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Snohomish County Convention: How Santorum Supporters Failed.

I have written down my recollections, perspective, and opinions on the Snohomish County GOP Convention. I went in as an alternate in the 1st Legislative District and was seated after the 2nd ballot.

I don't have all the details, this is just what I was able to piece together. It is shocking to see how the Santorum delegation failed to do the best for their candidate that was possible and try to damage Paul's chances.

http://blog.aaronjwilson.com/cognitive-dissonance-the-2012-s...

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Thank You!

for your time and patience, we need more patriots like you.

"Give me liberty or give me death" Patrick Henry

I think the Santorum supporters

would rather have their second choice, Romney win than give RP the slightest chance at winning a brokered convention. I think their main objective was to minimize the RP delegate count at all costs, even sacrificing two delegates for their own guy.

RP R3VOLution

Nice read

Santorum supporters aren't the smartest kids on the block. They are down right dolts!

Sounds like mistakes were made.

I don't know where they hang out but we need to go there and make clear to Santorum supporters how, right now, both their focus and ours should be on keeping Romney from 1144 and that we, therefore, need to work together.

Precisely. I wouldn't say

Precisely.

I wouldn't say that mistakes were made per se. I know that the previous Santorum leadership in the area was on board with the Unity Slate and blocking Paul. The new leadership simply didn't have time to gain the trust of the delegates or prepare the logistics for a new direction.

All of the discussion had between Santorum/Paul camps that I overheard were on board with working together and it being the best option for both of our campaigns.

Again, doesn't speak well to their (Santorum supporters not voting the slate) ability to think independently or objectively. Unless, as another comment mentions, they simple want "Anyone But Paul."

Ron Paul 2012
http://blog.aaronjwilson.com - Political commentary with a groove.
"Living The Dream."

Thanks!

I know that in other conventions Santorum supporters have played ball with the Paul campaign and won us some great victories. I feel that many of them were confused up here in WA after Santorum came out against the Unity Slate.

Especially after all the energy Frothy has put into making The Good Doctor out to be a dangerous radical.

Certainly, their actions here, does not speak well for their candidate or the capacity of those individuals who did not vote the slate to understand the convention process and their position in the race.

Ron Paul 2012
http://blog.aaronjwilson.com - Political commentary with a groove.
"Living The Dream."

Similar experience in the 10th District

Santorum leadership had no sway over their people. Santorum supporters were totally confused by the "unity" slate. This confusion was executed by a "cleaver" Romney staff that plastered their supporters with stickers promoting "unity". Unity was Romney, Santorum and Gingrich delegates (that’s right, everyone but Paul)...the fact that Santorum's people didn't understand Romney's need for 1144 delegates and how they were helping him was incredible!

During our 10th district caucus when Santorum's district person was called out by Ron Paul supporters regarding Rick Santorum's explicit desire to _not_ be on the "unity" slate all their rep mumbled was "ummm yeah, that's true". Because of the (intentional) confusion around the "unity" slate and lack of organization Santorum received few delegates. His supporters were confused by the process and didn't know how to organize / strategize. Unfortunately, we didn't do that well either with 1 confirmed RP person out of the 10 delegates...we however obtained the majority of the 10 alternates.

yep; YMMV!

In Clark Co. the Open Convention slate worked pretty well; Santorum delegates skated in easily in the early voting due to some being on both slates, but enough Santorum folks also voted Paul delegates in on the slate -- per our agreement -- that for the most part it ended up being Paul/Santorum down the line.

Where to go next? We all need to consider that one carefully.

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Awesome!

Glad to hear the good news!

Where to next? I am not sure. I know that for my part, I am going to do what I can to get more involved in the local party system.

Ron Paul 2012
http://blog.aaronjwilson.com - Political commentary with a groove.
"Living The Dream."