Many LRC'ers think so. I don't know, though I will have more to say. There are polling and other oddities. But I do know this: politics is a dirty, rotten affair, full of bribers, bribe-takers, liars, demagogues, and worse. Trillions are at stake in this nomination. Politicians will start a war and kill a million people for less. Are we supposed to think that they would cavil at electoral skulduggery?
UPDATE from Daniel Ajamian:
"Your comments in this post are spot on. I would add, it has always been Ron against the field. To look at this as an election of several individuals against each other will lead to disappointment. It is a vote for ideas, with Ron’s message on one side, and the message from the homogenized blob on the other. I remember quite well when these ideas couldn’t generate a 1% vote. Now these ideas generate over 20% support.
"The homogenized blob will always combine to come out against Dr. Paul. Whatever horse-trading they did amongst each other last night is only the beginning. I look forward to a sad day in November, when in a three way race, with Dr. Paul having a plurality, that somehow Romney and Obama cut a deal where Mitt ends up as Barack’s VP…and, supported by the Supreme Court, the two declare victory for the establishment."