However, in states like Iowa, and even New Hampshire, the Republican presidential nominee is not chosen just by Republicans.
According to state Party rules governing the Iowa Caucus and several other state nominating contests, only registered Republicans in the state of Iowa can participate in the Republican caucus but individuals registered as Independents or affiliated with other parties, may switch their Party affiliation at the caucus site and cast their vote for the Republican candidate of their choice. In other words, a non-affiliated voter or a liberal Democrat can walk in out of the snow, change their Party registration, and vote for Ron Paul.
For some, the opportunity for people of any political affiliation to vote in a partisan primary or caucus is a good thing, and seems logical, but as a proud partisan conservative Republican, I can tell you that it is not.
For the record, while I am an American first and foremost, I must admit that I am a proud and devout, partisan conservative Republican. My committment to the Party is based on ideology, and I am often not the most politically popular person in the Party because I am often at at odds with many of its leaders who I believe spend most of their time playing politics and forsaking our conservative based ideology for political expediency.
That stated, I defend my ideological partisanship on the grounds that it is my deep conviction that ultimately, the conservative-Republican ideology is the best thing for America. So my political partisanship goes hand in hand with my love of country and I do not separate the two. That’s why I have never supported so-called open primary or caucus contests that allow people of opposing ideologies to choose the nominee that represents my beliefs and Party.
The way I see it, as a conservative, why should I have the ability to pick the liberal nominee? If I had the chance to do that in 2008, I would have done my best to make sure that Dennis Kucinich won the Democratic presidential nomination for President. Kucinich would have been a sure loser for liberals.
I am of the opinion that if Republicans and Democrats, or for that matter Libertarians, are to nominate the candidate that best represents their beliefs and can be the strongest one to represent their Party, then those who subscribe to the ideologies represented by those parties should be responsible for deciding who represents that Party. In some ways, these open contests make about as much sense as us opening up the general presidential election to the citizens of other nations. Which by the way, is not so unfathomable when you consider the lengths to which Democrats are trying to go in with legislative initiatives designed at specifically making it possible for illegal immigrants to vote.
Now some of you may be saying that I am blowing this all out of proportion. Some may even suggest that crediting Ron Paul’s predicted success in Iowa to the opportunity for independents and Democrats to vote in their Caucus is overstated. To them I must ask…………are you that stupid!!?
One need not look very hard to find that my assertion about the effect of independents and Democrats is true.
A recent American Research Group poll of Iowa voters makes the case that if left up to Republicans, Ron Paul would not be a real contender.
According to ARG, among Republicans who intend to vote in the Iowa Caucus, Mitt Romney leads with 23% and he is followed by Newt Gingrich who comes in at 19%.
As for Ron Paul, strictly among Republicans, he pulls 12% of the vote which leaves him tied with Rick Santorum.
- Mitt Romney 23%
- Newt Gingrich 19%
- Rick Santorum 12%
- Ron Paul 12%
- Michele Bachmann 9%
- Rick Perry 8%
- Jon Huntsman 6%
- Buddy Roemer 1%
- Other 1%
- Undecided 9%
In the same poll, a deeper look at Iowa Republicans that breaks them down along TEA Party lines finds that Ron Paul does a little better among those voters most focussed on a limited and more constitutional government but not by much. Ron Paul receives a 16% share of the vote from them, but that is 9% behind Gingrich and 10% behind Mitt Romney.
Among Tea Party Supporters
- Mitt Romney 26%
- Newt Gingrich 25%
- Ron Paul 16%
- Michele Bachmann 10%
- Rick Perry 9%
- Rick Santorum 7%
- Jon Huntsman 0%
- Buddy Roemer 0%
- Other 0%
- Undecided 7%
In fact, the only segment of Iowa residents who Ron Paul gets a majority of the vote from in the “Republican” Iowa Caucus are Independents. Among them, Paul polls 30% of the vote, 8% more than Romney, and 18% more than Newt Gingrich.
- Ron Paul 30%
- Mitt Romney 22%
- Newt Gingrich 12%
- Rick Perry 11%
- Michele Bachmann 6%
- Rick Santorum 6%
- Jon Huntsman 6%
- Buddy Roemer 0%
- Other 1%
- Undecided 9%
If that is not enough to convince you of the undue influence that non-Republican entities are having on the Republican Caucus in Iowa, maybe you will believe it coming from Ron Paul’s own people?
Back in March of 2011, the hero worshippers behind the propaganda based website entitled The Daily Paul, posted a call to arms entitled “2012 Open Primary States: The key to Ron Paul’s Republican Nomination”. It basically calls upon Pauliacs to sabotage the Republican nomination process and steal the nomination from the Party by asking Democrats and Independents to flood the primaries and caucuses of the 17 specific states that have open primaries which allow Democrats and Independents to vote without even having to register as a Republican.
The article reads;
“We must organize and put the strongest efforts in these states to encourage Democrats and Independents to vote for Ron Paul and capture all the Delegates of these Open Republican Primary States”
By the count of the author behind the plot, winning those states would give Ron Paul 874 of the 1,212 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination.
Fortunately for rational conservatives though, not only is that a substantial number short of the delegates needed, most of the states do not have election laws that allow for opposing parties to easily and blatantly circumvent the democratic process in the general election by sabotaging a Party’s nomination process and leaving them with a nominee who is the weakest possible candidate they could have representing them.
Additional good fortune is the fact that Iowa is one of the few state’s that Ron Paul is actually doing that well in. Nationally, Ron Paul’s average standing in the polls is half that of Romney and less than half that of Newt Gingrich. While national polls do not mean much to a process that is based on the collective results of individual state contests, that national average does accurately reflect most state polls.
In the final analysis, while excitement erupts about Ron Paul rising to the top, the truth is that such excitement is based on a lack of any real depth of truth, and thankfully, it is the G.O.P. which will still determine their own nominee. Even so, I still think it is about time that state parties and their representatives rethink their willingness to allow the political opposition to influence who our own Party’s nominees are.
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