With their shenanigans on the Republican convention floor today, Johns Boehner and Sununu have guaranteed that the only thing the GOP will see from me this year is a big, middle finger.
Michelle Malkin reports on the establishment’s efforts to silence the voices of the grassroots, the voices of liberty and the voices of anyone who doesn’t toe the RINO line.
First, they voted to amend the party rules to allow future presidential candidates to have veto power over who can be delegates from any state. Not the people. The people can’t possibly be trusted to elect delegates to the convention! No, presidential candidates – the ones running to gain power – the ones with the money and the clout – NOT the people – will choose delegates. And you can be sure that the snotty upstart supporters of Ron Paul, those crotchety TEA Partiers and other grassroots conservatives who want to limit the power and scope of government aren’t going to be invited!
In a letter to the national rules committee, the Texas delegation said: “The only way a floor fight can be avoided is if the rule is stricken.”
An email to the party was not returned, but Munisteri said the thinking behind the proposal was to ensure delegates vote for the candidate they are supposed to support in the nomination process.
God forbid we, the people, who rejected Mittens the last time around and wound up with the shit sandwich that was McCain, actually reject him again! After all, it’s HIS turn! Just like it was McCain’s turn in 2008 after he got his ass shredded by Dubya in 2000. See a pattern?
FreedomWorks protested. So did the Republican Liberty Caucus. So did a number of Romney delegates, including Georgia’s Julianne Thompson, who wrote an open letter to the RNC.
As a National Delegate to the 2012 RNC, I am extremely disappointed that a rule would be passed through committee that essentially strips the grassroots of all of it’s [sic.] representative power by ridding State Parties of their ability to choose whom they will send as delegates and alternates to represent their State to the Republican National Convention. The rules change would allow the Presidential nominee sweeping new power to override that process and choose their own National Delegates. The rule also allows the RNC (with only a 3/4 vote) the power to amend the party’s rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention.
To no avail.
Instead, the establishment petty tyrants in three-piece suits reached a “deal.”
Under a compromise reached late Monday, Romney supporters and GOP leaders agreed to back down from a proposed rule change that effectively would have allowed presidential nominees to choose what delegates represent them at national conventions.
…Under the deal, delegates who are bound to a presidential candidate that hasn’t bowed out of the race or released them to vote for another contender are barred from casting a vote for a different person. During this convention, the change effectively would mean a delegate bound to Mitt Romney could not instead opt to throw his or her support behind Ron Paul, who has not freed his delegates.
Any vote for another candidate would be voided and the delegate would lose his or her position.
But under the compromise, states would still able to select individual delegates under their own laws and party rules. GOP leaders agreed to remove the rule change provision that would have allowed state-party-selected delegates to be disavowed.
Not sure the deal was any deal at all. Michelle Malkin wrote the following this morning:
…grass-roots activists revolted over Rule 15 (the delegate selection provision to be renumbered Rule 16) and Rule 12 (the power grab that would allow the RNC to make executive convention rule changes and rewrite the rules between conventions without any input/consultation with grass-roots, delegates, or state leadership on hand).
As long as the proposed Rule 12 remains in place, this “deal” or “compromise” must be a no-go. Don’t back down, activists!
The activists kept fighting, but so did Romney, who apparently feels he’s entitled to the candidacy one way or another.
The “deal” that was reached drew attention away from several more rule changes designed to ensure that the Establishment gets its way and the party line isn’t damaged.
The first rule would allow the RNC to change the rules between conventions with a 3/4 vote of the committee. And if Romney wins, who’s going to tell their Republican president “no?” And with this particular rule, who cares if they can’t get their delegate provision this year? Hell, they can do it anytime when the heat from this year’s election has settled down!
According to FreedomWorks:
The RNC is trying to pass an amendment to RNC Rule 12 that would allow the RNC Committee to amend the rules. In the future, if the grassroots is able to influence the convention process and RNC leadership is displeased, they will have a contingency plan where they can reconvene and with a three-fourths majority to rewrite the rules without the influence of any state party, grassroots organization or delegate.
Yeah, keep telling me how voting for the Republican, no matter how morally objectionable, is the right thing to do! I’ll tell you to shut right the fuck up!
The worst part of today was yet to come, however.
The neo-fascist assholes of the GOP weren’t done yet. They initiated a purge of those delegates who wouldn’t toe the party line.
I just got off the phone with a concerned Florida activist, Laura Noble, who informed me that both of Florida’s Rules Committee members, Peter Feaman and Kathleen King, have been removed from the Rules committee and replaced with Romney-appointed delegates.
Clearly anticipating a grassroots backlash against the “compromise” on Rule 15 and the changes on Rule 12 has caused the Romney camp to preemptively replace delegates to ensure they have support on the Rules Committee.
Now THOSE are Soviet tactics! THOSE are strongarm maneuvers from a political party whose supposed mission is to prevent the march toward a Soviet-style utopia we all want to avoid.
And this afternoon, the Rules Committee voted 78-14 to accept the deal, forcing an effort to gather enough signatures to force a floor vote on the minority report. For it to have worked, 25 percent of committee members were needed. Reports at the scene said enough signatures were gathered and sent to the Rules Committee.
Apparently that was all for naught…
First, Maine delegates were replaced with Romney people. Then, rules chairman John Sununu and GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner stood on stage at the RNC to rule on the compromise rules report. No minority report was mentioned. When asked for yeas and nays on the report, the room seemed equally divided. Boehner forged ahead and approved the report over loud boos and calls of “point of order” from activists on the floor.
No vote on the minority report.
The noxious slimebags pushed through their little power play, with GOP Rep. Marsha
Blackburn Goebbels declaring that “this has been a great exercise in grass-roots” and that GOP stands for “Great Opportunity Party.”
Opportunity to do what, exactly?
Cheat, and push through a candidate that stands for exactly nothing?
Impose their chosen boy on the rest of the country, giving us yet another shit sandwich and chuckling that the idiot populace will continue to reward them with their votes, merely because they have an “R” behind their name, regardless of the fact that he is a substandard candidate?
Silence conservative opposition?
Silence pro-liberty opposition?
Do they think this will win them the love of the electorate?
Whom am I kidding? Most Americans don’t get it, and don’t want to get it. It’s much easier to just vote straight party ticket and pretend they’re oh-so-civic minded.
You know what? At least Obama supporters, delusional and ignorant though they may be, stand for something. Granted, it’s a Marxist, redistributionary something. But they stand on their principles, warped and evil though they may be. Republicans merely roll over and scream at the tops of their lungs about their lofty ideals.
But in the end, they’re still the party of stupid.
I can only hope that more and more people realize what frauds you are, GOP. And here’s hoping they shun you for it.
When the country crumbles into shambles around us, the Democrats won’t be responsible. YOU WILL!
Go to hell!