The election was lost months ago, the goal was to prevent RP from winning the republican nomination. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16815062
We've got to step back to see the actual big picture for patterns over the last 13 years.
We're also not helping matters by polarizing, because no one here regardless of personally held 'partyish' passion, meaning fell off the back of the truck some time ago rendering fulfillment impossible. So please drop it.
Paul was a decoy. He did the same thing in '08 and knew '12 was a replay to suck people in..note this time he had nothing to say to people putting their energy heart & soul into his campaign.
Then he was gone again. pfft.
Same thing in '04, then in '08 an unheard of 2 year exhausting competition (not the usual 7 months) wherein meaningful candidates were systematically picked off the bottom of the list by the lst of August, one per month gone.
In '04 Frauds That Be wanted the incumbent and chose the most boring unlikely Kerry, Same as this time '12 Romney dull as dirt..all to ensure the incumbent continued (aided by vote theft and misuse of the courts as contingency).
I am loving the conversation here for the most part and congratulate the OP for having a clean and unpolarized attitude.
He/she knows if you're f*cked we're f*cked everybody's f*cked.
So what do we do now.
I just stopped voting/participating this election for the first time in my life and will continue pointing out the big pic and hope you all do the same.