What if Ron PaulSubmitted by AmericanFreedumb on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 05:31
I'm just curious.
Ron Paul's goal with this campaign was for liberty supporters to join and take over the GOP from within. He has grown a foothold within the party though this method.
It is also likely that Ron Paul will not win the GOP nomination though I'm hoping otherwise.
If he is serious about taking over the GOP, then he has two options.
Option 1: He can make no endorsement of Romney or endorse a third party. This will de-legitimize him and his supporters further within the GOP and make them more desirous of purging the Ron Paul Republicans due to their lack of loyalty to the party. They won't be receptive to any of Ron's libertarian ideas. This means the only way for liberty to win at the next go-around is to have the sheer numbers necessary - whether that be primary voters or delegates.
Option 2 is endorsing Romney. In the eyes of the GOP, this will show that Ron Paul and his followers will place the party first above their freedom principles. The GOP will appreciate Ron Paul steering his supporters to be loyal to the party despite copious disagreements and an awful candidate. The GOP might even be a bit more receptive to a few libertarian ideas because it will show that we don't intend to take over the party - but rather will go along to get along. In essence, our loyalty might buy us a small place at the table. If we are seen as legitimate Republicans, some Republicans will listen to us a bit more readily. This seems to follow his stated strategy.
So, my question is:
IF Ron Paul loses Tampa and then endorses Romney in order for his movement to gain a bit of trust from the GOP, what will you do? Follow Paul's directive, or do something else?