As I listened to the roll call of states at the Republican convention yesterday, I was amazed at how everyone was being ignored by the GOP tallying crew except Mitt Romney.
In the past, at least as I recall, the state would report its vote and then the party person at the mike would repeat the totals for all candidates.
Clearly, this wasn't happening yesterday. I'm not your run of the mill conspiracy theorist, but hey, when Romney received less votes in certain states (especially Nevada) and the lady at the mike still mentioned only Romney, something was rotten in the Tampa (if not in Denmark).
Ron Paul had more delegates in Nevada, also Iowa. However, Republican leaders seemed to be going out of their way to anger his supporters by not repeating the tallies.
This is strange, I thought, so I began flipping around the dial and learned (NOT from Fox News, hardly fair and balanced) that there were other problems with Romney and Ron Paul supporters. As it turns out, New Hampshire's own John Sununu, as Chair of the Rules Committee, was right in the middle of the controversy as was RNC Chair Rance Prebius whom I dislike almost as much as Debbie Wasshername.
As I said all winter, I'm a big Ron Paul supporter but I find Mitt Romney acceptable. I also noted that Ron Paul's five or ten percent of the Republican vote could prove critical when it comes to the general election. Some Libertarian-minded people are already planning to vote for Gary Johnson, but I suspected most of us would stick with Romney.
After yesterday, I'm not so sure. Piss off Ron Paul supporters at your own peril, Republicans.
He should have been given a speaking spot at the convention--without the threat of being edited. Hey if I could turn the sound down and go back to reading Gore Vidal while Rich Santorum spoke (I truly despise him!), those who dislike Ron Paul could have dealt with ten minutes or so of Ron Paul in a similar manner.
Then I hear that the convention has adopted some type of rules which will make it more difficult for candidates like Ron Paul to accrue delegates in the future.
Anybody have details? Seth Cohn perhaps?
Hey, let's try googling and posting at the bottom here. This story isn't widely reported, especially from the slanted so-called conservative media (think Fox) which strives mightily to convince its public that everything is hunky dory in GOP land.
This is going to be a close election. Mitt Romney can ill afford to alienate any group of voters. It's almost as if the Republicans in Tampa this week are going out of their way to alienate not just some voters, but me!
If this is a death wish Mitt, you just might get your wish.
There can be no doubt that Ralph Nader cost Al Gore the Presidency in 2000. He took 19,000 votes in New Hampshire; Bush won the state by 7000.
That could happen again this year. Take 19,000 New Hampshire votes from Mitt Romney and give them to Gary Johnson and we might just see Barack Obama re-elected.
This is all so unnecessary, kind of like NH House Speaker Bill O'Brien who had such large majorities that he didn't need to bend the rules, but he insisted on bending them anyway. Beware of the backlash, Mr. Prebius, beware, beware!
Ron Paul Delegates Walk Off RNC Floor in Protest
Ron Paul-supporting delegates have accused the Republican establishment of changing the rules of the seating process in order to avoid embarassment for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Their arguments are not without merit.
The Ron Paul faction did not go out quietly, cheering loudly whenever Ron Paul delegates were announced and yelling out the running tally of Paul votes every time the convention announcer failed to do so.
While Maine--and the broader Ron Paul movement--lost this symbolic battle, some delegates say that Republicans have made a bad mistake alienating the Ron Paul vote by picking this fight.
"The party's fractured. This was completely unneccessary, and it's ridiculous," said Ron Paul supporter and Oklahoma delegate Steve Dixon.
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Tampa - The Ron Paul delegates lost their first two major fights of the Republican National Convention.
Their efforts to seat the disputed Maine delegation failed on a voice vote when the Report of the Committee on Credentials was accepted. Boos rained down on the floor immediately after its passage. Chants of "Seat them now" and "point of order!"erupted from all over the arena while Mitt Romney delegates attempted to chant "USA!" The entire convention morphed into a cauldron of dueling chants and noise that continued into Zori Fonalledas' presention of the Report of the Commitee on Permanent Organization.
Gaveling several times, RNC Chairman Reince Prebius pleaded with delegates to show respect to Fonalledas.
A calm lasted briefly until John Sununu came to the podium to present the Report of the Committee on Rules. Paul delegates throughout the hall told Reason that they were unhappy with several of the proposed changes, particularly Rule 12 and Rule 16.
Rule 12, they said, offered the party the ability to changes rules after the passage of them at the convention.
"These rules allow the RNC to change the rules without our approval," said Luis LaRott, 31, of Houston and a Ron Paul delegate.
The other rule many of them were unhappy with, Rule 16, restructures the way delegates are distributed at caucuses and primaries. Paul delegates were concerned with the changes that would eliminate the ability of the states to choose delegates.
These two votes caused a major uproar on the floor but Prebius ignored calls from Paul delegates, many that had spent months studying parliamentary procedures, that challenged the rules.