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SIOUX CITY, IOWA –The alarms are sounding in Iowa.
Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul and his army of activist supporters may capture the state’s 2012 nominating contest — an outcome many fear would do irreparable harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
In spin rooms, bar rooms and online forums, the what-to-do-about-Paul conversation has become pervasive as polls show him at or near the top here just weeks before the January 3rd vote.
“It would make the caucuses mostly irrelevant if not entirely irrelevant,” said Becky Beach, a longtime Iowa Republican who helped Presidents Bush 41 and Bush 43 here. “It would have a very damaging effect because I don’t think he could be elected president and both Iowa and national Republicans wouldn’t think he represents the will of voters.”
“They’ll all go back and vote for Obama,” predicted Beach.
What especially worries Iowa Republican regulars is the possibility that Paul could win here on January 3rd with the help of Democrats and independents who change their registration to support the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman but then don’t support the GOP nominee next November.
Originally posted by freakjive
I'm voting Ron Paul because he is the best candidate for America!
Originally posted by RightWingAvenger
Accept the fact that Ron Paul is a loser in the process. It's a done deal. 2012 is Obama.
Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
reply to post by Cuervo
But what if Ron Paul doesn't get the nomination...will you still vote for the GOP candidate?
They know that Ron Paul isn't supported by Republicans...people like you and others are exploiting the system by changing your party to vote for someone who really isn't representative of that parties views.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by freakjive
So, if the polling says the people are supporting him,
and the caucus says the people are supporting him,
and the money says the people are supporting him,
and the military is supporting him,
Basically, everyone is saying that Ron Paul has the right ideas, at the right time, and that he is the real deal, with the history to back it up, but the Republican Elite won't support him, so in fact the voters no longer matter?
Are the Republican leadership really so stupid to tell the voters openly that their opinion doesn't count?
This whole election will be historic one way or another. It will either be the election where the voters take back power from the establishment, or it will be the election where the establishment completely ignores the will of the voters and does what it wants and becomes the next Lexington/Concord, and leads to the next great nation on this continent, because this government will have become entirely defunct!
I don't believe you can speak for the whole military here. Some do, some support other candidates.
Not everyone thinks he has the right ideas, including a lot of the Republicans. Tea Party members certainly think he does, but they're sort of on the outs with Republicans right now.
We voters do sit through times when other voters cancel out our votes (I voted against Bush every single time he ran -- but more people voted for him.) Power constantly shifts. In the past 30 years there have been several semi-successful third party runs, but the real issue here is that third parties seem to have little ability to organize on a national level.