With Ron Paul Last Man Standing, RNC Prepares For Shenanigans

With Newt Gingrich formally out of the race this week, now is the time for Mitt Romney to bask in his eventual nomination.  But he’s not the nominee yet, and rival Ron Paul isn’t ready to stop campaigning.

There is essentially no way that the Texas congressman can amass enough delegates to become the endorsed Republican candidate.  But with his loyal following and his militant understanding of how to work a caucus process, he’s still a force to be reckoned with.  And although Romney has been winning state after state, what few have noticed is that in the end, Paul is amassing quite a number of real delegates.  It’s those delegates who really get to make the decision when the party convenes in Tampa for the national convention.

The Washington Times is dubbing the efforts as “exploiting party rules,” but as anyone who has participated in a caucus as a delegate can tell you, it’s not exploiting anything.  Becoming a delegate is something you have to actively work for, rather than simply filling in a ballot.  It’s a system meant to reward those who do the volunteering, activism and legwork of the political process, and it’s a way to measure the real strength of a candidate by showing off the supporters’ level of enthusiasm.

Still, the GOP is calling it shenanigans, and they aren’t happy at all.  “[L]oyalists for the libertarian congressman from Texas in recent days have engineered post-primary organizing coups in states such as Louisiana and Alaska, confirming what party regulars say would be an effort to grab an outsized role in the convention and the party’s platform deliberations. In Massachusetts, the state where Mr. Romney served as governor, Paul loyalists over the weekend helped block more than half of Mr. Romney’s preferred nominees from being named delegates at state party caucuses — even though Mr. Romney won his home state’s primary with 72 percent of the vote.”

He’s had success in garnering many delegates in other states, too.  And here in Minnesota, he handily swept the delegate election despite a low showing in the actual caucus.

Right now, Paul has 80 delegates — not a huge number compared to Romney, but impressive for someone who has yet to actually win a caucus or primary.  And the Republican National Committee has had become nervous enough about his supporters’ potential to block Romney’s one ballot only endorsement process that they’re beginning to take precautions when it comes to final contests.   John Ralston reports that the RNC Chief Counsel has threatened the Nevada GOP, telling them that if Paul supporters take too many delegate slots,  “Nevada’s entire contingent may not be seated in Tampa.”

Will the Paul supporters listen? We’ll see tomorrow.

Photo by R. DeYoung


JACK DOYLE6 years ago

The GOP deserves him and STD as well.

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Roger Monk
Past Member 6 years ago

Is Ron Paul still going? I admire his stamina, but surely it's time for his nap.

John B.
John B6 years ago

It was my hope that someone would shake up the GOP convention. While I think Mr. Paul is a political idiot he and his delegates might make it entertaining enough that it might just win the Emmy for comedy of the year. Thanks for the article Robin.

Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago

Where is a muzzle when you need one?

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence6 years ago

There is no fool like an old fool .. especially this ass

BMutiny TCorporationsAreE

Ron Paul is a reactionary idiot; but if he shakes up the Repukelican party, I LOVE it!!! I'll even love him for that! No doubt the Repukes will over-react and commit some embarrassing faux pas. I'll be holding my breath. There can't possibly be any other interesting thing happening at the Repuke Convention.....

Ron B.
Ron B6 years ago

Certainly Ron Paul realizes that he has no chance of winning the Presidential nomination. But no doubt he wants to maintain a presence up to and beyond the GOP convention to be as influential a force in every way possible within the party. He's just not quite extreme enough in every way by current Republican standards to gain much traction though.

Mary Driver
Mary Driver6 years ago

I LOVE RON PAUL!! If he were president now, there would have been NO NDAA, NO PATRIOT ACT, NO NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS EXECUTIVE ORDER and NO QUESTION ABOUT HIS CITIZENSHIP! For anyone out there that doesn't know what the above items are......research them.and WEEP for AMERICANS! RON PAUL HAS MORE DELEGATES THAN THE AUTHOR CITES~ AND.HE IS VERY MUCH STILL IN THE RACE!!!

Cecily Pretty
Cecily P6 years ago

It will definitely be interesting to see how everything plays out...