Yeah, I kind of really hate this whole issue. Ron Paul unfortunately put the GOP in a no win situation with respect to the RNC, not that I can really blame him for that though. The problem is that the MSM would have cherry picked the most extreme statements Ron Paul would make in a speech and presented those as the Republican platform. Whether you agree with Ron Paul's positions or not, his views are NOT what the Republican party platform is and he would have inadvertently sabotaged the RNC which was supposed to be a huge pep rally for the Republican ticket. Additionally, even if Ron Paul was given free reign and the party would simply deal with the likely MSM nightmare to follow, unless it ended with Ron Paul being announced as the Republican nominee nothing would have satisfied his incredibly loyal supporters. Simply put it was a no win for the Republican party.
Of course, the Ron Paul line is that there is no difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This means that the Paul supports will "stand by their principles" even if that means helping to re-elect Obama and that is the sad and scary part here. This particular election is simply too important for hundreds of thousands of voters to write in Ron Paul or vote for Gary Johnson neither of which has a prayer of winning. If this was 1996 I would encourage them to stick by their principles and support Paul or Johnson in the hopes of legitimizing an actual third party movement with an impressive number of votes, and in fact given the choices then I would likely have joined them. Today however the election is simply too important to negate all of these votes but unfortunately short of some kind of miracle that's what I see as happening.
In the view of a couple of friends who are die hard Paul supporters, it looks like regardless of the outcome of this election the US is destined for at best a total financial collapse within the next few months followed by a disastrous few years. By this point the country will hopefully come to the realization that only Ron Paul and his policies are capable of restoring America to any semblance of what it once was. The more grim outlook involves actual civil war here in America possibly before the election, but this would somehow be avoided if Ron Paul were elected. Not sure how that particular time warp theory works.
Personally, I'm going to hope and pray for Mitt Romney. Hope that he wins the election because Obama has been a disaster so far and I'm afraid he will be much worse if he manages to get re-elected. Assuming that Romney wins, I'll pray that he doesn't disappoint and is able to do for the US the kind of thing he did for the likes of Staples.