After simmering for several tense weeks a seething conflict in the midst of the GOP has been resolved in acrimonious changes inside the organization long revered as the GOP. Late last night Republican National Committee (RNC) leaders emerged after tense discussions with a final decision to ban Texas Congressman Ron Paul from any further participation as a candidate for any office on behalf of the Republican Party.
Mike Duncan, Republican National Committee Chairman would not directly comment but he authorized the following statement through an aide, Robert T. Bennett:
"After vigorous and painful debate at the highest levels among those responsible for the direction of the Republican National Committee, it has been decided that the congressman from Texas running for President, Ron Paul, shall henceforth be barred from seeking any public office as a candidate of the Republican Party.
"This difficult decision has been reached after informed discussion and it is final. It is also announced to all candidates for positions through the Republican Party that all candidates are held ultimately responsible for the behavior of their supporters. The Republican Party is to remain a bastion of order and direct control and administration is to remain at all times a top-down hierarchy and at no time are supporters to be permitted to pursue any efforts outside official campaign sanction.
"It is this libertarian behavior which has brought some measure of chaos into the Republican Party through the candidacy of Ron Paul, and we deeply regret these events. The era of voter-driven campaigns is now over and we will now return to proper central campaign direction under the strict control and accountability of the candidate and his advisers."
The lengthy discussions and the repercussions of the discussions were further evident in additional comments indicating that the Republican Party intended to exert a greater control over activities of members and candidates:
"It is further announced to the general membership that it now a violation of the code of conduct to perform any campaign-related action not expressly ordered or otherwise expressly authorized by the candidate or his authorized campaign staff. Violation of this will be grounds for immediate expulsion from the Republican Party and may possibly be grounds for legal and criminal action as well. We will be forming a new internal enforcement organization to address these types of disorderly and libertarian forms of behavior. At the very least these behavior patterns are completely unacceptable in the corporate model philosophy on which the Republican Party is founded. And finally, all those who have participated in the Ron Paul for President campaign are henceforth expelled unconditionally from the Republican Party and permanently banned from any further participation in activities of any nature within or associated with the Republican Party."
Whether or not this decision was reached to satisfy the Fox News Networks working relationship with the GOP is not clear, but sources inside the RNC intimate that this was only part of the reason for the ban.
For Fox News, Sean Hannity had a different perspective in a side interview, stating "They were getting out of control and there were entirely far too many of them. At first we thought they were just a few juvenile spammers but when we counted heads across the country we realized they had multiplied like Tribbles."
Obviously distressed by the situation, he elaborated further, "Our graphics team scoured our tapes and in the past three weeks alone they counted nearly four million of these supporters for Ron Paul. they are completely and utterly out of control. It was the only way we can maintain order in the party."
Campaign staff for Ron Paul could not be reached for comment as they were apparently locked in discussions with representatives from the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party, according to Fox corporate espionage sources.
For Background information on events leading up to this, the reader is referred to
Fox News commits Mitt Romney's Douglas Maher after Debate
An excellent example of the antics of the supporters for President Ron Paul is found at
Campaign Replaces Statue of Liberty with Disrobing Ron Paul Girl