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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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Their latest statement wasn't

Their latest statement wasn't part of some grand plan, no. But this isn't really changing a whole lot for the campaign strategy; so it isn't entirely inconsistent.

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I won't question their motives

They meant to do well and exceeded expectations in many ways. But they were clearly out of their depth when the campaign really started taking off and were ill-equipped to handle the media. There was no grand strategy, at least not one that came to fruition as planned, but a series of adjustments to changing circumstances. The campaign assumed, for instance, that Santorum and Gingrich would drop out after imploding in New Hampshire and SC, and assumed the Nevada GOTV operation would work much better than it did.

Nevada was a self-inflicted wound

The campaign's decisions and ineptness led to the resignation of the head of the Paul campaign in Nevada, Steve Bierfeldt, a very good and competent person, less than two weeks before the caucus.

Some decent people managed to be associated with the campaign. But at the top there are some very undesirable characters. If this is not obvious even to the "this was their brilliant strategy all along" crowd within three months, I will be surprised.

agreed with upper management

agreed with upper management as well. I had some fairly personal experiences.

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If me having to answer the

If me having to answer the phone all day explaining to friends/or family that the campaign hasn't quit, and their efforts/money are still on the table for 2012 is a good thing, then I guess Benton deserves a thanks.

What I can tell you is that the feedback i'm getting in California isn't good, and people that haven't talked to supporters in the know, are going to skip the polls come June 5th. The last time I had to do damage control in my area was when the MSM was drilling that whole newsletter bit.

and you were right for the task

besides what else did you have to do today? You had a good reason to talk about Ron Paul with your friends and family. I could think of worse inconveniences to suffer through. lol.

Jesse must've had some confident faith that people such as yourself would do what you, and others like you, had to do in the wake of todays move. Maybe I'm wrong...

Your concerns are correct

But what were the alternatives?

Without millions of dollars it was impossible to compete. The propaganda media is our enemy, we should all know that by now. Ads are expensive and not as effective as the propaganda media that "explains" to people what they must think.

Even on this site people have been angry about the campaign not getting on the news, not fighting Romney, not advertising, not doing enough to win. People have no idea what we are up against. This is a revolution. We are fighting a system that is corrupt to its core. The core itself is corrupt and everything around it is designed to protect this corrupt core. Society is corrupt, everything is corrupt. It is designed to keep us uninformed.

This is not a football game.

Now a few people begin to understand what we are up against and we are those people and we must carry on the fight for liberty. A handful of people in the campaign cannot be expected to do it for us. Even if they could how easy would they be to take out? This must be a movement to succeed. And a movement needs motivated people who will fight for the good cause. We must be them, we all must become the next Ron Paul. Then we win.

What are you talking about?

You could have run the rest of the campaign on a can of potted meat and a box of crackers. It is all about the delegates and we already had that covered. Why would we want to show adds to people who would have nothing to do with the process in the first place. They are to busy watching American Idol. No something stinks about this. I am not saying Jesse has been bought off but I will say he made a super mistake. This will do irreversible damage when it comes to the Convention.

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You express my concerns


And mine.

I distinctly remember having to do this in 2008 - explain that RP had not, in fact, dropped out. It isn't a good thing to have to do.

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Well said! Great post.

Norfolk, VA

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Dr Paul and his team (TEAM) have proven success

time after time. The strategy has played out almost perfectly so far. What is wrong with you guys, come on! UNITE!

Jesse and all the others deserve immense credit and respect, as does the grassroots. We've all stumbled at times.

We are winning the Super Bowl and some of you are pissed at the assistant coach?

This does not make any sense to me at all.

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul


As far as campaign goes, here's a quick ice cream cone.
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Yay Ron Paul!!!!
Freeeeeeedom calls!!

"Train up a child..."

It takes all types of discipline and patience to learn life's lessons!

Anyone who thinks they are without fault, in any personal aspect of helping Ron win, in always using their time wisely, go ahead and cast a stone at Jesse! And then while you are at it, at Ron also!

Otherwise, clam up!

Buck up for freedom, bite the bullet, clamp down hard, and work your tail off going into the primaries!

Ron needs the grassroots to win... or the grassroots needs to donate 10's of millions!

Liberty offers us only those two choices!

For my part I see no alternative but both... and both now!

If you do not know what to do... call the campaign! Use your brains. That is why they were given to you!

We can win only if the God of our Fathers smiles upon us, and if you smile back through blood, sweat, and tears!

There is no first place but liberty, no second but slavery!

I see no in-between!

Focus like you have never focused.

ok i am pumed again!

Earlier today I convinced a rp supports who is one of those "soft" supporters that rp was still in I have to admit for the first time I had doubt .. seeing things about Rand, Benton, and wead that weren't so great..( supports attacking them) I felt a division.. it was very sad for me.. but after reading this post and all the wonderful comments I feel right back at home!! BTW some really great news.. Tampa is waiting for us! I spoke to a Friend from there who is not a citizen and knows nothing of our process, he said"hey that Guy on your bumper sticker, his name is a over my city " *ah Sigh of relief *

Many simply can not see the

Many simply can not see the forest for the trees. It's like one of those optical illusions where half the people in the room can see the young woman in the painting and the rest can only see the old hag. The campaign has clearly been running an unconventional presidential campaign from the beginning and this delegate strategy requires different tactics.

The reason people get so upset is that they are expecting the Paul campaign to get on TV and act like every other campaign.

It's safer to just read the campaigns actions in the caucuses rather than trust what they feed the media.

I think they've played this whole election absolutely brilliantly! History is being made.

Quit kidding yourself

Let's just face it. Ron Paul really wants the movement to continue but I truly think that he does not in anyway want to be president. You might delude yourself that this is some grand strategy to win but it's more likely just trying to keep the movement going but making sure we just come up short.

I hate that thought but it makes the most sense out of all of these announcements.

Tim Maitski
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Only sociopaths WANT to become President

a la Clinton, Bush, Obama, et al. ...

Ron Paul MUST become President. Of course it'll be with trepidation, and even dread. I'd feel the same way if I were him. Most normal people would.


You think Dr Paul doesn't want to bring the troops home and cut $Trillion year one?

You may be right that he doesn't want to be President, just like George Washington didn't want to be President.

I want a President who DOES NOT want the job!

One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

Who posted this?

Benton's frat brother? I blame Benton for horrible strategy starting with SC and ending here in NC. If it weren't for the grassroots the revolution would have died long ago. Under the Radar, My ass.

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” – Thomas Jefferson

Maybe Ron Paul himself could

Maybe Ron Paul himself could come down to NC and hold your hand. What did you want the campaign or Jesse Benton to do? The hard work is ours to do.

What did we want Jesse to do?

How about keeping his mouth shut. How would that do for starters. No one on this site has worked any harder than I have. I become a delegate in GA and that was no easy. Now do I not only have to fight the establishment I have to fight Jesse Benton. I mean where does it stop?
Let me ask you this. I have to drop $4-$5 thousand more dollars to see this delegate thing through to the finish. How would you like to do that with Benton dropping these bombs on you? Trust me it is not fun at all especially when you are having to empty out your pockets at ever turn.

Can't wait for the book

Seriously, Jesse.

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Phew, thank God I got off the thread that's on the front page

and got on this one - I was starting to get worried! They are ripping Jesse Benton to shreds and I was getting downvoted like crazy. NOW I'm feeling like I'm in Ron Paul country! Kudos to the whole Ron Paul campaign, to everyone here at the Daily Paul and to all of Ron Paul's supporters, whether they know it or not. I really think we're gonna do this thing. :)

How are we going to do it

with out those people at the other web site. Have you given that any thought?


that is all......

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Really, Jesse B, you woke us all up. . . inside the

RP group (where we were dozing off from donation-fatigue) and status-quo-dominated outside world (where lackadaisical black-out-RP mode was on auto-pilot for some time).

NOW you get to go around and SHOUT to us and them that Ron Paul is still running and WINNING :-)

Great job. . . on your part . . . or thanks to God's mysterious divine blessings. In either case, the timing was perfect.

We are on track to win this thing.


the variety of sentiments

the variety of sentiments towards jesse benton throughout the campaign and after what happened today ... makes me laugh a little bit.

there is really no understanding about what the campaign is doing even among us supporters.

after hearing about the press release today I asked myself WHY?!?

Why even go through risking demoralizing your own supporters? Is it not possible to send out an email saying that the caucus states and convention delegate process is our primary focus at the moment ... without hinting that you are going to stop competing in other areas?

the media hasn't reported a single thing about ron paul destroying romney in several conventions and actually WINNING 8 STATES ....

but you feed them 1 bit of something that may perceived as dropping out and they will PLASTER THE AIRWAVES with it ... why give them ammunition they otherwise did not have!?

i understand the strategy thing ... but there is a great risk of demoralizing your own supporters

All paper money eventually returns to its real intrinsic value, zero. - Voltaire

Maybe Soft Support Will be Demoralized

But the people showing up to the conventions to become delegates are hardcore supporters and they are informed of what's going on. I don't think there's anything to worry about.