Ron Paul supporters will strike a deal with establishment GOP
I imagine this won't sit well with a lot of the true believers, but if you want to have a seat at the table, you have to play the game.
A stand off between Ron Paul supporters and the Republican National Committee over convention delegates appears to be easing, and both sides are close to announcing a deal that could help avoid a potentially embarrassing moment for Mitt Romney on the day he receives the GOP presidential nomination.
The deal, which is expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon, will seat more Paul delegates at next week's Republican National Convention, an act that could help prevent an organized effort by Paul supporters to try and bring Monday's opening session to a grinding halt.
"This is a major step towards peace and good will on the convention floor," said a Paul source familiar with the negotiations. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been made public.
The RNC has agreed to seat 17 Ron Paul delegates from Louisiana, which has been a major point of contention between the Paul campaign and the Romney campaign. In addition, the RNC will also seat additional Paul delegates from Massachusetts, ending the controversy in that state.
There are still ongoing discussions over disputed delegates from Maine, which is being negotiated by Paul advisors, RNC officials and senior Romney staff. But the compromise over Louisiana and Massachusetts was a major break through on this thorny issue less than a week before the Republican National Convention.
The good will between Paul and Romney was helped by the willingness of the Romney campaign to help integrate key policy issues into the Republican Party platform, which has been debated here in Tampa for the past two days. Discussions between Paul and Romney over the platform have been going on for months.
The tough language about the Federal Reserve in the platform pleases Paul supporters and doesn't hurt Romney in the slightest. And Romney has given Senator Rand Paul a coveted prime time slot on Monday night, the first night of the convention.
Romney didn't give up much for party peace, but the Paul supporters got an acknowledgment that their issues are important, and their efforts in Louisiana and other states are at least being recognized.
I will be interested to see where the movement goes now that Ron Paul is retiring -- and what the GOP convention will look like 4 years from now.