Rep. Ron Paul will not step aside even if Mitt Romney soon clinches the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the Republican presidential nomination, the candidate said Monday.
“If tomorrow, Romney had the absolute number, I would probably continue in a modified way to maximize the number of delegates to go to the convention,” Paul said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” adding that his supporters insist he stay in the running.
A couple of takeaways:
1. If you are still sending Ron Paul money then go into your kitchen, grab a frying pan, and hit yourself square in the face. Then go to your toilet, take out your wallet, empty it into said toilet and flush. You will have made a more worthwhile investment.
2. Now that there is zero chance of Ron Paul ever becoming president, the Paul campaign has shifted their focus to getting as many delegates as possible to the RNC convention in order to influence the Republican Party platform:
[Paul campaign manager Jesse] 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] getting limited-government, libertarian-leaning folks involved and taking over the party apparatus.”
Part of the plan for doing that is accumulating enough delegates to give the Texas congressman the necessary leverage in Tampa to mold the GOP platform to his taste. By finishing second in the delegate tally Tuesday night, Paul kept his hopes for doing so alive.
This is about the dumbest political goal I’ve ever heard. The party platform? That’s the end-all-be-all for the Ron Paul campaign? Send me a check for $1000 if you think the party platform means anything, anything at all. Assuming these libertarians hijack the party platform and fill it with isolationism, anti-semitism, and a cowardly foreign policy do you think if Mitt Romney is elected president he’s going to be bound by that? Do you think ANY candidate will be bound by the party platform?
The platform is a stated set of nonbinding policy positions. It has little to no consequence on any election in the United States and would be changed by a Mitt Romney Administration at the next convention if they couldn’t do it sooner. Not that it would even matter but just for the sake of de-crazying (Not a word, I know. Please don’t be a nerd and correct my grammar) it they would.
3. There are not as many Ron Paul supporters as his votes would indicate. For instance, in Virginia you could only vote for Ron Paul or Mitt Romney. At that point Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich still had somewhat of a chance left and their supporters voted AGAINST Ron Paul. Mitt Romney still hasn’t won over every Republican and there are still protest votes against him in these nominating contests. If Ron Paul went third party most of those votes would disappear immediately.
4. Ron Paul tried this delegate stealing strategy in 2008 and guess what, he did not become the GOP nominee or president.
5. If you actually think Ron Paul will get enough delegates to somehow steal the RNC convention and become the GOP nominee then please reread point #1 and follow through.