After Congressman Ron Paul essentially suspended campaigning yesterday, I defaulted to the theory that it was probably a pre-consession prior to the May 22nd primary in Kentucky, where his son Rand is apparently some sort of BFD. Embarrassing Rand is probably not high on Ron Paul’s list of things to do. It would make Thanksgiving at the Paul household really awkward.
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Add to that the embarrassing state Republican conventions recently in several states, in which unruly Ron Paul delegates took over the place, to the embarrassment of Mitt Romney’s supporters. Romney’s son Josh was even boo’ed off the stage by Paul delegates at the Arizona Republican State Convention last Saturday.
Now Politico has revealed a Paul campaign memo which bolsters the point: Ron Paul’s move to ratchet the campaign down a few notches is clearly designed to be a signal to his supporters that he wants his folks to be positive and constructive as Republicans head to the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Ron Paul has an itty bitty problem: his supporters may well be in no mood to be constructive.
Paul has nobody to blame but himself if the Paulistas show up in Tampa ready to tear the place up. A successful insurgency campaign always gathers few supporters aside from the insurgents, and Paul’s move toward Republican unity may well be one his followers choose not to follow.
There may not be much tension or drama at the Democratic National Convention, set to re-nominate a sitting President, but hang onto your hats in Tampa – the Republicans may still be in for a bumpy ride. And it will be a serious test for Ron Paul to see if he can control the inmates, in the asylum he himself created.