Victory - Saul Concedes, but doesn't apologize - a RINO?
In short, the so called 3rd tier candidates have had their chance to make an impression and if they cannot poll beyond 1 or 2 percentage points of support, they are simply getting in the way of the real debate of how to move our party and our country forward.
First, I would simply note he doesn't follow his own rhetoric. He called for the petition on 5/16. If cutting the number of low polling candidates was important than WHY DID HE NOT MENTION THAT in his entry the next day but instead mentioned people approved of his getting Paul ejected, and not for his low poll numbers but his statements.
Ron Paul is polling at 3% in the Zogby poll, and consistently polls higher on the internet. So what his his point? If you eliminate the 1%ers, Paul is left standing with three other declared candidates (only Fred Thompson polls above him in the undeclared category). He did note the clutter, fine, but why then remove the highest polling member of the group and not someone buried in the statistical noise? It wasn't lost in the rhetoric, it was carefully buried by him.
At the same time, I haven't heard of anyone running a petition to get tax-and-spend baby killing liberals removed from the republican debates.
Again, do you want civility or not? That is what was really intolerable. The base is told to shut up and vote for RINOs who are given the full party machine support. Then when someone who is truly conservative comes along, the party machine tries to get them kicked out.
Where is Reagan's 11th commandment?
Where is the Big Tent.
Michigan is one of the worst states. I worked on the Ronna Romney campaign both times. The second time, she was clearly going to be the choice, but they found a liberal pro-abort millionaire willing to spend his money to make it tough in the primary. Then when Ronna won the primary, prominent republicans like Helen Milliken (We called RINOs "Milliken Republicans" after the liberal GOP Governor before RINO was coined) who said to "vote your conscience" if you didn't like her stand on abortion. I.e THE MICHIGAN GOP BIGWIGS SAID TO VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT INSTEAD OF A CONSERVATIVE. They at least didn't do it directly out of the party.
Saul's blog has this in a text box on the right:
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And it says all over the place it is the official Michigan Republican Party blog. If Saul wants to express personal opinions, he can do so from his own space. Most companies don't let people use their letterheads for things that they don't specifically authorize.
Fine, we should stop bothering the Michigan GOP as there is nothing else to be gained but remember
THEY DECLARED WAR. THEY BURNED DOWN THE BIG TENT. THEY ARE SPEAKING ILL OF A REAL REPUBLICAN.
I plan on being civil, but I will throw this in their face if they ask me for any support. No more big tent, no more RINOs. If they can't hold their nose and let Ron Paul in, I say throw the RINOs out of the party, and don't give any support until they do.
There is no reason to support the party - it stands for nothing but self-perpetuation. Maybe it will change, but not by giving it help.