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Molly Ball@The Atlantic Mag: "Ron Paul's Delegate Strategy: What's in It for Romney?"

"If Romney wants to win the Paul vote, it seems, it won't be good enough to put an audit-the-Fed plank in the Republican Party platform. He'd have to actually embrace and campaign on Paul's issues, which could, in case it needs to be said, be a tricky proposition where the mass of the electorate is concerned. He'd have to become Ron Paul."

Ron Paul's Delegate Strategy: What's in It for Romney?

By Molly Ball
https://twitter.com/#!/mollyesque

May 15 2012, 2:48 PM ET 16

Paul is staying in the race to pursue a set of concessions from the Republican Party and its nominee -- but he's not offering anything in return.

In the wake of Ron Paul's announcement Monday that he will no longer campaign in upcoming primaries, his campaign attempted to explain Tuesday what exactly he is still doing in the race.

He may not be pursuing the nomination anymore, but he is still in the race as a means to other ends, as his campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, took pains to clarify. "Dr. Paul is not suspending his campaign. He is not dropping out of the race," Benton told reporters on a conference call.

But Benton acknowledged, in the call and an accompanying memo, that the nomination is almost certainly out of Paul's reach. "We recognize that Governor Romney has what is very likely an insurmountable delegate lead," he said on the call. "Unfortunately, barring something very unforeseen, our delegate total will not be strong enough to win the nomination," he wrote in the memo.

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Less a snarkfest than Molly's usual.

Following pretty much sums up this one-way 'relationship.' Hey, when you're the hot chick, you get to say no:

"If Romney wants to win the Paul vote, it seems, it won't be good enough to put an audit-the-Fed plank in the Republican Party platform. He'd have to actually embrace and campaign on Paul's issues, which could, in case it needs to be said, be a tricky proposition where the mass of the electorate is concerned. He'd have to become Ron Paul."

Wonder what the psyche of Romney, a man who've never known, nor figured out what he truly believes in, not even all the way into his adulthood, must ponder when trying appease an immutable man who is legendary in his steadfastness and known for always abiding by his principles.

What's to negotiate when you offer to use a paper wrapper to lift a 1000 ton rock?

#WINNING



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