- Posted May 6, 2012 by
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Backstage Paul Supporters Revolt Against Establishment GOP
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
Without a lot of the mainstream media, especially 24/7 cable news networks, reporting or taking notice, a revolt is going on in state GOP conventions across the country especially in caucus states.
For a long time Republican presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul has proclaimed that it is all about the delegates in his battle to win the standard bearer position.
That has become a rallying cry for Paul supporters in places like Maine, New Mexico, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota and Colorado. Paul's organization has been working diligently to make sure Paul's Liberty Movement is well-represented in these states as Republicans hold conventions to actually select the delegates to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Florida the last week of August.
But it's more than just the convention delegates at stake. Paulites have also been revolting against establishment Republicans and claiming victories in taking control of the state party committees. Whether the move will result in the 5-state plurality needed to place Paul's name in nomination at the convention remains to be seen.
There have been conflicting reports from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney supporters and Paul supporters at these state conventions of political hijinx, fake ballots and threats by the Republican National Committee to not seat or recognize some of the contested state delegations which Paul has been winning.
Many of Paul's supporters are seeing handwriting on the wall that will lead to a brokered convention come August which will deny the nomination to Romney. Paulites point to delegates of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who now have no candidate to support. Paulites hope to win those delegates over.
For a long time I have stated my belief that Paul is not so much interested in winning the nomination this year, but rather to shape the Republican Party platform. I also have stated that Paul is building his Liberty Movement as a springboard for his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, to launch a run for the White House in either 2016 or 2020.
I still believe that is the case.
Paul supporters are reported to be pressing a prime time speaking spot if not the nomination when the GOP meets in Tampa. Paulites are certain that Paul's message on fiscal restraint and the evil of the Federal Reserve system is one that all Americans must hear and embrace.
Do not think for one moment that Paul is staying the in race just to be a spoiler. Paul's supporters are out in mass and working the system to make sure their candidate is not ignored by the established Republican leadership which has relegated Paul and his supporters to the fringe.
With the successes in capturing majorities on the state party committees, Paulites are poised to reshape the Grand Old Party in coming years. That reshaping of the party will serve Senator Paul well if he decides to indeed run for president.
From the Cornfield, all the fireworks from the bruising Republican primary season are not over...just yet. What is happening backstage is liable to reshape the Republican Party for years to come.
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