Stay hopeful!!Submitted by benkmann on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 15:45
See below, from a reader comment at http://www.nolanchart.com/article3063.html:
"I want to clarify something around this whole assumption on the part of the media that McCain has somehow "sealed" the nomination. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I'm quite certain the National Media, the GOP Leadership and John McCain himself understand this very well but for some reason fail to acknowlege (or take the opportunity to educate) voters on the process for nominating a candidate within the Republican party. So, I will educate them here for you. The nominee is determined by THE PARTY... not the votes of the "people". The votes of the people only HOPE TO INFLUENCE the votes of the delegates, who, in many states, can vote for whomever they want as their party's nominee. Yes, some states "bind" their delegates to support the candidate who receives the popular vote in the primary, but many others do not. It is simply IMPOSSIBLE for McCain to claim that he has 1200+ delegate votes. Many STATE conventions have not even taken place yet much less the national convention which, of course isn't held until September. It is ONLY AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION that the delegates cast their votes for THEIR choice as the party's nominee. If McCain thinks he has the needed support of more than 1190 of those delegates, he is sorely, sorely mistaken. The GOP largely HATES McCain and will not support him for the nomination. With all other candidates dropping out of the race, this leaves only Paul, McCain and technically Romney (because he only "suspended" his campaign) left to fight over delegate votes AT THE CONVENTION. In Texas, I know that in my precinct convention, and many others across the state as well, we passed many "pro Paul" resolutions... one of which was a vote of no confidence in McCain. There is a very real undercurrent of dislike for McCain and when he shows up in September expecting to just walk up on stage and just accept the nomination by default, he is going to get a rude awakening. (Of course McCain already knows everything I just told you... but, like the media is simply refusing to acknowledge the truth... very few people actually support him and he absolutely DOES NOT have the nomination wrapped up.) ATTENTION RON PAUL SUPPORTERS!! This fight is NOT over... not even close!! Stay strong, stay active, stay involved and do not lose hope. Turn off your damn televisions and put down your newspapers. There is no truth spoken in either one. McCain has NOT won... President Bush's endorsement is ABSOLUTELY MEANINGLESS. Just because CNN says it doesn't make it true. The GOP Party Rules are very clear and we absolutely WILL have a voice at the national convention, and a very LOUD one at that."