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Ron Paul strategy: Control the GOP from the inside out

For all you Ron Paul vs. the GOP watchers out there … Bill Salisbury of the PiPress writes: “Freshman state Rep. Kurt Bills, a Rosemount High School economics teacher, is widely considered the frontrunner in a three-way race for the Senate endorsement at the state Republican convention Friday … at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. ‘Although the situation is fluid, most people say Kurt Bills is the favorite because he has the support of the Ron Paul crowd, and they are going to play a major role at the convention,’ said Ben Golnik, a veteran Republican strategist who is not aligned with any Senate candidate. … Bills asserted the United States doesn’t need to keep 733 military bases around the world to maintain a strong national defense. He said he agrees with the Bowles-Simpson commission’s recommendation to close one-third of those bases. ‘The greatest risk to our national security is our national debt,’ he said. The election will be about the economy, he said, and that’s why Republicans should endorse an economics teacher.” Considering the impact of obesity on our health care/financial situation, you could argue what we need in the Senate is a nutritionist.

At The Week, Ed Morrissey explains Paul’s grand strategy: “Paul will now focus his efforts on consolidating his gains in caucus states and taking delegates away from the other three Republicans. … He has already succeeded in winning half of Minnesota’s delegates, thanks to superior organization at the local and congressional-district conventions, taking an important victory away from Santorum. Paul may well win the rest of Minnesota’s delegates at the state convention, and then repeat this process in caucus state after caucus state. … The aim for Paul isn’t the convention, which is a mainly meaningless but entertaining exercise in American politics. The real goal was to seize control of party apparatuses in states that rely on caucuses. With that in hand, Paul’s organization can direct party funds and operations to recruit and support candidates that follow Paul’s platform, and in that way exert some influence on the national Republican Party as well, potentially for years to come. Paul hasn’t won every battle in that fight, but Minnesota will probably end up being more the rule than the exception.”

Floor of MN GOP conventionMinnPost photo by Brian HallidayA view from the floor of the Minnesota GOP convention

At the Strib, Rachel Stassen-Berger writes: “The Minnesota Republican Party is teetering on the same edge of chaos that sparked a fist fight at an Oklahoma party convention and jeers at an Arizona gathering addressed by presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s son. … Paul supporters have already flexed their might in the state’s Republican Party. They claim 20 of the 24 national delegates already selected at local Republican gatherings. They ousted a GOP insider from the party’s ruling body and thwarted some sitting lawmakers’ attempts at party positions. While Paul has suspended his presidential bid, he’s made clear that his fight in the party is far from over and that the next front is in Minnesota. The 12-term Texas congressman will address the convention Friday night. It’s a privilege he was denied four years ago and supporters have stewed about the slight ever since. ‘Starting with the Minnesota State Convention this weekend, our movement has an opportunity to secure more delegates, take control of more local and state parties … to achieve lasting victory in the years to come,’ said John Tate, Paul’s campaign manager.”

It’s no secret that uber-conservatives despise public radio. So much touchy-feely, liberal, “nuancy” stuff. So little concern for the Kenyan Muslim Socialist apocalypse. Paul Mirengoff at Power Line writes: “NPR’s audience is no longer expanding. In fact, ratings fell by a little more than 1 percent last [year], the first decline in a decade. The loss of listeners occurred even though the number of stations carrying NPR programs grew by about 2 percent. Once every upscale white liberal in America with a radio is tuned in, growth becomes difficult for an operation as doctrinaire as NPR. … Sen. Jim DeMint is leading a drive to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funnels money from taxpayers to public radio and television stations. … Clearly, then, the defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would deal a blow to NPR at a time when it can ill-afford the setback. Conservatives have been trying to end federal funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for years, to no avail. But given our national fiscal crises, and depending on how the election goes this fall, defunding may not be out of the question.” I love it when Power Line says “doctrinaire,” like its a bad thing.

With $25 million to spend, you probably can create your own facts. Jim Ragsdale of the Strib wades into Wisconsin’s recall election and those new, previously unseen/unheard job creation numbers Gov. Scott Walker discovered and is now touting: “Walker, a national hero to fiscal conservatives and union opponents, and Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor who is trying to marshal the state’s recall fervor, both understand that the economy will be pivotal in the June 5 recall election, as it undoubtedly will be in November’s presidential race. So a dust-up about two sets of mirror-image job numbers — one a regular fixture on the economic scene and the other a product of a separate employers’ census — is being taken seriously. ‘It was a swing from down here, to up here, of more than 57,000-plus jobs,’ Walker said Thursday, gesturing to show the chasm between the miserable performance indicated in federal reports and the solid gains his own administration reported this week. … A bureau survey released last month showed Wisconsin to be the nation’s worst-performing state from March 2011 to March 2012, dropping 23,900 jobs. No other state was even close. … This week, as the recall election kicks into high gear, Walker’s state Department of Workforce Development reported numbers that were just the opposite.”

Also at The Week, a breakdown of Walker’s situation and relevance: “Does the election matter outside Wisconsin? There’s no doubt about that. The recall, which pits Walker against Democratic primary winner Tom Barrett, is widely seen as a precursor to the 2012 presidential race, and as a proxy for the national battle between small-government conservatives and populist progressives. Walker is not alone in arguing that taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for the lavish benefits, pensions, and salaries of unionized government workers; Republican Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio are among the many who have vigorously taken up the chorus. Mitt Romney calls Walker ‘a hero.’ The Wisconsin governor has amassed a recall war chest of $25 million, at least 60 percent of it from out-of-state Republican donors … ‘We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin,’ said conservative donor David Koch of Koch Industries. ‘If the unions win the recall, there will be no stopping union power.’ ”

Add local Lutherans to those opposing the so-called gay marriage amendment. Rose French of the Strib writes: “St. Paul-area Lutherans are expected to go on record this weekend against the proposed marriage amendment to the state Constitution that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman. Nearly 600 Lutherans, representing about 115 congregations in the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, are scheduled to vote Saturday at the group’s annual assembly in Burnsville. ELCA Lutherans are the state’s second-largest religious denomination, with nearly 800,000 members. The vote is expected to follow earlier ones held by the Minneapolis Area Synod and three other Minnesota synods, all of which went against the marriage amendment.” As an old (Catholic) altar boy, I remember when we used to accuse the Lutherans of being “heathens.”

A McClatchy story says Minnesotans will stay closer to home for Memorial Day — and other — vacations: “AAA is predicting that 34.8 million Americans will be traveling during the Memorial Day weekend, an increase of only 1.2 percent from last year’s numbers. Generally, people still will travel but try to economize by staying closer to home and trimming their expenses on everything from gas to meals, AAA said in its forecast released this week. The clearest sign of that penny-pinching can be seen in air travel. AAA is projecting the number of leisure air travelers will drop by 5.5 percent, or from 2.7 million passengers to 2.5 million passengers this coming holiday weekend. It’s a significant decline, said Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for AAA for Minnesota and Iowa. Meanwhile, more travelers will make shorter road trips of 150 miles or less — 21 percent this year compared with 19 percent last year, AAA reported.”

A couple southwestern Minnesota legislators weighed in on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s evaluation of the 2012 legislative session. Writes Per Peterson in The Marshall Independent: “District 21 Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, who along with District 21A Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, … assessed the progress the state made on producing jobs and said building up the job market and taking on unemployment in Minnesota is a multi-step process that doesn’t happen overnight, or in one session. ‘In 2011 we said we have to get this budget in line and live within our means and try to get confidence in our business community that we have stability at the state level with the budget,’ Dahms said. ‘Then we started talking about permitting and looking at losing regulations to make it more viable for our businesses to come to Minnesota, stay in Minnesota and thrive in Minnesota.’ ‘If we’re elected, we’ll continue this,’ Swedzinski said. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the expectations we have as a state can’t all be taken care of in one day.” And please remember, folks, sequencing is everything. You have to have Voter ID and stop gay marriage before you can create jobs.

Comments (21)

  1. Submitted by Garrison Hahn on 05/18/2012 - 02:12 pm.

    Ron Paul Is Still In It To Win It…

    Ron Paul never said he would suspend his campaign. He is organizing it to keep it going until August in Tampa. Unlike Romney, Paul has his money coming from the true grass roots of America, and not Large banking Institutions, or super packs.
    The media jumped all over him, after ignoring Dr. Paul for this whole campaign. When they found out he was just changing up his strategy a little bit, and NOT dropping out, or suspending his campaign run.
    Ron Paul is flush with money (unlike Newt Gingrich, who dropped out $3-$4 Million in the hole), and ready to kick tail in Tampa. The world will be shocked when they find out how many delegates he actually is racking up. Check out Ben Swann’s “Reality Check” on youtube, and find out what I mean.

    • Submitted by Pete Barrett on 05/18/2012 - 04:52 pm.

      Job Creators Are People Too

      You say Paul is not getting his money “from Large banking institutions, and super packs (sic)”, like that’s a bad thing. For one, corporations are people too, you know. Just ask that flaming liberal-socialist Scalia. Second, since spending one’s hard earned dollars is speech, I don’t know why you want to paint those job creators in such a harsh light.

      Are all of these Ron Paul folks into this “class envy”? If so, maybe they should just get to work and create their own wealth. Just do it with out any public resources.

      • Submitted by Daniel Langlois on 05/19/2012 - 01:39 pm.


        I believe what the commentator meant by Paul not recieving funding from corporations, is that Paul doesnt recieve money from specific corporations that are in bed with government and media, which today are the most powerful in terms of infuence. There are honest, hard working independent from government corporations, for example take paypal, they don’t get any hand me downs from government and they’re betting Ron Paul can win which is why they’ve donated 2.5 million, but unfortunately those don’t come around too often and 2.5 million is a fraction of what Goldman Sachs and other corrupt corporations donate to Obama and Romney. Ron Paul and those that have really listened to his message understand that Ron Paul is NOT against corporations, on the contrary his is for the private sector, however he wants to make the playing field fair for us the poor and middle class to be able to open up our own businesses and keep the fruit of our labor, and have government protect our freedom to continue to produce and stay the most prosperous of nations as long as we are willing to take reponsibililties for our bad judgement in business and take the loss and not go running to govt to bail us out with taxpayer money, which is what corporations have been doing at our (middle class) expense. Hope this msg eases the tension and opens up the heart, you and I my friend are the little guys, believe me Obama and Romney, DO NOT CARE ABOUT US, and even if they did, we can take better care of ourselves with communities the govern themselves.

      • Submitted by Douglas Davis on 05/20/2012 - 01:07 am.

        Corporations are not people..People are people.

        There are some reformed occupiers in our Ron Paul camp. Speaking for myself, and most Paul Supporters, I despise the actions (particularly violent), motivations, and craziness the class-envy Occupy movements present. The 99% and 1% drives me nuts because the 99% are going about change in completely the wrong fashion. I believe the leaders they have and financial backing are tied to an different motive than what they portray. Much like the Tea Party today is backed by big money politics and has completely changed into something I no longer want to recognize. The original tea party movement would never, ever backed Mitt Romney, but they are today.
        One thing that I do appreciate the occupy movement for, is serving as a testing device, constantly probing and challenging the government to stick to the US Constitution. What have we seen? Illegal detention, search and seizure, prohibiting freedom of association, or freedom of speech and the press. Do these things sound familiar to you?

        We don’t need or want a CEO running this country. How many administrations have involved a presidential cabinet and advisers that were CEOs, Executive board members or corporatists. The crony chain goes back decades. I love capitalism and the free market, but I do not support crony corporatism and crony politics. A CEO runs the company and leads the board members. The top down demands non-creativeness, liner thinking, and absolute loyalty to the company policies or else you are deemed a trouble maker, non-teem player, and a risk, so then you get fired. I got news for you. The USA is not a corporation and should never be viewed as such, nor should it be run as a corporation. The government protects the borders, facilitates in international trade, and relieves suffering in the world. We the people, are not supposed to be subjects that work for the government, instead the government was created to work FOR us.

        Corporations are not people…People are people. Keep your line of thinking and then the next thing you will see is, that corporatists will want a bulk vote (super pac vote) in elections or congress. Is that something you want?

  2. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 05/18/2012 - 03:57 pm.

    If NPR is fading

    it’s because they keep serving up moderate swill to a listenership that’s well to the left of the left end of the dial.

    That and they really need to step back from Israel and the Zionist neocons who dominate their Middle East discussions.

    • Submitted by Chuck Johnson on 05/20/2012 - 12:07 am.

      “step back from Israel and the Zionist neocons”

      ….that’s probably one of the smartest comments ever printed at MinnPost.

      By the way, what is Amy Klobuchar’s position on these matters? Does she not have any position whatsoever as to the propriety of America spending a trillion dollars or whatever the costs would be to fight war with Iran?

      I called her office 2 months ago and put this question to her staff. They advised me they would get back to me with an answer….and I have yet to hear. Is she intending to keep this a secret or is her office staff unable to deal with such inconsequential inquiries?

      Hopefully MinnPost can ferret out Senator Klobuchar’s position as it should certainly be disclosed to the public, should it not??

    • Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 05/20/2012 - 02:31 pm.

      What is your problem, Mr. Gisleson

      with the Jews returning to Zion, or are you an Islamist who believes that Israel, once conquered by Arab invaders, is an Islamic waqf held as Muslim land for all eternity or until the Day of Judgement?

      • Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 05/21/2012 - 09:25 am.

        I rarely worry about Israel

        and prefer to save my concern for Gaza and the illegal settlements.

        I’ll gladly concede that Israel is absolutely right about everything if Israel would just allow Gaza to become a totally independent state, free of Israeli raids and inspections. But so long as Israel continues to maintain the world’s second oldest refugee camp (in many ways I think Tibet qualifies as the world’s longest running occupied state), I will continue to disparage Zionism as the bastard stepchild of Hitler’s death camps.

        Yes, you won the Six Day War. That was over forty years ago. Are you done shooting the children and grandchildren of the displaced persons yet?

        • Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 05/21/2012 - 08:35 pm.

          Am Yisrael Chai

          Zionism is the return of the Jews to Zion.

          Instead of venting hyperbolic rage against the Jews, you should ask Hamas and to denounce their eliminationist covenant. You won’t though. Gaza is now Judenrein and has been turned into a missile base.

          Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem and Eretz Yisroel is Jewish land.

          The Jews ain’t going anywhere, Mr. Gisleson. Don’t ever forget that.

          • Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 05/22/2012 - 10:02 am.

            Quite obviously true

            Thanks to Uncle Sugar, Israel is now one of the world’s military super powers.

            Talk to me about how many Israelis have died from missiles launched from Gaza, and then tell us how many Gazans have been killed by the IDF in direct reprisals for those missile attacks. I think the kill ratio is very, very impressive, and more than proves the fact that Gaza does not threaten Israel. Only Israel can threaten Israel, and Israeli extremists threaten other Israelis every day in far more profound and frightening ways than anything coming out of the Gaza ghetto.

            • Submitted by Neal Krasnoff on 05/24/2012 - 08:27 pm.

              Am Yisrael Chai

              Because the Islamists and Gaza jihadists won’t stop firing missiles at the Jews, the IDF will continue clean the belligerents out of Gaza.

              Mr. Gisleson asserted:

              “Gaza does not threaten Israel”

              You may read the Hamas Covenant at any time. It’s over at the Avalon Project on the Yale University website. After you read the supremacist and eliminationist clauses in the Covenent of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Gaza, look into that threat from the Shi’a about annihilating the Jews.

              Mr. Gisleson asserted:

              “Gaza ghetto”.

              Your gratuitous use of Holocaust imagery is stereotypical of people who share your ethno-political beliefs.

              Until next time, Mr. Gisleson.

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 05/18/2012 - 07:11 pm.

    I Can Only Wish Ron Paul Tremendous Success

    As he continues to seek to reform (i.e. destroy) the Republican Party from within. He will, of course, never be successful, but his efforts bring to mind the challenges the Democratic Party faced as the result of Gene McCarthy, etc.

    Of course, if the nation, as a whole, is fortunate, Ron Paul will manage to “Nadarize” the Republican Party for the next several election cycles, creating enough electoral security for the Democrats to provide an opening for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party to pull the party and the nation back to the middle of the road from the far right ditch into which they’ve allowed themselves to be dragged while pursuing their mistaken and misguided efforts to try to reach reasonable compromises with the ideological (tea party-controlled) equivalents of the average “dining room table.”

    The Paulitites, of course, demonstrate the same ideological flexibility as those they’re seeking to replace, but the “dining room table” they represent is more along the lines of log furniture than the Ethan Allen-bought style of the tea party types.

  4. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 05/18/2012 - 09:18 pm.

    As in “doctrinaire liberal”. . .

    The Powerline reference to “doctrinaire” is undoubtedly to that shopworn phrase “doctrinaire liberal” which you might only know if you remember those enduring phrases like “pointy-headed” and “nattering nabobs of negativism.” Eventually, we’ll get back to “there you go again” and other recycled Reaganisms which will begin to awaken those who have managed to hang on this long that the right wing exhausted their capacity for originality in 1981.

  5. Submitted by Gary Seth on 05/18/2012 - 11:45 pm.

    Glory and Hallelujah

    All men dream: but nor equally, Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses oftheir minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did. I meant to make a new nation, to restore!
    T.E. Lawrence from : “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”
    The Glory and Hallelujah of Ron Paul

  6. Submitted by Mark Borchardt on 05/19/2012 - 07:00 am.

    As opposed to…

    Brian, I see your point; the proper sequence is to allow gay marriage first and then prevent Voter ID. This stupidity is propagated on both sides of the aisle, as a journalist don’t let yourself get caught on one side or the other.

    doc-tri-naire: seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations?

    I suppose this is only a good/bad thing depending on which side of the impractical argument you stand on.

  7. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 05/19/2012 - 07:17 am.

    Whether Wisconsin gained a few jobs or lost a few jobs last year (which is really the only thing in dispute), Scott Walker is woefully behind on his promise of 250,000 jobs. Wisconsin, which was ahead of the curve coming out of the recovery, is now at or near the bottom in many, if not most, categories.

  8. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 05/19/2012 - 10:06 am.

    So it’s not just Ron Paul’s

    economics that are inside out.

    And I listen to MPR (Minnesota is the largest source of NPR programming) first for music and second for news.
    Most of what they broadcast is NOT editorial commentary.

  9. Submitted by Jeff Klein on 05/19/2012 - 10:56 am.

    NPR and “liberal”

    What amuses me about conservatives hating NPR for being “liberal” is that it’s only liberal in the sense that it gives a nuanced dissection of the issues and trusts experts for facts. By virtue of this, its listenership is liberal, since nuance and facts are things liberals are interested in. It’s not like it’s full of liberal op-ed pieces. It’s such a bizarre world we’ve come to live in when NPR is what is defined as “liberal media”.

    • Submitted by Douglas Davis on 05/20/2012 - 01:45 am.


      I am a strong conservative republican Ron Paul supporter/delegate. I attend one of the most liberal art schools in Minneapolis. I listen to NPR and watch TPC as much as I do Limbaugh and Fox News, which may be a little to much in any given day, but I enjoy and find entertainment in both. I appreciate the non editorials news reporting as much as the op-ed pieces. I learn a lot by listening to both sides, and so to most of the Ron Paul supporters I know.

      Several Ron Paul supporters at my school voted for Obama in 2008, but now they have woken up to see he is no better than Bush was. They are both exponentially collapsing the US and our living breathing US constitution is on life support with the Patriot Act, NDAA, CISPA, PIPA, SOPA, and UN res 21 sticking out of the US Constitution like shrapnel from a road side bomb. We are (were) slowly losing our rights, but now it is faster and faster with something new every week coming out of crony corpratists and their money transferring agendas. We are fed up, with the Federal Reserve and banks printing money and devaluing our dollar. We want and demand a country that is better for our children, as every generation should, and we want the opposite of government interfering and controlling our lives. We want the opposite of tyranny, we want and demand liberty, which was promised to us in the best document ever written. The US constitution is the only thing preventing our government becoming a ruled humans. Human rule is, you can call it communism, socialism, Marxism, an oligarchy or what ever you want, because they are all corrupted by human desires, greed, and psychopathic power mongers.

  10. Submitted by Michael Milner on 05/20/2012 - 08:16 am.

    With age comes wisdom

    There is only one candidate out there who will defend the Constitution & get our country operating the way it constitutionally was intended before that Democrat FDR came along & started the I R S up again, & everybodys favorite ponzi scheme investment Social Security.We can take our country back & Ron Paul will help!

  11. Submitted by Kevin Slator on 05/20/2012 - 02:44 pm.

    Powerline and public radio

    I’m not sure why the comments and opinions of the Powerline bloggers about public radio merit any attention or column inches. One need look no further than John Hinderaker’s unhinged screed in response to NPR’s series from last fall about adoptions on the South Dakota’s reservations, “Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families.” Hinderaker falsely accused the state’s human services department of “kidnapping” children and generally was incapable of writing objectively about the subject. Powerline’s stuff is reliably and unashamedly biased and partial when the subject is one of their favorite whipping boys — public media, anyone to the left of John Birch, the “mainstream media” (which, in their definition, presumably excludes Fox News), etc.

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