Paul-a-Palooza

Guess I should feel lucky my TNR column on Ron Paul appeared over the weekend, since his supporters were certainly making some political news. But it’s not news I specifically anticipated. As I was writing about the Revolution’s delegate coups in Massachusetts and Iowa, the Paulites were pulling off fresh acts of audacity in Maine and Nevada.

The Maine state GOP convention, whose results Romney’s legal team (featuring a star of the 2000 outrage, Benjamin Ginsburg) will ask the RNC to overturn, appears to have delivered the Doctor 20 of the state’s 24 national convention delegates. Meanwhile, in Nevada, in a situation analogous to Massachusetts, Paulites overhwhelmingly dominated delegate selection at a state convention (22 out of the 25 at stake), but will have to abide by rules instructing them to vote according to the results of the caucuses back in February, won by Romney.

It now looks like followers of the Revolution will represent (whether they can vote for his actual candidacy or not) at least a plurality of delegates in a minimum of seven states: Maine, Nevada, Iowa, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Colorado and Minnesota. They will be a noisy presence in Tampa.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.