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Jesse Benton, I want to shake your hand, brother

After many months of being the "fall guy" for every perceived problem with the campaign, I must say: well played, sir.

As the campaign's grand design begins to materialize, Jesse's "transgressions" are disappearing in a puff of smoke. It is now apparent that this has been a balancing act from the very beginning. He had to downplay our true strengths to the MSM just enough to stay under the radar while simultaneously staying afloat in the eyes of the grassroots, even if it meant damaging his personal image. A lot of people got pissed off in the process, myself included, but in hindsight he and his personality were perfect for the job.

That's not to say there haven't been some real missteps, every campaign has some, but these guys clearly had a long-term strategy and kept it under wraps quite well. This thing is NOT over and thanks to some brilliant minds, we still have a REAL chance to take our country back this summer/fall.

So for all of us now seeing this campaign in a new light, I say "Hey Jesse, we owe you a Coke." :)

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I agree.

I gave the campaign a good amount of money, I don't give money to people I do not trust. The caucus strategy was the best way to go. This campaign couldn't even get a foot in the door with the MSM. They were just not going to give Paul get any positive coverage, because if they did, he would be the presumptive nominee right now. I have another 50 for the 17th. That will be my last donation to the campaign. I believe my money was spent and will be spent wisely. CA and TX are far to expensive markets. Get Paul to the conventions jesse, we will do the rest.

Benton

Something about this guy gives me the creeps. I can't put my finger on it, but I have met him several times and I trust my weird meter. Met him the first time in Houston in 07-08

I prefer a dangerous freedom over a peaceful slavery. Thomas Jefferson

Benton

Something about this guy gives me the creeps. I can't put my finger on it, but I have met him several times and I trust my weird meter. Met him the first time in Houston in 07-08

I prefer a dangerous freedom over a peaceful slavery. Thomas Jefferson

Benton Apaulogists

This is appears to be the spawn of active denial and cognitive dissonance. Bravo.

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
Voltaire

do you have substance?

Or are you just strolling trying to use big words and discourage the liberty movement? If youre going to say something, say it. What a waste.
Not an attack, i just see this as a nothing response making you seem foolish.

If youre so discouraged then why are you still here?

Souled Out.

I'm not discouraging the liberty movement, I'm trying to expose a cancer in it. Benton is a narcissistic gold digger that married into the Paul family out of personal political ambitions. I'm sorry, but this site isn't called thedailybenton.com and I'll criticize whomever, whenever I get the urge. You can down vote it to hell and label me a troll, but it doesn't change the reality that non-libertarian cretins are running/ruining this effort.

We are the campaign, because we provide the money, the legs, the votes (ones that aren't tossed uncontested), and the passion. I'm sick and tired of seeing all of this wasted with hollow contradictory words like, "NO, we can't win, but please give us money." Or how about, "Dr. Paul hasn't decided whether to support Romney or not, but there's ZERO chance he'll support Johnson, even though we don't speak in absolutes." And, "Please, all we want is everyone to be respectful, for God's sake think of the children!"

Go ahead and walk the (party) plank of your choice. That's all Benton wants anyway, right?

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.
Voltaire

More Correct Than You Know

A LOT of folks are in denial.
They deny that we have enough states to place Ron Paul up for nomination in Tampa.
They deny that the campaign is, and always was, about securing delegates.
They deny that the GOP will answer (to Paulbots) for their shenanegans.
They deny that RON PAUL IS UP!

Instead they actually believe that Ron Paul is a sell-out.
They believe that the campaign was speaking about kowtowing to the GOP.
That Benton was telling US to be respectful to the machine, instead of the opposite.

Harden up.

Ron Paul has not quit.
Neither should you.

I have no idea what

may be going on behind the scenes. I don't understand the machinations of late but c'est la vie - greater minds than mine are in charge.

I support Ron Paul for president. I will continue to support him for president and will never compromise.

Hopefully I'll be able to go to the polls in November and do just that.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Negative comments on this post are either trolls or uneducated

For all of you that think Benton and the campaign have failed so miserably what would you have done differently? Spent more money on primary states? They spent a huge amount in Iowa and the polls showed Dr Paul was in the lead to win the straw poll primary. What happened? Third place. It was clear from that point on that the fix was in to anyone with at least three brain cells. Benton and the campaign made a educated gamble to try and get the momentum out of the gate in Iowa. It failed. I think it was worth the gamble. Since then the stradegy has been to shift back to under the radar caucuses. That has worked great until recently when the tyrants realized that they had a problem. I believe Benton and the campaign are trying to take some pressure off and get back under the radar. Dose it make more sence to give the impression that Romney has this in the bag and keep his supporters at home for the state conventions or keep blowing our horn on how well we are doing and really fire up the establishment to come out in force? Duuuuuh

There have been countless

There have been countless statements about what could have been done differently. The ads, the use of spokemen and advisers like Benton, and Fein, rather than Tom Woods, and Adam Kokesh. Liza Minelli could have run this campaign better. Where were the ads telling seniors the truth about Paul's position on SS and Medicare? I could go on and on. This campaign has been run dreadfully. And this week, it has been destroyed.

Go with your strengths

"For all of you that think Benton and the campaign have failed so miserably what would you have done differently?"

They would complain about employees that failed them.

Free includes debt-free!

Oh no! They've got us divided!

Between Pro Bentons and Con Bentons!!!

I am a bit of a Benton centrist on this one -

So what to do?? Take over EVERY caucus states before the convention, Kick the chair out at the RNC, and vote Ron Paul in!

Regardless what anyone says

I am still a Benton centrist though :)

There, I voted myself up

!

Are you really this dense?

Are you really this dense? Shake his hand? He has single handedly destroyed Ron Paul's chances.

Your The Dense One

Or a Romney shill! Learn to read with comprehension!

And you can lsten to the confrence call Benton did.......maybe that will help also!

not likely

link: http://www.dailypaul.com/233859/for-the-real-ron-paul-suppor...

a nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat

That's it! As a true Republican, I am voting Romney!!!

You hear me Romney supporters???? United we stand, divided we fall!!!

Or... :P

Yes, a handshake before he quits.

If this is a very subtle strategy on Benton's part (and if you're not being sarcastic) I would say this final strategy has failed miserably. My take is that Benton should quit. Reason? HE IS AN AMATEUR!

What in gods name

have you been smoking? Shake Jesse Benton's hand. Are you serious. He just destroyed any chance we had at the National Convention. Donations will dry up like water in the desert. Delegates will jump like a pack of rats jumping from a sinking ship. You got to be smoking something.

Smoking Truth

http://www.dailypaul.com/233967/stay-the-course

The only thing smoking is the gun of righteousness.

For 5 years it has been "All About The Delegates".

The Truth is not what the media has made it out to be. We all know that Ron Paul will be placed into nomination from the floor in Tampa.
The Delegate Strategy Is Working.

So, who then do you believe, Wead or Wead?

Wead has said that it is REPORTED that Romney has it just about locked up.

Wead has said that RON PAUL is not out, he's UP!

Wead has said WE ARE WINNING!

I believe in Wead. Folks that signed up for SEO work received an email from Doug last night.

Why work on SEO if they are quitting?

STAY THE COURSE!

RONPAUL2012 - only if you stay the course.

It was media misinformation that confused people.

Yet people seem bent on blaming the campaign. Stick with reliable information from the campaign and listen to the media if you want to get burnt.

Aye Aye - STAY THE COURSE!

RONPAUL2012

Free includes debt-free!

Indeed

I don't know who came up with the verbage, but the campaign is either...

1. So naive as to be borderline crminal

2. Ingeneous

I'm going with option 2.

They knew that the media would fall for it.
I don't think that they thought we would.

Every line is duplicitous, filled with stuff the uninitiated "knows" - but do we know better?

The campaign has tacked, we are windward to Tampa in August, Washington DC in January!

Honestly, i don't buy it

And why people are treating Ron Paul, Jesse Benton and the campaign staff like they are super-human with plans that we 'lesser' people cannot fathom is beyond me. They are normal people like you and me so stop treating them with divine minds.

The fact is this: Ron Paul is no longer campaigning in the remaining states where 638 delegates are up for grabs. How on earth will we prevent Romney winning the nomination with effectively handing over 25% of the delegates to him (i.e. 50% of the delegates needed to win the nomination)? The fact is that we can't.

I can't exactly say i know what Ron Paul is trying to achieve by his decision, but i'm sure it has to do with things like the longevity of the movement and influencing party policy in which he believes this is the best way to move forward. Like i said before, he is not God so this may not be the best way to move forward and many on here may disagree, but i'd like to think his wisdom contributed a lot towards making such a difficult decision and i hope, for liberty's sake, that it is the best way forward.

If the campaign doesn't have the

$20 - 40 million dollars that it would take to campaign in those states, how are they supposed to do it???????

It's not about being superhuman

It's about knowing what to say, when and how to say it. Benton is an amateur, period.

Could NOT have said this

Could NOT have said this better myself.

End the Fed. End the Wars. Problems Solved. Ron Paul.

So we didn't really want to win Iowa?

Because if that was the plan then Benton and the campaign handled it perfectly. Just when you're surging and are hit with your first attack, feed the media frenzy by not answering the attack, bully reporters who ask pointed questions, appear to walk out on interviews, take 4 days off the campaign trail in the last week. Fantastic strategy to "downplay our strengths". All part of a grand scheme to win 10% of the delegates and stop campaigning before the two biggest primaries because we're short on funds.

Losing Nevada and Maine were brilliant plays too. Not Benton's fault perhaps but certainly not helped by the brilliant self-sabotage of losing Iowa.

Are you on a mission

to discredit Ron Paul?

Benton must be laughing his --- off

For five years I have defended Ron Paul supporters against media caricatures. Yet threads like this prove they exist. For such people, nothing is ever a stupid campaign move. It's always secretly a "brilliant strategy"! We lesser men cannot know all the wondrous workings of John Tate's mind! He and Jesse are taking us to victory!

People, you have no idea what is going on in the campaign. I assure you, this is not some "grand strategy." It is delusional beyond all measure to pretend such a thing.

We love Ron Paul, but the neocons around him never lifted a finger to explain or defend his foreign policy, which they hate (I mean, Trygve Olson, "regime change" specialist? What is HE doing in the campaign?); they want jobs within the GOP machine; they are trying to get Ron to endorse Romney in order to help Rand.

It's all about Rand. All the "play nice at the state conventions," the "we love the RNC chair," the fundraising even after they've stopped contesting primaries. It's all for Rand. These people could not care less about, and in fact loathe, Dr. Paul's key issues.

I guarantee you I will be proven right, and yet never in my life have I wished harder that I was wrong.

Why would you post this comment

If you were for liberty and Ron Paul?