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Shocker! Ron Paul and Rule 40 - The NEW Romney Nightmare...

From Doug Wead's Blog
June 21, 2012

At least one of the cats is out of the bag. The story is now public that an obscure, overlooked GOP rule, passed in January, 2008, has opened the way for Ron Paul delegates to place his name in nomination for vice president at the RNC in Tampa. And maybe for president? Experts say no. More on that.

Rule 40 came at a time when there was concern that the GOP presidential field would be split between candidates Huckabee, McCain, Romney, Thompson, Giuliani and Paul, with no one candidate winning a majority in five states. It was accepted that this possibility was remote, due to the sequential power of successive caucus and primary victories which would winnow the field and give one or two candidates momentum but the deadlock was at least a mathematical possibility.

The rule change declared that only a plurality within a delegation, not a majority, was needed in five states to place a name in nomination. It means that a candidate can be nominated for president or vice president if he or she has the most delegates in at least five states. It is a threshold that Ron Paul has very possibly passed. And it may explain why the Romney forces have been apoplectic, even self defeating, in their crushing of the duly elected Ron Paul delegates at the various remaining...

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That is exactly why they

That is exactly why they would never let a Paul be the vice... Knowing millions.. maybe in all honesty the majority of Americans want Ron Paul and they have cheated us at the polls yet have the knowledge we are the majority. I would sure fear my safety if I was a neocon president with Ron as a vice.

They are

already vetting Rubio. Yeah right. Rubio is not a natural born citizen and even admits it.

Keepin' it real.

I'm betting on jeb bush

I'm betting on jeb bush




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I think it's

cute that you're making fun of a process that was once common place in America. Historically, the vice president would be the next most popular person on the ballot during the General. So lets say we have Obama vs. Paul - if Paul won, he'd be President and Obama would be VP., and vice-versa.

Now obviously it is different from today but the essential idea is still there. Putting Paul in the VP slot would be ideologically tantamount to putting a second place winner in the general as the VP (assuming that the second place winner has differing ideological principles and viewpoints).

If we can't get the Presidency (which I'm still holding out for btw) then VP would be next best IMHO. It's better then being forgotten about. Already we have taken over the GOP in many states, and our ideas are picking up steam among the GOP and regular voters. Paul won't be with us forever, so I think it's a pretty good strategic move to put Paul in the VP slot if the Presidency is truly locked up (which I believe right now is debatable still. Tampa hasn't happened yet.)

It's a way for him to exert some power and illicit some change we desperately need (such as Ending the Fed which is in my mind, absolutely critical if we are to return to a free society).

Either way, having someone of an opposing ideological viewpoint in the VP slot would be a throwback to the days of old - and I like that.

I do to!

It gives the VP totally new life - and the country as well. I am glad you brought this up. There is too much un-historical loyalty in both parties.

Ron Paul ... forever.

but see my comment

below for clarification.

Ron Paul ... forever.


That really did make me laugh out loud! I dunno, maybe if Paul really does hold a lot of sway over the platform and Romney agrees to it, I can almost see Ron being able to get on-board and using the Vice Presidency as a bully pulpit to keep the Administration honest and in line with it.

yeah! VP?

What matters most is also who will be the real gray powers (if any) behind the WH, The administration too. If there are two neo-cons in the WH (without Ron Paul as VP) we can imagine who will be shaking Mitt. The Old Guard. Karl Rove.

Obama practically stepped into the Clinton administration White House, including his WH staff. That's why he failed as a president. Clintonism is live and strong. They even do coups (Honduras 2009).

Now, with Ron Paul as VP that re-institution would not be so smooth. Plus I am almost sure, without Ron Paul, Romney will loose.

I still hope for the presidency though. Tampa!

Ron Paul ... forever.

But I would have to vote for Romney

for Ron Paul to be his VP... and I am not sure I can do that.

I entered this discussion because I am a pragmatist. Yes, there would be advantages to liberty in this Romney/RonPaul hybrid. In my reasoning I probably thought of "a VP Ron Paul" really as an "acting President" while the Romneys would focus on decorating the White House (at their expense?). I WOULD vote for this hybrid if Ron Paul told us clearly why yes, if that happened. I do trust him. If that would be the only way to avoid the war with Iran...

Yet on this June 22 we have many, and more, reasons to push and work on Ron Paul to be nominated the President in 2012.

Ron Paul ... forever.

Did anyone else notice this?

Yesterday on Morning Joe, he said something like, "If I'm not going to be the nominee, the goal is to show there's a political benefit toward accepting some of the views that we have, or all of the views that we have, that there's a benefit..."

I found his use of the word "if" at the beginning to be very interesting.


very good observation.

Ron Paul ... forever.

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Funny, that "if" jumped out

Funny, that "if" jumped out at me too.

Brilliant MOVE "WEAD" HEY GOP Here is YOUR answer!

Problem: ...overlooked GOP rule, passed in January, 2008, has opened the way for Ron Paul delegates to place his name in nomination for vice president at the RNC in Tampa. And maybe for president?

Solution: Unless they find a way to quickly change the rule.

You're pretty good at what you do Doug, I gotta hand it to you.

Ron Paul supporters here: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.......\o/
Rug being pulled from underneath them here: __/

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Don't underestimate the powerful position RP is in right now

RP's people outnumber and are more organized than the GOP. It's been proven (but not publicized).

Umm... I believe Doug

was responding to this story breaking in Huffington Post

And it is a logical statement to suggest that "they" (the RNC) may find a way to change the rule, based upon their performance so far.

But MAYBE Huffington Post is working for the RNC TOO! Yeah, that's it! All these years they have seemed like a liberal rag.... but in truth they are a CIA front working for the elites in the RNC!

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

Maybe it's because the RNC and the DNC

are two arms of the same critter.


In response to your first comment "Find a way", I agree

In response to your second comment "working for RNC", I would not be surprised.

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So you think that Doug Wead

is sending secret coded messages to the GOP through his blog?

Right...it's not like he could have pointed this out privately to any of the hundreds of party insiders he knows personally after a lifetime in politics.

Ron Paul - Honorary Founding Father


is full of hot air. Let's see what bone he throws us on Saturday to appease us and to shut us up. He APPEARS to love Rep Paul but I have seconds thoughts about that. Did he coach randy on supporting willard mittens? We will never know. RP may not know either. That was a huge kick in the gut for RP. This should make people so mad that we swarm Tampa for Liberty. Need a reason to go? Well the good Dr needs our support. Is that a good enough reason? You betcha.

Keepin' it real.


And there may be validity to your second comment.

I'd like to see Ron pull the rabbit out of the hat trick,

oh yeah! Wouldn't it be great if Dr Paul made an announcement that in the event he wins the presidential nomination he will have Judge Napolitano as his running mate for Vice President, provided of course, the Judge is in agreement beforehand.
I mean, all's fair in love and war, right? I understand Dr Paul does not "expect" to win a nomination, but might not a presumptive shot across the Mittney bow be a shot heard round the world. Did I use enough cliches?

Only one downside to

Only one downside to Napolitano for VP:

I want him on the SUPREME COURT.

As the nominee for the first opening, and renominated for chief justice if/when that opens up.

"The Napolitano Court" would be a legacy of freedom that would endure long after Ron had finally retired.

= = = =
"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

Absolutely right. The Judge

Absolutely right.
The Judge would be completely wasted as a vice presidential pick.
He would be far more useful in the SC.

...although...he would make a fantastic candidate after 4 or 8 years of Ron Paul.


The Echoes of Liberty in the SCOTUS

Bring on the Judge!

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

Gary Johnson

I think Gary Johnson is more suitable for the Vice President position.... Just saying.

You didn't deserve the downvotes

This is a Ron Paul for PRESIDENT site. The man in the moon can be VP for all we care here, LOL. Just kidding. Everyone should be able give their opinion without getting squashed.


I think Gary Johnson is more suitable for the JANITOR position at the white house...Just saying.

He is

a CFR Bilderberger guy. Don't be fooled again. Now zip it about Johnson. Cease and desist!

Keepin' it real.