What did you expect? "Oh, sure!!! Come on in Paul supporters and take over our party."
It sounds like there could have been a little more preparation. If Republican establishment types ANYWHERE get the slightest impression that you won't vote straight-ticket Repub every election, they'll try to lock you out every time. I think some people don't understand what the words "take over" mean. Taking over a party means you CONVERT enough activists and RECRUIT enough new activists to OUTNUMBER the old guard. Once that happens and not a second before, the Old Guard will fall into line and either join you or sit down and shut up.
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