I’m still shaking the cobwebs out of my head after spending the weekend tagging along with Ron Paul supporters assessing Fort Wayne, Indiana’s GOP primary atmosphere this weekend. I got the good news on Colorado’s Paul win in the hotel Friday night, the Minnesota win the day after. Of course, I haven’t been able to properly address it with this, that, and bullshit tax preparation going on at the same time. Selah.
Biggest takeaway: The media’s and Romney’s inevitability game just came to a close in a big way. Thank goodness.
Seth Stern writes the following on Santorum’s supporters (which was the evangelical right all along) are now officially behind Paul… all the way to a brokered convention:
Far be it from me to suggest a conspiracy, but the Old Media continues to treat this like every other election, it’s not. This is different. The economy is still in the crapper, the president who promised to uphold the Constitution and civil liberties has become the most pro-war president of the last century and has authorized the assassination and indefinite detention of American citizens. In the meantime, many people have recognized the odorous emanations indicating something is rotten in D.C. and have begun seeking information in the New Media.
What have they found? Transcripts, interviews, speeches, writings, sound bites and a multitude of user-generated content showing Dr. Paul isn’t just a legitimate threat to Mitt Romney’s nomination, he is a direct threat to the establishment of crony capitalism, indefinite wars, Constitutional rights violations, interventionist foreign policies, etc. A number of very wealthy people who have become even more wealthy by buying the legislators and executives of the last several decades stand to lose a lot of future income with a Paul presidency.
I sincerely believe this is partially to blame for the media’s blackout treatment. Ron Paul’s coalition in Minnesota? Took nine of nine delegate seats. A sweep. The GOP rewrote the rules of the caucuses to ensure Mitt Romney wouldn’t lose the southern states for being Mormon. They created the system, Ron Paul is using their rules against them.
Evangelical Christians, with the “god and family” message have finally switched to Ron Paul after noticing he’s the only one addressing these concerns (and not just politically pandering, as I’m pretty sure Santorum was). This is where the race will get interesting.
Even more apparent is the movement in the past week has shown they are happily going to transfer their perpetual GOTV machine in support of Ron Paul over the phoney baloney philanderer Gingrich and flip-flopping Romney. Unfortunately they’re an entire year behind the troops in fundraising for Paul, but I’ll let that slide if this trend really erupts.
Which it might, if this jaw dropping interview starts percolating, where a question about foreign policy showed Paul’s principled stance of supporting sovereignty of all states:
Paul first made this position known Wednesday night, during a private meeting with evangelical leaders interested in helping the Texas Congressman reach out to the conservative Christian community.
According to a transcript of the meeting obtained by Business Insider, the leaders started off the meeting by asking Paul whether he would sign an Executive Order to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a major policy objective for Israeli hardliners and many leaders in the Christian Right.
“The real issue here is not what America wants, but what does Israel want,” Paul told evangelical leaders, according to a transcript of the meeting obtained by Business Insider. “If Israel wants their capital to be Jerusalem, then the United States should honor that.”
“How would we like it if some other nation said ‘We decided to recognize New York City as your capital instead, so we will build our embassy there?'” he added.
Even Paul’s senior campaign aides were surprised by his response.
“We were floored,” senior advisor Doug Wead told Business Insider. “It sounds like pure Ron Paul, but it still caught us off guard…If someone would have asked him that in a national debate, I suppose it would have popped right out, but nobody did!”
Wead added that Paul’s position “makes sense after the fact,” noting that the candidate has frequently emphasized Israel’s sovereignty.
We’ve seen there are evangelicals pulling for Paul in the past, but expect this to take on a new meaning now that he’s being recognized as their last viable candidate standing.
Update: The Hill has noted, “Paul took home 20 of the 24 possible delegates and nearly all the alternative delegates Saturday during the Minnesota congressional district conventions, according to a tweet by Minnesota Republican National Committeewoman Pat Anderson.
Thirteen more at-large delegates will be chosen at the Minnesota state convention, but the delegation demographics there will be very similar to those in the congressional districts, and Paul appears poised to come away with even more delegates after the May 4 convention.”
Paul’s still a 10-1 long shot based on the current Associated Press delegate tallies, but as many state GOP delegations are proving to be full of Ron Paul supporters, they acknowledge the “end game” is still within reach for the time being as Paul and Romney slug it out.