With the suspension of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, mainline Republicans immediately began reporting that the race was over, and that Mitt Romney was the GOP nominee for the presidency. But Romney supporters may have started celebrating prematurely. If recent events are any indication, Ron Paul is a dangerous competitor.
First, Rick Santorum’s supporters have begun uniting with Paulistas on an anti-Romney slate at state conventions. Bolstered by this arrangement, Ron Paul is gathering large numbers of delegates even in states where he performed poorly in the initial voting. In Colorado, a state where Paul came in last place, a Paul/Santorum “Conservative Unity Slate” has captured the plurality of delegates, with Ron Paul leading the coalition. In addition, the Paul/Santorum alliance removed Romney supporter Ryan Call, Colorado State Party Chairman, from his seat as Delegation Chairman, as well as placed two of its own members on the state’s Rules Committee.
Similarly, in Minnesota, three district conventions were held, with Ron Paul winning every delegate. Much is also suspected in Missouri. And in states where Paul performed well, the effects are predicted to be even more dramatic.
Second, Ron Paul has the best chance to win over Evangelicals and even more Santorum supporters, as seen in events past and present. Remember that it was Ron Paul who won the Evangelical Values Voters Summit straw poll back in October of 2011. And recently, Paul declared his willingness to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, symbolizing the city’s status as de facto capitol of the Jewish state. Moves like these help Ron Paul grab the support of Evangelicals reluctant to vote for Romney, a “Massachusetts moderate” and Mormon.
Finally, a recent poll by Rasmussen shows Ron Paul as the only candidate capable of beating Barack Obama. Republicans focused on removing Obama from office would be wise to support the candidate who stands out as truly different from the president. Unlike Romney, Ron Paul is not a “moderate” but rather a refreshingly sincere figure whose third-party style rhetoric is something so many Americans have been waiting for.
Onwards to Tampa!
"Don't hate the player, hate the game."
Ron Paul is a genius and has always been focused on the delegates, not the popular vote.
"While the other GOP hopefuls competed for the almost meaningless votes of average Republicans in what he called, “beauty pageants”, the Paul campaign would concentrate its efforts electing and securing delegates to the Republican Party national nominating convention. With the race down to just two men now – Paul and Romney – the Texas Congressman’s strategy is working."
Now if only the media (both sides) would actually report the facts & the real votes were counted, Paul would have a real chance.
I'm no fan of Paul, and I even think many of his ideas are not feasible in the least. But I like any kind of anti Romney coalition, campaign and so forth. I don't think Paul has any chances with the numbers, but it is good to see an outlet for the republican base discontent.
These are the same people that heard Paul speak about stopping the wars and protecting liberties and went ahead and supported the candidate that supports the complete opposite.
Had these same people been on board with Dr. Paul earlier, we'd be talking about a different race. Better late than never I guess...
James Street 1 hour ago Unfortunately, not enough people ha...
I'll give you this, Dr. Paul is more of a threat than Speaker Gingrich. But still, a lot of polls before Santorum's withdrawl had Romney listed as their second choice, then Paul, then Gingrich. Paul will place second or may even win one primary coming up, but I think with New York, Pennsylvania, California and several other primaries coming up, Romney will have it all but wrapped up delegate wise by the second week of May or so. Even if delegates transfer over from Santorum to Paul, Romney still has a massive lead. Mathematically, the odds are just in his favor.
Paul will stay in because he wants an impact on the platform, and he should have one. While I don't like him much personally, I have to admire him. (Don't tell anyone I said that!) :)
It's always amusing to see how people are brainwashed by the media and the state's propaganda machine. Anything that goes against the popular narrative is absurd in their minds, reality notwithstanding. I hope Paul makes a mess of the convention, and at least shows all theses types that the media can't be trusted.
Hmm, here I was worried that the bleeding of the Republican Party was over. I hope you're right about this I hope they keep fighting all the way to Tampa. That'll leave who ever is left standing all good and bloodied by the general election.
I think this officially makes me a bad person.
James Street 1 hour ago I think Obama should just pick Romn...