Obama Infiltrators Pose as Paulista Fanatics to Split the Republican Party

April 28, 2012


OK – this is going to be hard to prove, but hang with me.  I found a “Paul supporter” on one of the Facebook political discussion groups I monitor who gave himself away as a Media Matters-like Obama plant.  He got a little too strong in his condemnation of every opponent of Obama’s (except for Dr. Ron Paul, of course, but even there he was damning with faint praise), all while swearing up and down that he wanted to see Obama removed.  “Removed by who?” I wondered.

Then I noticed that he used the very descriptions other extreme opponents would use for Obama (socialist, Marxist, autocrat, and much worse) to deflect those same criticisms away from Obama and toward Romney, or Gingrich or anybody except Obama (in these diatribes, Paul was never mentioned by this supposed Paul supporter).

As an aside, I have managed media and strategy for three Presidential elections (at the state level) – not primary campaigns, but the full-bore real thing.  And in doing so, I have become adept at “reverse-engineering” a speech or campaign event, and unearthing the strategy behind it.  I have been published widely on this, I’ve given interviews on Cavuto and Imus (among many others) on this, and I’ve even taught a college class at a state university on reverse-engineering political campaign activities to determine the underlying (and often hidden) strategies.  So I think I’ve got a fairly good handle on this – and at the very least, I have some credentials in making this analysis.

As another aside, I have not been a Romney supporter (read my blog here, “Wrestling with Romney”), though I will actively support him – because that is what it takes to defeat and replace Obama.  But I don’t like him, as much as I recognize that he’s light-years better for America than is Obama.

So now to my analysis – and my analysis is this:  Because of the often extreme nature of Paul supporters – complete with conspiracy theories, buzz words on issues that mean almost nothing to non-true-believers, along with their impressive raw passion in favor of Dr. Paul – they are ideal for ideological infiltrators who can mouth the most extreme things (especially about Paul’s opponents) without giving themselves away.  And, in the process, they hope to split the Republican vote, especially in close down-to-the-wire swing states (such as Nevada).

If they can’t elect Obama on his merits (and clearly, even Obama’s most ardent supporters know this), they’ll try to elect him by splitting the Republicans into warring camps, and by so disheartening Republicans who are not passionate about Romney that they give up and stay home on election day.

Driving away voters is a time-honored “black ops” strategy, but I’ve never seen it done so effectively … in part, because there has never been a fringe candidate who has aroused so much passion among his true believers as has Ron Paul.

After Romney’s sweep, last Tuesday, of five primaries, it has become a near mathematical impossibility for anyone else to gain the Republican nomination, and a virtual mathematical certainty that Romney will gain a first-ballot victory.  Today, according to the New York Times (updated daily) delegate count, Romney has 847 delegates – Ron Paul has about 9 percent of Romney’s total – merely 80 delegates.  There are 962 delegates yet to be chosen, and Romney (or an opponent) needs just 1,144 to take a first-round nomination in Tampa.

So, even if Ron Paul takes every delegate remaining (a practical and logical impossibility for a man who has yet to win a primary), he won’t have enough to secure the nomination – in fact, he’ll be 102 delegates short of victory. However, with 962 delegates remaining (and having won five-for-five on Tuesday, suggesting a groundswell of support), Romney needs only 295 more delegates to secure a first-round nomination (meaning no brokered convention and no chance for back-room deals to bring another candidate forward).

Yet the hard-core Paulistas still and fervently maintain that their guy will still win – not may win, not might win, but will win.  They dismiss Romney as a socialist (some call him a Marxist, a peculiar belief-set for a venture capitalist) and much more, and make bland-but-bold assertions that their guy will win.  Damn the number  which prove the impossibility, they insist not only that Paul will win, but that Romney is just shy of the anti-Christ himself.  Frequently, he is painted as worse than Obama.

Perhaps most often among these folks, I hear that Romney’s “not my guy” and that “I’ll never vote for him” (followed by an extensive, and vicious attacks on Romney that have not even a nodding-in-passing relationship to the truth.  The “I’ll never vote for him” is a dead give-away that these Ron Paul supporters are really closeted Obama plants, quislings and disinformation distributors.  Why do I know this?  Simple: because any Republican with a shred of integrity – no matter who they have supported in the primary process up till now, will get on the Romney bandwagon and do whatever they can – whatever is both legal and necessary – to secure Obama’s defeat (which means Romney’s victory).

These people find it easy to blend into the Paul camp – they spout the kinds of whackadoodle (that’s a technical campaign term, folks) conspiracy theories that you can find here:  http://www.chooseliberty2012.com/.  This site claims an elaborate conspiracy by the”Establishment GOP” to disenfranchise Real Republicans by putting big states’ primaries at the end of the process – meaning that, since the choice was made earlier in the cycle, it’s clear that these people were discriminated against because their votes won’t count.  Of course, like all conspiracy theories, this one is easy to debunk.

Each state decides when it’s primary occurs – small states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina) cluster early, hoping that their primaries will have greater weight, while the big states like California hope – by going late in the primary cycle – to be where a down-to-the-wire contest will be decided. That’s what happened between Hillary and Obama in ’08 – then, the late-voting big states DID decide the nominee.  But in ’08 and in ’12, it was the smaller, earlier states that decided for the Republicans … and since they didn’t go for Ron Paul, naturally it’s a conspiracy.

The Paul supporters – as I pointed out in my blog about their attempt to hijack the Nevada state convention (a move that I understand is being paralleled in Texas and other states) – can’t win at the ballot box in states where they ought to do well.  Even in Nevada, where Paul supporters have been active and vocal – and even though Nevada’s a caucus state (which conventional wisdom dictates “go to” candidates with lots of organization, a trait that defines the Paul campaign), they could only marshal 19 percent of the vote.  So they’re going for parliamentary tricks to undo the popular will (and justify that move with the most convoluted arguments).

Because of these extreme positions which seem to so fully define the Paulistas, it is remarkably easy for them to be infiltrated by pro-Obama, Media Matters-like agents provocateur, who are intent only on disrupting the Republican primary process and convention, and in creating dissatisfaction among (especially) conservative Republicans, hoping to lower their vote count in November and give the election to Obama by default.

So, my warning to those Republicans – regardless of whom they really would have preferred to be their candidate (mine lost out early, and perhaps yours did, too) – beware of the die-hard extreme Ron Paul supporters.  Be very careful about comments they make about Romney, especially those which try to paint him as Obama-Lite (or even worse – to the left of Obama).  The people who are making those comments may be Obama supporters in drag.  But even if they really are Ron Paul supporters, their goal is the same – to split Republicans away from Romney, no matter what that will do to the November election.  True believers, it seems, would rather see Obama win again than to allow that usurper, Romney, have the crown that should have been Ron Paul’s.

Or so it seems to me.

Ned Barnett – Nevada Conservative


Ned Barnett has worked in campaigns, and as a speechwriter to candidates and elected officials, since he was the “mascot” to the local Young Republicans in 1964 (Goldwater) – he has managed media and strategy for three state-level Presidential campaigns, and worked hand-in-glove with the legendary Lee Atwater in South Carolina in the Ford Campaign.  In 2009-10, as an active Tea Party supporter, he served as both the Clark County/Las Vegas and Nevada Republican Party Communications Director.  He owns Barnett Marketing Communications in Las Vegas, and provides a full range of PR, marketing, issues-management and fund-raising services for clients in Las Vegas, around the country, and in several other countries.  He can be reached at 702-561-1167 or ned@barnettmarcom.com …




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