I wrote an article yesterday here on Newsvine asking Why the GOP is seeking to undermine its own campaign. Now I have what I see as further proof they are doing exactly that. Apparently the GOP leaders aren't happy enough screwing over their opponents, but now seek to screw over their own base by refusing to seat Ron Paul delegates from around the Nation at their Convention. Not only this, but they refused to even mention his name during the roll-call of delegates due to a rule change that some claim was pushed through despite an overwhelming Nay vote. Some delegates have Tweeted they were denied admission to the Rules Committee meeting despite having the necessary credentials. Needless to say the response from the Ron Paul supporters has been very angry with one delegate screaming out "Fuck you, Tyrants" (Thank you Michael Sautter for the heads up). The question is: What will they do about it? I didn't see one mention of the outburst on the morning news. Not surprising considering how hard they worked to minimize Ron Paul's bid to begin with and only started covering it after they were called on it in the Blogosphere.
Ron Paul has a very large base of support that includes Constitutionalists, Libertarians, Independents, Republicans, and Tea Party supporters. Considering the treatment of his delegates to the Republican Convention, I can see some form of retaliation headed the GOP's way. Maybe this will be the catalyst that takes the Tea Party to the level of forming their own Third political Party, or maybe it will drive the remaining Tea Party members into joining another established Third Party like the Libertarian or Constitutionalists parties and ditching the (R) all together. No matter what does or does not happen, one thing is for certain--this slight will not be forgotten come Election Day. If Ron Paul does not mount a Third Party challenge, his supporters may very well decide to toss their votes to either Jill Stein of the Green Party, or Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party; or maybe even Obama if no third option is available on their ballot. No matter how you slice it, this does not bode well for Romney nor the republicans in general come November.
It will be interesting to see what Rand Paul does during his speech today. Will he confront the RNC, attempt to placate his dad's supporters, or act like nothing has happened. We will find out if he is truly a Leader, or just another Corporate-owned GOP lapdog...
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