Skip to comments.Showdown in the Show-Me State
Posted on 03/18/2012 2:53:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
.............[Jim]Talent [top Romney surrogate] isnt alone in thinking the caucus system is confusing. In 2008, Missouris presidential contest was a primary, not caucuses. Campaigns and the state party are scrambling to ensure voters understand the 2012 caucuses. Most counties will caucus today, but a handful have already held their caucuses or will do so later this month. Further complicating the matter is the fact that at the caucuses, the voters will pick delegates, not candidates. A caucus can pass a rule that binds delegates to a particular candidate, but its not clear how many caucuses will do so. Still, MissouriGOP communications director JonathonProuty predicts most caucus goers will know which delegate backs which candidates. We fully expect that it will be very clear who the delegates are supporting, so caucus goers will have a pretty good idea of the candidate preferences of the delegates theyre voting on, he says.
Both the drawn-out caucus calendar and the fact that its delegates, not candidates, being chosen mean there will be no official winner declared today. We believe that the media on the ground will have a pretty good sense of what happened, Prouty says, adding that the GOP wont release any official results.
In Missouris system this cycle, the county caucuses are just the first step. In April, congressional districts will pick their delegates, while the states at-large delegates will be picked in June. The 52 delegates sent to the convention will be all be bound to a particular candidate. (Another twist in the Missouri process is that if the mood of state Republicans changes in April and/or June, the delegates chosen to attend the convention wont necessarily reflect which candidate was popular in the March caucuses.) In other words, the final result for the Missouri contest wont be known until June.........
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MO GOP, you screwed up... what the hell are you doing, messing with a system that has worked well in the past. You’ve taken a simple primary voting process and turned it into a three ring circus... Gawd Man, can we start a new party now, call it the Tea Party or something? I know mankind is messed up, but when you do things that look this STUPID, don’t expect me to pant like a circus dog, ready for my next trick... I’m liable to bite your leg and drag you around the ring... imbeciles...
Why the hell spend my time at the pols... screw MO GOP, I quit!
A great 'nutshell'. . .
We knew this Primary was as ugly as it has ever been. But it appears that 'level of ugly' is now surpassed; and worse to come from this MO. Sausage making looks good, by comparison.
Thanks Republicans. We hardly know you these days.
Re: Post #9 - - Maybe the Santorum campaign (which has the most to gain from the MO caucuses) should have their attorney file against the Missouri GOP leadership for disenfranchising the voters of Missouri and demand results. How are they disenfranchised? If the results are not known until June, then the votes of the Missouri folks who went to the trouble to vote, really don’t count because the nominee could already be decided. Those 52 Delegates could affect this nomination process big-time.
Having read several articles on that MO caucus, it sounds like a ridiculous cluster to me. What’s wrong with just holding a primary election and be done with it. These caucuses just seem to me to be a powerful invitation to all kinds of back room dealing and rule breaking.
I’m glad we have a primary election here in TX.
How does one uninstall him? Virus removal software?