Ron Paul Might Pick A Fight At Republican National Convention On Tuesday

Congressman Ron Paul is a scrappy little man, and if the dice are thrown just right on Tuesday he is going to either win a skirmish with the Republican Party, or make one heck of a stink trying.

Either way it will showcase one of the continuing fights among the factions within the GOP.

Rep. Ron Paul’s delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions.

They are getting help from other delegates, though it is unclear whether they can rally enough support to challenge the rules on the floor of the convention Tuesday.

The new GOP rules would bind delegates to the outcome of presidential primaries and caucuses. Presidential candidates would be able to choose which delegates represent them at the convention. However, in a concession to activists agreed to on Monday, the candidates would have to consult with state parties in selecting the delegates.

Currently, state parties choose national delegates, usually at state and congressional district conventions.

The original rule approved by the convention’s rules committee last week left state parties out of selection process, angering many party activists, not just those who support Paul. The change was agreed to Monday in an attempt to garner more support for the new rules, said an RNC official. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly.

Ron Paul To Visit Madison For Republican Primary

And the political action of the GOP primary makes its way to Wisconsin!

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas plans to campaign in Madison next week. 

Paul’s campaign said Friday that he would hold a town hall meeting Thursday on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. 

His visit comes after former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania planned to travel all across Wisconsin over the weekend. Front-runner Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, planned to make his first appearance on March 31 in Milwaukee. 

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich has yet to schedule any Wisconsin visits.

Ron Paul Hints At Election Fraud, Strain Of A Campaign On An OId Man

I really do not want to give more traction to the nonsense that is coming from the Ron Paul campaign, but this is so absurd that it requires a post.

Before I continue this might be the place to remind everyone that a candidate must be a powerful enough draw in both organization and content to win when the votes are cast.  When the voters reject a candidate it means there are not enough votes to secure a victory.

Plain and simple, right?

Not if you come to the show with a ‘black helicopter’ mentality.

There has always been a mile wide ‘quirk’ to Ron Paul, and that is now on display again.  Did this half-baked potatoe really think he was going to somehow sweep the country with his anti-Federal Reserve rhetoric?  I have heard on college campuses Paul’s speeches make more for a drinking game than anything to be taken seriously.

It is a sad ending for what is likely Paul’s final assault on the sensibilities of the American public.  To not prevail in a race is just the risk of entering.  But to then gin up vote fraud to cover what continues to be bat-crap crazy positions (and the reason no state will entertain seriously voting for you)  is just a really sad way to depart the national stage.

Quite frankly I don’t think the other candidates get crowds like this, and we get them constantly,” Paul said to reporters, after he had spoken to yet another crowd of over 2500 supporters in Missouri. “You would get the perception that we would be getting a lot more votes. Sometimes we get thousands of people like this and we’ll take them to the polling booth, yet we won’t win the caucus,” he commented, adding, “A lot of our supporters are very suspicious about it.”

When Paul was informed that Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucus, he remarked, “That reminds me of a picture I just looked at. I had four thousand people and he had a hundred and fifty. So who knows.”

The Congressman did not wish to elaborate on his suspicions, but did say, “It’s just instinct and hearsay stories, verbal stories that you hear and the kind of things that we heard about up in Maine.”

“They said we can’t have a recount because they just write these numbers down on pieces of paper and then throw them away afterwards. So it’s that kind of stuff that makes you suspicious,” Paul noted.

Exit Polls Show Major Mitt Romney Win in Florida GOP Primary

From the Drudge Report comes the exit polling data some two-hours prior to the polls closing in Florida’s Republican Primary.  It will be a major victory in a big important electoral state for Mitt Romney.  Newt Gingrich gets shucked like an ear of corn tonight.

EXIT POLLS 5 PM ET: 46% ROMNEY 32% GINGRICH 12% SANTORUM 7% PAUL

News Story Dropped On Ron Paul Showing His Connection To Racist And Anti-Gay Writings

The Washington Post dropped a bomb today about Ron Paul that underscores what has been reported about his racist background, and bigotry against gay people.  The big news out of this story is that people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the outlandish and hate-filled newsletters.

Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian, has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas, according to three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses.

The articles included racial, anti-Semitic and anti-gay content. They claimed, for example, that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “seduced underage girls and boys’’; they ridiculed black activists by suggesting that New York be named “Zooville” or “Lazyopolis”; and they said the 1992 Los Angeles riots ended “when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.’’ The June 1990 edition of the Ron Paul Political Report included the statement: “Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities.”

But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day.

“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product. . . . He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman.

‘Open Marriage’ Candidate Surging in South Carolina Polls, Newt Gingrich Looks To Be (Big) Winner Tonight

There is nothing more interesting or captivating than a dramatic and tightly fought political campaign.    This past week has been one of those perfect storms of strategy and personality as the Republican South Carolina primary played out, allowing for politicos around the nation to enjoy the show.    We have been captivated with two  debates, candidates withdrawing from the race, bombshells of intimate desires being released, and polls that show a dramatic ending.  Something for everyone has been on display.

And the truly big show has not yet started.  That happens when the polls close tonight.  I suggest you prepare yourself for some political fireworks.  I know we are.

Here in Madison, Wisconsin there is a perfect winter day taking place, though it is very cold outside.  James has a recipe he wants to make with orange peels and chicken.  (Chicken a l’orange.)  Add some asparagus and potatoes to the meal and we have a primary dinner that is fitting for the antics of the Palmetto State.

The news from South Carolina today is something that no one would have predicted three weeks ago.

A new poll released as South Carolinians are voting in their Republican primary shows Newt Gingrich’s weeklong surge taking him past Mitt Romney into a substantial lead among likely voters in the Palmetto State. 

The American Research Group poll, conducted Thursday and Friday, shows Gingrich leading Romney 40% to 26%. ARG’s last poll, released Thursday, showed a virtual tie with Gingrich at 33% and Romney at 32%.

I am almost gleeful that this nominating process will not end tonight. ( I stand with Chris Matthews in enjoying the drama.)  The continuing political story keeps the interest of people like me at a high level as we read and follow the drama.  Some might suggest that there is something to be gained for Democrats by dragging out the Romney nominating process.  The more bruised he gets now, the harder it will be for the party to unite later.  That may be true, but that is not why I am excited about the events playing out.

(I still hold to my belief that Romney will be the nominee at the end of this process as he has the money, organization, establishment wing of the party, and political skills to prevail.)

Every four years we get to witness a huge political process play out in living color across the nation.  While football fans have a yearly super bowl, (yawn) folks like myself must wait years for the next huge event.  So when it happens there is no desire to short-circuit it, or shut it down.

I suspect many a home on this winter night will be warmed by the heat of political combat from South Carolina.  There is something for everyone!  From Romney showing his ability to grin in the face of an upset, to Gingrich gloating as his helmet-headed wife stands alongside him, while Santoruum struggles to suggest he still has a reason to stay in the race.  For those into betting why not wager how many times Ron Paul can mention the federal reserve during his speech tonight?  If there is a sneer with the mention you can count that two times!

As the lights fade in the television studios late tonight fear not my fellow politicos.

Florida awaits!

Ron Paul Flies First Class As Congressman, Vows To Fight Government Spending

Let me state up front I have nothing against a member of Congress flying first class.   I really do not.

However when that member of Congress wants to rip and shred government programs, and makes an all-out effort to portray himself as something he is not–then I have a problem with flying first class.

Such is the case with Ron Paul.

Paul flew first class on at least 31 round-trip flights and 12 one-way flights since May 2009 when he was traveling between Washington and his district in Texas, according to a review by The Associated Press of his congressional office expenses. Four other round-trip tickets and two other one-way tickets purchased during the period were eligible for upgrades to first-class after they were bought, but those upgrades would not be documented in the expense records.

Paul, whose distrust of big government is the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, trusts the more expensive government rate for Continental Airlines when buying his tickets. Paul chose not to buy the cheaper economy tickets at a fraction of the price because they aren’t refundable or as flexible for scheduling, his congressional staff said.

“We always get him full refundable tickets since the congressional schedule sometimes changes quickly,” said Jeff Deist, Paul’s chief of staff. Paul might have to pay out of his own pocket for canceled flights in some cases if he didn’t buy refundable tickets, Deist said.

But records show that most of the flights for Paul were purchased well in advance and few schedule changes were necessary. Nearly two-thirds of the 49 tickets were purchased at least two weeks in advance, and 42 percent were bought at least three weeks in advance, the AP’s review found.

When it comes to his congressional travel, Paul has opted not to search for cheaper airfares that could mean returning more of his office account to the treasury, which uses any money returned by House or Senate members to help reduce the federal deficit.

Ron Paul Supporters Resemble Arab-Israeli Conflict

Cult-like.

CNN’s Dana Bash found herself the target of Ron Paul supporters once again this week.

One by one, people came up to Bash to criticize her and her network. “I used to be a CNN person,” a woman told her. “Aren’t you worried about the Federal Reserve ripping off our children? I’m not a kid…you don’t speak like that about my president on CNN. Shame on you.”

“That was a terrible, terrible piece,” another man told Bash, referring to a different segment about Paul. “I’m sorry you feel that way,” Bash responded.

A different said that Paul was being slandered by CNN. Bash firmly denied this, of course. The cameras also caught Bash speaking to a guest she was preparing to interview about the trouble Paul supporters were giving her.

“You should see the emails,” she said. “It’s actually, like, a little scary. There’s probably nobody as fair as I am. I actually say it’s like the Arab-Israeli conflict. They don’t see anything else.”