Paul supporters had a plan of forcing a brokered convention. This is looking less likely, that reality is not putting the brakes on them. They are still in the race, not just for the nomination, but for everything.The new plan, or perhaps it was the plan all along, is to win representation at every level of government.
Chris Stearns, Ron Paul’s main man in Virginia said: “We want to change the Republican Party . . . we are making sure our people get in positions of leadership – in the nation, in their state, in their county and city, all the way down to the grass roots level.”
Speaking to CNN Radio Stearns added: “This is not just for this term, but four, six or eight years from now.”
A significant thing about Paulites is their age. Not many of them are over 45, with the majority of them in their mid-20s, What this offers is the ‘energy of youth’ if I remember correctly, having unlimited energy coupled with a desire to achieve something is a lot easier when you are young.
This bottom-up reach for national power would start with controlling city and county budgets, proceeding to the State Legislative level and then on to Congress. It has been happening since the 2010 mid-terms, but this election season Ron Paul’s grass-roots army are making a grab for the heart and soul of the Republican Party and turning it into the party of Ron Paul.
The halting of the campaign does not mean Ron Paul or his supporters will lie down for party unity. Paul will be heard in Tampa, he will be cheered and feted, but when Mitt Romney leaves town with the nomination in his pocket, there will be no boos, no riots, but back to work, setting their sights on the 2014 mid-terms and flooding the field with their hand-picked candidates. The Occupy movement should pay attention, this is what they should be doing.