The prospect of the continuing Paul revolution has the establishment GOP in Nebraska terrified, and for good reason. MSNBC reports,
If Paul wins a plurality of delegates in Nebraska this weekend, his name will be put forth as a nominee versus Mitt Romney in Tampa. If his team can’t secure enough delegates on Saturday, his longshot bid for the Republican presidential nomination is formally dead.
In reaction, the establishment leaders have launched a propaganda campaign aimed at smearing Paul supporters as riotous and dangerous, and have used their own fear mongering as reason to hire private security, “preparing for potential for trouble caused by Paul supporters.”
Suspicion is, however, that the extra “security” will be in place to intimidate Paul supporters and insulate the establishment while it ignores its own rules (as so many others have done so far) and ramrods pre-selected supporters of their favored candidate through the process.
And that suspicion is not unfounded: its those “party rules” that the establishment fears most. Despite all the manufactured claims about “chaos” and “trouble,” the Party’s own executive director, Jordan McGrain, told the Nebraska Watchdog that he feared Paul’s supporters would “take” the delegates “by party rules.”
The New American notes, “In other words, as with so many others of his ilk, McGrain is angry that there are significant numbers of Ron Paul supporters and that they are educated about the rules governing the election of delegates and they are prepared to see them obeyed to the last jot and tittle.”
Nebraska Tea Party “Mom” Laura Ebke, a Paul supporter, stated, “The last thing I want is to have a real rowdy convention.” She added, “I hope that the party plays fair. . . . We’re prepared to lose, as long as we lose fair.”