As the head the online division of the Republican Party, Patrick Ruffini has the thankless taskÂ of teaching technological neanderthals how to get past the making-fire phase to putting it to more productive uses.
Apparently he’s a little worried that Ron Paul’s Republican National Convention delegates might keep the convention from being a recreation of the Nuremburg Rallies according to this blog postÂ from TAC.
Never have so few scared so many. The media claims Paul only has 21 pledged delegates. Paul’s people count 50. It would be nice if they could get to 100, but I doubt if they’ll reach that. Yet such miniscule numbers have GOP leaders like Ruffini worried because they’ll stand out from the rest of the conformists. If anything I worry about their safety surrounded by that fascist mob.
It will be interesting to see if anti-war protestor take up Paul’s cause as their own or how they’ll mix assuming a good deal of Paul supportersÂ will come to St. Paul (only an hour’s drive from my home). Colleen Rowley, the FBI-9/11 whistleblower is holding a Peace Picnic on Harriet Island Park which is right across the Mississppi River from the Xcel Energy Center. Also, the city Minneapolis (who council is dominated by Greens), is allowing demonstrations which only need a voluntary permits which no doubt attract protests and rallies as well. And of course, right the time of the convention, is the Minnesota State Fair. It’sÂ one of the largest in the country, drawing 1.8 million people and is always a good gathering place for politicians.
Â Also interesting is the fact that while Romney and Hucakbee have both dropped out of the race, they have only “suspended” their campaigns, meaning they’re still entitled to the delegates they’ve won. Are they hedging their bets? What if McCain by convention-eve is a fairly unpopular person and the Dems have united around somebody at least and he and the whole GOP ticket looks like a sure loser. Could this be another 1992 where the furies are unleashed and an unpopular nominee bears the brunt of it?
We’ll see. It could be one hell of a late summer and I’m right in the middle of it.