Bloomberg Businessweek : "Paul May Win Republican Convention Clout by Gaining DelegatesSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:04
Bloomberg Businessweek : "Paul May Win Republican Convention Clout by Gaining Delegates"
By Greg Giroux
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Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Four years ago, Ron Paul arrived at the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, with just 15 delegates and was shunned by party elites who gave him no speaking role. He held a “Rally for the Republic” in Minneapolis for thousands of supporters during the convention.
The libertarian Texas Representative probably will be a more forceful presence at this summer’s Tampa, Florida, convention, to the consternation of some Republican leaders.
“I sort of have to chuckle when they describe you and me as being dangerous,” Paul said to cheers from supporters after his second place finish in last night’s New Hampshire primary. “We are dangerous to the status quo in this country.”
Paul received about 23 percent of the vote in New Hampshire last night, tripling the almost 8 percent he got in 2008. In the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, he got more than twice the vote of four years ago, and finished close behind front-runner Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
There are many arcane elements to the Republican delegate allocation rules and there still will be winner-take-all primaries in such states as Florida and New Jersey where Paul probably will be shut out. Nevertheless, if he continues this improved showing, he could garner 200 delegates or more and arrive at the Aug. 27 convention with a stronger negotiating hand.
“There is no doubt that this whole effort that we’re involved in will not go unnoticed,” Paul said last night. “I think the intellectual revolution is going on now to restore liberty. There is no way they are going to stop the momentum that we have started.”
“Given everything we know about him, he’ll be seeking some sort of major policy statement from the party,” said Anthony Corrado, a political scientist at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. “I suspect that’s more important to him than any particularly personal role at the convention or any rules change.”