Ron Paul’s supporters are at it again, participating in their Democracy. Even though their guy won less than 5% of the vote in the Missouri Republican primary there on February 5, they made sure to show up for their party caucuses this weekend. And simply by appearing physically at these events, which are normally the exclusive domain of elderly cranks with ham radio hobbies and 40-year unlapsed subscriptions to Reader’s Digest, these civic champions were able to remake the face of the Missouri Republican party.
Just by getting up from their Wiis for a few hours this Saturday, a band of Ron Paul enthusiasts were able to wrest control of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Kansas City, Springfield, and at least a half dozen rural counties.
At many of Saturday’s caucuses, the Paul contingents … won approval for some of their man’s key positions, including resolutions for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and against the federal Patriot Act and warrantless wiretaps.
The Paultards also snagged about one-third of the delegates who will determine the state Republican platform this spring. They’ll also determine who goes to the national convention in the fall.
The most amazing lesson from all of this: Paultards do in fact exist in the non-Internet-avatar dimension, and some of them are even physically fit enough to leave the house under their own power.