That was the consensus Saturday at the Nebraska Republican State Convention, where Ron Paul’s insurgency was peacefully and soundly derailed.
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. “We did it the Nebraska way. In Nebraska, we can have our disagreements but, at the end of the day, we work together,” said Mark Fahleson, state GOP chairman.
Paul’s loss in Nebraska means he will not be guaranteed a speaking role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
It also means Gov. Dave Heineman does not have to worry about being embarrassed in Tampa.
Heineman was the first governor in the nation to endorse Romney. He spent considerable time mobilizing so-called establishment Republicans to back Romney.“He was personally invested,” Fahleson said of the governor.
(...) Paul aggressively worked to win delegates at state conventions across the nation, even though he long ago conceded defeat in his presidential bid.
He needed to win a majority of delegates in five states to be given a 15-minute speaking role in Tampa. He has won majorities in four. Nebraska was his last chance to win a fifth.
It was obvious early in the convention that Paul did not have the numbers to win, although he had a strong showing. If early procedural votes were any indication, Paul had about 130 to 150 supporters among the 350 delegates who assembled in Grand Island, but Romney supporters were highly organized and disciplined.
About five members of Romney’s staff were on hand to ensure that pro-Romney delegates knew exactly who to send to Tampa and that the rules were followed. Romney even sent famed GOP attorney Ben Ginsberg to watch over the convention. Ginsberg represented George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount case.