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I welcome the Tea Party and Ron Paul supporters. That’s great for our party. But it’s time to be good sports and get behind Governor Romney

Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman is worried that Ron Paul’s supporters in Nebraska will manage to get enough support to secure Paul a place on the ballot at the Repulican National Convention. The stakes are fairly high for Paul’s supporters. Even if Romney secures the nomination,1 Paul’s voice would be heard loudly at the convention.

Heineman’s statement most interesting in how dismissive it is of Paul’s supporters. You can “line up and be a good sport” if your team loses—but it was only a game. If you actually, say, believe in something, “sportsmanship” does not require you to pretend to support somebody you don’t actually support.

  1. He will. 

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