CHICAGO, February 2, 2012―Tuesday’s headlines could have been written days ago: “Romney Wins Big in
After outspending his biggest competitor, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, by a 4-1 margin with $15.3 million in
But the real story of the
The real story of the
But President Obama is not off the hook yet. Far from it.
The other significant story coming out of
And, unlike Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, he didn’t waste a dime.
But, then again, everything about the
“Just a little while ago, I called Gov. Romney and congratulated him,” said Ron Paul to his supporters at an event in
“Since Newt and Santorum are not on a number of primary ballots, it doesn’t matter if he (Paul) came in fourth in
“Let’s be honest. He (Romney) spent $15 million in
Paul’s strategy is based in amassing smaller victories, not big or flashy ones. Like a glacier slowly reshaping the surrounding landscape, he is making the kind of dent that you only notice over time.
According to campaign manager Jesse Benton, Paul’s goal is to “do well” in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Alaska, North Dakota, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Washington state.”
That just might make Ron Paul the most patient man in American politics.
Paul’s unapologetic rejection of the establishment may be the reason why - of all the GOP presidential contenders – he seems to have the most committed following. They are more than loyal. It is not just about whether they like or dislike Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney. Paul supporters are personally committed to the man himself and view him as inseparable from the constitutional principles they feel he legitimately espouses.
Will Ron Paul’s delegate-gathering strategy succeed? How will he impact the Republican National Convention’s platform? If he fails to secure the GOP nomination, will he run third party? How will his supporters react?
A few weeks back, I wrote a story about a Ron Paul event at the Wise Fools Pub in
Who knew rabid constitutionalism could be this cool?
It is a different kind of energy than you would find at a College Republican event. More social. More invested in a common cause. I approached three guys who were handing out literature with almost a messianic zeal and asked “What motivates you?”
“You lead by example,” said David Earl Williams, founder of a group called “Blue Republicans.” Williams, who used to vote Democrat, is now a passionate Paul convert. He started Blue Republicans to attract disgruntled Democrats to a more constitutionalist philosophy. In the Cold War era, the color red was synonymous with “communism.” Ironically, now the color has come to symbolize the modern Republican Party.
But Ron Paul supporters say they are guided by philosophy not party. If Paul fails to secure the GOP nomination, where will his votes go?
“I was told by a Ron Paul supporter this morning that if Paul does not win primary, he would vote for Obama out of anger and protest of the Republican nominee,” says Dan McIntyre, a member of the Northern Illinois Tea Party.
“Wrote in Paul last time. Won’t waste my time voting this year,” says Paul supporter Roy Uber.
“I voted for McCain to cancel an Obama vote. I will support any of the GOP candidates. Anyone of them would be acceptable to me,” says Alan Warren, an
“Ron Paul has held firm on everything,” says Peter Tauch from
All of this raises serious questions for the Republican Party’s future - its philosophy and its platform. Influencing the 2012 Republican Party platform - that is where Ron Paul and his patient process of delegate-gathering leading up to the Republican National Convention could really make his campaign count.
After all, Ron Paul is a very patient man. And so are his much younger supporters.
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