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Should Mitt Romney worry about Ron Paul?

the_old_coach 2012/05/06 18:55:18
I believe the "Republican" Party should...

I'm terribly disappointed in the way the "New Republicans" have hijacked what was once an invigorated, viable political entity and devolved it into a penny-ante, biased, bigoted, closed-door party that can't work or operate in the light of day. It really has become a sterotype.

I can only hope that some of Mr. Paul's ideology carries on with a younger generation so that we can save this country.

Should Mitt Romney worry
about Ron Paul?

Mitt Romney is way ahead
of Ron Paul in the delegate count. But Paul's enthusiastic forces have been
effective in controlling state party apparatus, and this could impact the GOP
convention.

Christian Science MonitorBy Brad Knickerbocker

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.


"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.

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  • Lee 2012/05/06 19:28:29 (edited)
    Lee
    +7
    Yes, Romney should worry about Ron Paul. Paul is bound to collect write in votes from Republicans who just cannot stand the phoniness of Mitt Romney.

    Plenty of Americans cannot identify in any way with Romney.

    And that is no surprise. After all, Romney isn't really a real American . . in the sense that NOTHING binds Romney to America and the American experience.

    There is nothing real about the man. He has very little in common with the vast majority of Americans.

    Mitt Romney will always be secure in his ENTITLED status until the day he dies. He has never and will never worry about rent or mortgage payments or doctor bills or scraping up enough money to buy gas.

    Not only has he always been rich, but he has always been LDS. He's a Latter Day Saint . . .

    A Saint by God . . . and therefore far superior to the mass of us mere mortals who toil and struggle and work so that he can have the tax cuts to which he is ENTITLED.

    There is nothing real about Mitt Romney.

    It's no wonder Romney fits in so well with the unreal expectations and beliefs and delusions of the Latter Day Conservatives who make up the Latter Day Republican Party.

    What you call "New Republicans" and a "penny-ante, biased, bigoted, closed-door party that can't work or operate in the light of day" . . . that is the is the...

    Yes, Romney should worry about Ron Paul. Paul is bound to collect write in votes from Republicans who just cannot stand the phoniness of Mitt Romney.

    Plenty of Americans cannot identify in any way with Romney.

    And that is no surprise. After all, Romney isn't really a real American . . in the sense that NOTHING binds Romney to America and the American experience.

    There is nothing real about the man. He has very little in common with the vast majority of Americans.

    Mitt Romney will always be secure in his ENTITLED status until the day he dies. He has never and will never worry about rent or mortgage payments or doctor bills or scraping up enough money to buy gas.

    Not only has he always been rich, but he has always been LDS. He's a Latter Day Saint . . .

    A Saint by God . . . and therefore far superior to the mass of us mere mortals who toil and struggle and work so that he can have the tax cuts to which he is ENTITLED.

    There is nothing real about Mitt Romney.

    It's no wonder Romney fits in so well with the unreal expectations and beliefs and delusions of the Latter Day Conservatives who make up the Latter Day Republican Party.

    What you call "New Republicans" and a "penny-ante, biased, bigoted, closed-door party that can't work or operate in the light of day" . . . that is the is the Latter Day Republican Party.

    The Latter Day Republican Party is a distorted and twisted shadow of Lincoln's Republican Party in the same way that Mitt Romney is a distorted and transparently fake version of a Real Saint.
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  • Arizona1950 2012/05/07 03:34:11 (edited)
    Arizona1950
    +3
    Its no longer a question of a vote for Romney is a vote against the Obama. It's becoming quite clear that a vote for Romney is a vote against Ron Paul.

    I can only wonder why such devotion for a man who offers nothing but the same. One who is just as un-constitutional ... Why would anyone allow evil to continue under the guise of supporting Romney as a viable choice for change?
  • Cal 2012/05/06 23:35:46
    Cal
    Ron Paul is no threat to Romney at this point. All Paul's doing is dividing the GOP base and giving Obama a greater chance at victory.
  • Arizona... Cal 2012/05/07 03:30:28
    Arizona1950
    +3
    Why such devotion for a man who offers nothing but the same. One who is just as un-constitutional ... please I think its an honest question. Why would you allow evil to continue under the guise of supporting Romney as a vote against Ron Paul?
  • Mateo Cal 2012/05/07 18:03:38
    Mateo
    +2
    I see it a bit differently. The reason I have voted for Paul numerous times (although I don't neccessarily agree with 100% of his policies) is that voting for him all the way through the convention is the ONLY way the GOP establishment will take it's Libertarian constituency seriously. Look at history and how parties have evolved over time- the Republican party panders to religious and social conservatives precisely because they can cause the type of parliamentary chaos that Paul supporters are about to.

    We Libertarians actually want people to be able to live as they wish, unlike religious conservatives who fight against the "gay agenda" or write bills full of censorship and civil rights violations (SOPA, ACTA, Patriot Act), or unlike patriarchal liberals who write bills to regulate how much salt we can eat and mandate helmets, hate speech laws (I am offended, it's HATE SPEEEECH!) and promote entities within the government which sap our individual will and drive (pretty much EVERY federal department these days). We are the only group that actually espouses liberty as the highest value rather than an exclusive God or a ridiculous notion of "Fairness".

    By voting as a bloc and flexing the numerical and ideological power of the libertarian wing of the GOP, WE will be the ones pa...
    I see it a bit differently. The reason I have voted for Paul numerous times (although I don't neccessarily agree with 100% of his policies) is that voting for him all the way through the convention is the ONLY way the GOP establishment will take it's Libertarian constituency seriously. Look at history and how parties have evolved over time- the Republican party panders to religious and social conservatives precisely because they can cause the type of parliamentary chaos that Paul supporters are about to.

    We Libertarians actually want people to be able to live as they wish, unlike religious conservatives who fight against the "gay agenda" or write bills full of censorship and civil rights violations (SOPA, ACTA, Patriot Act), or unlike patriarchal liberals who write bills to regulate how much salt we can eat and mandate helmets, hate speech laws (I am offended, it's HATE SPEEEECH!) and promote entities within the government which sap our individual will and drive (pretty much EVERY federal department these days). We are the only group that actually espouses liberty as the highest value rather than an exclusive God or a ridiculous notion of "Fairness".

    By voting as a bloc and flexing the numerical and ideological power of the libertarian wing of the GOP, WE will be the ones pandered to during primaries, promises will be made to OUR ideals and progress towards a smaller, less intrusive government that lets us ALL live as we choose so long as we aren't hurting someone else. WE can make the party hold to small government, big freedom ideology much like social justice and environmentalist folk do in the DFL. The trends don't look good for relying upon social conservatives- they are getting old fast. To reinvigorate the party, this fight is neccessary.
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  • the_old... Mateo 2012/05/07 20:03:53
  • Savior 2012/05/06 21:26:46
    Savior
    +3
    Mitt Romney is worried, he just won't show it. But many of local state campaign people are trying their best to deny Ron Paul supporters delegate slots.
  • 9th of 9 2012/05/06 20:53:56
    9th of 9
    +1
    He should and is... 80? what a laugher.
  • Gregaj7 2012/05/06 19:32:19
    Gregaj7
    +6
    His numbers are totally incorrect, and probably derived from the MSM, which NO "Christian" should ever trust!
  • Lee 2012/05/06 19:28:29 (edited)
    Lee
    +7
    Yes, Romney should worry about Ron Paul. Paul is bound to collect write in votes from Republicans who just cannot stand the phoniness of Mitt Romney.

    Plenty of Americans cannot identify in any way with Romney.

    And that is no surprise. After all, Romney isn't really a real American . . in the sense that NOTHING binds Romney to America and the American experience.

    There is nothing real about the man. He has very little in common with the vast majority of Americans.

    Mitt Romney will always be secure in his ENTITLED status until the day he dies. He has never and will never worry about rent or mortgage payments or doctor bills or scraping up enough money to buy gas.

    Not only has he always been rich, but he has always been LDS. He's a Latter Day Saint . . .

    A Saint by God . . . and therefore far superior to the mass of us mere mortals who toil and struggle and work so that he can have the tax cuts to which he is ENTITLED.

    There is nothing real about Mitt Romney.

    It's no wonder Romney fits in so well with the unreal expectations and beliefs and delusions of the Latter Day Conservatives who make up the Latter Day Republican Party.

    What you call "New Republicans" and a "penny-ante, biased, bigoted, closed-door party that can't work or operate in the light of day" . . . that is the is the...

    Yes, Romney should worry about Ron Paul. Paul is bound to collect write in votes from Republicans who just cannot stand the phoniness of Mitt Romney.

    Plenty of Americans cannot identify in any way with Romney.

    And that is no surprise. After all, Romney isn't really a real American . . in the sense that NOTHING binds Romney to America and the American experience.

    There is nothing real about the man. He has very little in common with the vast majority of Americans.

    Mitt Romney will always be secure in his ENTITLED status until the day he dies. He has never and will never worry about rent or mortgage payments or doctor bills or scraping up enough money to buy gas.

    Not only has he always been rich, but he has always been LDS. He's a Latter Day Saint . . .

    A Saint by God . . . and therefore far superior to the mass of us mere mortals who toil and struggle and work so that he can have the tax cuts to which he is ENTITLED.

    There is nothing real about Mitt Romney.

    It's no wonder Romney fits in so well with the unreal expectations and beliefs and delusions of the Latter Day Conservatives who make up the Latter Day Republican Party.

    What you call "New Republicans" and a "penny-ante, biased, bigoted, closed-door party that can't work or operate in the light of day" . . . that is the is the Latter Day Republican Party.

    The Latter Day Republican Party is a distorted and twisted shadow of Lincoln's Republican Party in the same way that Mitt Romney is a distorted and transparently fake version of a Real Saint.
    (more)
  • the_old... Lee 2012/05/06 20:09:46
  • Teri- Oregon 2012/05/06 19:15:19
    Teri- Oregon
    +7
    The simple fact is that the GOP doesn't want a candidate in there to win, if Paul gets in he will take the votes from Obama with such an overwhelming number that the election can't be fixed. Obama is not done with his agenda (the banker agenda) and Romney might go through with most of it but not all. Obama is best for this! They already know Romney can't win against Obama and they want it that way. Have you noticed how on bills that have to do with our freedoms the two party's take turns voting them in so no one party gets the total brunt of everything?
  • the_old... Teri- O... 2012/05/06 19:19:04
    the_old_coach
    +7
    I have noticed, and every day I hope that American voters will wake up and do what's right, and turn these charlatons out, but the sheeple are programmed to look away and not see what is right in front of their eyes.

    I am very sad for America.

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