Based on the Sarpy County Republican Convention on Saturday, it appears that the Paul delegates are well organized and on track to do exactly what we've suggested.
Virtually all of the members elected to the state central committee on Saturday were Ron Paul delegates. Virtually all those selected as delegates and alternate delegates to the state convention where national convention delegates are chosen were Ron Paul supporters.
In Sarpy County it was clear that the Paul supporters were well organized. They had slates on their phones and a few paper ones. They knew whom they were to nominate and vote for for each elected position. Some even cast more than one vote which required at least one caucus to have to vote several times.
Even the very conservative Nebraska State Senator Jim Smith could only be elected as an alternate delegate to the state convention!
What are the ramifications of this?
First and foremost, we suspect that Governor Heineman, Mitt Romney's State Chairman, is going to be highly embarrassed if the Nebraska delegation in Tampa casts the majority of its delegate votes for Ron Paul rather than Mitt Romney. Given the results from Sarpy County, the organization in Douglas County (which holds its convention next Saturday) and across the state (see below) we fully expect that will, indeed, happen.
Secondly, Governor Heineman is the titular head of the Nebraska Republican Party. It appears likely that the party central committee will be governed by Ron Paul folks for the next two years and it appears that while the governor has anointed Mark Fahleson, Darlene Starman and Brian Buescher to become the party's leadership that, in fact, the Paul folks may very well have the ability to elect their members to control the party in defiance. The state party has already had a difficult time raising money. Having it controlled by the Ron Paul folks would virtually dry up all contributions from so-called 'establishment' donors and put the state party's finances, assets and ability to elect candidates this fall at risk.
In what was likely to be a leadership election that was challenged anyway (one other non-anointed female has started soliciting votes for national committee woman position), it appears that there will be a leadership slate for the national committee seats as well.
For the last several years, the State Republican Party has been poorly financed and supported and shown little or no organization or concern about dealing with the Ron Paul folks or any organizational issues.
The inattention to these issues may very well come home to roost and the embarrassment for it will fall at the feet of Governor Heineman and current party leadership.