Ron Paul stopped campaigning in state primaries months ago, and he openly acknowledged a ways back that he will not become the GOP’s nominee this year. But that’s not stopping him from riding the wave of enthusiasm he generated all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August.
Just how much enthusiasm are we talking about? Politico notes that Paul sent an email yesterday to supporters announcing a massive rally at the convention. From the email:
The event will take place at noon on Sunday, August 26th at the University of South Florida’s 11,000-seat Sun Dome. Yesterday the Ron Paul campaign signed a contract to secure the venue with the approval of the Republican National Committee.
The rally is part of Paul’s strategy, which all along has focused on the convention. Rather than trying to win state primaries he’s said he’ll focus on winning the loyalty of delegates, so when he turns out to have a lot of them at the convention he can negotiate and force the party’s nominee to make some concessions on principles he and his supporters want to see prioritized.
If the volume of Paul hysteria on the internet is any indication, he’ll have no problem filling those 11,000 seats.
Of course, Rick Perry once filled a small arena at a rally to pray that god would fix the economy. But unlike his fellow Texan, Paul isn’t relying on fear or god to put butts in seats—he’s actually put together a credible movement with a cohesive agenda. Whether you’re a certified Paul-ite or think he’s batshit crazy, you have to admit he’s generated more enthusiasm relative to his resources than any other candidate this year.
And he’s going to use it to bug the shit out of the mainstream establishment. Ron Paul has become the GOP’s own Ralph Nader.
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