dr. PAUL!!!
  • voice_m... Robert 2012/04/17 15:08:01
    voice_matters
    how can he win the nomination? santorum will give his delegaes to romney as will newt. with the remainder of the primaries going to romney he wins nomination
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