Ron Paul's "Stealth Strategy" Paying Dividends

The Washington Post notes that Ron Paul, only non-Romney still running for the GOP presidential nomination, is doing better than many notice, pursuing his long-term strategy of delegate-gathering in caucus states and GOP party takeover in general. Details:

At state conventions around the country, Paul supporters are increasing the candidate’s support by taking over state party committees and educating fellow Paul fans in arcane rules.

While at many conventions Romney backers are split between numerous would-be delegates, Paul supporters are showing up in droves and voting with discipline for a delegate slate.

With a plurality of delegates from five states, Paul supporters could nominate him from the convention floor — the goal of at least some Paul supporters....  

Here’s the latest on Paul’s strength in state committees and conventions:

At Massachusetts’ state convention less than half of Romney’s 27 chosen delegates won tickets to Tampa. Paul supporters were chosen instead. While all of the state’s delegates are committed to vote for Romney, the delegates get to decide on the party chairman, platform, and VP nominee.

Paul backers in Alaska were elected as party chairman and co-chairman but failed to change the rules to give Paul the state’s 24 delegates. (He will get six.)

Paul supporters are a majority in the Iowa GOP’s State Central Committee, and he’s set to claim a majority of the state’s delegates despite finishing third in the caucuses.

They dominated the caucuses in Louisiana, carrying four out of six congressional districts with a tie in a fifth. That means 74 percent of the state’s convention delegates will be Paul backers.

In Minnesota, Paul won 20 of 24 delegates allocated at congressional district conventions, and he’s expected to take more at the statewide convention.

Paul supporters teamed up with backers of former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum in Colorado to get 13 delegates.

The candidate has also picked up small delegate gains in states where Romney won big — for example, five delegates in Pennsylvania and four in Rhode Island. 

Attempts to replicate these successes are taking place in other states across the country — for example, the upcoming state convention in Nevada....

I've blogged at length about Paul's clandestine successes and long-term plans in early March, mid-March, and April. My forthcoming book, Ron Paul's Revolution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired.

I discuss Ron Paul in this new Reason.tv video:

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  • ||

    So, Doherty, you did mention you wrote a book, right? I must be getting flighty in my old age.

  • Brian Doherty||

    You all may of course bust my balls about the book hype and promo all you want. But we all know it shall do naught to halt or slow the book hype and promo....

  • ||

    Just ribbing you Brian :-) I do look forward to reading it. At least you didn't devote your time to the Huntsman Juggernaut.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Brian Doherty,

    But we all know it shall do naught to halt or slow the book hype and promo....


    Nor should you stop. When will the book be available in .pdf, by the way? Hmm?

  • Tman||

    I thought Matt and Nick wrote a book.

    I'm so confused.

    Someone tell me which book I'm supposed to read already. Or better yet, write a post on this blog site summarizing said book so I don't have to to buy/read it.

    Yeah, that would be great, thanks.....

  • Surly Chef||

    That will be covered in an upcoming book Top Hats and Monocles: A Libertarian Story. It will of course be made by underprivileged 3rd world child laborers, with a leather bound cover made from the skin of the children who die binding the book, and lubricated by Santorum's daughters tears. Due to the inherently evil nature of it's manufacture it will not be pimped. You'll instead get a signal about it on your decoder ring. Purity tests may be required.

    Yes, I'm bored and can't sleep.

  • PersonalJustice||

    So which will be longer: the book or the anthology of posts promoting the book?

  • affenkopf||

    Will your new book be available for kindle? Radicals for capitalism still isn't.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Everyone must not be discouraged. Continue to fight the tyranny of book promotion! You are officially registered commenters, after all. They can't touch you!

  • Old Mexican||

    Paul's Stealth Strategy Is "Mischief" In The Eyes Of Neocon Asswipe

    Exploiting party rules, loyalists for the libertarian congressman from Texas in recent days have engineered post-primary organizing coups in states such as Louisiana and Alaska, confirming what party regulars say would be an effort to grab an outsized role in the convention and the party's platform deliberations.


    "Exploiting" party rules! Oh, that sinister character! How dare he follow the rules to win??? Who the hell does that?

  • Intn'l House of Badass||

    "Exploiting" is neocon for "shit, we didn't think of that."

  • John C. Randolph||

    The SOP for the country-club republicans is to never disregard any rule, unless doing so is absolutely convenient.

    -jcr

  • Marshall Gill||

    My father always told me to never strike anyone in anger. Unless you were absolutely certain you could get away with it.

  • West Texas||

    Oh yeah, saw that yesterday.

    The party regulars are pissed that they now have to actually convince people to, you know, care enough to do more than just raise their hand for the pre-designated appointee. I mean, it should be enough for Mabel to show up once and then let her betters take over from there... and now these crazy people are HIJACKING THE PROCESS!

  • Bardas Phocas||

    I'm expecting, at the national convention, that they'll come up with some double secret party rule against people with names having a capital 'P'... that rymes with 'T'.

    People:
    Trouble, oh we got trouble,
    Right here in River City!
    With a capital "T"
    That rhymes with "P"
    And that stands for Paul,
    That stands for paul.
    We've surely got trouble!
    Right here in River City,
    Right here!
    Gotta figger out a way
    To keep the young ones moral after school!
    Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble...

  • PantsFan||

  • ||

    Will you beat me with a maple stick if I admit to liking all three of those bands?

  • 35N4P2BYY||

    Of course not.

    We will use oak, much denser.

  • Emmerson Biggins||

    I saw my first doofus with a handlebar mustache yesterday. Was actually kind of a nice guy. But still. Wtf?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Doofus with a handlebar!

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