Did Ron Paul actually win the Maine Caucus?
Mitt Romney is the chosen one in the establishment GOP and within the media. He is the man that both these entities want to see as the Republican nominee, and he is the man who is being thrust upon us as the only man who could possibly beat Barack Obama in November. But could the GOP be intriguing against the other candidates in an effort to ensure the once inevitable nominee holds on to win the nomination?
First we had Iowa; Mitt Romney was declared the winner in the first contest in the nation by a margin of eight votes, but reports of a miscount quickly surfaced. When this knowledge came to light, the man who told news outlets there was a problem with one county’s report was reprimanded for speaking out. One has to wonder if the original results would have been challenged if this news didn’t leak out to the media–maybe the “typo” was even intentional and that is why there was backlash against the whistleblower.
Once the news leaked out there was no other option for the Iowa GOP, the votes had to be counted and several weeks later Rick Santorum was announced as the official winner of the state–far too late for him to gain real momentum in New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Now comes Maine, and more reports of problems in the process which just happen to benefit Mitt Romney. Maine’s caucuses are not like the usual caucuses as they are stretched out over a period of a couple of weeks, rather than all being held on the same night. All counties which held their caucuses after February 11th were told they would not have their votes counted toward the presidential race. That’s fine, they knew the rules and they decided to hold their primaries after the deadline anyway. However, is it possible the state GOP asked these counties to place their caucuses after February 11th because it was known these were Ron Paul friendly areas? This is just speculation on my part, but it is fueled by an interesting situation in regards to Washington County, as well as the results of Maine’s recount which is being held close to the vest.
Washington County scheduled its caucus before the final cut off date, yet postponed it until after the date because of an impending snowstorm. A snowstorm which never materialized. Hmmm…..
Because of this sudden delay in Washington County’s caucus the Maine GOP informed the county that its votes would also not be counted. Ron Paul supporters in the state of Maine cried foul, stating that if Washington County’s votes were counted, he would win the state. This was denied by the Maine GOP because with a 200 margin between the two candidates there simply weren’t enough voters in Washington County based on past turnout to hand Ron Paul a victory.
But that might have changed yesterday, and this is where the story gets very interesting. It turns out there were miscounts in several counties in Maine and yesterday those results were handed in and guess what? Nobody is willing to tell us what these results were.
The head of the Maine GOP, Charlie Webster , has stated “people can whine and complain and plead, but I’m not going to make them public,” because he isn’t interested in “restarting the fire.” He also stated that people would “sense a conspiracy” if he were to release the new totals.
If the new vote count reaffirmed a Mitt Romney victory would there be a “sense of conspiracy?” Would there be a “restarting of the fire,” if Mitt Romney’s lead had grown after the votes were recounted? I think the obvious answer is no, in fact this would help to squelch the conspiracy talk. The only reason for the head of the Maine GOP to fear a backlash because of the new results would be if Ron Paul either won the Maine caucuses or pulled close enough to Mitt Romney to make the Washington County votes extremely important.
We know the establishment Republicans want Mitt Romney to be the nominee, but would they stoop to this level to help guarantee it? Is there a conspiracy afloat? Something is amiss here.