On April 4, FOX Nation asked "Where in the World is Ron Paul?" They weren't looking very hard. Ron Paul is all over the place, and he's drawing crowds the other Republican candidates only dream about.
|1,600||Bethel University, Minnesota||February 4|
|2,000||Kansas City||February 18|
|1,750||Central Michigan University||February 25|
|1,700||Oklahoma State Capitol||February 25|
|4,000||Michigan State University||February 27|
|5,000||Champaign, Illinois||March 14|
|2,000||Columbia, Missiouri||March 15|
|2,000||Springfield, Maryland||March 28|
|5,200||University of Wisconsin||March 29|
|6,200||Chico, California||April 3|
|7,000||University of California at Los Angeles||April 4|
|8,500||UC Berkeley, San Francisco, California||April 5|
Here's video proof of those massive crowds.
Here's another, showing still more massive crowds in Wichita and Lawrence, KS, St. Charles and Springfield, MO, Pineville and Hammond, LA, and College Park, MD, as well as additional footage from some of the appearances above.
Here's Jack Hunter's take on the situation: Ignoring the rEVOLution
On April 18 Paul is scheduled to speak at the University of Rhode Island. On April 19, Cornell. On April 20 the venue is the University of Pittsburgh.
Well, that's all very nice. But so what? Romney's got the nomination locked up, right?
Romney, who needs 1144 delegates to win the nomination, has 550 firm delegates according to NPR, the only news source accurately reporting the delegate counts, as I reported here. So he's not even half-way to the delegates he needs to secure the nomination. Yet the narrative is that the race is over. But the narrative is wrong.
Yes, Ron Paul winning the Republican nomination is a long shot. But there's no question he's changed the political narrative in the country in the direction of individual liberty and more accountability for government.
And that shot at the nomination may not be as long as many people suppose. This information comes from the Paul campaign.
In Minnesota, Ron Paul supporters swept the three district conventions that occurred today, winning nine of nine delegates to the national convention. Minnesota is set to hold more such conventions next week.Doug Wead, presidential historian, New York Times bestselling author, White House special assistant to George H. W. Bush, and Paul campaign insider, shared this information on April 11th.
In Colorado, supporters of the 12-term Congressman from Texas won 12 delegates and 13 alternate delegates. Paul’s state operation is confident that it can win over more of the Rick Santorum delegates to its side who were elected on a combined Paul-Santorum slate. The Paul-Santorum coalition’s combined delegate total is 20—more than establishment candidate Mitt Romney’s estimated 16. In addition, the Paul-Santorum coalition denied Romney delegates all the committee spots within the Colorado National Delegation. Two Ron Paul supporters will serve on the Rules Committee and the Paul coalition dethroned known Romney supporter and Colorado State Party Chairman Ryan Call from his position as Delegation Chairman.
Without revealing too much, and keeping in mind that this changes weekly, you would be wise to calculate that Mitt Romney has about 106 delegates less than what the national media is now showing. Santorum, even before dropping out, had about 16 less. This includes adding delegates that the media incorrectly withheld from Santorum and then subtracting its false calculations. Now add 98 delegates to Ron Paul. And you have the real picture of where it stands today.So why is the national press not reporting this information? The narrative of the Republican Party establishment and the mainstream press is that the contest is over, Romney will be the nominee, and all that's left is to decide if the Blue One Percent Candidate or the Red One Percent Candidate will rule us all come next January 20. The legacy media knows that their choices are to go along with the narrative, or lose the perks that this photo illustrates.
There is something else. Many of the delegates who have already been selected to go to Tampa and are pledged to vote for Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are actually Ron Paul activists who were chosen as delegates because they showed up and got elected as such, not because they committed to any of the candidates. We don’t yet have a complete count on any of this but it is substantial. We are in the process of taking over the GOP at many precinct and country levels. And that is translating into power at the state conventions where the delegations are chosen. The GOP establishment is trying to block this by telling their people not to vote for anyone under thirty years of age or anyone who is Hispanic. But our people are filling those delegate slots. Even we can’t keep up with the numbers.
This means that the convention floor in Tampa will be loaded with Ron Paul supporters. And it means if Santorum releases his delegates many of them will vote for us because they were never Rick Santorum supporters in the first place.
The photo accompanied a tweet early this morning from Wolf Blitzer. "Leaving Andrews for #NATO in Brussels to interview Leon Panetta & Hillary Clinton" Just how interested in losing his seat on Air Force One is Wolf likely to be?
The media was long ago captured by the political establishment, as this video illustrates.
Enchanted with the opportunity to cozy up to real-life powerful people, journalists are unable to resist the allure of having powerful friends, and will adjust their coverage accordingly.The legacy media, Wolf Blitzer and his comrades included, are comfortable on the tire swing, and have no interest in doing anything that would cause them to spill their wine.
The downfall of Richard Nixon taught us one very important thing: do not make enemies of the press.
That is precisely how NOT to handle jounalists. Richard Nixon’s contempt for the press was his undoing. If only he had befriended Woodward and Bernstein, given them a taste of the good life, made them feel like one of the club.
Perhaps if Nixon had invited the press corps to a barbeque at his estate and gotten to know them on a personal basis, there might never have been such a thing as “deep throat”.
...and that's all I have to say about that.