Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Ron Paul revolution

Ron Paul officially gave up his bid for the nomination, but Paul's supporters will not go quietly:
SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - In a revolt against Romney, at least 40 more national convention delegates asked to join 123 previous plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Republican National Committee, and their attorney said hundreds more may soon follow suit.

The first 123 delegates, all from the 9th Circuit, sued the RNC, its Chairman Rince Priebus, and every state party chairman in the 9th Circuit in Federal Court on Monday, demanding the right to vote for the candidate of their choice on every ballot at the Republican National Convention, including the first.
The Ron Paul faithful are alleging all sorts of fraud at the conventions from vote rigging to physical intimidation. And despite all that, they're amassing a significant number of delegates.

Meanwhile, Team Romney isn't winning any friends on the road. One small business owner who loaned her cafe to the Romney campaign for an event ended up feeling rather badly mistreated. They trashed the joint, including destroying personal irrepacable mementos, and she wasn't even allowed to meet Willard.

Willard called her later to lay on some of his "common touch" charm. It didn't go well.
...She says he explained that it was just a misunderstanding that she did not get to meet him, but the phone call didn't smooth things over for her.

"He responded 'well, I'm sorry your table cloths got ripped off, wadded up and thrown in the back room' and I took it as mocking," she said. "We're the ones he's wanting to get the votes from, you'd think we would have been treated better."
To know the Rmoneybot is to loathe him and he still has months of awkward gladhanding to get through. Maybe there won't be a brokered convention, but this could still turn out to be the most interesting GOP convention in decades.

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