Mr. and Mrs. Spacehabitats BOTH going to Tampa! *Updated*Submitted by spacehabitats on Sun, 06/17/2012 - 12:17
Mr. and Mrs. Spacehabitats BOTH going to Tampa!
Woohoo! WE DID IT!
Mrs. S won her election at the Iowa 3rd District caucus on the FIRST ballot with a majority of votes.
I slid in as an alternate on the At-Large slate we won on the convention floor Saturday in a nail-biter.
Here's my short version of the convention:
I think I helped in my small way by jumping to the mike for a couple of timely points of order/information. For example, they were going to start the election process before seating about a hundred alternates (mostly Ron Paul supporters)until I spoke up. It also didn't hurt that one of our outgoing central committeemen (Dave Fischer) was on the stand and shook his head when the chairman suggested going ahead with the process anyway. It eventually took 45 minutes to seat the alternates while we cooled our heels. But it turned out to be a crucial decision.
On Friday night we took all six (3 delegates and 3 alternates) in the 3rd including my wife, and eventually 11 of 12 delegates in all four of the districts.
On Saturday the convention turned ugly even before we adopted the rules committee report. The chairman of the Rules Committee was Ken (remember he and his wife Bonnie were a couple that we had befriended in 2008 at the district convention and eventually converted to Ron Paul). He was trying to have the convention rules adopted along with an amendment (passed by the committee) to handle the contingency of the rejection of the nominating committee's slate of At-Large delegates. The opposition immediately pounced and had the convention tied up in knots for hours while they tried to maneuver the convention into accepting rules that would have made it easy for them to reject our slate and substitute their own "unity" slate. They moved for amendments to the amendment and then (I kid you not), an amendment to the amendment to the amendment!?!?
After wasting hours of our time, they managed to defeat the original amendment and finally allowed us to accept the rules and get on with the convention.
Score one for the bad guys.
We defeated a bad amendment to the Iowa GOP constitution that They had forced onto the agenda aimed at muzzling the new central committee members (to prevent them from 'endorsing' political candidates).
We won our choice for RNC central committeeman (huge).
Narrowly lost the committeewoman. It took every opposition vote to defeat her. BTW our candidate (Kim Pearson) seems like a FABULOUS lady. She was articulate, intelligent, courageous. Did anyone hear her speech? Wow! Where has she been all my life? If she had won, the old fogeys at the RNC would have been in for a ride.
Just before the vote on the slate I was chatting with my arch nemesis, Monte, back stage. Remember, he was the one that introduced the new rule requiring a majority vs. plurality at the 3rd district. He was also the one on the nominating committee that smelled a "Ron Paul" rat and tried to promote the 'unity' slate yesterday at the convention by dissing the results of his own committee. (I think Monte and I have a mutual respect for one another. He plays rough but stays within the rules and I respect that.) Anyway, he was describing what he was going to propose after our slate was defeated. Since they had defeated our amendment to the rules, there was going to be no pattern for how to elect the remainder of the delegates. Chaos and anarchy. Robert's Rules could do it, eventually. But we would probably all still be there voting.
I'll admit. I was getting discouraged.
Then the vote came. The chair ruled against us. We stood for a division. We lost again. We demanded a paper ballot. We WON!!!!
What a rush! The room exploded with cheers. About a third of the delegates immediately filed out to go home (probably to clean their dentures) while the rest of us remained to vote on the platform in a warm glow.
We enacted a platform that was about 80% great constitutional conservative/libertarian statements with another 15% trivial/inconsequential ("We support a ban on the importation of feral swine", etc.).
[Warning - sexist statement coming]
I predict that Iowa's delegation will have some of the best looking female delegates at the convention including, of course, the Mrs. (he said without a shred of humility).
Hey, stuff like that does not hurt if you are going to be interviewed by the media.
All in all it was a pretty good day.
My wedding day. The births of my son and daughter.
And now June 16, 2012 at the Iowa State GOP convention.
Yeah, you could say it was a pretty good day.