The Republican race was more interesting that usual, but nevertheless ended predictably. My new question is, will any of this volatility carry over to Tampa and make the convention more interesting than usual? Here is my early take on a few rumors floating out there.
1. Ron Paul shows up with more delegates than people expect, and wields some power. I don't see it. You can't tell me that a candidate polling 8% and getting 8% of the primary vote somehow accumulated a bunch of "stealth" delegates in the caucuses. I don't see Paul having any influence on the convention beyond a decent time slot and some vague language in the platform about sound money. Ron Paul, despite his wisdom and sound policies, is not a fantastic politician. He will never have broad appeal, though his ideas someday may carry the day. I hope so. He represents decency, sanity, and truth in a political world that is so f-d up that the conventional wisdom is that he is the crazy one.
You're assuming the primaries are honest, free of fraud. Also, polls are just a reflection of perception, which the MSM is in overdrive to manipulate. The proof is in the pudding, and in this case the "pudding" is actual individuals who show up to caucus and/or elect delegates, state GOP chairs, etc... Ron Paul is taking over, operation Occupy The GOP is in full effect. You just can't rely on the media to inform you about it.
I am NOT assuming the primaries are honest, fair, and free of fraud, I'm only assuming they are equally fair, or more so, than the convention will be. I think I'm on safe ground there.
As this process has unfolded, I don't see even the slightest bit of controversy coming out the the Republican convention, making this thread pretty irrelevant.