Monday, May 07, 2012

Ron Paul, Winning Delegates and the Election

Could an upset be brewing here? -
In state after state, Ron Paul is gobbling up delegates.  The following are quotes from a recent Huffington Post article about what the Ron Paul campaign has been able to achieve in the past few weeks....
-"Sure enough, Paul has already won 20 out of the 24 delegates allocated in Minnesota, by winning a majority of the congressional district contests."
-"In Louisiana, Paulites "dominated" the congressional district caucuses this past Saturday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Paul's supporters carried four of the state's congressional districts, and are guaranteed at least 17 of 46 delegates in the Bayou State, with the potential to pick up more at the state convention on June 2."
-"The other state that Benton likely has his eye on is Colorado, where the Denver Post reported in mid-April that Paul supporters and Santorum backers combined forces to win a "stunning upset" at the state convention, guaranteeing that about half of the state's 33 delegates will be for Paul in August."
And look what just happened in Maine according to USA Today....
In votes leading to the close of the two-day Maine convention, Paul supporters were elected to 21 of the 24 delegate spots from Maine to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla.
So Ron Paul is definitely accumulating a huge pile of his own delegates, but even many so-called "pledged delegates" for Romney could end up playing a huge role for Ron Paul.

The Real Effect
This is going to be rich. Perhaps some of you remember the 'Electoral College' debate, I forget if it was 200 or 2004, in which the Democrats were screaming about the 'will of the people' being subverted and how the EC was archaic and blah, blah, blah... Well at the time, the GOP was proudly proclaiming the 'rule of Law' (As they rightly should have been) and that the election process could not be changed in the middle of the race. (A concept I fully support.)

Well, well, appears that the GOP is going to have the opportunity to also engage in this type of nonsense. If Romney doesn't secure the necessary delegates to secure the nomination will the Republicans start screaming about the 'will of the people'? My belief is a very firm yes.

They have already proved that they are not above 'losing ballots', changing rules, stealing, and other shenanigans to get what they want. They have been declaring Mitt the nominee since he 'won' Iowa, Rick Santorum 'won' Iowa, Ron Paul actually won Iowa, why would anyone think anything different?

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