Ron Paul backers continue 2012 revolution

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May 19, 2012

By MAGGIE HABERMAN and EMILY SCHULTHEIS | Politico.com

Ron Paul started what his supporters call a revolution. Now, that revolution is threatening to march on without him.

Despite suspending active campaigning this week in upcoming primary states, Paul went to Minnesota on Friday night to deliver a speech before the state’s Republican convention as it chooses its delegates to the national one in Tampa this summer. The Minnesota meeting is just one in a string of state party conventions that have seen the Texas congressman’s backers infiltrate their top ranks and nab delegates.

In what amounts to public pleading with his passionate supporters, Paul’s campaign has made clear that he wants them to tamp down the rhetoric, and to be respectful of Mitt Romney at the national convention in August when Romney is crowned the GOP nominee. That isn’t sitting well with some Paulites, who have made their anger clear on message boards and in videos over the past week.

The question for Paul now is whether the movement he sparked will overtake him.

Since Paul effectively declared the end of his campaign, missives posted on the fan page DailyPaul.com have been brutal about Paul national campaign chairman Jesse Benton, who declared, to some supporters’ disgust, that the retiring congressman simply can’t mathematically secure the GOP nomination. Benton has pleaded for “decorum” from Paul’s notoriously raucous backers, who drowned out Dick Cheney with boos at CPAC in 2010 and greeted Josh Romney with similar disdain at the Arizona convention last weekend.

“Jesse acknowledges we have stealth Ron Paul supporters among the Romney delegates,” wrote one supporter on the DailyPaul.com, whose cyber-handle is Bob-45. “He knows delegates can abstain or may even be unbound. This chops the legs off the Ron Paul campaign at a critical juncture. I no longer have any confidence in Jesse Benton; and, if Ron Paul keeps him after this, I will have lost a great deal of confidence in Ron Paul.”

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Rattlerjake says:

    The American public has proven themselves to be fools. Our nation is so stuck on the GOP and Democrats that they can’t see their nose in front of their face. Libertarianism is what this country was originally founded on. The belief that every citizen had the right to do as he pleases freely as long as it doesn’t affect the rights of others, that government is only for maintaining the security of this country and not all of the other functions they have put in place. Mitt Romney is nothing more than the lesser of two evils, and will solve nothing. We need true reform of the entire governmental system and eradicate most of it. We Americans for the next several terms are going to be inundated with minority and special interest groups “stealing” this country’s future for their own gain and not for the betterment of our nation. It is truly sad to see what we have become. What’s worse is that mast of America’s younger generations have no idea because the political indoctrination through public education is complete. Goodbye America, hello USSA.

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