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Posted on 05/10/2012 10:20:08 AM PDT by RitaOK
Larry Kudlow asks the most pertinent question about Ron Pauls continuing efforts on the campaign trail after Mitt Romney has all but wrapped up the GOP nomination, which is what Paul hopes to accomplish by continuing to contest it. Paul says hes not ready to follow Rick Santorums lead by endorsing Romney in the near future and why should he? Hes raising money with a low burn rate, grabbing enough delegates to have the party establishment worried, and putting himself in position to force some policy changes in the party platform. Ron Paul is having the time of his life:
With virtually zero chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination, Rep. Ron Paul said Tuesday that he has no immediate plans to endorse Mitt Romney.
Not soon, he said on CNBCs The Kudlow Report.
Im not thinking about that as much as what kind of presence well have, how many people were going to have there, and what kind of an influence we can have on the platform in Tampa, he added, noting that there were still plenty of delegates still up for grabs. It may turn out that we may end up winning Iowa, and weve won a couple of these other states.
Just how close to zero chance is it for Paul, anyway? Lets assume that Paul can capture all of the delegates in caucus states, thanks to his organizational strength and ability to play the long game. Right now, Romney has 722 untouchable bound delegates from primary states, up through last nights elections. Hell get at least half of Indianas 46 delegates even if Paul can claw some from the caucus portion of the allocation, so bring that to 745 delegates. Romney should win all of the rest of the primaries by majorities, so California puts Romney over the top by June 5th no matter what happens. Its over, and its been over since at least Santorums withdrawal.
But the endgame, as Kudlow puts it, hasnt been the nomination anyway, at least not for Paul. He wants to influence policy in exactly the way he states in the interview, but more importantly, he wants his supporters holding the levers of power in local and state party organizations. That will make it much easier to move the GOP in his direction and eventually give his son Rand a clear path to a presidential nomination. When hes finished setting up his organization and generating as much in contributions as he can, hell give Romney his blessing in this election, because by then Romneys win this year wont matter to Paul.
Update: CNN asked Paul about rumors that his campaign planned to use its muscle on the delegate floor in Tampa to stage demonstrations against the Republican nominee, or at least the party establishment. Paul disavowed that intent:
COSTELLO: Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Huntsman, Perry, Cain, theyve all dropped out. Why havent you?
PAUL: Well, it certainly isnt for the reason of disrupting a convention as you were alluding to. That is not in my plan. That is against my plan. I dont like that being a suggestion.
Im in it for very precise reasons to maximize our efforts to get as many delegates as we can. Im still a candidate and to promote something that is very, very important. That is a change in the direction for the Republican Party to be a fiscal conservative Republican Party.
To not be a party that supports endless wars and a party that would look into the monetary system so that we can understand the business cycle.
So we have very precise goals and we are being quite successful in accumulating more and more votes and delegates. Quite frankly, I think the reports early on that we werent winning anything, it turns out we did win some of these states like in Maine and Minnesota and these other places. Were doing quite well.
COSTELLO: I want to ask you about that, Congressman. Your supporters do seem to be taking a page from Evangelical Christian activists in the 90s.
Theyre taking control of state conventions to win you enough delegates to get your name placed formally in nomination. I mean, is the goal to get you a prime time speaking role at the Republican convention, is that why theyre working so hard?
PAUL: Well, being nominated is one thing and you get to give a speech, but that is different than just the leadership conceding sometime and giving you a speech. One is monitored and one is not.
So just to give a speech for the sake of giving a speech and have it edited doesnt have much appeal to me, but I think moving in an agenda is very important. The best way I can do that is to maximize is number of delegates that we have.
Say what you will, but my experience in Minnesota has been that Paul supporters have organized well enough that they dont need to disrupt the proceedings. Theyre making themselves the new establishment. They look disciplined and focused, so a pointless disruption on the floor of the convention in Tampa would be not just be out of character, it would mainly be self-defeating
That is a change in the direction for the Republican Party to be a fiscal conservative Republican Party. To not be a party that supports endless wars and a party that would look into the monetary system so that we can understand the business cycle. " -- Ron Paul
The TEA PARTY did initially see its greatest moment, when focused originally, like a laser, on the purposeful fiscal raid on the wealth of America, which is the shiny Marxist key to diminishing the United States globally in every other way, with the goal being our subservience, to global powers, to advance a global union of workers, and to enhance and empower all UN efforts to kill democracy and representative government.
For all his deplorable warts that Ron Paul rather proudly proclaims that include endangering Israel, isolating the USA from necessarily defending its allies, significantly cutting our military budget, still, who denies that the gateway to our destruction is being laid through the take-over of our economy for the purpose of destroying it, and through the curious doings of the Federal Reserve that seem to assist in that goal, and through the unchecked spending at break neck speed?
Effectively, the worst of Ron Paul's agenda will come to fruition anyway, under Obama and possibly under Rommney, who himself has no aversion whatsoever to redistributing wealth of Americans.
I like it that Paul despises the GOP-E and find myself hoping he is able to threaten the Establishment in some meaningful way in TAMPA. We have no one else left. All the rest, pundits and candidates alike, have proved to be theater, paychecks and career builders.
Am I the only one who enjoys Uncle Nutty playing with matches, and secretly hoping he ignites something?
Just sayin'. Flame away.
Romney must have pulled his promise to make Rand Paul his running mate.
While Paul may have some good ideas on the economy, his other ideas are insane. I don’t see the Republican/Conservatives agreeing to be truthers and blame America firsters.
I don’t see conservatives or Republicans being anti-Jew.
Paul is a nut case. He’s not a Republican. He’s a libertarian and should go back to that party and run as one. The fact that he is running as a Republican shows how dishonest he really is.
And the fact that he is supported by the Occutards and many who voted for Obama just shows what a train wreck he is.
He’s holding out to see if Mittens picks his son for VP.
Well of course he wont. He is in it all the to the convention. He wants to get as many delegates as he can so he can influence the platform.
I expect he will make his case and that the platform, rightfully, will reflect some of his good views (ie on monetary policy and constitutionality).
After that, either during or after the convention I expect he will endorse Romney.
If Romney wins, I’d love to see him appoint Ron Paul as the Secretary of the Treasury.
It is possible Paul may endorse Romney after the Texas Primary when Romney crosses the 1,144 dlegate number...but, for the reason I gave above, I highly doubt it.
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What about after the election?
Never thought I’d be cheering Ron Paul but ... there ya go.
It seems that a Third Party is disaster, and after banging our head into a wall against the GOPE to no avail, the conservatives (and yes, the Libertarians) have figured out that the Republican Party itself is our field and we need to re-configure it.
Polical change to the Establishment requires coming together, on the ground, where we can and parting ways where we must.
I can’t hide my delight that someone, ANYONE, is willing to stay the course, stay the guns, and continue on, all the way up the kazoo of the Republican Party. These master minds are our puppeteers, who are throwing us overboard with confidence that we will always hit the water smiling.
I agree with you there is much to despise and fear from Ron Paul’s “severe” Libertarian views, but with a chastised Congress and Senate, with red-hot hineys brought to heel, I wonder if they could hold in check the crazy stuff of Paul and advance instead the real key to the victory—fiscal restoration achieved without redistribution of wealth, which Obama and Romney have both embraced, only Romney did it all FIRST.
You are certainly not alone...
The best thing that could happen right now is for Ron Paul to inflict absolute CHAOS within the convention.
Its far better to destroy Robama before or during the convention than after it. But if the GOP is F’ing corrupt enough to put a socialist up as its candidate for pres, then I will work TIRELESSLY to crush his candidacy during the general election as well.
Yes, I understand that having Zero as pres for another 4 years will be disastrous. What A lot of the Robama supporters apparently DONT understand is that having a socialist as pres under the title of “Republican” will be the END of this nation. (or at least the peaceful state of this nation)
The republicans in the congress WONT “hold his feet to the mythical fire”. History as a teacher, indicates that a GOP congress will lick his F’ing balls even when he decides to not get rid of Obama care. I GUARANTEE you that with robama at the head of the GOP obama-care WILL become ENTRENCHED as ROBAMA-CARE.
The GOP will sponge bathe him when he appoints more liberal activist judges to the bench.
They will feed him grapes as he drives our states even further into the bondage and flat out tyranny of socialism.
ANYONE who denies this is delusional.
This is the history of the GOP. It will not change until WE change it. The leftward march of the GOP will not stop until WE stop it.
What the democrats fear more than anything else, is a GOP devoid of socialists/progressives. They FEAR and DREAD a GOP comprised of revolutionary minded anti-socialists with a single minded mission of smashing the socialist infrastructure within the states and nation. Just listen to their laments at the loss of yet another (lugar) POS that aided their cause within OUR party.
F the GOP-e
>>> “ If Romney wins, Id love to see him appoint Ron Paul as the Secretary of the Treasury. “ <<
A DREAM APPOINTMENT! The best position for Ron Paul to knash his teeth. EXCELLENT post for Ron, Jeff Head.
Where we seem to be dropping the game, in my estimation is inflicting enough damage to the Establishment. They are feeling no real heat for what they have done to the country and to us, who are the legs for their campaign grunt work.
We are still in a primary, after all.
What happen to the conservative’s tactic of voting in the primary against the Establishment candidate, say in Texas, lending support to the only resistance out there—Ron Paul, and then taking the general election as it comes.
It’s not our fault that “our guys/gals”, fell over early and Ron Paul did not. After TEXAS, the CONVENTION seems to be the last battle ground.
If Ron Paul has it in him at the convention to swing his sword, I am all in. He needs some delegate gains.
No fan of Paul here, but whatever he can wring out of Romney will be a help. Romney needs to be tethered to something to preclude wandering. Might as well be a budget-cutting philosophy.
>>> “Romney needs to be tethered to something to preclude wandering. “ <<<<
Ha,Ha! Well said!
It just seems to me that Ron Paul is the last real piece of work, in my kitchen sink, that I have left to throw at the GOPE, (and with the least risk!) to ding them but good. :)
As a Christian I support Ron Paul and as a fiscal conservative I support Ron Paul. There has been more bs here about Ron Paul than flies on stink as far too many have helped the leftist media in their hatchet job against the one man who can slay Obama in a general election.
Anyone who thinks Paul will sellout to Romney just doesn’t know what the man stands for.
Good for Ron!
“The best thing that could happen right now is for Ron Paul to inflict absolute CHAOS within the convention.”
So you are down to hoping your man Paul is a liar.
Just wondering that as a Christian how you square his stand against financial and moral support for Israel, which as you know is the prevailing reason for most Christians to shun his foreign policy ideas. It has caused him great trouble.
Also, diminishing our military capabilities would be the natural result of his proclivity for slashing budgets where they include the military and DOD.
If these ideas are not accurate, it seems Ron has done little to straighten us out, if you know what I mean.
Behaving at the covention like the OWES crowd would be CHAOS, however, causing delegate hysteria to shake up the GOPE, IMHO, would be a god-send. If you get my drift on what defines CHAOS.
Amen. Just like Romney running as a Republican shows how dishonest he really is.
Im down to hoping that SOMEONE has the testicular fortitude to deny the socialist sociopath Robomney the nomination. By any means necessary...
Its better to destroy him now then have to do it AFTER the convention. But dont doubt that a significant number of folks who typically are the ground game for the GOP will work to keep the GOP from electing a socialist sociopath.
Yes.. thats the kind of Chaos I was refering to... Although, if the only way to deny handing over the nomination to a socialist sociopath is taking part in the “other” kind of chaos... I gotta say that SOMETIMES.. the end does justify the means...
You know, I get your point. The Boston Tea Party comes to mind, and the fact that “freedom is never free”, and numerous other examples of resistance to tyranny.
This IS our last stand, you know. AND, I see Romney as no answer to the threats upon us without a major political reallignment of the Republican Party occuring in 2012.
2013 brings disaster without out it, I’m afraid. By then we are already broker than a drunk’s promise and overcome entirely by government tyrants.
I know about his policy of ending foreign aid to all foreign nations which I also support and how ending US aid to Israel's enemies does more for Israel than the current policy of failure. Israel is losing the military buildup race to her enemies.
I also know that Ron Paul was the only one in congress that spoke out in favor of Israel bombing Iraq's nuclear facility. Kind of strange when others say he is anti-Israel based on what others have written and said about him, I take as part of the campaign to discredit an honorable man.
I trust God and His promises for Israel, light years over WH and Congress politicking when it comes to Israel. Presidents and congress have screwed Israel time and time again. There are better ways to support Israel so she can defend herself, though I am all for cutting off aid to all Israel's enemies and keeping the aid going to Israel as another alternative.
We cannot afford to finance others govts around the world by spending money we borrow from China leaving our children and grandchildren the monster that has to be paid back, to keep military bases in places that provide zero defense of the USA. Japan and Germany can pay for their own defense as far as I am concerned to name just two. There are billions of dollars wasted in military spending. Surely you can name as well as I the countless bondoggles of failed military programs where the money disappeared and we saw no defense benefits to the nation. There is plenty of corruption and wasteful politicking spending in defense and military spending. In Ron Paul I see a man who wants to defend America not have us pay for everyone else's defense and stop the black hole corruption in a lot of defense programs.
Why is it so many who claim to be fiscally conservative never want to actually cut anything? Maybe because they are all talk when it comes to being conservative and when the rubber hits the road they bail. Geez Romney and all the other GOP candidates IMO would spend us into collapse. Big spending and big govt are our biggest problems and fixing those two result in fixing most other problems we face. I support Ron Paul because I am a Christian and fiscal conservative. I don't know what you are guys are that don't support him.
You should use these remarks as a vanity post to speak to out on behalf of your candidate, on his reasonable positions on which we most all agree with as fiscal conservatives, and to some extent at least even on ceasing the shoveling foreign aid cash out the door to enemies of both the US and Israel, as your candidate suggests.
Because Ron Paul never speaks of being a Christian, or ever of Judao Christian values, I don’t happen to know if he is Christian, or just unchurched, or to what extent exactly he is or is not anything. Do you know?
I hope he kicks butt in Texas. I can not tell you how I disdain and have no use for Myth Romney, the completely empty suit who has said NOTHING, reveals nothing and offers nothing, but for a record of Obama stunts which he, Romney, performed FIRST.
Ron Paul IMO is a better practicing Christian than any of the others who claim to be. He has made a statement of faith as a born again Christian and explained his values in light of the teachings of his Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I can provide links to both if you are interested when I get back on my computer, to tricky to do from my smartphone which I am using right now.
Obama for another term or Romney will put us so far back daylight may be hard to see and may change things enough that it would take armed revolt to free the nation. This election must not be neglected like we can wait another 4 yrs.
Never thought I would be supporting Ron Paul, but at least he is actually willing to stand up to the Establishment. I thought Rick Santorum was serious about this also, but I admit that I was very wrong about him. Whereas I can’t agree with all of Ron Paul’s positions, I can agree with many of them. And I certainly can agree with him continuing to be willing to challenge Romney.
First Bachmann wins the Iowa Straw Poll. Then Romney wins the early count of the Iowa Caucuses, and within a shake of a lambs tail Santorum wins in the late count.
Now an FR article predicts that Ron Paul will have the majority of voting delegates from Iowa.
If Pauls plan to cut 1 TRILLION dollars in year-to-year Federal spending, AND abolish 5 Federal Departments are the main reasons for Iowa Delegates to thaw out their opposition to Paul, then it might later be said that the way Iowa goes, so goes the Nation.
BTW, T is for Texas, Tampa and those of us who are TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!
Here are some more reasons to vote for Ron Paul in the remaining Primary elections:
1.) It will drive the Liberal Agenda Media (LAM) and their Rove-style political consultants NUTS!
2.) It will deny statistical support to Romney.
3.) It could result in an OPEN Convention in Tampa.
4.) It would irritate the snot out of the GOP-E.
5.) It will put the GOP-E on notice that we think that their RINO Party has done NOTHING since we sent 89 TEA Party men and women to the US Congress in 2010.
6.) An OPEN Convention is our ONLY chance of a successful DUMP ROMNEY campaign.
7.) A superb, true Dark Horse Republican Nominee needs an OPEN Convention to replace Romney.
BTW, did I mention the sheer joy of the GOP-Endorsers publicly eating crow?
What the Liberal Agenda Media has never figured out, is that the 2012 National Election will be the last National Election where Campaign topics other than the National Debt will be debated again.
IOW, when the grim reaper of financial reality forces Federal Politicians in both parties to pay the US Bond owners before payments to our Entitlement recipients, it will terminate discussion on the main topics that we chatter about so far in 2012.
This National election is all about the money, your grandchildrens descendants money.
Ron Paul is to old and to disliked as being different from what most voters picture a US President to look and sound like to win the Nomination.
Ron Paul is our last, best chance to have an OPEN Convention in Tampa, and for that alone he deserves our Primary voter support. He has soldiered on through this entire Primary Campaign. Let us help him establish a beachhead on the Shores of Tampa!
My Favorite Dark Horse was R Sc US Senator Jim DeMint, but I have been told by those in the know that Jim will not run for POTUS.
Fortunately, there are many other great potential nominees who would be far more acceptable to us than any of the Primary Candidates so far, but a Dump Romney action requires an OPEN Convention.
For those who object to Paul as a Nominee, then treat him as a tired old political soldier who will, with our help, win the Battle to achieve an OPEN Convention in Tampa. THEN the delegates can win the War, and choose the best Nominee to solve our National Debt Problem.
Remember, this election is all about the money, your grandchildrens descendants money - - - - .
What is the best way that you can use your Primary vote to help the financial future of YOUR descendants?
Also to add Ron Paul and his voters know nothing!Ron Paul voters that say he is for freedom and yet he hangs out and calls Dennis Kucinich a great legislator and would like him to be his Vice President!He always praised working with him!You are judged by the Company you keep!If Kucinich is the guy he likes you should say no thanks!You Paul voters know who Kucinich is?He is most progressive congressman in congress who think our Constitution is a living breathing document!You really think he is so great!This guy has been in congress for 24 years he has been in Elected office Longer than Franklin D Roosevelt ever did!He was on the of all places that Lawrence O Donnell show there is a youtube clip of it and he asked if he for term limits in congress which most conservatives are for he said no don’t believe me look it up!I Would not want this man anywhere near the Federal Reserve!Hell No!Any man who says the only legal tender currency should be gold and silver is an Idiot!So how you going to buy your bread and gasoline you going to carry a bar of silver and gold and have them cut a piece of it?Oh how do you think the press will treat this guy after he said he would have voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill!It is the law of the land why waste your time debating it or saying youre against it!He also said he was against the sex offender registry!Hey if you were to be sexually harassed as a woman Senile Ron Paul would tell you just go away how does that make you feel if you were a woman?Well Enough of the Domestic stuff Ron Paul is dead wrong about!
How about his Foreign Policy which is lame!This is the man who said he would not Kill Bin Laden that speaks for itself doesn’t it?He is blaming America for Sept 11th attacks!He acts like we are the problem really?Oh Ron Paul and The question that should also be asked to Ron Paul is were the Armenians to blame when the Muslims committed genocide in Turkey during the First World War?Did they support Israel and were punished for their support during the First World War?Oh that is right Israel was not around Ron Paul!I guess the countries like Sudan and Nigeria are supporting and giving Israel Billions of dollars Right Mr Paul NO Muslims are just killing them because they are not Muslims wrong again Ron Paul!Yeah Nigerians have had Muslims go in to Chrisitan Churches and kill innocent christians who are minding their own business get killed by guess who muslims!Add the Philippines,and Thailand who give billions to Israel that is why the muslims attack them also oops wrong again they do not give billions in aid to Israel!He talks about “Endless Wars”We are not the ones who want war we want pecae!It is the Muslims who if they do not get their way will kill anyone who does not follow their radical ways and sharia law!If you ever knew about history and the crusades even World War 1 they have never given up on a world dominated by Islam!Hey they even kill their own if they do not follow their radical ways!You had a Cartoonist a cartoonist who is threatened by death because he drew a cartoon of the Pedophile Sex Offender I mean their prophet Muhammed I say that Muhammed is a pervert because when he was 55 years old he married a 8 year old girl and Islam still does not care that you have a marriage like that unlike here in America that is so illegal!
Wake up Ron Paul Voters Ron Paul is nothing but a Wolf in Sheeps Clothing!He is not the person you think he is wake up!