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It looks like quite a little revolt is brewing in Maine over what to do about the fact that the Republican state convention decided to send to Tampa a delegation composed of Ron Paul stalwarts. The Press Herald, in Portland, is fronting a story today saying that a compromise scheme being pressed by the state party chairman, a backer of Governor Romney, has been rejected by Dr. Paul’s supporters, setting the stage for what the Press Herald calls “a political showdown that could see the state lose its coveted delegate seats.” The Press Herald reports this could be sorted out later this week at a meeting of Republican leaders in Washington.
Mr. Romney, in our view, is making an error of judgment here. His loyalists are complaining that the reason that 20 of the 24 delegates seats from Maine went to Ron Paul supporters is because the rules were broken and the Ron Paul rowdies essentially took over the convention that chose the delegation. The wiser course would be to use the Ron Paul delegations as a chance to bring Dr. Paul and his movement into the party, so as to help erect the kind of big tent Republicanism that President Reagan put up to win the White House in 1980. The worst thing Mr. Romney could do is suggest that there is no room in the party for the principles that Dr. Paul has been pressing.
What are these principles, after all? They are a kind of constitutional fundamentalism. Dr. Paul got into it through monetary matters. It happens that we’ve spent much of the summer in Maine, ensconced in a leather chair by a crackling fire and reading Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, and a few of the others, as they reasoned out what kind of monetary and banking system to set up in the new republic. The only candidate in the whole race who seems to relate to what the Founders fought for in the way of an economic system in this country, and also to what they feared in fiat money, is the curmudgeonly congressman from Texas.
It seems to be Mr. Romney’s fear that if the Maine gets to seat a delegation with all those Ron Paul supporters, the convention would have to sit for an address by Ron Paul himself. What would be the harm in that? It strikes us that it would be an opportunity. It’s not just that it would be a good idea to erect a big tent. It’s also that Dr. Paul is making an important contribution in his critique of the monetary system and of the Federal Reserve; a solid bipartisan majority of the House just voted for his bill to audit the Fed. It’s important for Mr. Romney to set himself up for a campaign that gives credence to the idea that monetary policy is one of the roots of our travail. If he fails to do that, he’s going to be fighting the election entirely on turf that President Obama has defined.
“The national convention was never intended to be a coronation,” the Press Herald quotes one Maine pro-Paul delegate, Brent Tweed, as saying. “It was intended to be the place where the nominee was chosen.” The Press Herald’s report says that the compromise the Republican state party is offering would have “handed over the right to formally announce Maine’s votes at the convention” to Governor LePage, rather than one of the Ron Paul delegates. Mr. LePage has, despite all the bombast one reads about, been doing a terrific job in the state. He deserves as high a profile as he wants. But if the price of it is to edge out the Ron Paul themes from getting a full voice in the convention, we’d argue that the governor shift his priorities. Otherewise the thing could go to a fight at the Republican convention’s credentials committee.
In a political move that defies logic, CNN is reporting that presidential challenger Ron Paul has not been asked to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Instead, the Romney team has invited Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Arizona Senator John McCain and Florida Governor Rick Scott will also have prime time speaking roles.
This is an impressive list of prominent Republicans but none of them has the popular support of Congressman Paul, who just a few months ago was tied with President Obama in a national poll of likely voters. During the campaign, Paul was seen by voters as the candidate most likely to champion the cause of middle income people. Additionally, Congressman Paul is the leader of an important social movement that has already changed the political landscape. One would think Governor Romney, who is having trouble with high negatives, and the inability to inspire independent voters in swing states, would want to do everything possible to tap into Paul’s political mojo. Apparently, that is not the case. Congressman Paul’s supporters will notice the snub.
It seems likely that Congressman Paul’s Audit the FED bill and his stance on military intervention, while popular nationally, may be displeasing to the big money interests that are funding Governor Romney’s campaign.
Some good charts on fractracker (link below) from last year show how quickly the Marcellus horizontal injection wells are going dormant, necessitating starting more new wells quickly enough to keep the illusion of natural gas prosperity rolling on …
can do these justice … incredible, especially Mr 1% – awesome job
From a twelve year old:
Name the more dangerous of the two – Name the one who killed the most innocent people – Then name the capitalist that is so greatly admired by the pathologically self-absorbed.ao wrote:
Just because a term makes you uncomfortable, doesn’t mean it has no legitimacy. In your opinion, what conditions would be required for this term or any other term to become considered legitimate?
Since all language is a virus – you will need to take the X-Ray Antibiotic