Conservative Republicans knew they were in trouble when one-time conservative Ann Coulter suddenly refocused her swooning from Chris Christie to Mitt Romney. Even Nutty Newt is jumping on board, for fear of being left outside the establishment tent, which could hurt his lobbying business. Ditto most of Romney’s other bloodied and bruised competitors.
Except for one — that country doctor nutcase who just doesn’t seem to understand how the political game is played in Washington. Yep, to the chagrin of the Republican establishment, Ron Paul doesn’t seem to have an interest in joining their ranks.
While the media has done everything possible to make Ron Paul invisible to the public, he keeps doing annoying little things to grab people’s attention — like belatedly winning the most delegates in both Iowa and Minnesota. And showing up in Rasmussen polling as the only Republican who could beat Barack Obama. The truth is often hard to swallow.
And the truth that establishment Republicans are trying hardest to ignore is that Paul could create a nightmare for Romney at the Republican Convention in Tampa. If he can prevent Mittman from getting to the magic 1,144 mark before August 27, all hell could break loose at the convention.
And if that happens, it’s not unthinkable that many Romney supporters who have been holding their noses could start shifting to Paul. Too crazy to contemplate? Pretty crazy, yes — but not totally crazy.
I have said from the outset of the primaries that, contrary to what pundits would like us to believe, the candidate the Obamaviks most fear is Ron Paul. Why so? Because he could peel off a huge number of dissatisfied Obama supporters who are attracted to his foreign policy positions.
Further, if Paul actually secured the nomination, the Obama smear machine would find him to be a very difficult target. I guess they would have to try to make him out to be an enemy of the poor, but there’s no Bain Capital in his background. He’s just a good-natured country doctor from Texas, whose trademark is defending the Constitution.
Paul’s positions have been bold and consistent throughout his long tenure in Washington — consistent on both social and economic issues. His platform, in a nutshell: Cut government down to its lawful constitutional size and unshackle the individual. Period!
America-hating, Constitution-hating, capitalism-hating Barack Obama would find himself fumbling and stumbling around trying to figure out how to get in a below-the-belt shot at Paul. It would be great fun to watch his frustration.
Reminder: I know times have changed, but in 1920, had there been a Las Vegas, bookmakers probably would have given 100-1 odds against Warren Harding’s winning the Republican nomination after he finished the first ballot with less than 7 percent of the vote. After a record-setting ninth ballot, he still only garnered 38 percent of the vote.
But after a lot of behind the scenes deal-making, Harding won the nomination on the tenth and final ballot with 70-plus percent of the vote. He only served two years before a heart attack took him out, but that led to six years of Calvin Coolidge, perhaps the greatest free-market president of the past hundred years. The Marxmeister in the White House must croak whenever he hears someone quote Coolidge’s most famous sound bite: “The business of America is business.”
Maybe such a scenario is a pipedream for Ron Paul supporters, but, at a minimum, the Romney establishment crowd had better think long and hard about whether it’s a good idea to prevent Paul from addressing the convention.
I agree with Grover Norquist, who wrote in the British Guardian, “Ron Paul is the only candidate for the Republican nomination whose endorsement will matter to Mitt Romney. It is the only endorsement that will bring votes and the only endorsement, if withheld, that could cost Romney the general election.”
Considering who is in the White House right now, what happens in Tampa could be one of the most pivotal events in American history. The only question is which way the Republican Party will pivot.
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