- Posted May 14, 2012 by
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Then There Was One - Well Sort Of - Not Quite
The news just broke. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is not going to actively pursue the remaining primaries in the Republican presidential nomination race.
So...what does that mean?
Paul went on to say that he will continue, however, to work the state convention process to shore up his delegate count. As I have been reporting, Paul and his supporters in his Liberty Movement have been taking over GOP State Committtees from coast to coast and gathering delegates for the national convention to be held in late August in Tampa, Florida. Those delegates being slated are in states which Paul did not win. In fact, Paul has won no states to date.
That hasn't stopped his and his supporters quest to seat delegates.
Again, what does this mean?
As I have noted several times before, Paul's goal is not to be the Republican presidential nominee, but rather it is a quest to reshape, reform and take over the GOP from the inside. I believe he has 3 main goals:
1. Build his libertarian Liberty Movement
2. Effect changes in the Republican platform at the national convention in August
3. Build a springboard to launch a presidential run by his son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, in either 2016 or 2020.
Sunday I asked if over the weekend we saw Kentucky Senator Rand Paul starting to build a foundation for his eventual presidential bid in talking to Iowa GOP members.
In that report I noted:
I don't know about anyone else, but to me it is becoming increasingly more obvious that we are seeing a grassroots organization in the making that will transform the GOP over the next 4 to 8 years.
Don't under-estimate the power building going on state by state by members of the Liberty Movement and the desire to keep the flame alive even after the Honorable Gentleman from Texas moves off the political stage.
From the Cornfield, while it may appear that Paul is making way for Romney to clinch the GOP nomination, I do not believe that it will be clear sailing come convention time.
Paul and his supporters will make their presence known and the establishment party leaders are going to have their hands full trying to figure out how to adapt to an apparent hostile take-over much like the Evangelical take-over several years ago.