Opening Act: Ron Pauldammerung

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July 16 2012 8:24 AM

Opening Act: Ron Pauldammerung

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DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 27: Republican presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks to the media during a town hall style campaign event about 'Solving Detroit's Crises' at Temple Beth El, Little Rock Baptist Church on February 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Michigan residents will go to the polls on February 28 to vote for their choice in the Republican presidential race. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In order for Ron Paul's supporters to force his name into nomination at the Tampa convention, they needed to command majorities in five state delegations.

They topped out at four after a weekend defeat in Nebraska.

Any fears that the convention would descend into chaos evaporated early as supporters of Paul and Mitt Romney made it clear that civility would reign — unlike in other states where Paul and Romney supporters verbally clashed, resulting in arrests and allegations of violence. In the end, the Paul revolution in Nebraska got smoked. Paul, a libertarian Texas congressman, won two of the state GOP’s 35 national convention delegates. Romney, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, won the rest.
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As reasonable as Romney's endorsement of a "merit-based opportunity society" may appear on the surface, what he is really calling for is a society that rewards hard-hearted, relentless competitors and disregards the losers. It is precisely this aspect of his campaign that has made him vulnerable to Democratic attacks.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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