The Ron Paul Revolution: Not Televised, But Alive and WellSubmitted by MarcMadness on Tue, 04/17/2012 - 11:44
If you’re reading this blog post right now, there are a few things I can safely assume about you. Firstly, you are probably very intelligent! It’s also likely that you get at least a decent portion of your news from the internet, whether it’s alternative news sources like The Huffington Post or The Drudge Report or various forms of social media such as Twitter and Facebook. This is commonplace for every advertiser’s favorite demographic, the beloved “18-34″‘s. It’s easy for us to forget there is still a large portion of the populace whose primary news source is the so-called “Mainstream Media” (MSM). For those that fall into this category, there is probably no doubt that the general election this coming November will be between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. After all, now that Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign, there is nothing to stop Romney from seizing the nomination…right?
Well, not exactly. While it’s true that Romney has a large lead in the delegate count, the numbers that the MSM is using are largely guesses. Many states do not bind their delegates based on the ‘straw poll’ results, and in many of those states Romney will likely not be getting the delegates the MSM is assuming he will. For one example we can look at Iowa, where CNN is reporting that Santorum, Paul, and Romney are each getting 7 delegates , while giving Gingrich 2. They are basing these results on the Iowa Straw Paul, in which Santorum, Paul and Romney essentially tied for first, while Gingrich finished a distant fourth. However, these numbers are irrelevant. Like with many other caucus states, Iowa does not bind it’s delegates based on the straw vote. Instead, delegates are determined through a series of conventions at the local, county and state level. It is the delegates elected from this process that eventually go on to the GOP Convention in Tampa and vote for their nominee for President. The body that elects these national delegates in Iowa recently voted A.J. Spiker, the former head of Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign, as the new head of the state Iowa State GOP. Do we really think that this same body is only going to send 7 Ron Paul delegates to Tampa? For the MSM to report delegates based on the straw vote is either a sinister deception or simple lack of good journalism, both of which would be equally easy to believe.
NOTE: The links don't seem to be working with HTML, so you can copy and paste here for the full article if the link below doesn't work.