I endorsed Ron Paul for President on February 8th of this year, and since then, we have witnessed the Romney/Santorum Show in the lamestream media. Meanwhile, however, Paul and his supporters have been doing the unglamorous, in-the-trenches work that has produced some satisfying payoffs.
What a lot of people don't realize is that the popular vote is not necessarily the most important aspect of a state party caucus or primary; it is the number of convention delegates the candidates receive. And Ron Paul has now locked down enough delegates to be declared either the winner, or tied for the win in both Iowa (Yes, Iowa) and Minnesota.
For a detailed breakdown of how this is possible, watch this segment from - wait for it - MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Keep in mind, that the very statist, left-wing Maddow is gleefully reporting this story from the angle of showing the incompetence and behind-the-scenes chicanery of the Republican establishment as they carry out these primaries and caucuses. But while she is doing that, she also correctly reporting the situation:
Does this mean that I think Ron Paul is going to secure the Republican nomination? Not necessarily. But what this story does show is that the conservative base is extremely unhappy with the forced coronation of the maddeningly moderate Mitt. He is already falling into McCain mode by stumping for Barack Obama by telling us what a nice guy Barack is. Gag me. And many others are gagged by it too.
Let us hope that Ron Paul continues to be an influence in keeping the establishment Republicans from licking Obama's jackboots too early in the campaign.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson