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Posted on 05/04/2012 3:07:15 PM PDT by Libloather
RNC might block entire Nevada delegation over Ron Paul delegate mischief
By Justin Sink - 05/03/12 08:53 AM ET
The Republican National Committee is warning the Nevada GOP that if supporters of Ron Paul are allowed to take too many slots for the national convention, the party may opt against seating the state's entire delegation.
"I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates, thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevadas entire delegation to the National Convention," said John R. Phillippe Jr., the chief counsel for the RNC, in a letter obtained by the Las Vegas Sun.
The RNC is concerned that the Paul campaign will game the state-level convention this weekend that selects delegates to the national convention. While Mitt Romney should be awarded 20 of the state's 28 delegates, based on his dominating win in the state's primary, it's possible that Paul supporters could exploit their strength in the Nevada GOP to get named to some of those delegate slots.
The national party is apparently concerned those delegates would then ignore party rules that would bind them to vote for Romney on the first round of balloting.
"If a prospective delegates name is certified to the RNC but has not been approved by an authorized representative of the candidate he or she professes to support, grounds for a contest may exist," Phillippe wrote. "In any case, to the extent a prospective delegate is purportedly elected in excess of the number of slots allocated to his or her preferred candidate, such delegate will be bound to vote at the national convention for the candidate to whom that delegate was allocated."
The national Republican organization is increasingly anxious over the ability of the Paul campaign to take over state-level organizations, especially in states like Iowa and Nevada that have outsized importance on the nominating process. National Republicans worry that if grassroots party loyalists aren't supporting the presumptive nominee, the party could struggle against President Obama's fundraising and organizational efforts. But Paul supporters say they should be credited for their ability to organize and win all-important delegates.
The congressman himself said Monday that his campaign was "doing very, very well" by exploiting some of the party's more obscure delegate selection rules.
"Just look at this last week. The news is very favorable to us. We could even end up winning Iowa, ironically enough. In Minnesota, we're doing well, and Maine, Nevada and Missouri. We're doing very, very well. Some of the states we could very well win or come up very much because the delegate process is completely different than these straw votes," Paul told Bloomberg TV.
"We're pleased. ... It's another month or so until they count all the delegates and we find out where we stand."
Read an article about Lamar County Georgia delegate issue with the Ron Paul’ers.
We have diluted the original intent of the Tea Party essence. Further allowing Ron Paul and his crazies to subvert the process any longer is masochism. To tell you the truth, this crap should end now.
Either we have a delegate system or we don’t. Set the rules and live by them. I’m tired of the Rino’s and others gaming the system. And people wonder why we have such bad government. It starts before anyone is elected.
Our election judge called the county officials, and put him on the phone. He was told to stand no closer than 10 feet from the building. I watched him from the window and made sure I clarified with every voter who took his flyer that it was a Ron Paul supporting slate. Voters have a right to know. I was really angry at their tactics. I reported it up to our area leader who assured me that it would be discussed with lawyers. I never heard whether there was further follow up. I expect this was going on county and state-wide here in PA. Voters usually don't know anything about the delegates so it's relatively easy to sway some of the votes. In a low turnout primary, it could easily make a difference.
COP: Halt or I'll fire!
The child runs right between BILLY and JAKE while the COP stops and raises his gun.
COP: Move, voters!
JAKE: (Grabbing BILLY to stop him from moving) Move an inch and I'll crush every bone in your body.
The COP has lost the girl, but he does not lower his gun -- it's an automatic weapon that looks all too loaded. He approaches the group angrily.
COP: You helped an enemy of democracy escape. She was stealing an apple of the people.
JAKE: (Whipping out his badge in an aggressive manner) Bullet. Cybernautics!
COP: That's traffic control.
JAKE is crestfallen and turns his badge around to look at it. The others, sans SEBASTIAN, can't believe their bad luck.
COP: Kneel, voters. You are under sentence of death. (To SEBASTIAN in the shadows) Come out of the shadows, voter.
SEBASTIAN walks forward, arms raised in surrender.
SEBASTIAN: What's the beef? Did she steal your lunch box?
The COP finally gets a look at who he's talking to.
COP: M-mm-many apologies, Voter Colonel. Had I known it was you...
He slowly lowers his gun, lowers his head, and clicks his heels in a salute.
COP: Forgive me.
SEBASTIAN: You know me?
COP: Of course, Voter Colonel.
SEBASTIAN: Who am I?
COP: You... are... Colonel Sebastian Doyle. Section chief of CGI. Head of the Ministry of Alteration.
SEBASTIAN: Remind me a little. What do we do at the "Ministry of Alteration?"
COP: You... change people, sir.
SEBASTIAN: In what way?
COP: You change them from being alive people, to being dead people.
To purify democracy.
COP: No one has done more to purge the ballot boxes than the Voter Colonel.
What’s that from so I can read it or watch it.
-—and the Nevada Republidunces can’t do anything right, anyway-—
I recommend starting with Series I Episode 1, "The End"
You probably will like it.
He is not, to my understanding, making any attempt to force the proportionality rules on Florida.
The corruption runs from top to bottom in that crowd ~ it will run out over the floors and spill into the Senate and House elections.
The degree of corruption at the RNC is so great it probably explains why our 2010 advances were not equaled in 2011 in the various by-elections around the country.
I think we have the sort of problem at the top that ought to probably lose the confidence of the Republican big dogs around the country.
So, what do we do next?
National Republicans worry that if grassroots party loyalists arent supporting the presumptive nominee, the party could struggle against President Obamas fundraising and organizational efforts.
What does a National Republican look like? Pink faced little pudgy guy like Karl Rove? The National Republican peoples didnt do so well in 2008 and plans are afoot to pee on them again this year.
It's like when OWS types complain that wealthy people use IRS loopholes that dumocrats themselves helped write to pay less in taxes.
The GOP is morphing into the DNC in more ways than one.
Nevada is probably just one of a couple of dozen states being gamed by hopeless minorities of losers ~ who were the guys who did this before the Paulistas decided to do it? Maybe McCain's crowd ~ think they did that stuff? Or could be even the Bushbots, or whoever. You might have to go back some years to find out why those rules are that way, but you'll end up with the IDs on the guys who game systems in the Republican party.
Maybe idiots shouldn’t have been enfranchised in the first place.
Anybody who thinks Americas problems will be solved electorally has rocks in their head
I am curious. Could you explain exactly why you loathe Libertarians?
Please take enough space to explain fully, as I am not so familiar with Libertarianism, and would really like to know.
Great series. The recent story arc on Eureka reminded me of that episode.
Poor widdle RNC same as the DNC. They got gamed!
I'd vote RP before MR!