Weeks after it was widely reported in the media that Ron Paul had lost his “last chance” to be eligible for the Republican nomination at the Nebraska state convention, Tampa Bay Online, the online subsidiary of the Tampa Tribune, has reported that a movement to nominate Ron Paul at the upcoming Republican National Convention may be “Romney’s greatest fear.”
“Romney’s greatest fear could be a movement to nominate Paul from the floor of the convention, which could happen if five state delegations line up behind him.”
This follows up a report in The New American in May which said of Paul’s state-by-state delegate strategy:
“The Republican Establishment is afraid of Ron Paul and events that took place at party nominating conventions from Maine to Alaska proved that it’s for good reason.”
Although major media outlets reported last month that Paul’s prospects for eligibility for nomination “ended” in Nebraska, with Paul failing to secure pluralities in at least five states, a count of Paul’s victories show Nevada, Maine, Minnesota, Louisiana, Iowa, Washington, Colorado, and Missouri in Paul’s column. Louisiana is in a legal battle and the Maine delegation is in a fight with the state GOP chairman. Also possibly in Paul’s column, but locked in political combat, are Oklahoma, and Oregon.
Although, as a result of shallow and selective media coverage, many are under the impression that Paul placed poorly in nearly every state primary, the truth is that the process is more complicated. Despite Paul’s losses in early “beauty contest” primaries (in which significant “vote-flipping” in key states is now alleged,) in the later caucuses in which delegates to the national convention are actually apportioned, Paul swept many states and fought pitched battles in many others.
Paul campaign spokesman Jesse Benton told the Tampa Tribune reporter that “Dr. Paul will not seek to be nominated from the floor,” language which is often intended to deflect speculation as to a candidate’s intentions, without committing to a course. Moreover, a recent email to Paul supporters from the campaign indicates that Dr. Paul is still very much in the race, saying: “Ron Paul’s number-one goal for the RNC is making sure his delegates and alternates who deserve to be seated in Tampa are credentialed.”
This does not sound like the urging of someone who does not seek the nomination.
The Tribune’s coverage is a startling departure from the practice throughout the campaign season of ignoring or misrepresenting Paul’s victories, and the status of his campaign. Even the usually well-regarded Christian Science Monitor reported in May that Ron Paul had “effectively” ended his presidential campaign. Paul had in fact merely suspended active campaigning in the remaining primary states due to lack of funds. Voters in these states were still able to vote for Paul, who was on all state primary ballots.
Soon after this Katy Steinmetz of Time Magazine declared that “Ron Paul’s Role at the Republican Convention [was] Now in Romney’s Hands.”
From “ending” his campaign, to then losing his “last chance” in Nebraska, Paul has now emerged as the Romney campaign’s greatest fear. Ironically, as far back as May, Fox News reported that Paul had already qualified to be nominated by gaining five states (video below.)