Monday, August 27, 2012

GOP elitists aspire to replicate the Whigs. "If this is how it's going to be, I don't want to be a Republican."

"Texas delegates planning floor mutiny over RNC rules changes."
On Monday morning, at a meeting of more than 100 Texan delegates and alternates at the Saddlebrook Resort 20 miles north of Tampa, one topic got the crowd more fired up than any other. Delegate Melinda Fredricks read aloud a letter condemning recent changes to the national Republican party's rules that would allow the GOP presidential candidate to veto and replace state delegates.
"Our delegates are in shock that such an amendment even would be presented before the Rules Committee much less passed into rule," Fredricks said. "Please know from the Texas delegation standpoint that the only way a floor fight can be avoided is for this rule to be stricken."
At that point, the entire Texas delegation stood up and applauded.
Texans don't necessarily want to have an ugly floor fight on the same day the party officially nominates Mitt Romney. But they're willing to do it if their concerns about the rule aren't satisfied. The changes, which Mitt Romney's top lawyer put forward last week and Gov. Haley Barbour along with some other Romney supporters have embraced, are seen by opponents as intended to significantly weaken the power of grassroots politics and insurgent candidates such as Ron Paul. Many against the move worry that it would give national candidates the power to replace delegates--often grassroots party faithfuls--with big-time donors or friends.
"We truly consider that an infringement on our rights," Fredricks, a member of the rules committee, told Yahoo News of the changes. Today, states generally choose their delegates at state conventions, and then those individuals travel to the national convention to cast their vote for a candidate based on the share the candidate won of the primary or caucus vote of each state. But, the changes could allow a candidate such as Mitt Romney to boot out any delegates who are assigned to vote for him and replace them.
While opposition to the rules began with Ron Paul supporters, it has spread to the entire Texas delegation and significant portions of those from South Carolina, Colorado, Virginia and Louisiana too. Mitt Romney's campaign lawyer Ben Ginsberg proposed the rule last week, but even some Romney supporters are staunchly opposed to the changes. Indiana delegate and Romney supporter James Bopp wrote in an email to RNC members that it's "the biggest power grab in the history of the Republican Party." Fredricks, a Romney supporter, says only 30 people of the more than 300 Texan alternates and delegates support Ron Paul, yet the delegation is "united" in its opposition to the rule.


David Forward said...

How dare the benighted unwashed dare challenge their betters! I've never heard of such an outlandish uprising in my life!

Just goes to show that the two statist parties are but the left and right wings of the new national bird -- the vulture. And that bird is picking the carcass of America clean.

John Otis Comeau said...

it's already being done; that's what happened to the Maine delegates, for just one example. Romney and the RNC just want it to be codified in the rules.

Anonymous said...

Foresooth! Does no one read Shakespeare any more?

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers"
King Henry VI(Part II)


Anonymous said...

What is the source for this post?

Happy D said...

God bless Texas delegates!

SWIFT said...

Ben Ginsberg is just one of a legion of behind the scenes operatives, that cause more trouble for the Republic than the actual candidate possibly could. His kind can be found in all three branches of government, on corporate boards, banking, the military, churches, unions and everything else world wide. It has always been so. John Yoo was just such a man (punk) in the Bush administration.

Warrior Class III said...

I have seen at least 50 emails back and forth from our delegates in Tampa and our folks back here in Texas, just in my district, on this issue.

There's gonna be a war over this one.


bondmen said...

So very sad and such a clear indication the establishment Pubbies are scared to death of a burgeoning Tea Party movement threatening to undermine their control of District of Corruption levers of power and a poor economy's shared scarcity. Let US hope this disgust spreads among delegates and breaks out in a floor revolt turning back the statist elites!

Toaster 802 said...

The GOP is fine working with Demo-rats, as long as the party bosses get theirs.

The Republican party left me a long time ago. Tampa confirms they are still the right wing on the same buzzard. Time to go the same way as the Whigs.

That being said, Obama may win. If Mittens wins, how much will change? How much has changed since 2010? The frauds have enough to impeach the first Kenyan 10 times over. But they won't.

We get what we vote for. Demo-rats have voted for a dictator, and Republicans are happy with dictatorship, as long as it is their man in charge.

We the People? We are just happy to dodge the totalitarian boot stamping around us wielded by an apparatchik class happy with taxpayer funded paychecks and retirement funds.

Anonymous said...

Gee whizzz, It's almost like Mr. Ginsberg is working for the democrat Marxists!

But that can't possibly be... Marxists would never do that sort of thing.....

I wonder if I get to vote on party leadership? Very clearly we need to seize control of the party because those who have control now are not our friends.

Anonymous said...

Since I am not a 'registered' republican I guess I technically have no dog in this fight. BUT it is the most graphic example I can think of to show how the party is being controlled by the elite rather than the people of the party. And of course that same principal applies to the federal 'gummint' as well, 'we' (intentional use of the 'royal' we here) know what is best for you - shut up and do as you are told by your 'betters'.

In the immortal words of Earl Pitts (American) "Wake Up America".

JudgementComes said...

Am I missing something or are some Republican delgates beginning to feel the point of the same dagger that many of us have been feeling for long time? People at the top consolidating power and subjugating more and more people below. The delegates must be shocked that they, being insiders, could be treated just like the filthy masses (voters).

WarriorClass III said...


You miss the point. These delegates are not insiders, they are grass roots (filthy masses, as you call them) mostly Ron Paul supporters and the insiders don't like them there. Most have never been involved in politics before this election or started in 2008 for the first time. They got there through lots of work at the local and state level to get nominated to go to the convention and got there in spite of the insiders.

You obviously have done nothing at your local level to fight the system, or you'd know that.