Ron Paul continues to be “the little engine that could” and is causing a lot of strife in the Republican base. It is expected that Mitt Romney is now a lock to be the party’s nominee when the Republican National Convention convenes this August in Tampa, Florida. However, Fox News has reported that Ron Paul has indeed met the requirements to be a true challenger and appear on the ballot. This has a lot of Republicans, and mainly Iowans, on edge.
The bottom line is that the Republican Party has had enough of Ron Paul and they want him to step aside as others have. Paul has shown no signs of quitting, and in the state of Iowa, he is doing so well that they are becoming very afraid of what he could do. Iowa has already had a rough go so far. The original caucus vote showed that Romney was the winner, back in January. Two weeks later, the GOP announced that the results were not a sure thing, and eventually Rick Santorum was named the winner. Now, a supporter of Mitt Romney that is prominent in Iowa Republican politics has said that he believes that Ron Paul could have as many as twenty of the state’s delegates in his camp going into the convention. There are only twenty-eight total available. A consultant named Bob Haus went a step farther, saying that Ron Paul is causing Iowa “a lot of credibility.”
But what is credibility? Isn’t the point of the caucus system for the people to select their candidate? The truth seems to be that Ron Paul is outperforming expectations and the Republican Party is sick of it. After working so hard to siderail him with non-existent media coverage and shortened face time in debates, he’s still on the scene and making a splash. All of this is further causing headaches for the GOP because Paul recently secured 20 of the 24 available delegates in Minnesota, giving him the state. He has a good chance of pulling off a similar feat in Maine.
The bottom line is that Ron Paul is not going to win the Republican nomination. Odds are that Romney will pull it out as expected. But his positive showing really shows that even in the party itself, there are clear divides as to what the leaders at the top are after and what the people are after. You have to give the Democrats credit, because this type of splintering has not been present on their side of the aisle. At least not yet.