Ron Paul Has Actually Won He Changed the Republican Party Forever
Many supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul are no doubt still upset about the fact that he did not secure enough delegates to topple Romney’s insurmountable lead. Before everyone goes charging off with cries of third party revolt, they should know that they’re not walking away empty handed. In fact, they’re getting some great consolation prizes.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus insisted that the entire process drafting the new platform was open and transparent. Priebus had the chance to rule out motions of order, but declined. Instead, he let everyone have his or her say, and take a vote. The end result is a new GOP platform that is light-years ahead of what it was four years ago.
The fact that the Romney and Paul camps were able to come together in the end should not come as much of a surprise. While many Ron Paul supporters are not fans of Governor Romney, they may be somewhat surprised to learn that the two men in fact have become good friends over the past few years. They sparingly took shots at each other during the primaries, instead targeting their other competitors.
Many Ron Paul supporters may initially view any supposed libertarian influence on the GOP platform as the Republicans simply trying to throw them a placating bone, which could not be further from the truth. If Mitt Romney had tapped Ron Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul for VP, then that would have been pandering. Instead, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Chairman Reince Priebus have done something much more for Dr. Paul’s cause. They planted the seeds for further growth for the liberty movement down the road.
Tapping Rand for the VP slot and failing to make any significant changes to the party platform could potentially have been a fatal blow to the liberty movement. If the ticket had lost, Rand would have been branded a loser, and they cause could have died with him.