Should Mitt Romney worry about Ron Paul?
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
By Brad Knickerbocker
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
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
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
“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
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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