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One of The Greatest Political Publicity Stunts In History

We got all worked up on Monday and Tuesday. Good to see the rEVOLution back to business. Now that the possum pixie dust has settled, let us take a step back and ask ourselves what is the ultimate result of what's transpired over the past two days?

"There's no such thing as bad publicity."

Ron Paul just got a boatload of free media exposure. Jesse Benton dangled the carrot just enough, and the old media bit like champs. They took the bait and ran with the line, BUT...

Now FOX News is saying Ron Paul is still in the race, and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is reporting the same thing with a giant, inquisitive cute smile on her face asking Dr. Paul to come on the show.

I think Ron Paul and his campaign staff just engineered one of the greatest publicity stunts in political history.

What was accomplished?

1. The rEVOLution is now all fired up, steaming hot! Thank you, Jesse Benton for stoking the fire inside all of us! Those who jumped ship over the fact that Ron Paul didn't win a single beauty contest are now back on board. There's something major brewing with the national delegates.

2. The MSM is now telling everyone that Ron Paul is still in the race. They're even talking about the "D," word - delegates, and they're even saying Ron Paul won states like Maine, Iowa, and Nevada!

3. Mitt Romney's head is spinning.

Tic, Tac, Toe.

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I Got This Advice Along the Way

If you focus on the solution the solution increases. If you focus on the problem the problem increases. I try my best to focus on the solution and have hardly missed a step the past few days.

regardless of whether it was intentional or inadvertent,

the only thing that matters is that we all individually support, to the best of our abilities, the delegate process.

That's where the rubber meets the road.

Constructive criticisms of the campaign and their staff are always good, as long as it don't veer into wanton undue criticisms (moi, guilty as charged, at times). And frankly, as there are no real remedies for the latter type of gripes, other than firing staff member x, which is a decision that is out of our hands, nor at this juncture in the election cycle is the Doc likely to make such drastic changes to his staff in the first place, it's ultimately fruitless to keep calling for the firing of _____, etc.

So regardless of calls to 'play nice' and "maintain decorum" with tyrannical statists' apparatchiks, it's time to get our priorities in order, and stick to our original plan: win Delegates! Delegates! Delegates!

Real R3VOL don't let their fellow R3VOL submit to tyranny, no matter where it's coming from.

Scorched Earth. If need be.

Nothing less than the very survival of ours and our progeny's very lives and natural rights are at stake.

We don't 'play nice' with tyrannical monkeys.

We must lend emotional/morale boost/spiritual/prayers/good intentions/meditations, financial and legal assistance, if need be, to our AMAZINGLY hard working, inspired, committed/dedicated R3VOL who are on the ground live AT the respective conventions, making history, even as we speak.

That, IMHO, should be the ONLY short term goal heading into Tampa.

Nothing else matters now.

We'll WIN it, LEGITIMATELY on the Floor, in Tampa, by winning delegate spots PRIOR to Tampa at the respective state conventions!

Our Doc's gonna be the POTUS, whether the various campaign staffers privately believe it's possible/impossible, or not.D

Yup, he'll simply have to accept that he and Carol will be living at the WH come January 2013. Nope, he has no say in the matter! We'll make him accept! Oh oh right, a bit demanding. But y'all get the gist. LOL

Our Movement has always been independent. We're the heart and soul, and the engine of liberty. We've always organically set goals, organized, hit financial and political metrics all on our terms. ALWAYS.

The State Convention and Tampa will be no different.

It's all in OUR hands, folks. Let's get it done!

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

We, I, need to make it happen

As I have been saying for weeks, let us get a Money Bomb together for the brave Delegates.

Let us make it happen. Let us support the Delegates and relieve the burdens they must be experiencing. The Delegates could use our support and we, I, need to relieve their anxieties.

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

even if it wasn't planned.

and it was shear dumb luck.

sometimes it's better to be lucky.

Im not sure if it was part of

Im not sure if it was part of some master plan or not but the only way it could possibly help in the future primaries is if all the Ron Paul supporters still show up to vote and the romney people don't bother to vote. That would make our per cent go up. So everyone still needs to show up and vote even if your confused right now about what is happening.

What if

the real strategy is that the delegates are unbound?

All national delegates at the

All national delegates at the RNC are, "free agents," and can vote for anyone they want.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

I'm going to get flamed for

I'm going to get flamed for this, I can already tell.

But I think it's dangerous to assume that this all is a campaign trick or strategy to go into some 'stealth ninja possum' mode.

The campaign has made many supporters angry and it's being noted in every Ron Paul related forum or website OUTSIDE of DP.

There has also been NO evidence or indication to confirm what this is, and conjecture is not a friend right now.

Plus it's not too comforting to think that a campaign would play some Sun Tza Machiavelli trick on unwitting supporters.

Sorry but I'm not going to fuel the rumor of "Jedi Mind Tricks".

Now commence voting me down, I'm a big boy and can take it.

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'Angry supporters'...

...shouldn't this anger be channelled into striving even harder at the grassroots level, at the local and state conventions, to overcome what they see as problems with the national campaign, and to become a rising tide that pushes Dr. Paul to the White House from the bottom-up?

I don't trust people who are directing their anger into destructive tantrums, saying they're going to go vote Libertarian or rip their bumper stickers off their cars. Throwing a temper tantrum is just a waste of time and effort, isn't it?

When I first joined the DP earlier this year, a lot of my posts were about complaints I had with the national campaign strategy, how they didn't emphasize Dr. Paul's vision of a strong national defense in order to win over mainline conservatives, etc. I still have my disappointments with some of these decisions. More recently, though, I've started posting less on the Daily Paul, spending more time at local meetups, helping the county coordinator try to get our precincts to vote in Ron Paul supporters to go to district conventions, attending my first sign waves, hoping I'll get elected myself to go to district, getting ready to study Robert's Rules of Order and the state bylaws and district convention rules -- and you know what...it feels so much better to actually get involved and maximize the local grassroots effort, rather than just moping about things on the Internet. On top of all that, we're actually winning states left and right these days; but suddenly with an unsurprising statement of the obvious (not dumping money into primary contests) and a conference call that explicitly states how unlikely it is that Dr. Paul will endorse or support Romney, some fair-weather fans are ready to jump overboard, abandon ship, wail and gnash their teeth.

These folks either need to go home and rethink their lives if they're Romney supporters trying to stir confusion and dissension, or they need to shake off the despair, and rise again for Liberty if they are genuine supporters of Dr. Paul. Flaking out over what transpired Mon/Tue, just seems odd to me.

I voted you Up.

There's no logic whatsoever in the theory that Benton's debacle was a clever ploy or sophisticated strategy.

Support the Constitution of the United States

I will never down-vote sincerity.

...but I will disagree with it cordially. :P

I'd liken the campaign's tactics to something far more earthly than The Force, and that's politics. I think we sometimes forget, as a grassroots movement so abhorrently disgusted by politicking, that campaigns engage in this stuff all the time; Dr. Paul's campaign is no exception. Personally, I feel inspired that, despite my aversion to needing to use tactics like this to attain victory, the Paul campaign clearly knows how to implement such a power-play.

I agree that the "Catch-22" scenario is frustrating to deal with, but there are only two interpretations to this: You can choose to assume that this is the end, in which case we will most certainly lose, or you can choose to assume that this is a strategy, fight the good fight, and potentially be victorious.

I dunno about you guys, but I'll take the latter.

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."
-Frederic Bastiat

I agree, sometimes a campaign

I agree, sometimes a campaign makes purely strategic moves and that's the way it goes. I just don't see any indication that this instance was that. And speculation isn't our friend now. we need to be logical and rational (note to self included)

In 10 years of following Ron Paul I honestly think this has been the biggest blunder I've seen out of his camp, it's actually so shocking to me I haven't slept much the past couple days.

The damage is done but we must go forward despite it. And there are a few silver linings.


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well. . . one can say that the

"blundering" capacity is a part of the gift of life ;-) It also helps to have good friends and community like DP to quickly regain the equilibrium and reorient ourselves, too. Kudos to Michael N and his staff for that!

I personally agree with elviejo's analysis and explanation of how things happened:
"The Love, Integrity and Courage of Ron Paul"
Submitted by elviejo on Wed, 05/16/2012

I will not vote you down for

I will not vote you down for this, we all have the right to voice our opinion whether we agree with it or not, that's why I like visiting the dailypaul and being a part of the community. I'm sure a lot of RP supporters agree with you on this. I will admit as well, I was disappointed and frustrated by the actions of the campaign this week. There's definitely a lot of uncertainty out there. I am holding out hope however all will be explained this Friday when he speaks in Minnesota and his campaign getts the boost it needs to finish this fight to the convention. Regardless of what happens, I will always fight for liberty from here on out and support the revolution that was created by a hero named Ron Paul.

Why would any serious Ron

Why would any serious Ron Paul supporter get angry with Ron Paul over concentrating his efforts and money on the state delegate conventions?


Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

I don't know of ANYONE who is

I don't know of ANYONE who is angry with that decision. You have the wrong premise here.

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Didn't you just say, "The

Didn't you just say, "The campaign has made many supporters angry."


Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Yes, but not for the reasons

Yes, but not for the reasons you noted.

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Knight takes Rook

It is a chess game folks. It is about strategy and moves. I was very disappointed to see so many people bashing Benton, heads hanging down, etc.

Look how far we have come, we are still in it. Benton knows what he is doing as well as the other top level staffers. It is not easy given what we are up against, so it is all about Fight on and support the Campaign.

On to Tampa and CHECKMATE!!!!!!!!


I absolutely 100% agree there is no such thing as bad publicity and we have certainly got more in the last 24 hours than in the prior 8 weeks ... if the campaign wanted to get everyone's attention they have succeeded in spades ... fight on freedom brawlers!
nice post zoo

Ron Paul really is more of a

Ron Paul really is more of a genius than I ever thought. It is one thing to be learned, it is another to be clever enough to pull something like this off.

This really does make sense though. He now has tons of publicity.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

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And the best thing about this accidentally fortunate

or calculated news-worthy "debacle" is that Ron Paul and his men NEVER LIED to trick. They just re-stated what they have been saying all along. . .

And surely speeches personally delivered by Ron, attentively listened to (at the convention floors or via simultaneously streamed on-line programs or through youtubes) are thousands of time MORE effective & informative than 30sec / 60sec advertisement. It certainly makes sense.

Well, though, it WOULD be nice, if a few millionaires or billionaires can help him saturate CA and TX airs with clever fun TV ads or RonPaul news-shows . . .

Love TMOT's car messages!

He gets me FIRED up! I guess it's that preacher inside of him and he knows how to bring the Liberty message!!!

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I just did a search for, "Ron

Submitted by zooamerica on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 20:22. Permalink

I just did a search for, "Ron Paul still in."

One story after another....all generated by the campaign's recent actions.

That was a joke, right?

"Jesse Benton dangled the carrot just enough, and the old media bit like champs. They took the bait and ran with the line..." Jesse Benton screwed up big time, and the only thing that happened was he pissed off millions of Paul supporters, who fired back and told him to shut his pie-hole.

Jesse Benton succeeded by mistake, not because he's some kind of political genius. So stop with the credits, and be thankful that the Web is so resilient. Why are you guys trying so hard to make Benton some kind of hero? Just because he married into the Paul family? Even in-laws screw up, so admit he flubbed up and let's get on with it.

Yes, he totally, 'succeeded

Yes, he totally, 'succeeded by mistake,' and royally, 'flubbed up,' so much that anyone who cares now knows that Ron Paul is still in the race.

Before Jesse Benton opened his piehole, very few people besides ourselves and the political junkies of America knew Ron Paul was still in the race.

Now anyone who knows how to read understands that Ron Paul is still with us....

It's a political stroke of genius, admit it.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Still at it?

You will have no choice in November "SON". Your choices will be:

√ Ron Paul
0 Barry Sotoro
0 Gary Johnson

Like it or not, these are the facts of the mater. Sorry to pull you out of your matrix and false paradym. Please feel free to go plug yourself back into one of the others BORING and USELESS blog.

We know why you guys come here, it is because we actually can think.


I don't think most of us are making JB out to be a hero..We're recognizing that free publicity is exactly what the campaign needed at a time when wasting money on upcoming primary states would be a bad idea. Planned or not, it worked for something!