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Politico: No Ron Paul Revolution at Convention.

TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican establishment has quelled the Ron Paul Revolution, at least for 2012.

Using a mix of charm and procedural hardball, Mitt Romney’s campaign and his allies who control the Republican National Committee have ensured that the Texas congressman will neither speak nor be formally nominated at next week’s convention. It’s a significant victory for Romney, who could have been faced with a raucous rebellion from the Paul crowd if he hadn’t extended an early, and diplomatic, olive branch to what’s become a key constituency.

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TEXTBOOK CO-OPTION

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A co-option (also cooptation, co-optation, cooption) is an act of absorbing or assimilating. It is normally used in the context of a group of persons assimilating a weaker or smaller group, with the intention of neutralizing a threat from the weaker group.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/co-option
To take or assume for one's own use; appropriate: co-opted the criticism by embracing it.
To neutralize or win over (an independent minority, for example) through assimilation into an established group or culture:

It was the only way we could be stopped...

Benton, Olson & company have been brilliant from the beginning of this campaign and it has been excruciating to watch..

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr.

He lost half of his delegates in Maine? Based on what?

Nothing. The monopoly men are just getting warmed up. And the GOP has shown it's true colors. Time for a new party.

What a fucking joke.

I'd like an apology from all the Benton and Rand slurpers. They have effectively killed all hope of liberty in this country by "compromising" with Willard. Despicable and beyond the pale. I wish I could have back all the time I wasted on trying to convert others to supporting this campaign.

I don't play, I commission the league.

The Avalanche Is Coming!

That's what you think Politico - pull the other one!

The avalanche is coming to Tampa!

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Cor. 3:17

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lol

Love this reply.

Counting chickens too soon...

Counting chickens too soon...

Could Politico's motivation have been to...

...to smooth over the storm brewing amongst "party faithful" that are aware of the abuse and mistreatment Ron Paul has suffered and have concerns about the whole thing?

Remember that wealthy GOP establishment couple who said that their sons are for RP and the wife saying That his is a daily thing they have to live with in their home?

Maybe the title is just an attention grabber and the article then sets out to calm the fears of the party faithful that Ron Paul really is being treated "fairly" and with "respect." Maybe if nothing else it's to soothe consciences, see?

Just based on reading over all of the comments here and not the article.

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
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Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
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"I am the door." -Jesus Christ

;-))

"has quelled "
only thing they " quelled" is FREEDOM!
Most to stupid to even realize it?

“Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think…”

To Those Who Still See the Light

"If Destruction be Our Lot, We shell be Its Authors and Finishers. As a Country of Free Men... We Will Live Forever! Or Die by Suicide!"
-1838

"Policy staffers felt out the Paul campaign to get a sense of their priorities and where they might overlap with the former Massachusetts governor’s PUBLIC positions."
Page 3, Paragraph 4

Ha! Because there is NO WAY they could overlap with is PRIVATE positions!

This Guy is NOT going to Audit the Fed, he is NOT going to end these wars, Hes Not going to Secure our Liberties and he Most Certainly is not going to adhere to his oath to the Constitution (because his lawyers won't).

He who can not fight and win fairly is a coward!

I for one will not vote for a blatant coward!

A man who would use the very tools of suppression and tyranny against the people he needs to achieve a modest loss (let alone a win) to the sitting president IS GOING TO FLIP-FLOP on any deal with us, if we feed off his hands!

This guy is not going to make it to the thrown of this CORPORATION OF THE UNITED STATES even if we ALL voted for this scum!

This revolution is going to continue in this party only if we vote for republicans that we can trust locally (State Legislatures, city and county councilmen and women). Screw the RNC and anyone who runs at the Federal Level!

THE FEDERAL SYSTEM MUST BE CUT OFF!!!

If we want to get the upper hand, let Romney lose like he deserves and we will take over the politics of the local level when the party as a whole collapses and stop funding the national committee. Keep going to the state conventions and changing the politics of the several states and when the time is right establish an alternate national convention. We have the means to turn this on their head, we must redirect our efforts and quick so we can get passed the let down in TAMPA before we even witness it live.

(Hell, at this moment their is Hurricane Issac coming up fast in the Atlantic. It may well be used to shutdown the convention just to cover up our efforts and maybe take some of us one by one. I think they moved the nomination to the first day just so they can close it down on the next day when the hurricane hits Florida.)

But in any case we had to see this process through for the history books. Trust most fall from both parties.

Thy Justice be done, or the heavens fall!

If this means leaving Rand Paul to hang and dry in 2016, so be it. I have to see some amazing things from him in the next four years to really consider him.

Vote Third party!!! You waste your efforts by supporting something you KNOW is wrong or worst KNOWING something is wrong and not doing anything about it. Staying home and not participating is the worst thing any of us can do.

F%CK! Start a peaceful protest somewhere, ANYWHERE that shows how you feel about all of this if you consider voting pointless. At least your not sitting at home watching the citizens of this country going to hell, your out and about watching the citizens of this country going to hell.

You can alter some of the vote count some of the time. You can even stuff most of the ballot boxes most of the time. But you cant steal all of the elections all of the time.

Stay active and Don't Give Up!!!

Its either this or war! Think of your families and friends and children and Decide "WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO TO SECURE YOUR FREEDOM!"

The R(LOVE)UTION CONTINUES.....

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

Here is my prediction for the RNC

This video is all good news.

http://www.dailypaul.com/250545/video-excellent-prediction-f...

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SCREW THAT! THE REVOLUTION CONTINUES!!!

WOW!! Romney lawyers trying to STEAL FREEDOM AND DELEGATES??? SCREW YOU ROMBOMNEY!!!

So far my worst fears have come to pass. Now all that's left...

...is for Ron Paul to actually endorse Romney/Ryan.

If that happens, I want all my Paul campaign contributions back.

We will have been effectively DE-DANGED and DISMISSED for GOOD.

This looks to be a sad-sad-sad end to what once was a beautiful thing.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Its not over if we continue

Its not over if we continue the movement without him. I, for one, will take my vote, energy, and money to Johnson....as long as he continues to say the right things. If that is not your cup of tea, there are host of pro-liberty organizations who do good work. This is bigger than one man. Perhaps Ron is doing us an unintended favor if he bursts our illusions and false hopes.

I write this as someone who has given a couple of thousand to the campaign in 08 and now.

It already is a sad state of affairs...

What was a 10's of millions of people, International Movement for Peace and Liberty has devolved into 200 or so people being shown the back of the room of a convention and told to shut up....

and they are going to listen because that's whats our leadership is telling us to do.

I dunno folks. This is not the movement I joined or envisionsed.

Sad...

Ron Paul Will Never Endorse Romney...NEVER!

Rand has shamed the die hard Ron Paul supporters. We expected more from Ron Paul's son...

UNTIL RON PAUL CONCEDES..

Until The Doctor himself announces that he will end his campaign and endorse Romney/Ryan, who stand for everything he is against, I will not believe this. Not for a moment. We must fight on. Either we win or America is screwed.

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.. — Victor Hugo

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. - Benito Mussolini

Paper airplane from the back of the class...

Romney and his people must really be delusional to think they can win instead of Obama. Unless they're spending a lot of money on the election machines to do a Romney Flip.

But in the long run, will it matter between Obama and Romney? The Cabinet will stay the same and The Councel on Foreign Relations will continue to push their World Domination adgenda forward.

If a miracle doesn't happen for Ron to get nominated, I'll still look forward to election night to see which candidate is elected by the MSM with only 1% counted.

WTF!

Front Photo reads and I Quote...

"The Romney campaign has bent over backward to show respect to the Paul forces."

I will not stand for this...

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/80067.html#ixzz24R...

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

We don't need more negative energy

Politico hates Dr Paul. I'm sorry but Articles like this one shouldn't be on the front page. I believe in the law of attraction so please remove all negative articles. I just arrived in FL a few hours ago, let's stay together, strong, positive, and God Bless all of us.

Oh yes yes and maybe they'll

Oh yes yes and maybe they'll "like us" if we act like police in tampa. Isn't that what some trolls say?

Yea, like 1968 I will

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good things is my religion. Thomas Paine, Godfather of the American Revolution

negative articles

Yeah. Let's remove all negative articles. We'll pretend RP didn't quit when he was at his peak. Then we can pretend Rand didn't endorse Romney. Then we'll pretend all of our moneybomb money was returned. You guys can just make up the news, and it will only be good stuff.

Lets pretend we won!

why not? there is so much other hopeful wishing out here!

Last gasps of a movement from self inflicted wounds!

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I totally agree.

I totally agree.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

keep us up to date and

keep us up to date and informed. Let us know how many paulites you run into.

Yes sir:) I will keep you inform

My camera is ready

Why is this on the front page?

Why should Politico be dominating the discussion here?

Is it just to get us riled up?

Check out http://iroots.org/
"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

It worked on Reggie Miller

It also worked on the Hebrews...the more they were oppressed the stronger they grew!

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
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Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
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"I am the door." -Jesus Christ

Pure B.S

A little late to try to shove this s#@t at us now? I think you should be blogging about kitty litter! You would be more believable!

James Steele Jr. Tennessee

B.S.

Sorry about accusing you of "irregularities" and stealing your plurality of a few states. Can we call it water under the bridge and you support us now? We'll even put your biggest concerns into a meaningless agenda we never pay attention to. Don't worry, the Maine delegates we deprived of their duly elected positions will all be given guest passes so they can sit with their hands tied and watch the convention go down the toilet. Trust us. Would we lie?