WITHIN THE REVOLUTION
TWO CAMPAIGNS INTERTWINED
By: Sean Scallon
The Republican Party establishment and the Romney campaign adid their level best
out Ron Paul delegates from Republican National Convention. That was to be expected.
What was not expected was Romney Campaign being aided and abetted by the Paul Campaign.
By agreeing to a deal to split the Louisiana delegations between Romney, Santorum and
Paul instead the of the
plurality Paul delegates would have had (and may well have been upheld by the RNC),
the official Paul campaign took away the one state which would have given it
the five states and or territories needed to nominate Paul from the floor of the
convention (which would have given him an unscripted 15 minute speech as well). With the
Paul campaign actively discouraging its delegates from trying to nominate Paul anyway and
also look good for the cameras, its obvious that the game is up as far as the
Actually, as it turned out there were two campaigns, both
The first campaign I believe was legitimately running for President and either trying
to win at least before Iowa, or and trying to get as many delegates for the convention as
they could afterwards for the possibility of a brokered convention (even if remote) to at
least have some influence.
The second campaign, however, was all about Rand Paul pure and simple and his future in
the party. One did not operate without the others consent. All of their moves since
January were done with Rands interests in mind and I dare say in reality he and
Trygve Olson were calling the shots (Benton is simply a drone who follows orders from
Thats why you had this rather confused and contradictory situation where one
campaign was raising money, giving speeches before thousands and winning
delegates and the other was working behind the scenes with the Romney forces, not
attacking them directly because they knew he would be the nominee, and eventually making
an endorsement for Romney after he appeared to have clinched it. Anything that needed to
be done to help Rand out with the Romney campaign and the party establishment was done.
Thus, when state conventions in Arizona and Oklahoma turned chaotic over the weekend of
May 12 (you know, the whole Romneys son was booed motif), the Romney
campaign demanded the second Paul campaign put a stop to first campaign and thats
exactly what happened. Benton gives a conference call saying they were going to
wind things down, and Rand gives his endorsement. But with more state conventions still to
take place for delegates, appearances the first campaign was still operational had to be
kept up. So other surrogates like Jack Hunter and Doug Wead were sent out saying
nothings changed when that was utter crap. And Ron himself never officially dropped
out, never suspended, never did anything. This rather unusual status of running/not
running allowed for continued fundraising appeals to be made which kept the
money coming in so that they would have millions they havent even spent, a nice
kitty to have for the next four years. For all its clumsiness, it was actually a
very skillful way of keeping the whole enterprise going until the very end when they
couldnt anymore and then they could blame the party for it. The one problem was, the
deal for the Louisiana delegation came two days too early, betraying the whole thing.
Louisiana was state No. 5 and everyone knew it and everyone knew the Paul campaign had a
case to make before the RNC because the idiots in Louisiana state party violated their own
rules. So a deal was made to prevent the case from being heard. No fifth state, no
Was it deceptive? Only if you believed Ron still had a chance to win
even late in the game. Those a little wiser or a little more cynical could see the
outlines of what they were doing, from Adam
Kokesh to Scott Horton to Justin Raimondo. While I thought it was rather fanciful, the
campaign never completely discouraged such thinking or at least never discouraged persons
from trying to gain delegate slots presumably to put Pauls name in nomination. If
they did, the RP would have dropped out but if he did that, the whole enterprise would
have come to a screeching halt. No more money, no more effort.
If Paul campaign wants to congratulate themselves for being clever, they have the right
to do so. But theres a price to be paid down the line. Theres not going to be
much of a grassroots left outside of the just as delusional people who now think Rand now
has the inside track to the 2016 nomination. Yes several state parties were taken over
this election cycle but just remember that was done because ordinary RP supporters gave up
their time and money to attend precinct meetings and county conventions and state
conventions. Will that control be maintained if such persons, believing they were part of
a sacred cause, dont show up anymore because they now know they were being used? I
have my doubts.
Then again it may not matter. Ive
said before I dont think Rand or his claque have any use for the grassoots of the
Paul campaign. I believe they feel that such support is overrated, that theyre
more trouble than their worth, that the party leadership holds a negative view towards
said supporters and wishes they go away, so why not go along with them? Rand 2016 will be
a campaign based on raising large amounts of cash, largely from the coal and energy
sector, to use towards negative TV ads against his opponents. So long as he looks good in
TV debates and the polls shows hes a front runner, he doesnt need people
waving signs for him. And he wont need people calling for him either, they have
machines that do that sort of thing now. With an Iowa organization already in place and no
New England/New Hampshire candidate on the horizon to call upon regional loyalties, they
feel theyre in great shape for 2016.
So as we fast-forward from 2008 we find Ron Paul still on the outside looking in,
giving a rally speech outside the convention hall; another pro-Paul rally altogether which
the candidate and campaign are ignoring and with Rand Paul and the rest of the delegates
on the inside. Being split in three is not exactly a unified situation. Not that the
movement was unified to begin with. But it took someone with Ron Pauls charisma and
sincerity and honesty to bring such a diverse movement together. There are those who may
feel the message alone is strong enough to keep it together. Unfortunately there are just
as many ready to sacrifice the message for power.
Now granted power is what its all about. But power without principal is basically
Ring. And what we speak of specifically is the attempt by trying to reach for power to
water the message down or change it so it doesnt mean anything. This is
happening with many movement candidates who trying to hem in the message, especially
when it comes to foreign policy. This is a key point because while many rank and file
Republicans could agree with Paul on economics, they are repelled by his foreign policy.
Its affecting candidates who
the movement helped win primaries and other elections and who now are flip-flopping on
foreign policy not realizing why it is the essential part of the message.
After Tampa, some in the movement will devote the next four years of their lives to
another Paul, others may grow apathetic and drop out and others may try their hand with
non-major parties. But whatever happens, the fact remains that more education is needed on
creating a foreign policy which reflects Americans interest and economic resources.
The movement will go nowhere or go down dead ends until minds are changed on this point
because so much of what take place with American economically and even socially does flow
from foreign policy. This is what I personally learned from Ron Paul five years ago and
will be his legacy to me now that hes exiting the stage.
Sean Scallon is a freelance writer and newspaper reporter who
lives in Arkansaw, Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Chronicles: A magazine of American
Culture. His first-ever book: Beating the Powers that Be: Independent Political Movements
and Parties of the Upper Midwest and their Relevance in Third-party Politics of Today is
now out on sale from Publish America. Go to the their website at www.publishamerica.com to
order a copy. He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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