To date (4/27/12), just over 10% of primary voters have selected Ron Paul (10.8% to be precise), and many have been Santorum and Gingrich voters choosing Paul as their second choice once their favored candidate dropped out or lost momentum. (1/10th of Paul's votes came from Pennsylvania alone after Santorum dropped out.)
Many of those who voted for Ron Paul share many of the views of other conservatives and republicans and care deeply about the direction of the country. They will vote for Mitt Romney in the general election against Barack Obama because they want less government intrusion and control and hope to save the country from fiscal crises or difficulties and other problems.
But there is an insidious effort going under way, and it has nothing to do with supporting your favored candidate in the primary and rallying around the nominee in the general.
It has everything to do with hi-jacking the republican party and disrupting its operations. This effort is by a highly organized group of Ron Paul supporters who view themselves as democrats or hard core libertarians who will never vote for the republican nominee and are bent on transforming the republican party under their control or destroying it.
(Ron Paul, a lifetime member of the libertarian party, has set the stage for this by endorsing a 3rd party candidate after he didn't get the nomination last time, and in his support for the libertarian party over the republican party going back over 20 years, as well as with his present actions, in which his national, regional, state and local campaigns have organized and encouraged the efforts.)
Ron Paul's encouragement even after suspending his campaign, and a political science professor's assessment:
“CITING A LACK of campaign cash, Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Monday he would scale back his presidential run — but directed his backers to remain active at the state party level to thwart Mitt Romney.”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas and a favorite of tea partyers, effectively ended his presidential campaign Monday but urged his fervent supporters to continue working at the state party level to cause havoc for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.”
“Is Paul after the nomination? I don't know. But his supporters sure are...
“That strategy first involves the continued accrual delegates; delegates bound to Paul through the remaining May and June primaries and delegates bound to any other candidate but carrying a Paul preference...
“Of course, having a fair number of Paul supporters as delegates does not keep Mitt Romney under the 1144 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination at the convention when they are Paul supporters bound to vote for Romney on the first ballot.
“That triggers the second part of the strategy: Paul-supportive but Romney-bound delegates abstaining on the first vote. This is a tricky maneuver, but not one that is prohibited by the Republican Party delegate selection rules. It does, however, run up against state-level delegate rules...
“But... How does one take such a challenge of the rules to court in a way that resolves the issue expeditiously within the window of time in which the party is meeting in Tampa? It doesn't. The result is probably a huge embarrassment for Mitt Romney and the Republican Party; not something it wants when attempting to successfully challenge a vulnerable incumbent president.
“The question that emerges... Can Romney be kept under 1144 (but at the convention)? To do that Paul and his supporters would indeed face an uphill climb...
“There is the potential for a great deal of overlap between the delegates bound to other candidates and those that are Paul-supportive but bound to another candidate. But they are distinct enough from each other if only because in the event that they are ever released by the candidates to whom they have been bound they are free to unite behind Romney or join an effort to oppose the nomination. The district and state conventions in the coming weeks will likely settle that matter. As selected delegates are going to come from either the Paul or Romney camps -- more bound to the former than the latter...
“Are there enough of those "secret" Paul delegates to prevent Romney from getting to 1144 on the first ballot at the convention if they abstain? We don't and probably won't know with any level of certainty...
“The best indication of the level of threat the Romney team perceives in Ron Paul will be the efforts it makes in the remaining district and state conventions. If they counter the Paul organization it is a pretty clear signal that there is an issue. If not, it indicates either they are blind to this issue -- particularly if Paul continues to win delegates bound to other candidates (Romney) -- or don't view it as a problem at all (or both)...
“Now, procedurally, none of this is likely to matter. There are seemingly enough failsafes in the RNC rules to prevent an outcome that does not have Romney as the nominee...
“Let's assume that Romney has at least 1144 bound delegates in Tampa, but that enough of those Romney-bound delegates are Paul supporters to keep the former Massachusetts governor under that number on the first ballot through abstentions...
“Many want to focus on RNC Rule 40 that requires a candidate to have plurality control of at least five state delegations to be nominated. As stated above, Paul is in good shape to do that. But that isn't really the concern here. The roadblock to this being a more significant threat to Romney is Rule 37 regarding the procedure for roll call voting. Rule 37 gives a certain amount of power to the individual state delegation chairs. If the state delegation chairs see abstentions or the potential for abstentions, they are very likely to pass on their vote with the roll call progressing to the next state alphabetically. This is why the election of state delegation chairpeople is so important and why the reports that a Paul-aligned candidate in Colorado defeated Colorado Republican Party chair, Ryan Call, for the distinction are consequential...
“If Paul-aligned delegates are a threat, the RNC and the Romney campaign will undoubtedly have done some sort of informal delegate whip count ahead of time and have other failsafes set up in the credentialing process or something else to prevent convention floor chaos...
“We won't know how much leverage Ron Paul and his supporters may have until we have a firmer handle on just how many bound delegates the Texas congressman has and more importantly how many "stealth" delegates he has.”
A fraction of the Ron Paul supporters are subversively trying to disrupt the democratic process and take over the republican party. They will use deception, graft and intrigue to accomplish their goal. Their goal is not transparency and their goal is not fair play.
They will try to use Ron Paul voters and any other well intended delegate, voter or activist, often unwittingly, to accomplish their goal.
If one pays any attention to the Ron Paul movement, they may have noticed that something smells rotten when after 42 primaries and their candidate has often taken fourth place and never first, and has only 71 delegates (only 956 have not yet been allocated and 1144 are needed for the nomination so it is impossible for him to get the nomination or block Romney's nomination even if Paul got every un-allocated delegate, which he can't-- many, many of them are committed to Romney such as most of the 72 non-allocated Pennsylvania delegates), and yet they keep on insisting that they can win.
They realize Mitt Romney is almost certain to secure the nomination and that even had he not been able to that their also ran candidate would not get the support of the vast majority of republican voters to ever eventually get the nomination. But to work up Ron Paul supporters to stay involved and support their efforts they claim Paul is really winning or can win. One would think these insiders/leaders are a bunch of loons, but they are not. They are reasonably bright, but mostly insidious.
They have one goal, although it could be converted into a long term and short term goal, and that is to take over control of the republican party, not too dissimilar to how the communists took over control of the powers winning the Bolshevik revolution in order to win control of Russia.
When they say Ron Paul revolution they mean it in that same sense. The country is in a political revolution-- tea partiers and voters enraged at the actions of government and wanting change. And this group of Ron Paul insiders want to harness that revolution to gain control of the republican party. Whether they succeed in taking over the republican party or just destroy it leaving the libertarian and democrat parties as the two alternative parties in America, they don't care, as long as they are able to use others unwittingly to get the power and accomplish their objectives.
Long term they hope to gain control of the republican party. Short term, the more disarray and dissent they can cause within the party the easier and sooner they hope to succeed in taking it over. (Some even have unrealistic goals it could happen this election cycle at the national convention.) Some republican state party organizations are starting to take notice, although it seems uncertain if they are doing anything about it.
Strategy and Evidence:
These strategists and ring-leaders often infiltrate party posts and get delegates elected through a strategy that combines organizing their supporters beforehand providing a critical but insufficient mass of support and then pushing it over the edge by not revealing their true intent and getting the votes and support of additional general party caucus goers, who join the Paul voting bloc that secretly knows who their candidates are and their true allegiance.
They have fine tuned this approach using training sessions and tutoring, after a period of trial and error. Many, many mainstream republicans have voted in Paul activists not knowing their true views or agenda and this will start to accelerate if it is not stopped by informed republican caucus goers or unless the party begins to proactively stop any underhanded antics.
The Washington Post and Reason Magazine summarized this approach:
"Regional coordinator Wayne Terhune used a slide show on a recent weeknight to teach volunteers how to participate in a Republican precinct meeting to help Paul win delegates in the state’s caucuses on Saturday. He has tutored packed rooms at Denny’s as well as smaller crowds in the campaign’s Reno headquarters, located in a low-slung office building alongside the airport.
"In a tiny conference room with a water cooler and two dogs on the floor, Terhune told the volunteers not to allow paper ballots out of their sight once votes take place — and to dress neatly and inconspicuously, so fellow Republicans won’t be disinclined to elect them as caucus delegates....
" “You’ll nominate yourself,” Terhune told the room. “They’ll probably have you give your speech. Have a meeting a day ahead so all the Ron Paul people know who the other Ron Paul people are, so you can vote for them. Then you give a generic speech, and the non-Ron Paul people say, ‘Oh, he’s solid, I can vote for him.’ ” ..."
Alaska is a good case in point with its caucus coming up. The Alaska GOP posted a summary and link to a Paul strategy letter for their caucus:
"This is the email claiming to be from the Ron Paul "Command Center" detailing their strategies for the 2012 Alaska GOP Convention.
"These include: "confusing" other delegates, blindly following voting directives from Ron Paul leadership, and using parliamentary maneuvers to drag out the convention so their opponents will have to leave to attend to their children."
"1. This is a numbers game. If more of Dr. Paul’s supporters turn out than any other candidate’s delegates, we control them. If more of our people show up, we take over the state convention, we change the rules, and we take over the Republican Party. Turnout is key.
"2. We vote as a block and never deviate from the voting instructions dispensed by our command center. On every vote, we vote together. We will be informing you via text message on how you need to vote on every vote that comes up. If you have not sent us your cell phone number you will have with you on Saturday, please do so right away... it is absolutely crucial that we use whatever tactics necessary to promote division and confusion amongst their supporters. We promote confusion and division by:
"a. Gaining the trust of our opponents’ supporters and taking advantage of their ignorance so that we can gain control of them and tell them how they have to vote. For example if you are talking to Santorum supporters, tell them you are also pro-life and agree with a lot of what he has to say. Tell them you used to support him but now that he is out of the race you are supporting the only constitutional conservative remaining in the race. Tell them whatever they need to hear so that you gain their trust and establish credibility with them. Once you’ve done that you will control them.
"b. Deception and Misinformation - use any means necessary to divide and conquer our opponents.
"c. Prolonging the convention through parliamentary maneuvers. The longer the convention goes, the better for us. Our opposition will have a majority at the start of the convention but as the day goes on their delegates will have to leave because their baby sitter is only scheduled to watch the kids until 3pm or because they have dinner reservations, or because they just get too frustrated because the convention is taking so long. We will wait them out... All of a sudden what started out as a majority for them dwindles away and the balance of power shifts to us. We will use every parliamentary tactic in the book to prolong the meeting. Dr. Paul’s campaign has sent national lawyers who will run circles over the local Alaska lawyers. Our lawyers are ready to sue anyone who tries to get in our way...
"Despite what the Republican Party wants us to believe, this election is not about beating Obama. This election is about cleansing the Republican Party. The poor excuse for Americans that support Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney need to be run out of the Republican Party. Once we have cleansed the Republican Party... we will put an end to American imperialism, and we will end the Fed!"
5/1/12 Update: Paul activists have now taken over the Alaska Republican Party as planned, as noted below.
As noted, this is happening in state after state:
" "We like strong party leadership when it comes from us," Paul campaign chair Jesse Benton told Business Insider...
"The fruits of this labor are evident in Iowa, where Paul's former state campaign co-chair A.J. Spiker was just elected as the new chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. Spiker replaces Matt Strawn, who stepped down over this year's Iowa caucus dustup. In Nevada, the state chair has also resigned over caucus disaster, and several Ron Paul supporters are well-positioned to step up to fill the void...
"In Maine, the caucus disaster has made the state GOP prime for a Ron Paul takeover... "We are taking over the party," [Paul senior campaign advisor] Wead told BI. "That's the important thing — and that is what we are doing in Maine." "
"As Rick Santorum noted in his CNN interview with Piers Morgan, “Ron Paul is working the delegates really hard. I can tell you that.” ...
"Benton acknowledged the increasing possibility that Paul would not be the GOP nominee, but made clear that the “secondary goal of all of our political action [has been] ... taking over the party apparatus.” "
"The insurgents [Ron Paul supporters] are executing a concerted strategy to infiltrate the Republican Party.
"Five Paul supporters, for instance, sit on the state GOP’s central committee in Iowa, where their candidate finished a strong third in the Jan. 3 caucuses. In Nevada, the vice president of the state GOP backs Paul. In Virginia, Paul supporters are lining up to attend county and district conventions to influence the election of national delegates...
"Paul’s infiltration strategy began in 2008, after his last presidential bid, when he saw the potential to continue building his movement by working within the Republican Party.
"But the idea took off in 2010 when Paul’s son Rand ran for Senate…
"Then, quite strangely, the establishment and the Pauls came together...
" “You can dress in black and stand on the hill and smash the state and influence nobody, or you can realize the dynamics and the environment and get involved in the most pragmatic way...” said Benton, the campaign manager. “That’s what we’re trying to do.” "
Missouri Caucus outcome changed by Paul disruptions
“A caucus at a school near St. Louis where roughly 2,500 Republicans had gathered was adjourned before a vote could take place because it got so rowdy that extra police were summoned and two people were arrested for trespassing...
“The local caucuses were to elect 2,123 people to advance to congressional district conventions April 21 and a state convention June 2. It's at those meetings that the bulk of Missouri's 52 delegates will be bound to presidential candidates...
“Before even the opening prayer, police were called in to the caucus in St. Charles County to remove a video camera set up by a Paul supporter against the local rules, said Eugene Dokes, the county Republican chairman. Things went downhill from there. Caucus participants "started to become verbally aggressive with event organizers and police officers," said St. Peters Police Officer Melissa Doss.”
Rescheduled Caucus had 36% of the original attendance, with over 450 being Ron Paul supporters. Although Ron Paul took 3rd in the county's Missouri primary with less than 13% of the vote, they took over this caucus meeting and awarded all its delegates to Ron Paul. The Ron Paul ringleader who was arrested during the first caucus meeting over conduct when he objected to the rules, got elected as Caucus Chair and ran the meeting redefining the rules with a winner-take-all approach:
“The Paul campaign used superior organization to get its people to the meeting at the St. Charles Convention Center. More than 900 people took part overall...
“GOP State Chairman David Cole had scheduled the do-over session after the county GOP’s original caucus March 17 disbanded amid boisterous disputes over rules. Two Paul supporters, including Stafford, were arrested at that event...
“Paul's caucus victory occurred even though he got less than 13 percent of the vote in the county in the nonbinding GOP presidential primary in February...
“Stafford was picked caucus chairman over Cole, the GOP state chairman, 480-402. Cole was supported for chairman by the campaign organizations for Romney, Santorum and Newt Gingrich...
“The caucus was the last in a series of 142 such meetings across the state. Cole, from Cassville in southwest Missouri, began the meeting as temporary chairman. He then oversaw the election of the caucus chairman, Stafford...
“The caucus Tuesday night picked 147 delegates to attend congressional district conventions April 21 and 147 to the GOP state convention in June. Those meetings in turn will choose most of Missouri’s 52 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.”
“The Paul folks are more organized than four years ago... they have taken over the state party’s executive board and elected a sizable number of delegates to the Sparks confab. And now this...
“The Paul folks are intent on trying to do in 2012 what they almost did in 2008 — hijack the national convention delegation. Even though Republican National Committee rules mandate that the Nevada delegation votes proportionally to the caucus results — Romney received 14 delegates to Paul’s five — do the rules really apply to the Texas congressman’s acolytes?”
— Las Vegas Sun
“The Ron Paul presidential campaign has a guerrilla-style takeover strategy heading into next week’s Nevada Republican Convention at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks...
“Other state Ron Paul organizations are doing the same, Republicans said...
“They hope for a brokered national convention, where front-runner Mitt Romney fails to win the presidential nomination on the first ballot...
“In 2008, Paul’s numerous supporters who attended the state convention won a rules change that would allow them to vote Paul delegates to the national convention.
“The rules change extended the voting process into the evening hours. Just before 6 p.m., party officials abruptly gaveled the convention closed, saying they didn’t have a contract to use the hall for the evening.”
— Reno Gazette Journal
To read more from the above stories and other stories, and for links to the full articles, see the Ron Paul Nevada section:
“In Colorado on Saturday morning, video correspondent Kelly Maher videotaped a meeting of the Denver County Republican Assembly...
“ “The Ron Paul chair here went around the GOP chair... And now they’re sending out strategy emails on how to ‘shanghai’ the assembly.”
“And shanghai they did. The meeting, Maher said afterward, “descended into madness” when Paul’s supporters “started screaming from the floor.”
“Maher told The Denver Post after the meeting that “the Ron Paul people showed up with an alternate set of rules and calendar for the day.” ...
“Denver County GOP chairman Danny Stroud sent TheDC a statement about Saturday’s meeting, saying among other things that “we can never let passion trounce on the rights of others. Unfortunately, that was exactly what was attempted at the Denver GOP Assembly. A small, loud group attempted to hijack the assembly and trample on the rights of those who took time out of their busy lives to participate in the political process.” ”
— The Daily Caller
To read more from the above story and other stories, and for links to the full articles, see the Ron Paul Colorado section:
“Ron Paul supporters distributed a "caucus voter guide" at Louisiana Republican Party presidential caucus sites Saturday steering voters to choose one of six virtually identical slates of Paul supporters, which the guide variously characterized as backing Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, the Tea Party, defenders of faith, family and freedom, and "Citizens Against Traffic Cameras."
“Charlie Davis, who is running the Paul campaign in Louisiana, described the "third-party voter guide," ... as an attempt "to bring clarity to a somewhat confusing situation." Davis said the "activists" passing out the guide were also passing out a copy of a story from Friday's Times-Picayune explaining the complicated caucus process...
“ "To the best of my knowledge, this is the most accurate description and perhaps only real in-depth analysis of the different slates involved," he said in an email...
“On the ballot, only the delegates' names were listed, without any identification of which presidential candidate they might prefer... On the caucus ballots the delegates were arrayed in nine different slates... and voters could either vote for a slate or pick 25 individuals...
“The guide described Slate 5, the one officially backed by the Romney campaign, as "undecided/unknown," and suggested ... "this slate won't accrue as many bound delegates to Mitt Romney as slate #1 does" ...
“Meanwhile, Slate 1, composed entirely of Paul supporters, bore the "Romney: Believe in America" campaign logo and was identified as the Republican Unity Slate. The guide stated, "Voters for this slate will accrue more unbound delegates and alternates for Mitt Romney at the 2012 National Convention." ”
— The Times-Picayune
More on this incident and its outcome, including links to the original articles, and to other related Louisiana news, can be found in the Ron Paul Louisiana section:
“In an e-mail to supporters, Charles Gregory, Georgia State Coordinator for Ron Paul 2012, wrote:
“It is my personal recommendation that you dress professionally and not overtly identify yourself as a Ron Paul supporter. Your position should simply be: “I'm here to send Obama home, that's all I care about.” If asked who you support—just say you ‘haven't made up your mind yet but they're all better than what we've got now,’ etc." ”
— The Daily Beast
A link to the original article and quotes and links to other articles can be found in the Ron Paul Georgia section:
“Yesterday I attended the Republican organizational convention for my Senate district here in Minnesota, and what I witnessed was an organized take-over of our nomination process... and sadly, they succeeded... the unsuspecting non-Paul delegates were confused as to what was going on!
“After some manipulative moves on the floor, and by using Roberts Rules of order AGAINST the Convention Chair, they were able...
“The entire process was chaotic and psychotic, and the non-Paul delegates were stunned. They didn’t understand what was happening, and I tried to explain to an elderly woman from my precinct that this entire coup was PLANNED, and that the Paulbots had every intention of flooding the State delegates with Paul supporters...
“This convention dragged on for 8 hours yesterday, because the Paulbots slowed down the procedure with motions, amendments and screams of “point of order!” They have every intention of voting as many Ron Paul supporters into delegate positions as they can...
“Luap Nor will do anything to win the Presidency, even if it means strong-arming conventions to do so. He’s not some “kooky Uncle” that I once joked about. In my opinion, he’s dangerous.”
More on this incident and its outcome, including links to the original article, and to other related Minnesota news, can be found in the Ron Paul Minnesota section:
On March 6th, 72% of well over 300,000 voters selected Mitt Romney for president in Massachusetts. At the Saturday, April 28th caucuses selecting 27 of 41 delegates, far less than 1% of those voters selected the delegates. Ron Paul supporters got most of those delegates, but they are required, or bound to vote for Mitt Romney.
Articles and links on the Massachusetts convention and results can be found in the Ron Paul Massachusetts section:
“SILVERDALE — Kitsap County Republicans might not have anywhere near full representation at the state party convention in Tacoma...
“The county GOP convention ended Saturday at Klahowya Secondary School with only 14 delegates elected to represent the county at the state convention on May 31 and June 1. The county was allotted 64 delegates.
“Jack Hamilton, county party chairman, said the party anticipated the higher than normal attendance at Saturday's convention and that there was enough time to get delegates finished by 4 p.m., but some delegates worked to delay the process. "The delegates did not complete (the voting) in the time available," he said.
“ "There was a small group there to exercise their will," Hamilton said of some at the gathering who challenged convention and party rules. When asked if those were supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Hamilton responded, "I will not tell you that, but I'm not going to deny it."
“Paul backers who were upset... were likely the most organized.”
More on this incident and others and their outcome, including links to the original articles, can be found in the Ron Paul Washington section:
“In a never before seen spectacle, Ron Paul supporters, thrusting their fists in the air like brownshirts, booing and screaming demands, tried to overtake Arizona’s 2012 Republican Convention Saturday. The tactics of disruptive chaos employed by “Occupier” anarchists have been enthusiastically embraced by these zealots...
“The usually respectful and orderly proceedings held this year at Grand Canyon University became a thunderous battleground for what the zealous, anti-establishment activists refer to as the “Ron Paul Revolution.”
“Their childish rudeness reached a pinnacle as the Paulbots loudly jeered and booed Josh Romney, speaking on behalf of his father, presumptive Republican presidential contender, Mitt Romney. Count on the newspaper to get it wrong, headlining that he was “booed off stage.” Josh Romney held firm, was courteous and although his speech was disrupted by the fringe group, he stayed at the podium and finished his comments. Gov. Jan Brewer also spoke.
“Balloting for National Committeeman and Committeewoman took place late in the day after many of the Republican attendees left... Bruce Ash was reelected to his post, but the position of Committeewoman will require a run-off between Sharon Geise who currently holds the post and former state Sen. Karen Johnson, a Paul enthusiast.
“State GOP chairman Tom Morrissey had already gaveled the meeting adjourned, since there was no longer a quorum, throwing the Paul supporters into a raucous tantrum...
“Out of nine congressional districts, Ron Paul’s delegates won two positions, one each in CD 1 and 5...”
“This entry was posted on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 11:47 pm and is filed under Arizona Politics, Elections, National Politics, Presidential campaigns.”
Sample Reader comments:
“Weren’t you the slightest bit sickened by the nazi like salutes and drowning out of other’s voices, so only yours was heard? The post was correct in using the term “brownshirts.” ” — Pima Pal
“I was at the convention. A handful of LP’ers [Libertarian Party'ers] had gotten to the floor as stealth delegates. They also had a group of leather-lunged back-up screamers in the gallery, some watching and some hoping to come down as alternates if any Republican delegates failed to arrive.
“The LP’ers performed in the finest Saul Alinsky-esque fashion. Their perceived Constitutional freedoms extend only themselves. They trampled on the 1st Amendment all day. Not only did they “shout down” Mr. Romney, but they did the same to other Republican speakers, including the Republican Governor of the Gila River Indian Nation. They did everything they could to disrupt and stall the convention. They have been well-schooled by their ACORN mentors.
“Their actions and their writings display perfectly that they will do all in their power to hand this great country back to Obamao. There may be some sincere Paul supporters who are not true LP’ers, and those should quickly reassess their personal plans for this country, because as the LP fanatics write above, Obamao is fine with them.
“God bless America.” — LEO IN TSN
— Seeing Red AZ
Although the video linked to in the above article has been removed, undoubtedly because the Paul activist who posted it realized it showed too much, the following link has video showing the Paul activists behavior at the convention:
(The 'heil Hitler' calls at the convention as recorded in the video in the May 14th link above, and the above reference to Nazi salutes, can be understood in the context of Paul's published views, statements, voting record and allies with respect to racial issues, as noted here.)
More quotes from this article and a link to the original article and other articles can be found in the Ron Paul Arizona section:
“After 25 state election contests, Ron Paul remains without a single win. But the Texas congressman isn’t giving up hope of capturing the Republican nomination...
“And as the campaigning continues, there are signs that Paul supporters are willing to make the nominating process messy.
“They’re accused of muddying county conventions in Colorado and Iowa last weekend.
“In Iowa, a half dozen counties reported disruptions during conventions. The most egregious example occurred in Polk County, where Paul supporters illegally tried to become delegates.
“ “They were abrasive, offensive, and self-centered,” said Kevin McLaughlin, GOP chairman in Polk County...
“State law clearly defines the manner in which delegates are elected, at precinct caucuses, yet some Paul supporters argued for a rule change that would allow them to be seated.
“They were eventually voted down, but not before some protesters were thrown out because of repeated disruptions, including sneaking around backstage. Some were caught rifling through delegate packets trying to find precincts where people did not show up so they could claim those seats...
“The Iowa Republican newspaper reports that much of this behavior was inspired and encouraged by Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign itself...
“The disruptions slowed down the convention by at least a couple of hours.”
— ABC News
More quotes from this article and a link to the original article and other articles can be found in the Ron Paul Iowa section:
“According to the original caucus-day order of business, the state delegate vote had been scheduled to take place first, followed by the presidential straw poll.
“But just as the vote was about to get underway, Jonathan Pfaff, a 31-year-old software engineer and member of the Portland City Republican Committee, raised his hand, stood up and motioned to reverse the order of business. After a few minutes of debate, the motion was seconded, and a wide majority of the assembled voters agreed...
“The majority of the people that stuck around were Ron Paul supporters.
“The second step in securing a state delegate win called for maximizing the number of votes cast for delegates who would go on to support Paul...
“Then, the balloting began – and the Freedom Lists made their appearance...
“Party officials announced at the end of the Riverton Elementary School caucus that there had been a discrepancy in the final tally of state delegate ballots, and that they had received 19 more ballot sheets than they had the green index cards that voters turned in when they took their ballots.”
— Washington Post
“AUGUSTA -- Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul commandeered the Maine Republican Party convention Saturday...
“Using pre-printed ballots and floor generals who flashed large signs reminding backers which candidates to support... Paul's backers took control of key parliamentary positions and the convention agenda...
“Extensive procedural delays pushed the election of 15 state delegates well into the evening...
“The long delays also elevated tensions on the floor and frustrated some of the congressional candidates...
“Paul supporters, however, were upbeat at the prospect of winning state delegates.”
“AUGUSTA – Chaos. Turmoil. Insane.
“Those were just three of the words attendees used Sunday to describe the Maine Republican State Convention...
“Mitt Romney supporters, however, said the delegate election was illegal. Supporters of the presumptive GOP nominee repeatedly maneuvered to challenge the delegate election and claimed that ballots had been tampered with. None of the challenges was successful.
“By late Sunday, Romney backers were discussing formally challenging the results with the Republican National Committee... Charles Cragin, a Romney supporter... added, “When you have no rules, you have anarchy.” ...
“As the proceedings continued on Sunday, Romney supporters lined up at the microphone to object to rules violations.
“Convention Chairman Brent Tweed, elected by a four-vote margin on Saturday by the Paul supporters, ruled each objection out of order...
“The Romney camp amplified their protests as the convention drew to a close. The tension climbed in the afternoon when Romney supporters attempted to oust Tweed with a no-confidence vote....
“ “I thought everything was going to be OK after Saturday,” said state Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake, R-Turner, who wandered over to the press area. “But now I don’t know. Things have turned bad.”
“He added, “And the whole thing is, this thing is going to get thrown out. Nearly everything they did here was illegal.” ”
Note: Rep. Timberlake was not a Romney supporter and did not endorse Romney.
“Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake, R-Turner, said this was his third state convention but he hasn’t experienced anything like what happened on Saturday.
“ “What has taken six or seven hours today is normally done in 15 to 20 minutes.” ”
— Bangor Daily News
“ "The national GOP is going to throw out what happened here. I think every rule in the book has [been] broken here," Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake, R-Turner, said.”
“Paul supporters were elected to 21 of the 24 delegate spots from Maine to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla...
“Making the Paul takeover complete was the election of Paul supporters to a majority of the state committee seats...
“Charles Cragin, a Romney supporter who lost Saturday's bid to chair the convention, called the turn of events at the Maine convention "bizarre." Cragin said the Paul-led delegation may not be recognized at the national convention because of violations of rules of procedure this weekend in Augusta.
“ "They have so phenomenally screwed this up that they will go to Tampa and not be seated," Cragin said.”
For links to these stories, quotes and links to other stories, and video, see the Ron Paul Maine section:
(See the strategy and evidence section of this page, above.)
Their Alaska plan worked and they have now taken over the Alaska Republican Party:
“Alaska Republicans voted Russ Millette as the party’s new chairman and Debbie Holland-Brown as co-chair. They are both supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul.”
Reader Comment by poll worker and republican volunteer C. Diane Yoder:
“I worked at two different polls this past Tuesday in support of a conservative Republican candidate for US Senate. I was at one poll from 8-12 PM, the other from 1PM to 8PM. All day.
“The Paul supporters that were there passing out flyers to voters that featured Ron Paul delegates were instructed not to mention the delegates were pledged to Ron Paul...”
— Alaska Dispatch
This is similar to what happened in Louisiana, which was carefully documented by the media. (See Louisiana section.)
“Elected State Convention Delegates gathered at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel from April 26-28 for the 2012 Republican State Convention...
“There was a movement afoot in Alaska’s GOP... I mean nationally sending out emails with instructions on how to interrupt and take over the convention to essentially give Ron Paul the delegates...
“The ugly and ignorant of these Ron Paul people was on display in a very big way Friday night. People milling around wearing tags like WIN. So, I asked what does WIN ‘really’ mean? A lady very honestly said that she’s a captain of a group, and that she’s in charge of texting these people to give them a yes/no on the votes and to queue individuals to act...
“So, as it turned out, the outcome of the divisive and deceptive movement of Ron Paul followers is that the Alaska Republican Party has a new chairman, a Sarah Palin, Ron Paul follower with no real experience running anything, let alone a political party.”
“It was supposed to go smoothly for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Friday night when she took the stage to give a speech and introduce guest speaker U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, at the Alaska Republican Party Convention...
“That all seemed to change as Murkowski stood before her fellow Republicans at the Hilton in downtown Anchorage on Friday.
“Dozens of Ron Paul supporters -- who would ultimately get their man, Russ Millette, the votes he needed to become the next chair of the Alaska Republican Party -- found common ground with Joe Miller and his supporters. And Murkowski paid the price as they heckled her on stage... the real goal of both factions: to take over the Republican Party, both locally and nationally...
“Things calmed down, for a moment at least, when Barrasso -- the Wyoming senator who had flown all day to get to Alaska and caught the red-eye later that night to return home -- took the stage. But when he told the crowd he was supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, many in the crowd booed and began to chant for Ron Paul.”
— Alaska Dispatch
“Supporters of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul tried to commandeer the Alaska Republican Party convention this weekend in Anchorage. They were disruptive, big in numbers — and partially successful...
“But they didn’t win their chief goal of changing the party rules and claiming all 24 state delegates to the national Republican convention for Paul, the favorite of the libertarian wing of the party. Instead, Alaska will send six Paul delegates to Tampa in August...
“The Paul supporters tried to engineer the convention to claim delegates for the national convention but couldn’t out maneuver the old guard led by Ruedrich. An email sent out Thursday by someone who said he was with the Paul camp urged like-minded Republicans to do whatever it took to win.”
“Some Republicans may have sensed something was stirring. An email, seen on conservative blog The Northern Right, was forwarded to Paul delegates and alternates on Thursday. It gave detailed instructions on how to "maneuver and confuse" and "use any means necessary to divide and conquer our opponents." ”
For more quotes and links to these articles and others, see the Ron Paul Alaska section:
(Section added in June 2012, updated in August 2012)
Ron Paul Concedes to Mitt Romney, urges continued takeover of Party
Ron Paul needed to win 5 states to be able to even be nominated at the convention.
Ron Paul needed to have over 1144 delegates to win the nomination.
Ron Paul was unable to achieve either, and has conceded to Mitt Romney.
But Ron Paul urges his movement to continue to attempt to take over the Republican Party.
“The Republican party's rule no. 40(b) requires that "Each candidate for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination." ”
Ron Paul could only try to demonstrate 4 states (Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota). But a Paul leaning Louisiana delegation was at the RNC's discretion and choice since the Paul people held their own convention while the Republican Louisiana State Convention awarded its own delegates, leaning towards Romney. Also, the Paul organization violated the rules so badly in Maine after taking over the state convention that state legislators in Maine, including those not at all associated with Romney, thought the National Convention would not admit their delegation.
Ron Paul had fewer delegates than Mitt Romney in every other state, whether bound delegates or unbound delegates. (And that is factual, in spite of some crazy talk and inaccurate claims of some Paul enthusiasts.)
Although Romney won the Nevada caucuses and by party rules had a majority of those delegates bound to him, most of those delegate slots were filled by Ron Paul supporters, and Ron Paul supporters took over the state party after the caucuses. The Republican Central Committee threatened they may not seat the Nevada delegation, but since Ron Paul didn't have enough states anyway, it has apparently let the Paul-controlled Nevada delegation vote illegally as they want and claim support for Paul.
But as predicted, Maine and Louisiana ended up going for Romney:
“The libertarian septuagenarian controls the state delegations from Nevada, Iowa and Minnesota. But a candidate needs five states to be officially recognized on the floor. Paul supporters have made claims to Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Oklahoma and Maine. But Romney's coterie of lawyers skillfully used the rules and interpersonal negotiations to peel each away.
“The 168-member Republican National Committee approved a report Thursday by the Romney-friendly "committee on contests" that invalidated Paul delegates elected in Maine based on irregularities at the state convention. The RNC voted to split the at-large delegation in half, effectively depriving Paul of control.”
So by RNC rules he would not even be able to be nominated at the national convention.
Even if he had 5 states, enabling him to be nominated, Romney had over 1144 delegates and by Paul's own admission, Paul only had "nearly" 200 that could vote for him.
But had Romney not received enough votes for 1144 in the initial rounds, Ron Paul himself admitted that even counting stealth Ron Paul delegates bound to Romney and other candidates, he only had up to 500 delegates total, which while over 20%, was far short of the over 50% needed.
To prevent a backlash to his movement, Paul asked his supporters to behave at the convention.
“We stand to send nearly 200 bound delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa... What’s more, we will send several hundred additional supporters to Tampa who, while bound to Romney, believe in our ideas... When it is all said and done, we will likely have as many as 500 supporters as delegates on the Convention floor. That is just over 20 percent! ...
“This total is not enough to win the nomination... Be respectful.” - Ron Paul
But in his message to followers he also urges the continued takeover of the Republican Party:
“It puts us in a tremendous position to grow our movement and shape the future of the GOP!
“I hope every one of you continues the fight... Our Revolution is just getting started.”
While in June Ron Paul estimated he would "likely have as many as 500" total delegates between the "nearly 200 bound delegates" (CNN put the number at 154) and additional stealth delegates, in July he reported his total stealth and bound delegate count is only about 300:
“Over the past few weeks, my staff and I have researched the numbers extensively.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that even if by some miracle all delegates to the Republican Convention were unbound, I would receive approximately 300 votes at the National Convention - far short of the 1,144 needed to secure the Republican nomination.”
In spite of Paul's original exaggerated estimate and his later more realistic estimate, in the end, 2,061 delegates voted for Romney and a total of 202 delegates combined voted for Santorum, Bachmann, Huntsman, Rhoemer and Paul.
Of course, the Paul supporters first tried to subvert the rules:
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul have filed a lawsuit against the Republican National Committee and nearly every state party...
“The lawsuit asks a federal court in California to clarify whether delegates attending the national convention in August can vote for any candidate they choose, even if they were won by Romney. Most state parties require delegates to vote for the candidate who won them in primaries or caucuses.
“The lawsuit was filed June 11 by more than 100 people who say they are delegates, though some aren't on lists released by state parties.”
“ “Plaintiffs are delegates elected to nominate the Republican nominee for president of the United States at a national convention to be held commencing the week of August 27, 2012, in Tampa, Florida,” the complaint states.
“ “Names [sic: Named] plaintiffs and plaintiffs identified as Does 1 through 1,000 are residents of the United States, including all states within the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit Federal Court who are duly elected delegates, alternate delegates, delegates elected by being denied certification [sic: and would be delegates denied certification] due to their refusal to surrender their voting rights to vote in accordance with the free exercise of their conscience and not be bound to the nominee of defendant’s choice.”
“The Republican rebels say they want to be “unbound to vote their conscience” ...”
“Republican officials are still waking up to the fact that Paul loyalists -- who control the majority of delegates in Maine, Minnesota and Iowa, and have sizable numbers in a number of other states -- could very likely enter Paul's name into nomination for vice president...
“Such a move would transform a symbolic procedure that has taken mere minutes in the past several conventions into a chaotic and time-consuming spectacle that could eat up the better portion of a day...
“On January 17, 2008, eight months before the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the RNC's rules committee changed the process for nominating the presidential nominee or vice presidential nominee, so that instead of requiring a majority of delegates from five states, a candidate needed only a plurality of delegates from five states.
“Delegates who are bound by state party rules to vote for Romney -- a restriction some are disputing -- are not bound at all on the question of who should be the vice presidential nominee.”
“GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Nebraska Republicans said "no" Saturday to Ron Paul... The Paulites won only two of the state GOP's 35 national delegates.
“Nebraska was Paul's last chance... Several Paul supporters said the Texas congressman had talked to them at a rally the night before -- via telephone -- and urged them to be polite and play by the rules.”
And in their true, stop-at-nothing, anything goes approach, they've even tried to block Mitt Romney from appearing on the ballot:
“Judge Tom McPhee ruled this morning to dismiss a state Libertarian Party bid to declare the Washington GOP a minority party and thereby bar Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s name from the state ballot.
.. State Republican Party chairman Kirby Wilbur put out a statement after the ruling, saying:
“This lawsuit, which was brought forth and dismissed all within a week, was just absurdly silly from the very beginning. It has been nothing more than a nuisance and a waste of time and resources, and I am pleased that the judge so easily saw that today. Bitter acts like this are why no one takes the Libertarian Party seriously, and only serve to diminish their cause.
And of course, they tried to disrupt the Republican National Convention:
“TAMPA---Oops, they did it again.
“Supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a former GOP presidential candidate, led a boisterous chant in the hallway on Wednesday night, following a speech by his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. On Tuesday, some Maine delegates upset that they were denied floor seats also caused a disruption.”
“Supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential bid chanted and booed Tuesday after Republican convention delegates adopted new rules that... will bind delegates to the outcome of presidential primaries and caucuses, preventing a candidate like Paul from pushing up their delegate counts at state conventions.”
(And although Paul came in last in the primaries and caucuses among candidates who persevered past the first three primaries (i.e. Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and himself), and Paul refused to show unity and endorse Romney, and his most loyal supporters followed his cue, continuing to be very antagonistic, Romney was gracious enough that he did a video tribute to Ron Paul at the convention, let Ron Paul's son speak, and took and implemented party platform changes from the Paul people.
(Yet these same people can do nothing but complain, including that they aren't given special privileges and treatment-- which they actually were given.)
Ever the bad sports and seemingly never supportive of the Republican Party, a Ron Paul supporter appointed to the electoral college says they will refuse to vote for Romney and instead vote for Paul, if given the chance to vote:
“An Iowa presidential elector has resigned after the Washington Post reported that she would not support Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president, should he win the election this fall...
“ “They’ve never given Ron Paul a fair shot, and I’m disgusted with that. I’d like to show them how disgusted I am,” Wadsley was quoted saying.
“Wadsley’s statement angered many Republican activists around the state...
“This behavior is getting really old...
“Wadsley’s quick resignation is a promising sign, but since Ron Paul supporters dominate the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee, the chance of selecting another anti-Romney elector still exists.”
“Because so-called faithless electors are rare, the position of elector is largely viewed as symbolic. Each party chooses people to serve as electors in the 50 states, and electors from the winning party convene in each state capital in December to officially select the president and vice president.
“As Paul supporters fought for more prestigious delegate slots during state-level conventions this year, they also quietly accrued electors...
“In Nevada, for example, Paul's forces seized control of the state convention and won a majority of delegates. They also placed four Paul supporters among the state's six electors...
“Nevada's electors are approaching their duties in different ways...
“Ken Eastman may not cast his Nevada electoral vote for Romney, if the former Massachusetts governor wins the state. Eastman said he wants to explore options with Republican leaders in Clark County, a group now dominated by Paul supporters...
“Zimmerman said she hasn't decided how she'll cast her electoral vote.
“Along with the three electors looking at alternatives, Nevada GOP elector Ken Searles said he may vote for Paul as a protest...
“About half the states, including Nevada, have laws requiring electors to follow the popular vote. Nevada's statute carries no punishment, and it's unclear how it would be enforced. Election officials said they may turn to the courts to enforce the law if an elector strayed...
“The last time the House determined the presidential outcome was in 1825, when it selected John Quincy Adams after none of the four candidates won a majority of the electoral votes.
“There have been a handful of faithless electors in recent years. In 2004, one Minnesota elector voted for John Edwards for president instead of his top-of-the-ticket running mate John Kerry. Many observers assumed that was simply a mistake. The Minnesota vote was done secretly, and no one ever claimed responsibility.
“A District of Columbia elector abstained in 2000 to protest the lack of congressional representation for the district.
“The last time multiple electors defected was in 1896, when William Jennings Bryan was the presidential candidate of both the Democratic Party and the People's Party, with both parties choosing different vice presidential picks. Twenty-seven electors in that race chose the People's Party ticket, even though it didn't win the popular vote.”
And although the result of the Ron Paul activists ignoring the will of the primary and caucus voters caused RNC rule changes, they are already trying to devise how they can subvert those rules:
“A plan that would require nominating contests to bind and apportion delegates did pass... The Iowa GOP caucuses currently do not bind or apportion delegates...
“Spiker said the rule to bind delegates leaves Iowa some options. The Republican state central committee could avoid the requirement to bind delegates by holding four district caucuses instead of a statewide event, he said. Or, the state could seek a waiver for the rule. It also could choose to hold its caucuses as usual and then challenge the rule with the RNC, he said.”
It is no longer enough only to vote in the primary or initial caucus anymore.
• Republicans must participate in subsequent caucuses, such as congressional district caucuses and state conventions.
• They must visit and register with the website of their preferred candidate to find out who that candidate's delegates really are, and to volunteer as delegates.
• At the state and national level the republican party must place in reforms to ensure the will of primary and caucus voters is honored, and to prevent a hostile take-over by people who don't honor or play by the rules.
• And finally, Ron Paul must change and renounce his tactics. He was called on to do this months ago and didn't:
“GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul will need to get his militant cult-like followers under control if he wants to win a primary or a caucus this year.
“Hyperbole? Hardly. These individuals harass, insult, intimidate and threaten...
“They are, for lack of a better description, the modern equivalent of the Sturmabteilung – the infamous brown-shirted thugs who helped propel Hitler to power in the 1930’s.
“Disagree with Ron Paul about anything and they descend like a pack of wild mongrel dogs...
“Yahoo contributor Patricia Campion writes that there are three “levels” of the Ron Paul “cult” – harmless, disturbing and psychotic...
“There are two other types of Ron Paul supporters. One type cares nothing about violating the law, and does so regularly, with impunity...
“Some who follow Paul have descended to the level of the domestic terrorist, issuing threats of death, rape or other bodily harm in blatant violations of the above law.
“In mid-January, talk show host Glenn Beck said that his life had been threatened by militant Ron Paul supporters... Daily Kos diarist T. J. Walker wrote of a threat he received from a Ron Paul supporter ironically named “Ronpaul4humanrights"... His “crime”: He disagreed with Ron Paul’s opinions on abortion, gay rights and global warming. He also did not like Paul’s opinions on the 10th Amendment and did not appreciate Paul’s penchant for adopting conspiracy theories.
“Ron Paul could put a stop to the outrageous behavior with a single statement, and prove he has the leadership qualities needed to be President.”
“Paul’s followers are also well-known for spamming any web site that dares question the sainthood of their candidate. An editorial last week that suggested their candidate was selling America short to get rich brought the usual avalanche of hate email, spam and computer generated comments.
“Capitol Hill Blue’s spam filters caught more than 5,000 fake emails from a handful of IP addresses. More than 2500 came from phony email accounts. More than 1500 contained racial, homophobic or anti-Semitic slurs. Some claimed racism by other candidates or slams against their religions...
“One trend we did find interesting in looking at the comments: More than 500 questioned our use of a quote from an anonymous former Paul staff member. All came from posters using anonymous “handles” instead of their names and 83 percent from fake email addresses.
“Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, meet pot. The color for the day is black.”