Fear And Loathing In The Maine GOPSubmitted by removed-by-requ... on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 20:14
My brother, a delegate chair, met with the Secretary of the Caucus of his town. This was a few days ago.
The Secretary and my brother talked about delegate information for about 15 minutes. As they were talking, a gentleman walked in, pulled up a chair, and sat down.
The Secretary introduced the man to my brother. My brother recognized the man....he holds a high office in the GOP in my brother's county.
After some small chit chat....this is the conversation that took place......keep in mind....neither the Secretary nor the GOP official knew that my brother was a Paul supporter.......
GOP Official: So, you're the guy who's going to be collecting delegates huh?
Brother: That's Right.
GOP Official: You know they're really worried about the state convention.
Brother: What do you mean?
GOP Official: You know, that they're going to hijack this thing.
Brother: What do you mean hijack? What are you talking about?
GOP Official: You know, the Ron Paul People. They're going to hijack the convention.
GOP Official. Yea...We're very concerned. They can hijack the state convention, and win the whole thing.
Brother: Wow...Really? You're that concerned huh?
GOP Official: Oh yeah. They have me setting up other caucuses in the smaller towns to get the delegates.
Brother: Is that possible? The deadline is February 11th.
They're going to announce the tally.
GOP Official: It has nothing to do with the straw poll. We're not going to add them to the tally, its about getting delegates. You know, it has nothing to do with the straw polls right? It's all about the delegates. You know, I've been to all the Caucuses in the county and Ron Paul dominated them all....hands down.
Brother: Even the other caucus...in the next town over?
GOP Official: Yeah...I went to all of them. I talked to the Councilman. I know Ron Paul won the entire county.
(then there was some more idle chit chat)
GOP Official: We need to do this to prevent the Paul supporters from hijacking the state convention. You know, they're going to increase security.
Brother: What are you expecting? You think they're going to riot?
GOP Official: No, not concerned about that. It's just that, you know, that Ron Paul people are very vocal.
Brother: I don't get it then...why the security? As long as they're being respectful, isn't it good to engage in dialogue?
GOP Official: Well, it's just they can be very vocal.
(GOP official then started talking about bylaws at the convention...but he kind of trailed off...and didn't finish his thoughts.)
The GOP official then started asking my brother personal questions.
GOP Official: Jim, I remember you from the Caucus.
Brother: Yeah...I remember you too.
The GOP official then looked out the window and saw my brother's car.
GOP Official: Jim, is that your car? The grey one? The one with the Ron Paul sticker?
Brother: Yes it is!
GOP Official: Wait, are you telling me that you are a Ron Paul supporter?
Brother: Yes I am!
The GOP Official then looked at the Secretary. They stared at each other for a few seconds. And then he looked down at the floor. Then there was silence...for about a minute.
The GOP Official then looked at my brother and said...
" You know, I don't have anything against Ron Paul or anything. It's just that his supporters, you know....
My brother then defended Paul supporters by saying that they are respectful, civil and totally engaged in the process. And that's what you want.
GOP Official...Well, its his views on the drug laws....
Brother: The war on drugs...the way it's set up...is not working. I have kids who can score drugs right around the block in this town. Why are you afraid to look at another philosophy?
The GOP official did not answer the question.
My brother then received a text from his wife...who was not feeling well. He told then GOP official and the Secretary that he had to leave. He wished them both a good day...and left.