Stealth delegates (a missing strategy?)Submitted by Kristopher Bright on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 15:03
If you have been following Ron Paul's delegate strategy as most people here on the Daily Paul, then you know very well how complicated and multifaceted this strategy is. You probably have also celebrated with the rest of us as its successes transpire. The 74% takeover of Romney-bound delegates in Mass.(for example) is riveting!
However, it seems to me (due to the lack of discussion about this) that a very important aspect of this strategy is being overlooked.
Most of stealth delegate we read about are bound for Romney. And while this is what the campaign needs, it seems to me that Santorum and Gingrich delegate slots offer much more:
1. If left unreleased, any S&G delegates keep Romney farther from his 1144 goal.
2. If released, the S&G delegates will be able to vote unbound on the first vote - A very dangerous turning point as actual S&G supporters will most likely swing hard to Romney to give him the needed "weight."
Playing the odds, S&G delegates have much more to offer the Ron Paul effort because in either scenario, stealth S&G delegates for Ron Paul will be able to keep votes away from the assumed nominee. Since it is most likely that Santorum and Gingrich will release their delegates, these slots equal potential first ballot Ron Paul votes.