Ultimate Goal of the Ron Paul Contingent?
Last weekend, I attended my first party convention. I signed up because it was time to stand up and defeat Barak Obama for reelection and elect a conservative majority to both houses of the state legislature. I expected conservatives to band together and ready themselves for the fight. What I got was Occupy Ron Paul, a bunch of Paulians acting like democrats. As of today, they appear to be in charge of the Republican Party.
While I will not try to capture all the festivities, I will pass along a few impressions.
We knew coming out of the district conventions that the Paulians had organized well with the goal to capture the party and send all 24 delegates to the National Convention as votes for Ron Paul. This is not how the party rules work, as the delegates are apportioned per the results of the Presidential Preference Poll last March. In this poll, with over 14,000 Republican voters, Mitt Romney won, closely followed by Rick Santorum. Ron Paul was next at 24% and Newt Gingrich pulled up the rear. Delegates were split at 8, 8, 6 and 2 respectively.
Yet the Paulians spent the three days of the convention (including the Thursday night Central Committee meeting) maneuvering to disenfranchise everyone except their delegates. As they now hold the party Chairmanship, some expect proposed rules changes that will reopen the approved list of delegates, and sending only Paulians to the National Convention. And their plan appears to be to get the party to pay for their trip out of party campaign funds. This is something democrats do. This is something liberals do. It is not something conservatives do.
I along with everyone attending received an inflammatory e-mail Thursday night claiming to be battle plans for the convention from one Mike Cook of Alaskans for Ron Paul. Casey Reynolds posted it in the Northern Right. The Paulians immediately denounced the e-mail as a fraud. Some local conservative commentators agreed. I am not so sure, as the Paulians at the convention did everything they were told to do in the e-mail. Logic tells me that if they are doing what they deny they are being told to do, how fraudulent is this e-mail?
I sat through a speech by David Eastman who was running for National Committeeman. He spent most of the speech complaining about a last minute rules change allowing Ralph Seekins to run for state senate while being National Committeeman. The fact that this had been done the last 3 conventions was apparently lost on him. He then went on to insult a retired Army Colonel by referring to him as an LtCol. I was personally struck by the arrogance, insufferable self-righteousness, and condescension. This was the first time I had ever seen or listened to him, and he did not make a good impression. On the other hand, he would have made a wonderful Brown Shirt.
Joe Miller’s wife, who was involved with the Paulians was elected as one of the Electors. This does raise a question, for if the Paulians are really doing the “tell them whatever they want to hear and do whatever you want to do afterwards” routine, what guarantee do we have that she will vote for the Republican should he win the election in November rather than Ron Paul? Look up the history of “faithless elector” for more information.
The Paulians elected Russ Millette as new party Chairman. Nobody outside the Paulians appear to know him, not unlike John Lindauer in 1998. After the convention he spoke to a cheering throng of Paulians, who were doing their in your face Snoopy dance, yelling chants of “Ron Paul! Ron Paul!” and “We won’t go to the back of the bus anymore!” One wonders if he is only a figurehead, operating at the behest of Ron Paul campaign manager here in Alaska, Evan Cutler. We will see.
Finally, Friday night we saw a huge demonstration and heckling aimed at Lisa Murkowski and our invited guest Senator John Barrasso. The Occupy Alaska wannabees did everything but set up camp in the middle of the room. It was most embarrassing, but does nicely demonstrate the anything goes viewpoint and tactics of this crowd.
All of this made me wonder if Alaska was an aberration or part of a grand strategy. If you do a Google search with the keywords “ron paul supporters hijack convention” you get over a million hits. Working your way through the links you find stories about this movement nationwide, with stories about similar actions in Louisiana, Nevada, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, etc. The goal seems to be to stealthily insert Ron Paul delegates to the national convention and nominate Ron Paul from the floor of the convention in August. No mention in any of the articles about defeating and / or destroying democrats. No mention about the destruction of the party at the state and local level by their actions. This leads me to wonder about who is really funding and organizing the Ron Paul effort. If I were a democrat with access to large quantities of laundered Soros, union or green money, I could not think of a better place to spend it than in funding this sort of destruction of Republicans at the state and grassroots level right on the cusp of getting destroyed at the ballot box in November.
Given all this, I am skeptical about the Paulian takeover. While I am perfectly willing to take a trust but verify position on all their promises, I heard too much about Ron Paul and too little about defeating and destroying democrats from this crowd to be comfortable with them and their goals. And after last weekend, “Trust me” won’t hack it any more.