KoPoint at the RNC

In the days before the RNC officially begins, an intense struggle between party factions is playing out behind the scenes, as the GOP mainstream defends itself from an insurgency led by constitutionalist hardliner Rep. Ron Paul. Inspired by the congressman’s 2008 candidacy, hardliners have captured state and local seats, and in the presidential race won 373 of the 2,286 delegates. The party mainstream, eager to use the brief opportunity provided by the convention to humanize Romney for the American public, is deploying both hardball and softball tactics to eliminate any distractions caused by

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