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It’s Romney’s to Lose: Here’s How He Does It

Many of Ron Paul's supporters are currently abuzz with a letter that was written by Jennifer Sheehan, the RNC's legal council in 2008, which appears to state that no state delegate to the GOP convention is bound by his state to vote for a particular candidate. The excitement derives from the fact that if it were true, an outright Romney victory in the first round of voting at the convention in Tampa would be rather unlikely. But if it is not true - and I am sure the GOP will change rules if necessary to make it untrue - there may be just as much excitement to be had in the possibility of something that is rather more in the control of Paul's supporters.

It's the big "What if?" question that the letter begs but that few have asked.

What if Paul's supporters just ignore the binding rules and vote their consciences? What if, in Tampa, all those Paul supporters who are bound by state rules to vote for Romney put the ball firmly back in the GOP's court, and say, "Your move"?

One's first reaction might be to point out that if that were possible, it would have happened before.

But that would be a mistake. The GOP is now in uncharted territory.

Romney's support has proven so shallow and Paul's so deep that, all over the country, at GOP meetings in which delegates are selected to represent a county at the state convention or a state at the national convention, there are too many Paulites in the room to allow pro-Romney party officials to get their favored slates pushed through without underhanded shenanigans. This is having important effects. The most immediately important of these is that, in states where delegates are bound to vote for the candidate who won the state's primary vote (often Romney), the delegates who care enough to actually participate in the process are Paul supporters, and they are selecting Paul-favoring delegates. For example, whereas of the 28 delegates that Nevada will be sending to Tampa, eight are bound to Paul and 20 are bound to Romney, 14 of Romney's 20 are really Ron Paul supporters who'd only be voting for Romney because they are "bound" to. And in Colorado, where 14 delegates are bound to Romney, and only two to Paul, what the official numbers don't say is that the 16 uncommitted are probably all Paul supporters.

So if the Paul supporters were not bound, they may indeed have the numbers, and therefore the means, to stop Romney in the first round of voting. But would they have the chutzpah to unbind themselves - and a reasonable expectation that if they caused such creative chaos, the outcome could be favorable? I think they do - courtesy of the GOP, itself.

Romney's Achilles' heel is a moral one. It is the sum of all of the cheating that has been done in his favor by the party. For example...

In Oklahoma, party officials pulled out a ballroom divider to cordon off Ron Paul supporters and shut them out of participation. Later they turned out the lights. Voice votes that were clearly lost were declared won.

In Alaska, party officials defeated the majority by retaining the committee which "interpreted rules" and later, after taking the delegation, reluctantly gave up the party control to the new majority but transferred all of the money out of the Republican Party accounts.

In Virginia, at a District Convention, officials coaxed the Ron Paul delegation outside and then locked the door. The pastor of the church that was hosting the event was, himself, locked outside.

In Missouri, officials had all the delegates sign up at County Conventions and then had their County Chairman take the rolls outside and lock them in their car trunks so they could block roll call voting and have their chairman declare lost voice votes as won.

And so on, and so on.

The full list, of which the above is a tiny part, not only provides a moral justification for Paul's people to refuse to play ball at the convention: more importantly, it explains why such hardball could actually work. After all, which fair-minded American wouldn't like to see powerful partisans punished for their arrogance? Which Democrat or Independent or even average American who doesn't care much for politics but feels seriously let down by a political elite who act out of a sense of entitlement rather than a sense of service - which of them wouldn't think the Paul people were doing no more than giving as good as they had gotten... especially when the nation is reminded that the GOP wasn't bound by its own rules when it chose to provide material support to Romney while the race was still ongoing.

Imagine it. At last, their rEVOLution would have to be televised, and what good TV it would be - the very stuff that cable infotainment is made of.

When a reporter from CNN interviews a delegate from Nevada with faintly disapproving confusion, the delegate might say, "We wish we didn't have to do it, but at the state convention in 2008, the party officers turned out the lights and left in the middle of the meeting just so our vote for Ron Paul wouldn't be counted. So we think it's payback time"

And when that airs, I don't think many Americans would disagree with him. Yet, plenty would think that in a small way, the Paulbots had just landed a punch on behalf of a nation that has wondered for too long how to get through to that special elite that long ago forgot who works for whom.

What could the GOP do about it?

If it were to disqualify all those self-unbinding delegates, the fracture - and more importantly, the story that it told - would be huge. The Democrats would eat it up and the GOP would have just told 20% of its own base that they are not wanted. Even if Romney could still win the nomination, the GOP would have just lost the election.

So the better course would be for the GOP to count Paul's delegates' votes, and Romney would be unlikely to win on the first round. His mantle as the one who could obviously beat Obama would be tarnished if he couldn't clearly beat his one Republican rival. Not only the liberty Republicans, but also the social Conservatives who never really trusted Romney anyway, would be in a position to choose a candidate they really cared for in the subsequent rounds.

And that's when the narrative would really change.

Everyone knows that in a second ballot, Romney's vote would fall, making him less credible, and (here's the safest bet in American politics) Paul's rises, making him the most exciting ticket in town.

Once the inevitability of Romney's nomination disappears, everyone will be free to admit that it was only the illusion of inevitability that made him look like, well, the inevitable nominee in the first place.

If the Mormon halo flickers, that very human capacity that has so far served Romney so well - the post hoc justification of something believed to be in one's self-interest - would swing, in short order, in Paul's favor. People get very excited about an underdog who can win - especially if he is an underdog that was kept down by nefarious means.

Is this possibility or fantasy? At the time of writing, the official bound state delegate counts out of the few states that have already held their state conventions are 33 for Paul and 73 for Romney, but the number of delegates from these states that are known to favor Paul and Romney are 65 and 59, respectively. All other delegate numbers are at this point projections or speculation.

Those who look at the mountain that Ron Paul has to climb and wonder, "How?" might find their answer by looking at the mountain that Romney has to tumble down, and asking the very same question.

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There are no ex-Paul supporters!

Once some one finds the truth they never look back, they realize what they once believed was a lie.

There maybe a few that would say other wise, but I would say to them, they never really checked out what Paul was about anyway.

So if any of the Romney delegate start to question what is going on, and do a little research on Paul VS Romney. We may have stealth delegates that we won't know about until the vote actually happens.

I am a good example of a hard core Republican, I didn't care who was on the other side. I would vote the straight R ticket. So if I can come around so can others.

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

I second everything you said!

I too was a straight ticket R without even knowing many of whom I voted for. Once you KNOW the truth it is planted and no one can remove it. More people than we know see it too. I am finding that they just want to leave the rose-colored glasses on because the truth is too painful for them to intellectually accept, but they do know inside that it's going to fall quick if nothing is done.

Romney gets beat at his own game

I love it, the Dr. was blatantly disrespected, and now do you notice all Romney's supporters are trying even harder to convince us that Ron Paul is unelectable. I taste a different tea brewing folks. I can taste the sound of the shackles being broken. I am so happy everytime the RNC does something that backfires I do the happy dance. I was ecstatic when I saw it on Reality Check with Ben Swann. He said all the delegates are unbound and I smiled. We know that Romneys support is based on the presumption the RNC made. But them breaking their own rules, has allowed the supporters to beat their camp at their own game. I think it is hilarious, and there is one thing I am visioning with such a sadistic smile. Want to know what that is? Picture 80+million viewers at home, all the people that will break their bank to attend the Presidential debate, and Ron Paul stands to debate Barack Obama. Do you know what will happen? Exactly Obama will be caught with his pants down, because there is no amount of debate prepping that can prepare Obama for a debate with Ron Paul. Bye Bye Barack Obama. I am so excited and I have been spreading it like wild fire that Ron Pauls supporters do not have to vote for Romney, not even in the first round. They can vote their conscience. They are more than happy. Some relieved, and others like really.... With the interesting tone. This is going to be the election and the year of the Next American Revolution, and here is the best part about it, there won't be a single shot fired. GO RON PAUL2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How will the votes be COUNTED in Tampa?

You have to realize that if Romney's backers even suspect this might happen, they will conspire to take measures to render it impossible. For this to succeed, you would have to have countermeasures in place to circumvent those measures, and in fact layer after layer of countermeasures after that to take into account all the tricks they might try to pull. From what I hear a good start would be to study how Pat Buchanan's 200 delegates were 'managed' into silence and irrelevance at the 1996 RNC.

Obedience to God is resistance to tyrants.

they should have to stand up in front of national TV and be

counted....by our people and their people....so no secret ballots, no machines, no paper stuff...real people with counts

SequoiaTrees4RonPaul

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing.

Those who count the votes decide everything."

—COMMUNIST TYRANT AND MASS MURDERER JOSEF STALIN
(attributed)

HufPo rejecting

Posted this three times

it is repeatedly rejected

but then it is HufPo

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Romney Subgate Why are we not spreading this like wildfire?

youtube. com/watch?v=J4k4LlVL7eE

dailypaul. com/234491/why-the-hell-is-this-not-viral-yet#comment-2476418

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Pagans are tolerant by NATURE.
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You know your over the target when you get this much flak

you seem to be getting comments that are really trolly in nature. Not naming names, just saying...

It is what it is and it ain't what it ain't. Also there's pandas.

"Anyone who thinks you can't create something out of nothing never dated a drama queen."

-me

if you vote for Romney you

if you vote for Romney you are a TRAITOR!

America doesn't deserve a man

America doesn't deserve a man like Ron Paul in the White House.Few seemed to pay attention to all the warnings given by our founders or from Ron Paul for the last twenty years.judge Andrew P.Napolitano had it right in his book, A NATION of SHEEP when he described America. Most Americans don't seem to know the difference between a statesman and a politician. The majority of Americans asked for Obama and they got him weather through ignorance,indifference or because of his race. Now, millions are hoping Flip-flop Mitt Romney will save them from Obama's destructive policies.The same Obama they thought would rescue them.From what,i have no idea! G.Edward Griffin said,in his book,The Creature from Jekyll Island,"If America is to survive as a free nation,her citizens must become far more politically educated than they are at present." "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization,it expects what never was and never will be, if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free,it is the responsibility of every citizen to be informed." Thomas Jefferson. One thing that can never be said was Ron Paul bowed down to Wall St. or supported the illegal Iraq war as millions of Americans did.

Bob Marshall

Dr. Ron Paul is winning, Romney and Obama should just drop out.

Remain calm and confident

I absolutely agree. But this

I absolutely agree. But this must be done with a confidence and composer. Respect nonetheless. If we are right, and we are, we have no reason to lose our cool. Bleive me when I say, the establihsment will be throwing a tantrum.

There is a strategy at foot....

Robin, this is sound logic.

These are in fact the real numbers and the real situation.

1. Media says, "Romney wins 'another' state primary!" "Romney wins by a landslide!" Media says, "Mitt's base is the over-50 crowd. The real movers of this country." Media says, "It's the write-in vote of the elderly that is leading the way for Romney!"

2. Media says, "Paul's supporters don't translate into votes." Media says, "Paul's support base is too young, not registered, or 'pot smokers who are too lazy'"

YET:

1. Dr. Paul's supporters show up in thousands at rallies. Mitt's show up in hundreds.
2. Dr. Paul's supposed "uninterested, lazy, and too young" supporters are taking over the state conventions by mass.

WHICH IS IT?

The same media that says Mitt's crowd is the retirement block, over-50 group who can't show up to support his rallies are the same people who "showed up" to support his popular vote in the primary?

The same media who says Paul's support base doesn't translate into votes are showing up en-mass at the state conventions and taking over!

THE TRUTH:

Exit polls by the media in the primaries were stacked with Romney-heavy interest at the front of the line. Those exiting the polling location were then interviewed by news crews who happily reported Romney winning by large percentages, thus justifying their predition of a Romney win.

Paul's support is indeed huge... way larger than he even realizes.

We've come up against the establishment, face to face.

SHOCKER:

The establishment doesn't care for Romney either. They only care about protecting their own interests. Romney supports their interests.

REMEMBER:

Peace is bad for business. "If it bleeds, it leads" is the media's motto. War, suffering, crime, violence, and human atrocities are what sell. Advertisers pay big money to be televised with the biggest stories. Ron Paul is bad for business. What will they report on? What happens when America quits watching TV because there's nothing "interesting" on?

So they create havoc...because havoc sells.

VERDICT:

It's not Paul against Romney any longer. It's moved way beyond. It's the people versus the system. Paul or no Paul, we have to beat the system. We must beat the system. It only takes a few men/women with pick-axes to carve through a mountain. It only takes a few men/women with a few logs to span an impassable chasm.

Freedom is obtained by the few, but is enjoyed by everyone who crosses the bridge.

Whenever there is a yoke of oppression on a generation, someone will always rise up to destroy it.

over 50's crowd

I am over 50 and i know several other people that are over 50 and we all support Ron Paul.

Your too kind and conservative

1. Dr. Paul's supporters show up in thousands at rallies. Absolutely true.
Mitt's show up in the hundreds should read Mitt's show up in the dozens.

yup. "Paul's support is

yup.

"Paul's support is indeed huge... way larger than he even realizes."

^ this hits the nail on the head.

Unlike what some are saying

this is the only way to bring about change. I read a comment recently on this site that stated that one cannot challenge the ruling faction of the GOP directly, that it must be done by stealth. This is patently absurd, as Mr. Koerner's comments reveal. In fact, the ONLY way to challenge these people is to be completely in their face, and the public's face so that everything is aired out in the open.

These people thrive in secrecy. They don't want people to know that they aren't being presented with legitimate choices, that every candidate is really espousing the same basic policies and that there will be absolutely nothing of substance different from the last person who was elected.

So, it is only when they are directly challenged that it becomes glaringly obvious that they don't play fair, that they don't want to give people a choice and that they will do anything in their power to keep the ruling faction ruling. Seeing this process, seeing those in power cheat and lie (like some petty 10 year old bully) to stay in power is precisely what will galvanize people to sweep out the sewage choking the country to death.

F.

Not Unoptimistic Either

They point of the LR article is that you can't play your hand early. But it does not mean that the RP delegates shouldn't vote their conscience on the first round. That will be televised. If suddenly everyone who votes RP on the first round is summarily arrested or thrown out of the convention then at least there won't be any denying that the US is a police state. What happens after that is anyone's guess.

F.

So the memo is to "behave"

So the memo is to "behave" ourselves? We've BEEN behaving ourselves. It's the establishment who are breaking their own rules and disrespecting us! Not the other way around.

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from his government." - Thomas Paine

(╮°-°)╮┳━┳ (╯°□°)╯┻━┻ "RON PAUL 2012 DAMNIT!"

That's the attitude!

This bold talk is a million times better than Benton's defeatist attitude. The gloves must come off... or mittens, should I say.

Hell ya

Damn straight! THIS makes me want to donate to the campaign. NOT that piece of crap letter...

I whole heartedly agree with

I whole heartedly agree with this article. Due to vote flipping, vote theft, corruption at all levels in those who support Romney, and his own corruption, it's time to take the gloves off.

As for delegates who support Ron Paul, but who might be fearful of losing possible future GOP perks, and so would not vote conscience, those can't possibly be real Ron Paul supporters.
This is about electing Ron Paul as President. Whatever it takes is what must be done.

IMO, all Ron Paul supporting delegates should vote for him the first round. Let's win this thing the first round, straight up. There isn't enough time at the convention to challenge every delegate who voted conscience instead of Romney. And besides, at that point, Ron Paul wins. Period.
There is no guarantee of a second round. Take it on the first round, and run!

RON PAUL 2012 * Restore America * Bring The Troops Home
http://www.texasuncensored.blogspot.com

Absolutely Correct

Don't play by the rules. The way the GOP rulers are acting, there apparently aren't any rules anyway.

F.

no such thing as bound

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

Great blog loved it

This has got me thinking a bit.

What if we are suppose to win all along? What if this can be the answer of the RNC to get Obama to use most of his $160 million campaign funds to battle Romney that is not the nominee after all..

Just a thought....

Interesting

Very interesting theory, the only problem I have with it is if this has been the strategy all along, then why try to piss us off and alienate us so badly. No the GOP may as well be the DNC for all their fanfare, they are just screwing up badly. Someone stated that the MSM has a hard time covering Dr Paul because it's not a campaign, but a movement. Well I guess the GOP is faced with a similat predicament, in the past when they pulled these tactics folks probably just backed off, and went with the flow. They are learning now that Revolution is a bitch to deal with when your on the establishment side, I'll bet the British were very confused, and tried every dirty trick in the book the first time it happened too. at this point my new motto has become RON PAUL 2012, or the end of the US government! IMO the only viable options we have left.

sincerely,
Mike G.

Incredible!

I applaud you Robin. You've added an overwhelming amount of hope to the discussion.

Focus

What does it matter wether Benton is clever as a fox or a committed a poor error in judgement? Whether true or not this is still a great way to move forward in thinking.

1) Can we get a majority of delegates?
I would love a good comprehensive analysis (yet to find one) that contains details including, MSM reported delegates, state party rules bound delegates, publicly stated preference counts, and presumed allegiances based on delegation based voting/trading/etc. If this thing comes back that shows within the margin of unknown delegates trending towards Paul in the last named column then we are in a really good spot. Info graphic would be icing on the cake. Then again would sharing of this info virally/MSM hurt the surprise factor? Either way would the other camp knows this already or not?

2) If we have a majority of delegates bound or otherwise can we win the nomination?
Good arguments in this article and others say we could win. There is a good argument IMO that one of the best things we can do to reduce the risk of getting derailed is to play nice and make it difficult to go against their own rules or paint us as not following the rules.

Are either of these two conjectures affected by wether or not Benton blew it in his strategy or is a clever genius?

um

1. there is no such thin as bound in Tampa
2. A "WIN" is not likely, proof here: http://www.dailypaul.com/233859/for-the-real-ron-paul-suppor...

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

Romney's Mormon so what?

What the heck does Romney being Mormon and you using, "Mormon halo flickers", has anything to do with this story? I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I voted for Ron Paul! If you want to get into a religious debate that's fine but it should be somewhere else. I don't think this is the place for it. I am here to support Ron Paul and keep up with news concerning him.

This shouldn't be about religion

separation of church and state, remember? You are right, religion should be discussed elsewhere. This is not the forum for it.

Defending Mormonism

Whether you are a Mormon, or support their religion, you have to recognize that it is a contentious subject that will hurt Romney if he is nominated.

I don't think it is hard to imagine that, probably for months, we will see constant postings and network news editorials, airings of South Park's "This is What They Really Believe!" clips, and everything BUT the discussion of real ISSUES!

Only one person in all of congress claims atheism. They all lie! (for votes) They sure as hell don't act like they believe in a God! But it's important to voters- religion. Watch what an issue it becomes!

The religious vote

The religious vote isn't a problem for Romney to secure. Contrary to what the the different media outlets like to say.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/154097/Religiousness-Key-Factor-R...

I agree most politicians lie and Romney is't free from criticism. Considering his flip flops on many different issues. I use that as a tool then trying to get members of my faith to take a second look at Ron Paul.

Exactly right! I took the comment as meaning

Romney seems to some that he would be a trustworthy president (where I am, the stereotype is that Mormons are very moral people) because of his faith. Maybe that's not how it was meant, and I understand your comment completely. This is why I feel like we should leave out some statements with the appearance of prejudice ("the white Obama" and references to Jews and Zionism come to mind.) While some of these things may be true, all they serve to do is divide the ranks and give us a bad name. The fight is still on and in full strength, but Benton was right about one thing: we should have a certain level of decorum.

That's what I'm talking about.

Screw the party and screw their rules. What are they seriously going to do? Ban people for life? If I'm not mistaken, by enlarge, the states that Dr. Paul is cleaning house in are also electing Paul supporters to prominent leadership positions or are actually controlling the state party. Good luck enforcing the ban. The same for any fines although I can't see how they could. Or what, unseat them proving to the media that Romney can't control his own delegation? Which brings me to another point, we are forgetting the role the media would play in this. While they treat Dr. Paul like a leper, the convention will be under the microscope of every liberal media outlet, itching for any chance to skewer Romney and the GOP. Do not give an inch delegates, do not back down. The Dr. and Benton already did their CYA with the media, giving concessions and all. It is now bigger than them. Vote your conscience. To hell with a party that screws us and the nation we are trying to save.

YES!

YES!

Great article

Something to think about, especially since the Revolution will be televised (in Tampa).
Since the GOP is so keen on breaking "their" own rules, and disenfranchised "selected" individuals at the State level, the bound delegates should "unbind" themselves and VOTE their conscience.
Elf the GOP's rules in Tampa.
This is why it's called a REVOLUTION.

The reason there has been so

The reason there has been so much angst for the past couple of days is that we began doubting our own power and momentarily forgot our very justificable anger. Thanks, Robin, for getting us back on track.

Nice real nice..

Lets BUMP this puppy for the DR. RON PAUL R3VOLUTION!!

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The answer is

Instead of bound to Romney delegates voting for Ron Paul instead. Abstain the first round vote. Anotherwards do not vote for Romney in the first round. Then all would be able to vote their concience in the second round.

I am not so sure. The GOP

I am not so sure.

The GOP deserves a few low bows. Throwing their own rules in their face is justifiable at this point IMO.

The GOP can't expect their opposition to play by their rules while they at the same time disregard those same rules so openly and unashamedly.

Who do these people think they are? More importantly, who do they think we are? Idiots?

I say, if you are a Paul supporting national delegate that is bound ( I thought we already dismissed that notion, anyway) to Romney, forget the biased rules conceived by the corrupt establishment leaders. Vote your heart immediately. After all, this is a revolution isn't it?

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

Better than them

But if we can have the same effect by playing by the rules, it make us better than them, and no one can contest the results. And then coming out of a contest this way, we have an even better chance against Obama.
And RP can keep his untarnished record going for the presidency.

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.

Yes, IF. That's just the

Yes, IF. That's just the point. IF we can. If we can't, then what. Go home and say ah shucks we lost but at least we did it by THEIR rules.

Fact is, it is already being reported that there are "stealth" delegates in the Romney camp.

As far as measuring up in terms of integrity against Obama, Ron Paul would have to try very hard to stoop to his level.

Besides, the legal counsel to the RNC has already okayed the move, so what is there to feel guilty about?

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin

Thought I Love Mitt Romney...

Who is Mitt Romney; should we vote for Mitt Romney? Mitt Romney is not a moral man.

I find little dignity in a man who destroys the lives of others for financial gain, which is the history of Mr. Romney’s wealth; among men whom scheme for ways to undermine the spirit of a law, to say, “I did it legally,” he destroyed for gain.

“How Mitt Romney Got Obscenely Rich?” 720p, less than 3 min.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rodif...

“When Romney Came to Town” 480p; do not miss this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYg_OdXNc1Q

“Mitt Romney comes from a faith tradition that holds our Constitution sacred,” said Ms. Sydney Hay, Dr. Paul spokeswoman at Arizona convention, which is true.

However, Mr. Romney cares little to nothing about our Constitution or laws, and do not you be fooled by her false implications of whom Mitt Romney is.

Mitt Romney: “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them.” Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzYTdM9b5F4

Massachusetts under Mitt Romney and Massachusetts now:
• Ownership: restricted
• Self-defense: no Castle Doctrine
• Open carry: prohibited
• Concealed carry: prohibited
• Vehicle carry handguns: prohibited
• Vehicle carry long guns: unloaded, cased and stored away

Who deserves the right to protect him or herself from predators? Under Mitt Romney, not you!

Clearly, we can win. And, Mr. Burton’s comment, though contemporarily practical, is a lesson in defeatism: “Unfortunately, barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination.”

If God is on our side—knowing God is on the side of goodness—and, if the time is right, then we will gain the nomination.

All RNC delegates are free to vote their conscience. See video: http://www.fox19.com/story/18305604/reality-check-why-all-rn...

Someone mentioned David and Goliath on Doug Wead’s blog, and here is our heart, mind, soul, and strength of this campaign.

Dr. Paul is representative of a perfect opportunity to get behind a candidate who would change this country, moving it back on course, setting sail with freedom and justice windward.

We must keep our resolve:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0y_JFQGkq0&feature=youtu.be

This will make you cry with joyful hope:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuTXPWec_LU&feature=youtu.be

Sincerely, Joseph C. Carbone III; 16 May 2012

★”˜¨¯¯¨˜”ª¤(¯`*•.¸(¯`*•.. The Hon. Dr. Ron Paul for 2012 ..•*´¯)¸.•*´¯)¤ª”˜¨¯¯¨˜”★

One the one hand, I'd like to

One the one hand, I'd like to see Dr. Paul come out of the convention as the nominee. On the other hand, you are suggesting disenfranchising millions of voters who did not choose Dr. Paul. I doubt you would feel the same way if the strategy was used against us instead of to help Dr. Paul. It's never good to set a precedent you wouldn't want to come back against you.

Disenfranchised? You make a huge assumption!

You assume the voting has been legal and not ridden throughout with fraud!

Why is it that in states with both machine and hand counts does Paul usually win ONLY the hand counts? (or at least do MUCH better)

Does anyone remember the ONE precinct that was counted in Nevada LIVE? Wolf Blitzer hosting, on Fox LIVE? Paul got 58%. Statewide he only received 18% !?! Who will feel disenfranchised there? It should be Paul voters... The Romney voters? I don't see it! They may be the ones who'll complain but because they were lied to--made to believe they had actually won the meaningless popular vote! And why IS it meaningless? Because you can cheat it, STEAL it! You can't steal delegates (well, not easily- they certainly have been trying!) This is why Paul went for delegates. They are PEOPLE, with VOICES! They can't steal you so they try to shut you up!

Don't be quieted! Vote your conscience!

thats ok

They have made thier educated decision based upon the lies of the MSM and Clear Channel.

They wont be so upset when the truth comes to light.

a Simple history lesson is in order for those who would complain as to which official have been elected without the public majority.

i've been disenfranchised

for the better part of 40 years. i am the LIVID minority.
i would not lose one bit of sleep.
imagine the discussion FORCED to take place just by Dr. Paul being the nominee. we might actually have "news" again.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

Gigabyte, I don't think

Gigabyte, I don't think they're being disenfranchised. Perhaps disillusioned with how the process really works...

They never showed up to participate in this very REPUBLICAN process of delegate selection. Our elections are not democratic, they're republican based (representatives of the populace select the nominee).