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Republicans have a problem
Actually, they have three problems.
Three personalities from the party’s fringe, three extremists with rabid followings, three potential troublemakers who could turn the Republican National Convention into a political nightmare.
So far, convention’s controlling authority — the Republican National Committee — has not extended speaking invitations to Palin, Paul or Trump and the followers of each consider that a snub.
The party shudders at the thought of Trump bringing the birther issue to the floor of the convention or Palin throwing out verbal bombshells. Of the three, Paul brings the least potential damage from a speech but his appearance could rally supporters buried in the delegate counts and spark a floor demonstration that the GOP fears could turn into a sideshow on national TV.
But denying at least Palin and Paul a presence at the convention could also drive their core supporters away at a time when the GOP needs all the votes it can get to defeat incumbent President Barack Obama in the fall.
Some say its a no-brainer for the GOP because the tea party that embraces Palin or the enthusiastic band of Paul supporters probably won’t vote for Romney anyway. Others fear that denying Palin and Paul time on the podium would focus media attention on rallies that both plan to hold outside the convention hall.
So Republican planners continue to worry and wait and struggle to come up with a solution that they hope will work.
If such a solution is available.