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The will of Iowa voters is under attack by GOP elitists who think a caucus victory by Ron Paul would make a mockery of their state and the national process because his views may not coincide with voters in other states. This is an affront to the electoral process, pure and simple. The GOP wants to present a false front of unity against Obama, but the problem isn't that simple and the field of solutions isn't homogeneous.
Today's Politico article states:
“It would make the caucuses mostly irrelevant if not entirely irrelevant,” said Becky Beach, a longtime Iowa Republican who helped Presidents Bush 41 and Bush 43 here. “It would have a very damaging effect because I don’t think he could be elected president and both Iowa and national Republicans wouldn’t think he represents the will of voters.”
Since when does the ultimate nominee need to win every state? And if Paul wins Iowa, would Iowans overwhelmingly think Paul wouldn’t represent the will of voters? If the choice of the voters doesn't reflect the will of the voters, what does? Either Iowa is filled with mindless sheep, or the political elitists see them that way.
To add to that nonsense, some foul play may be afoot as a contingency. There have been reports of a looming "hacker threat" that could invalidate or alter the results of the Iowa Caucus, which could disenfranchise the voters of Iowa and strike down a Paul victory, causing severe backlash. Paul supporters have a long history of pushing back against official suppression.
Regarding the "threat", one article states:
The two-minute video features a computer-generated voice denouncing what it calls a corrupt political system that favors corporations and calls on supporters to "peacefully shut down the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses."
Does that sound like a plausible motivation for hacking the results when "Dr. Anti-Political-Corruption" has been threatening to win the state for some time now? Whatever the case, this doesn't pass the smell test when the political establishment has made it perfectly clear they won't let Paul win.
As I see it, the GOP doesn't appreciate how Paul has the upper-hand on them in this election. He has the ability to let Obama breeze into another term by running on a 3rd-party ticket, and he's stated repeatedly that he sees no difference between Obama and the rest of the GOP field. If Paul doesn't secure the nomination, I hope he does run 3rd-party to have the chance to debate the other nominees to provide some contrast. He'll have enough support to afford him those opportunities. The GOP needs to have its pants pulled down and the entire failed system needs to go on trial on national TV. If the other nominees have superior ideas, they should have nothing to fear. Right?

And let's not forget this classic: