I had a dream...Submitted by samadamscw on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 10:29
Folks, I don't put stock in dreams.
And by all indications from the campaign and Paul himself, this is over.
But I just awoke from a dream I didn't expect to have, and to say it was a happy dream would be an understatement.
First, I'll preface with the fact that I was visiting with family in the dream, and though they are mostly Paul supporters, for whatever reason, we were NOT watching the Tampa convention. (I think it was sports instead) So, this has that usual "unreal" feel to it already, though somewhat plausible. If my family were all assembled on convention night we'd be watching it, guaranteed. So, there is no mistake - this was a dream.
So, the dream starts off with someone flipping the channel (the TV is always on something when we are together no matter what) to FauxNews and Megan Kelly reporting that the Mitt Romney has won the GOP nomination. Heated discussion ensues in our family ranks and a look of extreme disappointment takes over many of us. (the rest are stuck in "anyone but Obama" mode) It isn't like we didn't expect it to happen, but we had hoped otherwise.
But then... They show the vote totals.
(here's where my dream memory gets fuzzy)
Faux and every other station is reporting Romney has clinched the nomination officially. BUT..
There is no hoopla and partying in the Convention. It's simply a lot of conversation that is slowly building to a din of near chaos.
The networks pontificate for a bit.
The reality comes out.
Romney needed 1144, that is, a majority of SEATED DELEGATES, not just those voting. (yes, my numbers here show him just under a majority of those voting, I said my recollection was fuzzy, but in the dream, he definitely had the simple majority of votes cast)
In the meantime, the channel gets flipped back to whatever was on before. (probably an LSU game, that's about the only thing that they'd watch over politics.)
Then I go into some other dream. (whatever)
Then this one comes back.
And they've flipped the channel back to FauxNews. The first thing I see, before I hear anything is that Ron Paul on the second ballot, has, wait for it...
I let out a whoop and a holler.
Momentum is now with Ron.
The bobbleheads are speechless. (maybe not, but who's listening to them at this point anyway?)
Apparently, there were a ton of abstentions the first round.
In the second, more delegates are unbound and now are voting for Ron. (they all seem to be following their binding rules, save the abstentions and those voting "other." Presumably, Santorum was nominated as well and those were bound votes.)
While there will then be a third round, at least, because Ron too does not have a majority of seated delegates, the momentum is clearly on his side.
Unfortunately, I didn't see anyone else's vote total, just Ron's.
And then I woke up.
So the dream is not complete. And hey, it's just a dream.
Most likely, it was my subconscious desire to hold on to false hope.
I guess we'll find out in Tampa.