Saturday, February 9, 2008
By Steven L. Taylor

Via Ron Paul 2008:Message from Ron

With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero.

Yes, I think that that is a safe bet.

However, Dr. Paul continueth:

But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter.

If one is in the 5% range, what does “leaner and tighter” really mean other than basically exiting without officially doing so?

Ariel Alexovich, writing at the NYT‘s The Caucus:

From what we can make of the letter, Mr. Paul is staying in the race on a peripheral level, just so he can keep participating in policy discussions (and maybe use up all that money he’s amassed?).

I suppose, too, that by not officially pulling out he is hoping for some sort of role at the convention.

Of interest (and back to Paul’s post) is the fact that he says he will not go the third party route:

I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run.

Emphasis mine.

Also, Paul is apparently facing up to the fact that he has a fight at home to deal with:

I also have another priority. I have constituents in my home district that I must serve. I cannot and will not let them down. And I have another battle I must face here as well. If I were to lose the primary for my congressional seat, all our opponents would react with glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I cannot and will not let that happen.

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