Ron Paul backers need to face reality and give up the fight

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: August 17, 2012
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Ron Paul may have effectively ended his presidential campaign, but his supporters haven't gotten the message.

Paul's backers continue to seek the replacement of the Oklahoma delegation to the Republican National Convention with a pro-Paul group. They insist procedural rules were broken at the state convention, contending a standing vote of delegates was improper and a paper-ballot vote required.

To most, that's a difference without much distinction. That's likely why the Republican National Committee rejected the request to change delegates.

Oklahoma isn't the only place Ron Paul supporters are fighting trench warfare over delegate spots to participate in a convention that will not — we repeat, not — nominate Ron Paul as president.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports a similar fight in Louisiana. As in Oklahoma, Paul supporters claim rules were violated. And, as in Oklahoma, the Republican National Committee upheld the original slate of non-Paul delegates.

A similar squabble is occurring in Massachusetts, where 16 Ron Paul supporters were ruled ineligible to participate in the national convention.

In Maine, the situation is reversed. A pro-Ron Paul slate of delegates is being challenged by Republican leaders who claim party and parliamentary rules weren't followed.

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