<< Share this with your friends Shortlink: Share this on RonPaulForums.com Ron Paul at the National Convention still has a chance to win…here is how! a letter that was written by Jennifer Sheehan, the RNC’s legal council in 2008, appears to state that no state delegate to the GOP convention is bound by his state to vote for a particular candidate. this ewould make Romneys victory in the first round of voting at the convention in Tampa would be rather unlikely. But if it is not true — and I am sure the GOP will change rules if necessary to make it untrue — there may be just as much excitement to be had in the possibility of something that is rather more in the control of Paul’s supporters. It’s the big “What if?” question What if Paul’s supporters just ignore the binding rules and vote their consciences? What if, in Tampa, all those Paul supporters who are bound by state rules to vote for Romney abstain from voting and put the ball firmly back in the GOP’s court, and say, “Your move”? So if the Paul supporters were not bound, they may indeed have the numbers, and therefore the means, to stop Romney in the first round of voting. And why shouldn’t they! After all… look at all the cheating that has been done in Romneys favor by the party. For example… In Oklahoma, party officials pulled out a ballroom divider to separate out Ron Paul supporters and shut them out of participation. Later they turned out the lights. Votes were done by voice an votes that were clearly lost were declared won. In Alaska, party officials defeated the majority by retaining the committee which “interpreted rules” and later, after taking the delegation, reluctantly gave up the party control to the new majority but transferred all of the money out of the Republican Party accounts. It should be noted also that they made delegates pay to participate, some up to $300 In Virginia, at a district convention, officials coaxed the Ron Paul delegation outside and then locked the door. The pastor of the church that was hosting the event was, himself, locked outside. In Missouri, officials had all the delegates sign up at county conventions and then had their county chairman take the rolls outside and lock them in their car trunks so they could block roll call voting and have their chairman declare lost voice votes, as won. In Maine they completly left out Known Ron Paul supporting counties and didn’t include their votes There was so much blatent cheating in most of the states! Officials appointing themselves as chairmen , ignoring thcrowds screams of division, which means count the votes, ignoring requests from the audience and writing in the wrong number of votes,keeping the written ballots in unlocked rooms overnight with the boxes not sealed and numbered. and on and on… I my opinion this not only provides a moral justification for Paul’s people to refuse to play ball at the convention: more importantly, it explains why such hardball could actually work. After all, which fair-minded American wouldn’t like to see justice be done… which of them wouldn’t think the Paul people were doing no more than giving as good as they had gotten… especially when the nation is reminded that the GOP wasn’t bound by its own rules when it chose to provide material support to Romney while the race was still ongoing. Imagine it. At last, the rEVOLution would have to be televised, and what good TV it would be What could the GOP do about it? If it were to disqualify all those self-unbinding delegates, the fracture — and more importantly, the story that it told — would be huge. The Democrats would eat it up and the GOP would have just told 20% of its own base that they are not wanted. Even if Romney could still win the nomination, the GOP would have just lost the election. So the better course would be for the GOP to count Paul’s delegates’ votes, and Romney would be unlikely to win on the first round. This idea that he could beat Obama would be tarnished And that’s when the narrative would really change. Everyone knows that in a second ballot, Romney’s vote would fall, making him less credible, and (here’s the safest bet in American politics) Paul’s rises, making him the most exciting ticket in town. People get very excited about an underdog who can win — especially if he is an underdog that was kept down by nefarious means. Cheating at the polls, media lies and then media complete blackout. I think Dr. Paul might be the winner of a contest called, “Americas least publisized candidate for president.” Is this possibility or fantasy? At this time , the official bound state delegate counts out of the few states that have already held their state conventions are 33 for Paul and 73 for Romney, but the number of delegates from these states that are known to favor Paul and Romney are 65 and 59, respectively. All other delegate numbers are at this point projections or speculation.