"if your organization is small in numbers, then do what Gideon did: conceal the members in the dark but raise a din and clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more than it does."
- Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, p.126
The Ron Paul crowd had an opportunity to make a statement last night; they delivered less than 12%.
This is HUGE. Yesterday's Texas Primary was the perfect storm (I apologize for the cliche, but it's appropriate) for the Ron Paul crowd. The Presidential race was over. There was a competitive U.S. Senate race, where Rick Santorum and Ron Paul endorsed the same candidate, which lowered the temperature between conservatives and Ron Paul types. I actually have conservative friends who voted for Ron Paul as an anti-Romney protest vote.
For all those advantages; the Ron Paul crowd delivered less than 12%
What does this mean?!?
It means that the Ron Paul crowd is a minority, and not a particularly large one at that. Now look, I want to audit the Fed. I'm growing increasingly comfortable with currency competition. The Ron Paul crowd is excellent on Second Amendment issues.
If the Ron Paul crowd wants to have an impact, then they need to come to terms with their minority status. Then they need to grow up. Ayn Rand makes some excellent points on economics, but her overall philosophy is terrifying as a basis for society.
I won't hold my breath.