I’m a Ron Paul fan. Please please please don’t stop reading just because I admitted to what seems to be a sin more intolerable than public sodomy. Sure, Ron Paul’s supporters don’t fall into the ranks of your GOP traditionalists, and some of them aren’t all that nice. But for those of us lucky enough to be among this generation’s credulous youth, we see a lot of merit to the old-timer’s candidacy. And for those of you who think that this is a movement full of credulous youth, you might want to start paying attention, because you’re about to get beat by your own party’s rules.
While you have all been busy voting for your favorite candidate – Romney, Santorum, and the Gingrich who stole Christmas – Ron Paul’s supporters have been doing the bit of work that actually matters. Were you under the impression that your state’s caucus or primary result was a good indicator of who your state would pick as the party’s nominee in Tampa? That would be a good assumption to make, save for the fact that in a lot of states those initial results are nothing but a beauty contest. It’s why Ron Paul didn’t win. He refused to strut his stuff in a bikini and juggle or say that his favorite thing to do was cook up a batch of world peace. Instead, the crotchety, old man apparently spent the last four years developing a strategy and base of support that is confusing to most of us because… well… we’ve never run for President so we don’t really know how it all works.
For a lot of states, after the primary happens, there is another event where all the party’s big wigs get together and pick who is going onto the national convention. While the usual result is that the state’s big primary winner sends the most votes in the form of a delegate to the convention, that is not necessarily the case. And so, while you cast your vote thinking that it was all said and done, the Ron Paul campaign has been (very blatantly) surreptitiously crowding the state conventions and sending Ron Paul delegates in place of Romney delegates.
Confused? Well, I don’t blame you. It’s a weird system we have. But since I am enjoying this year’s weird outcome, I’m not going to complain much. Remember who won Iowa? It was Santorum… then Romney… then Santorum again… or something like that. What would you do if I told you that neither Romney nor Santorum won Iowa? Make sure you’re not near a hard object that you might want to smack your head against, because I’m about to tell you just that.
SANTORUM AND ROMNEY BOTH LOST IOWA AND RON PAUL WON.
Don’t believe me? You think that my claim proves that I’m a yute prone to strange conspiracies like “George Bush blew up the World Trade Centers” or “the Ruskies shot JFK” or “Monsanto wants to turn your babies into cancer using Chemtrails”. I’m not, but me just telling you that probably isn’t all that convincing. So I’ve gone and found some very reputable news sources that you can go ahead and read for yourself. While the American right has been sleeping, it has been confirmed that Ron Paul has picked up a majority of the delegates in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Maine, Washington, Louisiana, Massachusetts. It is not confirmed for sure, but there are a convention-goers who are sure that Ron Paul has also won a majority of Alaska’s delegate and a majority of Colorado’s delegates. If I were a betting man, I’d be willing to wager a few of my hard-earned George Washingtons that Paul has a fighting chance at getting a majority of delegates in numerous other states that hold state conventions to select Tampa-bound delegates as well.