Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Navigating the Harding Path to the White House

You're not hearing a lot about Ron Paul because the excititng primary day drama is over in most places. Who wants to watch news stories on the delegate selection processes in the different states? People would rather watch the paint-dry channel. These rules are deliberately convoluted so as to make it difficult for the simple-hearted soul to navigate. Let's look at the election of Warren G. Harding as an example of a man who didn't massively win primaries, yet still became president.

From Wikipedia (I know, but it's a start)
Harding's nomination, said to have been secured in negotiations among party bosses in a "smoke-filled room," was engineered by Harry M. Daugherty, Harding's political manager who after Harding's election became United States Attorney General. Prior to the convention, Daugherty was quoted as saying, "I don't expect Senator Harding to be nominated on the first, second, or third ballots, but I think we can afford to take chances that about 11 minutes after two, Friday morning of the convention, when 15 or 12 weary men are sitting around a table, someone will say: 'Who will we nominate?' At that decisive time, the friends of Harding will suggest him and we can well afford to abide by the result."
On the first ballot, Harding was 6th in delegate count.  On the tenth round of voting, he got the nomination.

Ben Swann breaks down the delegate process:

Combine that with Doug Wead's latest column:

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.

You really need to check out that piece because it contains gems like this:

Oh, by the way.  For those following the drama in St. Charles, Missouri.  We won last night.  We won ALL the delegates.  And the man they had arrested [for having the audacity to record the proceedings] last month was elected the chairman.  They meant it for evil.  God meant it for good. 

Be sure to check out the Daily Paul for all your liberty news needs.


  1. Personally, I enjoy watching paint dry. Gives the mind a rest. ;-) I truly don't see how RP can pull this off, no matter how the process breaks down. Not that I don't believe he has quite a bit more support than anyone really even knows, but that dirty tricks abound, and the Power hates him, hates him, hates him. That liberty stuff really ticks them off.

    1. One thing is for sure, if you don't play the game, you'll never win. They really hate him for winning delegates via their own convoluted rules.


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