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March 19, 2008 2:56 PM

Remember Ron Paul?

Posted by David Postman

Supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul out-organized the opposition to win last weekend’s presidential delegate fight at the Whatcom County Republican Party Convention. That’s a pretty good showing given that Paul didn’t win either the February caucus or primary in the county.

Supporters said they worked harder to get their backers to the convention. But Paul’s people also had superior staying power. Sam Taylor writes in the Bellingham Herald:

The convention went so long — 9 a.m. to after 11 p.m. Saturday — that Paul supporters dug in their heels, and when others began going home, they stayed and maintained a strong presence.

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Posted by Tinkerbell Hilton

3:25 PM, Mar 19, 2008

What disappoints me about the Ron Paul supporters is that many of them are not Republicans at all! They have no business what so ever to be at any GOP Conventions if they are not prepared to participate. I have heard many of them say they are not interested AT ALL in going to the GOP state conventions. They should not be trying to take slots they do not intend to follow through with. This is shameful. They should be ashamed if they have any intention but to partiicpate in the process legitimately.

Posted by steven montross

12:43 PM, Mar 20, 2008

How does this show anything BUT their willingness to participate in the process? Looks like the McCain supporters are the ones who don't really believe in the message their candidate is bringing to the table.

Posted by Tinkerbell Hilton

3:32 PM, Mar 20, 2008

Actually it's really SHAMEFUL that anyone would try and stack a delagation to the GOP State Convention in Spokane and then intend to NOT ATTEND. PARTICIPATE!. Same. Same. This behavior is quite shameful actually and has nothing to do what so ever with McCain supporters.

Posted by upchuck

6:10 PM, Mar 20, 2008

it's a free democratic country tinkerbell... if people like a dem pol they can be dem voters/ paryty members/ caucus goers to support that peron, and same thing with the R's.

i don't agree much with paul's view on a lot of things, but his presence and popularity sure do demonstrate one thing - and that is that the large population of americans who oppose the iraq war and an imperialist us foreign policy is much larger, diverse, and representative of america than a few fringe lefties!!! = )

Posted by Tracy

9:38 AM, Mar 21, 2008

Actually there is a movement not only locally but nationally to make sure that Paul's supporters get as large a presence all the way to the RNC as possible. I think this should be a source of encouragement to Republicans (not shameful) as Paul was the only candidate who actively brought new people into the process. For a party that is aging and has all but given up on its core principles of small government it's nice to see a Republican candidate so welcome on college campuses.

What is shameful is that when Paul's supporter started showing up to summer fundraising picnics last year we were mostly the only ones there...setting up tables and helping out. Afterward so many established Republicans were glad to see them and thankful they were involved.

So don't sweat it Tinkerbell...what's shameful is that your party gave up on what it used to believe and doesn't even care to see new people get involved.

Posted by Kevin Bjornson

11:29 AM, Mar 22, 2008

What are Ron Paul supporters (at the Whatcom GOP convention) trying to accomplish? Perhaps to become delegates, and then vote against the wishes of the primary or caucus; or not show up, and throw a monkey wrency into GOP machinery.

Paultards are fanatical, imagining they have a direct pipeline to ultimate truth. Their crazy ideas are a mishmash of libertarianism distorted and bubba populism disguised. They are not impressed by facts or logic. Of course, they stay to the end because they are motivated by smug self-righteousness.

If Ron Paul's policies were implemented, that would be disastrous for the US. His ideas are a mishmash of libertarianism distorted and bubba populism disguised. However, he often does a good job as congressman in the area of marijuana law reform.

His economic policies alone would leave the US federal government with only 5% of it's revenues; or we would face his back-up plan: a nationwide sales tax of about 30%. That would devastate American retail sales, in favor of Canadian and Mexican retailers.

For an analysis of his defeatist foreign policy, see:

Posted by ART DEKKO

6:59 PM, Apr 14, 2008



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