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RSDavis
03-19-2008, 03:34 PM
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Ron Paul Roundup (03-19-08)
by RS Davis
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Hello Freedomphiles! Sorry to not have a Roundup for you on Monday or Tuesday - the news was there, but I wasnít. You donít even want to know what was going on with my GI tract, trust me.

Letís start with some interesting news out of Missouri, which as you know is my neck of the woods. Ron Paul rEVOLutionaries never say die, Iíll tell you what, and there were whispers floating around before Saturdayís caucuses about a trojan horse being wheeled into the room. But to what end? The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2008/03/missouri-gop-caucuses-on-saturday-ron-pauls-last-stand/):

In any event, there are rumors afoot that some Ron Paul loyalists plan to show up at some of Saturdayís GOP caucuses and to see if some of their own can be elected delegates. Itís unclear what their aim is, since the delegates MUST back McCain.

So, why would they do this? Are they spinning their wheels? The Kansas City Star fills in (http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/535453.html)the gaps:

Paul volunteer organizer Larry Holland, who attended the caucus, rejected that concern.

"We all know that on the first ballot we have to vote for McCain," Holland said, but "we can also help affect the Republican platform, and bring it back to its conservative, libertarian values."

Good stuff. The St Charles Journal reports (http://stcharlesjournal.stltoday.com/articles/2008/03/18/news/doc47e01f744db32094092795.txt) on some other motives:

But he said their main motive was not to put Paul in the White House.

"We werenít shouting Ron Paul! Ron Paul!" he said. "It was about party ideals."

The caucus attendees passed a proposed a rule change that could impact the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. During the first vote, Missouriís 55 delegates are bound to vote for John McCain, who won the most votes during the statewide Republican primary Feb. 5. But Paulís supporters want the delegates to have the option of voting for the candidate who best represents the platform of the Missouri Republican Party.

The Paul supporters also did their best to propose amendments that would change the party platform to include support for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Federal Reserve, removing troops from Iraq, and removing Republican support for President George W. Bush.

"The bottom line is to keep the dialogue going," Stafford said.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080319/BREAKING01/80319003) on the walk-out that occurred during this interesting day:

Independence attorney Bunk Farrington, chair of the Jackson County Republican committee led a walkout in protest of the actions of Paulís supporters at Saturdayís caucus. He said Paulís group reneged on a promise to divide the countyís 187 caucus delegates between supporters of Paul, a Texas congressman, and supporters of other candidates.

"We had a compromise," Farrington told The Kansas City Star. "They broke the deal."

But (from the KCStar):

[Larry] Holland said the decision to overturn the delegate selection compromise was prompted by a Paul voter at the caucus, and not Paulís Missouri campaign, which had negotiated the informal agreement.

And, he said, had Farrington and his supporters not walked out, the compromise slate might have been elected.

It even hit The LATimes, who wrote (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/03/the-ron-paul-re.html):

Usually attended only by party apparatchiks, the caucuses help set the official party platform and deal with internal rules issues. The kind of stuff most folks ignore. Not the Paulistas, who swarmed meetings in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and some rural counties and, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch put it, "snagged roughly a third of the 2,137 state Republican delegates."

All of which would be yawn-inducing except that "those delegates will determine the state GOP platform this spring and help select the presidential delegates to the national Republican presidential convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul in September."

Also in the weekend caucuses, the Paulistas "won approval for some of their manís key positions, including resolutions for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and against the federal Patriot Act and warrantless wiretaps."

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://www.bellinghamherald.com/256/story/354067.html)a similar thing happening there:

It appears that solid strategy and a well-organized grassroots campaign put Ron Paul on top of the Whatcom County Republican Party convention this weekend.

While there are no hard figures yet, County GOP Chairman Chet Dow said it appears that Paul has received the majority of delegates who will be sent to the summer state convention in Spokane. From there, delegates will be selected for the national convention...

...Other strategies that paid off:

The convention went so long Ė 9 a.m. to after 11 p.m. Saturday Ė that Paul supporters dug in their heels, and when others began going home, they stayed and maintained their strong presence.

The 40th District caucus at the convention was small, and the Paul supporters were able to elect all six delegates from that area from people who supported their candidate.

Dow said he was pleased with how the convention turned out, and he was impressed with the Paul supporters.

"Theyíre happy. They should be happy," he said. "They should be proud of what they have accomplished."

Boise Weekly reports (http://www.boiseweekly.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A312047) that Ron Paul will be on their ballot:

John McCain may have clinched the Republican nomination for president, but Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is still willing to give Ron Paul a chance.

Ysursa announced the May 27 presidential primary today, and in so doing said Paul was on the ballot.

Which will make Ron Paul fans very, very happy.

"He hasnít backed out yet," said Tim Hurst, deputy Secretary of State.

Bonnie Alba writes (http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/alba/080317) on Renew America about the long-term for the rEVOLution:

Ron Paulís campaign for president has ended, but his "Revolution" has not. Paulís message of liberty and change has resonated with citizens who were on the verge of abandoning any hope that our America could return to its roots, the U.S. Constitution, and what it means for our future as a sovereign nation.

Paul has stated that his campaign has not been one of winning the presidential nomination so much as "getting his message out to the people." Igniting the minds of grassrootsí thinkers, filling hearts with hope of liberty, his message has reached into households across America spurring a conservative revolution which unites rather than divides.

Despite the mediaís arrogance, ignoring Paul as a worthy candidate, there now exist small groups of supporters in every state of the Union. These citizens not only believe, they know, that the USofA cannot continue on its present and disastrous course of self-destruction.

InfoWorld writes (http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/18/Survey-IT-workers-like-McCain-Obama_1.html) of Paulís support among IT professionals:

Twenty-nine percent of survey respondents said they supported Obama, an Illinois Democratic senator, and another 29 percent supported McCain, an Arizona Republican senator, according to the survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and polling firm Rasmussen Reports. Only 13 percent said they supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat.

But the survey also found significant support for Mike Huckabee, a Republican and former governor of Arkansas, who garnered 11 percent of the respondentsí votes, and Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, who was supported by 9 percent of respondents. McCain became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party on March 4, after the survey was done in February and early March.

I actually would have thought that would be higher. The Washington Times is reporting (http://washingtontimes.com/article/20080319/NATION/231391516/1001) that McCain could care less about us:

Ron Paul says the legions of newcomers his presidential campaign brought to the Republican Party are getting the cold shoulder from John McCain and from the party.

The Texas congressman says neither he nor his supporters have heard from Mr. McCain or Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan since March 4, when the Arizona senator accumulated enough delegates to clinch the partyís presidential nomination.

"I donít think they want them," Mr. Paul told The Washington Times, adding that indifference doesnít surprise him because the partyís establishment has deserted traditional conservative principles for big government and foreign intervention.

This is where we will have to stop for today. More tomorrow!

Top blogs since the last Roundup:
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kaleidoscope eyes
03-19-2008, 06:27 PM
Randy, hope you're feeling better, from top to toes! ;)

molly_pitcher
03-19-2008, 06:42 PM
You forgot Kentucky news!

http://freedomsadvocate.com/blog/2008/03/16/libertarian-republicans-on-the-march-in-kentucky/

Signzit
03-19-2008, 06:58 PM
i'll say it again, all the way!

if we keep doing, what MO did, What else could it lead to?

I know, shhh.

RSDavis
03-20-2008, 08:12 AM
You forgot Kentucky news!

http://freedomsadvocate.com/blog/2008/03/16/libertarian-republicans-on-the-march-in-kentucky/

I just had so much news waiting for me, I had to cut it off abruptly. Hopefully, I'll finish up today! (Thanks for the tip, you'll see that in there!)

I think this is a brilliant strategy. With the primary rules, I don't think it will lead to a Ron Paul presidency, but it might lead to a complete re-writing of the Republican Platform (at least for four years or until they have a neo-con special session).

That would be amazing to see.

- Rick