Since being involved with the GOP nominating process I've discovered that in my area the GOP has been largely fair and accepting of Ron Paul delegates (ie - newcomers) and have not universally singled them out as unacceptable.
That said there has been an ultimate qualifier as to if a delegate is seriously considered. Will you support the nominee? They don't even use his name...they just call him "the nominee."
McCain just received 72% of the vote in Pennsylvania and 27% decided that both Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee were worth a vote even if it didn't mean anything. McCain doesn't seem to be a unifying figure at least at this point in the campaign.
So I have a question to McCain supporters:
Do YOU support the nominee?
I'm sick of your type badgering me and others about our loyalty to John McCain when his own supporters don't even bother to vote for him, put up a yard sign or canvas a neighborhood. Look I understand that you want him elected because of the whole "he's better than Hillary or Obama" thing but c'mon. There is more to supporting a candidate than simply saying you'll support him. Why is McCain's campaign broke while Ron Paul still has millions in the bank?
Over a year ago an obscure Texas Congressman said he would run for president. He was invited to the debates but was rarely given more than 4 minutes of face time. He was marginalized and only mentioned in any press coverage with the qualifier of "long shot" and his supporters made him a national figure. Everyone knows who Ron Paul is today. We supported him.
In contrast the John McCain supporters don't even refer to him in name...they refer to him as "the nominee" and promise a vote for him but I doubt that many of his so-called supporters will encourage others to back him. McCain's delegates don't even show up to the county conventions as seen here, here, here and here.
So let me make a simple and practical suggestion:
If you're not going to support him, then don't ask me to. When you see this turd of a candidate floundering next October, don't look to me as the problem...don't look at the dreaded Ron Paul people as the reason John McCain can't get above 45%. If he's doing better by Fall then I know you will have started to get more serious. When I see a John McCain blimp in the sky I'll know you mean it and not just holding your nose while pulling the lever.
In the meantime just stop the third degree and get your own campaign started...maybe others will join when they see you mean it.