The MA-GOP certainly still has serious problems that need to be addressed. I also think the delegate selection process was deeply flawed from the beginning.
Instead of reaching out to the newly elected loyal State Committee members to be placed on the Romney slate, they instead chose a bunch or rethread Country Club Rockefeller Republicans. In one instance, they selected a college student who lost badly in her State Committee bid to be an alternate, instead of inviting the winner of that race. In short, not one duly elected new conservative member of the State Committee was asked to be on the Romney slates to be voted on in the caucuses.
So when the conservative activists saw the slate this is what the saw. They saw Jennifer Nassour; the woman who is most responsible for the shellacking the MA-GOP took in 2010. Then they saw Charlie Baker the man who went around the Commonwealth boasting about his social liberalism. They saw Richard Tisei, the man who thinks a guy named Louis, ought to be able to put on lipstick and demand to use the women’s showers at the Boston Sports’ Club. Together Baker and Tisei proved to be a massive drag on the entire ticket. And this is just a sampling of the rethreaded losers that were being sent to Tampa on behalf of the MA GOP.
Given all this; the conservative activists boycotted the caucuses and the MA-GOP elite got their heads handed to them.
Then of course we had the fiasco with the provisional ballots and of course the refusal to certify duly elected delegates. There is no reason to review the details to both these clusterflops. We’ve already posted extensively on both.
But let’s be clear, the MA-GOP used a rule in the current by-laws to ensure that the delegates being sent were going to be loyal Romney Delegates.
So now let’s discuss the flipside of the coin.
Let’s look at what’s been going on nation-wide. The Ron Paul campaign has also been using the existing rules to elect delegates. Some of these delegates have since stated (publicly on various social media sites) their intent to undue the rules of the convention. They want to free delegates to vote for whomever they choose on the first ballot. This is an attempt to thwart the results of legitimate primaries. In other words they want to return to a system where conventions are brokered, decisions are made in a smoke-filled rooms, and the will of the people, as expressed in the primary season, will be thwarted.
The Mass GOP acted using the tools at their disposal to fix problem of their own making. But again I say, let me be clear: They used the existing rules.
How is this so different than what the Paul supporters were doing? They also used existing rules to flood the caucuses, often times gathering people who just barely registered in time, who have never been seen at Tea Party or GOP event, to show up and vote or even run to be a delegate. And this is nation-wide.
Yes, I do indeed agree with the Jazz Patriot that there is an un-Godly stench surrounding this massive debacle. And I agree that much if not all of it could have been avoided if the Mass GOP had used an ounce of wisdom instead of a ton of hubris. Had they done so, authentic conservatives would have gone to the caucuses on mass and together with the MA-GOP’s Old Guard, they would have outnumbered the Libertarians and we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
But to be fair, the stench emanating from this burning Gehenna dung pile comes equally from the Paul supporters. They too have been taking advantage of existing rules to try and force a brokered convention or at the very least weaken the Republican platform in the area of national defense.
What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander!
Now can we knock off the whining and worry about defeating Barack Insane Obama, Lie~Awatha Warren, The Red Headed Step Child, Howdy Doody Kennedy, and the rest of the DemonRats running in Massachusetts? It really is time to move on.