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New GOP rules bad for New Hamshire, Good for Ron Paul

I’m in no position to be endorsing a candidate, and truth be told I’ve lost a lot of confidence in the voting process in the last four years. At this point I’m not planning on voting at all. But four years ago I was campaigning for Ron Paul. I had no illusions about him winning the GOP primary, but no one else was talking about the Federal Reserve or US foreign policy like he was. It wasn’t that Ron Paul was a man that I supported, it was that the R[evol]ution was a message I supported, and I essentially viewed my donations to the Ron Paul campaign as paying someone to say the things I wanted said on TV.

New Hampshire has long enjoyed a special place in electoral politics as the first primary in the race. The Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary are viewed by many campaign strategists as bellwethers for the rest of the race. So, many Ron Paul supporters here in California and many other states picked up their lives and moved their campaign efforts to New Hampshire. Many of them quit their jobs to do it, and some of them never came home. The logic of these early movers was that if they could deliver New Hampshire to Ron Paul that would force the mainstream media to take him seriously, vault him to top tier status and generate the momentum they needed to sweep the rest of the race.

Well it didn’t work. Ron Paul’s defeat in New Hampshire set the pace for the rest of the campaign and by the time it was our turn to vote out here in California it was already clear that the R[evol]ution had lost the battle. My vote was little more than a token gesture.

But the war wasn’t lost. Four years ago very few people were even discussing the Federal Reserve. It was a fringe issue. Now it’s a topic of open debate. In Iowa Rick Perry said “Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion.” I personally wouldn’t have said “almost,” … in fact I might have shortened it to “Printing money is treasonous.” Even if the blackout continues and Ron Paul fades into relative obscurity the fact that the topic of the Federal Reserve has broken into the mainstream is a huge victory for the R[evol]ution.

Not many people are reporting on it, but this year the rules of the GOP primary have changed in a way that could dampen the historical role of Iowa and New Hampshire, but could also give underdogs like Ron Paul a fighting chance. At the Republican National Committee (RNC) last year members voted 103 to 41 to change the structure of the primary.

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