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The Ron Paul Republicans in Nevada have learned a lot since 2008.  They were able to stymie the attempt of the state convention in 2008 to produce delegates for the national winner – Sen. John McCain – who was neither the state winner (former Governor Romney) nor the second place finisher in the caucuses (CONG. RON PAUL!) and the result was that the convention was suspended and the delegates selected by the national party.  But this time around, guess who’s the life of the party?

Since then, Paul’s Nevada supporters have been working a new strategy. As Paul readies his 2012 presidential campaign, the outsiders have now become the insiders, working to change the state Republican Party from within its own ranks, rather than battling it from the outside.

The RP corps have been mostly successful:

They’ve spent the past three years working as volunteers at county and state party gatherings. They’ve elected members of their ranks as at least one county party chair and to multiple spots on party central committees and executive boards.

“They have been very successful,” said Heidi Smith, national committeewoman for Nevada. “They are as strong as they ever were. They are all members of the (state) central committee. They have worked hard to get where they are now and instead of fighting the party, they are working within it.”

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But from their position within the party, they’ve been able to effect rule changes — helping pass a rule making the results of next year’s Nevada caucuses binding, rather than winner-takes-all.

The lesson is clear:  Get involved in your local and state party apparatus.  Find out what to do.  Keep the rLOVEution alive in your area.  Local and state leaders need your help even more than Paul 2012.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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