Ron Paul Caucus Strategy: The View From Inside Is Looking UpSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Fri, 02/10/2012 - 07:49
We've spent a lot of time talking about Ron Paul's "caucus strategy" approach to the GOP nomination season, but haven't really been able to illustrate what's actually going on behind the scenes. The lackadaisical approach is to liken Paul's strategy to the advantage Barack Obama took in the caucuses in 2008, where the distribution of delegates by vote proportion was better understood by his campaign team than by the team of his chief rival, Hillary Clinton. Taking advantage of complacency is sort of what the Paul campaign is up to, but Paul's strategy hinges more on a careful study of the process and not so much on Mark Penn being an idiot.
What's important to note about these nonbinding caucuses in states like Iowa and Colorado is that they are part of a long, drawn-out process.
See what's happening there? Way back in January, Josh Putnam made note of how well Paul's people understand this process, specifically noting the attention they were paying to "the back end of the process." To that end, Paul's caucus attendees have been well coached and instructed to go to their precincts looking well-dressed and well-groomed. And Paul campaign adviser Dan Godzich told Business Insider that "part of what we've been training the Ron Paul people to do is not to leave after the vote. ... Stay and get elected to the conventions and get us those delegates."
Now you know why Paul, in greeting his supporters Tuesday night, particularly hung on that word: "Delegates."