Thanks to all the loyal readers of this blog--and to such wonderful contributors as Travis Holte and Brad Funkhouser--but the time has come for me to put it out of its misery. I started PT to concentrate on the Ron Paul campaign, but now that that campaign is over, and all that lies ahead is the boring tragedy of Tampa, there is no reason for me to have a separate blog. This is not to take away from Ron's magnificent personal achievements in his campaign, of course, which have been legion. And I will still comment on the corrupt election games that revolve around Rombama, but on the LRC Blog. Oh, and don't vote.
Neocon Marco Rubio says he is not attending the Romney establishmentfest, complete with VP possibles, because he wants to spend the weekend with his children.
Thanks to a hilarious GOP rule change by Morton Blackwell, Paulist delegates may be able to nominate Ron for VP from the floor in Tampa. This could lead to a polling of the entire convention--taking many hours--and open up the processs to other candidates whom Romney also dislikes. It would certainly add some interest to an otherwise galactically boring event.
GOP fat cats, neocons, and neocon fat cats gather in Utah (where else?) to select their rewards of war and corporatism from what they hope will be the open sewer of big-government under the Romney regime. They are also there to meet his possible vice-duce's. These include Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Ryan, and John Thune, but not Marco Rubio. Here's another story on the "retreat."
UPDATE Here is more on warmonger Romney as fundraiser, and Israel and his other key issues.
Is this one of the reasons Mitt dumped Marco as a potential veep creep? (Thanks to Brad Funkhouser)
"...from his full endorsement of Mitt Romney," says Bob Wenzel.
There will be at least 3 notable meetings in Tampa in August: the RNC Fascisticon, the campaign's Ron Paul Rally, and the grassroots' Ron Paul Festival.
According to the Tampa Tribune, "Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul is planning his activities at the Republican National Convention in Tampa with an eye to making sure his supporters are part of the mainstream GOP process and not a disruptive force, a top campaign official said Tuesday.
"Partly for that reason, Paul intends to hold his own rally the Sunday before the convention and avoid a three-day Paul Festival to be held at the state fairgrounds – even though the event is intended to celebrate his 77th birthday."
My prediction: Ron will not snub a happy gathering of people devoted to him heart and soul. But, as I have mentioned a number of times, everyone should behave. The Republicans would love to taser or gas and cage Paulians. If you are going to the police-state hellhole of Tampa in August, give the enemy no excuse to harm you.
Better yet, just copy Ron Paul: a gentleman of civility and peace, but tough as nails on his principles.
Interesting campaign financial analysis.
Wolf Blitzer: "Your son has endorsed Mitt Romney for president. Are you ready to endorse Romney?
Ron Paul: "No. No way."
(Thanks to Daniel McAdams)
Writes Brad Funkhouser:
Daniels is going to Purdue ..so he's out, too. Have you received your application form, Lew?
Here is what we know so far. Oh, and please stop calling Ron a conservative. He is nothing of the kind, but a libertarian. Conservatives are pro-war, among the many other things wrong with them. At least, however, Ron is now seldom called a Reagan conservative. (Thanks to Brad Funkhouser)