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Rachel Maddow on MSNBC said that it looks like Ron Paul just won Iowa and likely did no worse than tie for first in Minnesota.

Considering that the Iowa GOP State Nominating Commission is now loaded with Ron Paul supporters  and racking up at least half of the Minnesota delegates I would have to agree with that assessment.  With Rick Santorum no longer being in the race so his supporters are not motivated to go after delegate spots, and grassroots activists being less than enthusiastic about a Romney nomination this has left the door wide open for Paul to snatch up delegates in non-binding caucus states.  So the caucus to convention strategy  (read coup) seems to have worked in at least two states.

It seems difficult to determine exactly what is Congressman Paul’s end game is because the math still isn’t in his favor.  Based on Maddow’s reaction I think we’re seeing a preview of how difficult it may be to maintain Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status.  So while it appears that Paul’s strategy has worked he may have done irreparable harm to Iowa’s caucus just so he can have what?  A good slot as a keynote speaker?  Gee thanks.

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  1. You’re blaming Ron Paul for the Iowa GOP’s total incompetance and lack of organization?  It’s also not Ron Paul’s fault Iowa decided to have their delegate nomination a full 3 months after the caucus date.  They were trying to prevent any Ron Paul momentum from his strong showing carry into the process.  But Santorum dropped out and their plan backfired.

    I think Iowa has made it difficult to maintain Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status, not Ron Paul.

      1. Your article clearly makes the argument that Ron Paul is the main factor.  You write “So while it appears that Paul’s strategy has worked he may have done irreparable harm to Iowa’s caucus just so he can have what?  A good slot as a keynote speaker?  Gee thanks.”

        And what exactly is the ‘problem’ you describe?  Is it a problem that Ron Paul has the most organized and dedicated supporters?  Is it a problem that his delegate strategy has been public knowledge since the beginning?  Is it a problem that these wins have been won with total and complete transparency and adherence to the rules?  Sounds to me like there’s no problem at all, unless you don’t like Ron Paul.  And if that’s the case, then the problem is your candidate’s lack of dedicated and knowledgeable supporters, not Ron Paul or his.

      2.  Basic journalism makes it very clear the last sentences written is the one idea you want to make known to the reader. He has the last half of his last paragraph outright blaming Paul.

        If Mr. Hart is here to spread the news, cool. Otherwise keep your opinions out of it

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