Before that there was fight from the the campaign (even with the 5th columnists in campaign HQ - Benton, Trygve Olsen, John Tate etc.),
After Breakfast with Ben, Ron Paul basically just gave in - even though the grass roots were still trying full throttle.
I would love to have been a fly on the wall at that meeting, to know what was said. All kinds of subtle and not so subtle threats could have been made.
Soon after that the Benton email came out doing deals with Priebus etc.
Ron Paul just did not word his policies in terms that appealed to the masses.
He did not get nearly enough new supporters.
The only way he was going to have a chance was to persuade about 10 million people to vote for him.
And that was never going to happen with messages of EndTheFed or Liberty - large numbers of ordinary voters were never going to get that message.
EndTheIRS, Biggest Job Creator in History, I will bring back Wealth & Prosperity to this Country, I will cut taxes dramatically, I will take this country BACK to what made it GREAT - might have done it. His actual campaign speeches certainly didn't.
"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."