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Ron Paul's troops quietly take over some local GOP groups

If anybody thought the Ron Paul Revolution had expired, they need to rethink that one.

Clearly, the 72-year-old libertarian-minded Texas representative was not going to win the Republican Party's nomination this year with his 12, 20 or 42 delegates, whomever you believe. Sen. John McCain already has enough to win the GOP nod in St. Paul in September. So Paul has taken his well-funded campaign and gone rather underground to the local level where his loyal Paulunteers are organizinNobody told these supporters of Texas Rep. and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul that the French can't vote in American electionsg and taking over numerous county party operations in several states.

Quietly, beneath the political radar of the Republican Party establishment and mainstream media, they're laboring at the local level. Last month Paul forces read the party rule book in Missouri and elected about a third of the delegates to the state convention that will pick the delegates to the national convention.

Last weekend in Nevada they drove through a rules change in the state party convention that halted the approval of pre-approved slates of convention delegates as a means to eventually substitute their own supporters to travel to St. Paul and boost Paul's delegate totals for platform and other struggles this fall.

Using sophisticated communications techniques on the Nevada convention floor in Reno, Paul supporters transmitted mass text messaging to maneuver and direct their troops. When Paul appeared to speak, the ovation was thunderous.

At other times they shouted down the convention chair, Sen. Bob Beers. Taken by surprise the convention organizers and the McCain camp, which for instance had no supply of campaign signs to compete with the blizzard of Paul signs, eventually adjourned the convention in chaos without electing any delegates.

The excuse was the expiration of the convention's contract with the host casino. No new convention date was announced. The Ron Paul crews move on to their next target.

--Andrew Malcolm

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Thanks for the coverage. I do like to mention that the Chairman couldn't just call recess without a vote according to the republican party rules. So why is no-one electing a new chairman is beyond me. Texas did something similar where they did not want to include republicans who didn't believe in McWar.

Nice one Malcolm. A question. Has Ron Paul ever appeared in your print edition?

(Many times.)

Mr Malcolm,
Thank you for your continuous and fair coverage!

I'd like to add that many Dr Paul's supporters would probably enjoy his brand-new book: 'The Revolution: A Manifesto' - it's currently #8 on Amazon (in 'books') and #1 in several political categories there.

AK, Portland, Ore

Why does someone who is a Ron Paul supporter always have to be some name? "Paulunteers". While certainly not the worse of them, or even all that bad natured, I'm getting kind of sick of it in general.

I'm not a "Paulunteer", I'm an American. And I'd appreciate it if you would remember that. I am someone who believes in the constitution, and Ron Paul just happens to be the man who I think best represents that, and thus me. But it is completely American to support the constitution. The president takes an oath to uphold it, the military take an oath to defend it.

So those who support the constitution aren't "Paulunteers", they are Americans and the true patriots. Being involved in politics and wearing a flag pin, or waving the flag doesn't make you a patriot. Standing up for the rule of law over the land, which is our constitution set up to defend our freedoms does.

Quit trying to separate people into groups. Recognize that all Americans are individuals for change. It's not our views we have in common, it's our freedoms and our individuality.

Thanks again for the article on Ron Paul. Any press is always welcome. Please remember that Sen. McCain has the mathmatical number of delegates required to secure the nomination, but he is not the nominee until the convention actually votes on the matter. That's still more than 120 days from now and that's a lifetime in politics.

Paul's supporters have no choice but to operate "quietly" in the face of an almost total media black-out. (save your fine reporting). As you said, they played by the rules at the MO. convention and elected Paul delegates. Is there a problem with following the rules in America?

It would appear to be the same in Nevada, though they may have been a little overly enthusiastic for some folks. (that's the problem with being passionate about freedom, I guess). The result? The party leadership "tucked tail and ran" to quote from "Braveheart."

Romney won the NV primary, but has withdrawn from the race. Dr. Paul placed second, ahead of Sen. McCain. Why shouldn't the voters #1 choice in Nevada be appointed the majority of delegates?

I see no problem with reflecting the choice made by the voters, do you? This is still a Constitutional Republic selectively using democratic means to elect our leaders, isn't it?

As far as "sophisticated methods to direct troops" do you mean the little text devices that high-school girls use?

Finally you say, "Paul crews move on to their next target." Actually, the voters of Nevada that support Ron Paul, will stay in their home state and attend the next convention...and hopefully elect many Paul delegates to the national convention, as it should be, in keeping with the wishes of the Nevada voters.

I could write you a book, trying to explain this Freedom Revolution to you, but hey, I don't have to, just read Dr. Paul's new book, "The Revolution" and you may begin to understand.

Thanks, again, for the ink.

Go Ron Paul.

Thank you Malcolm!

We will not forget that there were also some real Journalists like you who reported the stories fairly!

Hey, why there is a convention if the nominee has been already choosen? And by the way, there is a huge difference between bound and unbound delegates!
Why do you think the Mccain compaign are in Panic mode? they know the numbers aren't there yet!

Andrew Malcolm: Credibility?

Just a few days ago you described as a fact that Ron Paul only had a "handful" of delegates. This wasn’t true and it is a fact that all of the delegates are not even close to being decided yet. Now you are saying something different about Ron Paul’s delegate count.

Just a few days ago you said Ron Paul supporters had lost their enthusiasm. Now you are painting a picture of Ron Paul supporters "laboring at the local level". I would call that enthusiasm, wouldn't you?

You say, "quietly...laboring at the local level". There has been nothing quiet about the activities of Ron Paul supporters. You well know this by the number of comments you get when you mention his name. The only thing "quiet" about Ron Paul has been the coverage of Ron Paul in the media. Ron Paul has received less media coverage than his successes should merit.

I couldn't care less if Andrew Malcolm covers Ron Paul or not. I thank him not for his "reporting." Mr. Malcolm is marginally relevant on political issues anyway. Yes, it would be nice if Mr. Malcolm would suffer the epiphany that comes by connecting the dots between the Constitution and Ron Paul and focus more on THAT particular importance, but he seems bent on the same MSM bias that chooses instead to categorize real Americans who actively support the man who supports the Constitution as "-'teers."

Don't believe Mr. Malcolm is a biased MSMer? Go back and read Mr. Malcolm's writings and see how many times he identified McCaineers, Clintoneers and Obamaneers. Thanks for nothing, Mr. Malcolm. For those of us in the trenches of the R3volution, we ALREADY know what's going on and share it with more people than will EVER read your articles, or the LA Times for that matter. You do your immigrant parents and American patriots NO honor by writing the way you do. I do hope one day you come around.

Here is an eyewitness account of the proceedings in Nevada. I am a lifelong Republican, but the hijacking that took place here suggests the "Republic" in Republican is sorely misplaced.

Shouldn't the media be talking about incidents like this? Or is the Rev. Wright nonsense so pressing an issue?

What just happened in Nevada? The party officials lose a vote. Out go the rules. Forget fair play. No more ethics.

The political system is corrupt.

Really what the article doesn't mention is that it wasn't the Paul supporters that shut the convention down. It was the Leadership that purposefully delayed and stopped the vote counts because of how dominant the Ron Paul group was. The McCain staff were begging them to stop the convention because they were outmaneuvered.

And once Bob Beers called an illegal recess, the Paul people confirmed we could use the convention center for another 3 hours. we tried to have a quorum, but we needed 634 or something. But instead the McCain people were instructed to walk out so that we could not reconvene.

If we would of reconvened we would have voted out the Chairman and that lady that helped stop the convention. She was even overheard planning the closing down of the convention.

Thanks for the continuing coverage Andrew. This has always been about the long term ideological battle for most of us.

The thing that you have missed from the very beginning is that Ron Paul is not doing this.

It's similar to a deeply patriotic fraternal organization, with a set of beliefs, that is intent on getting this country back on the right track before it's too late. Once you become a member, you will always be a member. When you see a Ron Paul button on a chest you know that you are among friends and people that you can trust. It's not a matter of whether or not your candidate wins the election this time. You carry your knowledge and beliefs forward and when the next election comes around, you will be the same and you can count on the others to be there. You do not have to guess or ask their intent is. They will be the same.

"Last weekend in Nevada they drove through a rules change in the state party convention that halted the approval of pre-approved slates of convention delegates"

Actually, an overwhelming, super-majority of Republicans didn't want to be railroaded by closed-door picks, so they voted to use an open, fair process.

The Nevada Republican party showed themselves to be a fraud.

If the Republican leaders keep doing this all these Ron Paul supporters are going to leave the party.

To the other commenters, please try not to nitpick about terms like "Paulunteers", etc. Malcolm is one of America's few objective journalists, and has always been fair in his reporting of Congressman Paul. Sorry, I just feel the need to stick up for good journalism.

Question - If McCain has the nomination, why all the fuss? Why wouldn't the Nevada GOP just allow Paul his delegates as voted on by the citizens of their state?
(Paul got 2nd place, McCain got THIRD!)

I guess Americans are supposed to goose-step in line behind the annointed one.

You know, Malcolm, you write for one of the papers syndicated with the rest that Mr.Rockefeller, RothsChilds control. They are all implemented in their agenda of a NEW WORLD ORDER. You are not a journalist you are a cog in a propaganda machine. Shame on you and your continued trying to blemish the only true american constitutionalist since Jefferson or Jackson. Does Rockefeller sign your checks?

Hmmm, how about the "Paulunteers" vs. the "McQuislings"?

thanks for reporting it.

The Revolution=Marathon.

Think Marathon of life, the principals of liberty and freedom.

Go Ron!

We are no longer a nation run by law, but by men. The US Constitution is no longer applicable in our local, state, and national governments. We are witnessing a slow gradual death of America. I commend all Ron Paul supporters fighting for what is her true traditions of freedom and liberty. God bless you all.

Just as Ron Paul had to be dragged to get in the race in early 2007, he must now be convinced to continue his presidential quest 3rd party. We have no time to lose. We are much closer to being herded into your regional FEMA camp as terrorists than changing an entrenched neo-con Republican warparty. The freedom movement's most recognized leader, Ron Paul, is our best chance at recruiting and educating many millions of Americans in the context of a presidential election. Paul sits on $4-6 million already which could grow to $100 million in a matter of months; many lessons learned in his GOP presidential quest; 100K volunteers in the field; devoted citizens everywhere; and large segments of the American populace hugely dis-enchanted with the McBama and McClinton and looking for an alternative even if only as a protest candidate. Call Carol Paul and urge her to motivate her husband. Call Ron Paul to urge him that he must continue the campaign and be on the November 2008 ballot. Then write and email Carol and Paul and encourage your sphere of influence to do the same. Veterans for Ron Paul and other groups should commence press conferences lovingly requesting, nay demanding lovingly that Ron Paul run 3rd Party LP. Press the attack on the Republican party structure, yes, let them see that the people have power and that we will fight for our birthright. Let the gop see there is power in freedom and liberty and the blessed Constitution our founders fought and won for us. Let history reflect we did not stand down from the fight to save the republic! Onward!

I would really love to see Paul run as an independent, but if he won't do that, the next best thing is his going to the convention, picking up some delegates, and getting some air time.

He's the only republican smart enough to see what a colosal mistake this whole Iraq war thing is and what incredible damage it is doing to every part of our economy that is not war-related. He understands also what the wasteful republican congress has done during the Bush years and what it will mean to our children and our economy in the long run.

Run Paul, run!

I have heard of delegates waking out on party before - this is the first time in history where the party walks out on the delegates. Repaulicans will win!!!

See you at St Paul in September.

Ron Paul's book, "The Revolution: A Manifesto" came out justn today, and it is already #1 on the bestsellers list!!!!
Go out and get yourself a copy! Read it in public!

Thanks again for the coverage on your blog. We who support the Constitution and our freedoms are sincere in our support of Dr. Paul.

How would you like to win that Pulitzer?
Get this story of Nevada and Ron Paul Republicans into the print edition of the Times. I'm born and raised here. I've read the great Jim Murray, and I've read the cynical Simers; there's a clear difference, and you're good enough to know whom to emulate. Please choose the high road and write this story!

Paulunteers is used because it rhymes with "volunteers", nothing bad or derogatory involved. Obamaniacs is a close comparison. You should be happy there's a little catchiness to it.

"Romney won the NV primary, but has withdrawn from the race. Dr. Paul placed second, ahead of Sen. McCain. Why shouldn't the voters #1 choice in Nevada be appointed the majority of delegates? "

Romney got 51.1 % of the vote, Paul got 13.7%, McCain got 12.7% - how the heck do you figure Paul deserves the majority of the candidates, they were standing next to each other in the basement. This is what makes Paul supporters slimy to me, always so disengenuous on the use of numbers.

Mr. Malcolm,
Thank you for your fair posts! One correction on the Nevada convention: we did elect the 9 congressional district delegates. The votes were counted in 2 districts and half counted in the third when we were "recessed". There were 4 Ron Paul delegates elected to national in the 2 counted districts. 2-3 will be elected in the partially counted district. The ballots remain in a safe at the hotel/casino where the convention was being held. (See press release at )

Bravo to the r3VOLutionaries in Nevada and Missouri. We're here and they fear; we're loud and we're proud. I was at the book signing in NY at Borders Wall St. and it was the largest turnout ever at that store and the second largest ever.for Borders. There were probably a 1000 people there and the book sold out before Dr.Paul showed up! We clapped, we cheered, we saw our guy and it was a thrill. The Borders staff was shocked and overwhelmed that this humble man inspires such support.

Thanks again to the LA Times blog for recognizing (most of the time anyway) the phenomenon of this movement.

It is news like this which increasingly attracts me to the Ron Paul platform. It certainly seems that his supporters are committed, work within the system, and are truly patriotic. I hope they continue their work. It is good to hear of people enthusiastic about the Republic and that capstone idea LIBERTY.

Thanks for the information about the book. It is fairly priced and I will buy a copy and I think a second for my friend who kept telling me about Paul.


In response to the comment left by Keith...

"Paulunteers is used because it rhymes with "volunteers", nothing bad or derogatory involved. Obamaniacs is a close comparison. You should be happy there's a little catchiness to it."

Posted by: keith | April 30, 2008 at 12:27 PM

These derogatory names that groups give other groups whether it be the ones given to Ron Paul supporters, Obama supporters, Hillary, or McCain supporters only serve to further divide us. We're all Americans we need to come together and stop tearing each other apart in the name of our "leaders". We find ourselves alienated from each other and easily manipulated by the political powers that be and become complacent to obvious attacks on all of our liberties in the name of giving greater power to those who are in charge. We must concern ourselves with what is best for our countrymen, our children, their futures and wellbeing. What they have accomplished with something as simple as name-calling and distracting us from the real issues is that the general public now confuses love of country with love of government.

P.S. They're called public servants for reason...they are here to serve use.... ask yourself this question is it the other way around now?

Thanks Mr. Malcolm,

I feel like I speak for alot of Pauls supporters when I say it sucks having been treated like leapers for supporting an honest candidate.

And you are correct, we are getting involved at the local level. In my county we secured EVERY delegate for our country. This is big for our county. Instead of making our actions about Paul we are going to recruit like minded people and make a difference in our community. Paul is correct, keep it as local as possible.

All the people calling us names will be eating their words in 4 years when we come back and kick the MSM, the GOP and the elite square in the balls and secure the White House.

Think Im cocky? You betcha. None of us are going anywhere and we have 4 years to learn and gain experience. Im proud to be involved and will be teaching all the children in my family to get involved too.


We will take the credit for starting the movement to really change America keep it the greatest nation in the world. We will not hold it against people who support other candidates currently. We will greet new supporters with open arms and show them the truth and the light.

Thank you for covering the Nevada primary in this story. Please consider writing an article for your print edition. It might very well stir up some controversey that could draw a lot of attention to you and your paper. A headline story about Ron Paul would probably boost circulation dramatically! Think of what a great, controversial story this Nevada primary is!

Ron Paul the the only true voice for THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!! CONTROLLED MEDIA & GOVERNMENT HAS TRIED TO put out this mans voice, BUT WE THE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SILENCED! THE VOTES WERE RIGGED!!! YOutube hacking democracy!!


What's with this story, Andrew? It's not your usual style. Seems like you are just "mailing it in". But you're right. There is a tsunami of change happening within the GOP, thanks to the Ron Paul r3V0Lutionaries. We WILL take this country back, eventually, just as Barry Goldwater Snr did, though perhaps through a Ronald Reagan.

Have you noted that Ron Paul's new book, "The Revolution: A Manifesto", is #1 on the bestseller list? That should be worth a column, too, shouldn't it?

Joseph -

Every election comes up with nicknames, Obamaniacs like theirs. You think Paul supporters are special somehow? I just don't see how it's derogatory.

Thank you Mr. Malcolm for your write up on the Ron Paul Revolution. Have you read his book yet? It is a great read, one that all media, and government types should read, along with every American Patriot.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

But the REAL surprise to the old gaurd in Nevada was the new platform.

The 2008 Nevada Republican Platform demands an end to real I.D.,Military Commissions and Patriot Acts.

Says to return to gold standard (sound familiar?),for the government to butt out of homeschoolers lives, to support jury nulifiaction and much to the dismay of the McCain camp;

to dump the MCCAIN Feingold Act!

Rumor has it that McCain's camp & the RNC are PISSED!

For a LSM writer your article was not half bad. You do know that McCain only has 800 or less BOUND Delegates. Right?

LSM only reports the total delegates and NOT the bound delegates.

Check out the site below that a very knowledgeable Ex-Democrat put together to show how Dr. Paul can still WIN.

Here's a recent message from Ron Paul and one of the many reasons we would not only support and vote for this STATESMAN but the ONLY person, other than family members, that we would step in front of a bullet to save:


America became the greatest, most prosperous nation in history through low taxes, constitutionally limited government, personal freedom, and a belief in sound money. We need to return to those principles so our economy can thrive once again.

Other candidates talk a lot about stimulus packages, but my record stands alone. I have fought for these measures in Congress as the Ranking Member on the House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology, and as a member of the Joint Economic Committee, and will fight for their passage as president.

My plan entails four points: Tax Reform, Spending Reform, Monetary Policy Reform, and Regulatory Reform.

Tax reform means reducing the tax burden and eliminating taxes that punish investment and savings, including job-killing corporate taxes. If we cut spending to the level it was at under the Clinton administration, we can permanently do away with the income tax and the IRS. No true conservative would say that government was too small during the Clinton years!

There are several steps we can take to immediately ease the tax burden. I have proposed H.J. Res 23, which would repeal the Sixteenth Amendment and thus eliminate income, estate, and capital gains taxes. H.R. 191 would repeal President Clinton's 1993 increase in taxes on Social Security benefits, while H.R. 192 would repeal all taxes on Social Security benefits. I also support legislation to accelerate depreciation on investment and end the practice of taxing forgiven mortgage debt.

In the area of spending reform, I want to eliminate wasteful spending, reduce overseas commitments, and freeze all non-defense, non-entitlement spending at current levels. I never vote for pork-laden bills, and I will veto them and any unbalanced budget as president. We need to refocus our national defense so that we guard our own borders, instead those of other nations. We can save billions if we stop subsidizing our trading partners in Europe, Japan, South Korea and other nations. Congress does not have the constitutional authority to send out foreign aid, and our current foreign policy of nation building is bankrupting us.

Monetary policy reform means expanding openness at the Federal Reserve and requiring the Fed to televise its meetings, as well as returning to sound money. Washington's disastrous fiscal policies, marked by shameless deficit spending and Federal Reserve currency devaluation, are some of the greatest threats facing our nation today. It is this one-two punch - Congress spending more than it can tax or borrow, and the Treasury printing money to make up the difference -- that threatens to impoverish us by further destroying the value of our dollars. It's time to end the fiat money system, legalize competing currencies, and restore soundness to our dollar.

Finally, we need to institute true regulatory reform by repealing Sarbanes/Oxley's regulations that push companies to seek capital outside of U.S. markets. Congress' rush to action after the Enron scandal gave us a bill that has heavily burdened small businesses and driven companies offshore. I also support repealing federal regulations that prevent financial institutions such as independent and community banks and credit unions from fostering economic growth.

A true package to stimulate the economy not only puts money back in Americans' pockets, it deals with the underlying causes of our current situation - an out-of-control foreign policy, runaway deficit spending, and currency devaluation brought on by the Federal Reserve's inflationary policies. When enacted, my plan will provide both short-term stimulus and lay the groundwork for long-term prosperity.

whats fair in love an politics,i say fire all the the dead beats in WASHINGTON D.C.. THAT WOULD BE A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.IF YOU REALLY WANT CHANGE AN NOT MORE BULLSHIT..D

Thank you for covering this story. In my opinion though, you made it sound like Ron Paul's volunteers were part of a "cult". I believe Ron Paul and his supporters have done a geat job getting the message of liberty out without going underground. However, it would be much easier to spread this message if the media would cover him fairly!


When we finally wake form our inactive slumber, our country will be inrepairable. While we allow countries like China to have Free Trade with us, inotherwords norestrictive, Communist cheap labor to produce the products we once as a nation took pride in, our working class disapears and becomes less heard. Produced by the USA for the USA, is not a new idea, we had to develope it many times to continue to survive as a nation.

Ask yourselve, what more could we do to change our current situation in our nation, remembering that when one is "well" or healthy, he or she can help others much better. Then look towards Ron Paul, he seems to answer the questions with common sence. Something we as a people of the US need to embrace if we will continue.

All nations can fail, given time with corruption, greed, and no foundation. We The People need to be heard again!!!


gee, it's like we've been planning this for months or something. It's like all that hype about poll numbers and primary results doesn't matter. Hmm... wonder who clued in on that before the dems. lol

MWAA HAHAHA! We're taking over!

sophisticated communication ?? lol

thnx for the laugh Mr Malcolm. You rock. Btw McAmnesty dosent have enough "bound" delegates to win on the first ballot. The thing is we didnt want any media coverage of this and it seems you just blew our cover. Cool with me,

btw did you know Ron Paul predicted black Monday in 1983? 4 years before it happened? he predicted the recession of 1987. forward to 01:10

also tell me what you think of this ?

PAUL/clinton '08!

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