by Trevor Lyman
First a few facts…
1.) Mitt Romney cannot win the Presidency without the votes of Ron Paul supporters, and everyone knows it.
2.) The GOP establishment hates Ron Paul, and everyone knows it.
3.) If Ron Paul is not included at the RNC he could throw a counter convention that would likely have more attendees than the GOP convention itself.
Now the GOP is faced with the arduous task of giving something to Ron Paul without actually giving him anything, in hopes of fooling Ron Paul supporters into thinking they have a place within the GOP establishment.
It won’t work.
After years of GOP abuses against their candidate, Ron Paul supporters already know the apple is poisoned.
Case in point: The RNC is offering Ron Paul a location for his own rally one day before the actual convention. This is NOT a speaking role, nor any kind of role, at the convention itself. This is NOT an offer to influence the party platform, nor an opportunity to influence the debate. Rather, this is an offer to put Ron Paul and his supporters into a ‘Freedom of speech zone‘, a place where you’re allowed to protest and speak out, and that also happens to be at a location where no one can hear you. If this offer was genuinely intended to appease Ron Paul supporters it just goes to show how little the GOP establishment understands their growing counterinsurgency. Ron Paul supporters hate ‘Freedom of speech zones’.
But the USA Today newspaper would have you believe the GOP is welcoming Ron Paul with “open arms”:
Ron Paul supporters have feuded with state Republican parties across the country, battling for delegate seats at the national convention, but the national party is welcoming Paul and his supporters to the event with open arms, even helping the Texas congressman organize his troops.
The Paul campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have been working closely over the past few months to work out logistics in order to include the Texas congressman and his supporters in the August convention in Tampa.
“They’ve just treated us like a friend and like a coalition,” said Jesse Benton, a spokesman for the Paul campaign. “They have been honest brokers in working with us and treated us with respect.”
Paul will hold a rally with supporters Aug. 26 at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome — a venue convention planners helped him get.
“We have worked closely with Congressman Paul to secure a location for this event,” said Kyle Downey, a spokesman for the GOP convention.