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State GOP stabs Paul backers in the back

The GOP elephant just stepped on and crushed its hardest workers. Such was the aftermath of the last weekend’s Republican State Convention in Missoula, and the ones who will pay the price for this stunning display of spitefulness will be Rick Hill, Denny Rehberg, Steve Daines and the rest of the statewide Republican ticket. The Old Guard Republican Party just shot itself in the foot — and shot its candidates in the back.

Political conventions in election years are normally all about building unity, laying aside differences and “closing ranks” around the party’s chosen nominees. Accordingly, the opening speech by former Gov. Judy Martz on Friday morning struck just the right chord — a gracious recognition of what the ideas of Ron Paul and the enthusiasm his supporters have come to mean to the Republican Party. Martz then called upon this strong and active contingent of the Montana GOP to join with the others in forming a united front for victory.

The Ron Paul backers in the audience — reportedly 47 percent of the state convention delegates — nodded in agreement. Romney’s nomination was a foregone conclusion. They weren’t there to change that, but rather, to keep Paul’s ideas active and alive, and to claim their well-earned place of respect at the GOP table. Gov. Martz’s comments notwithstanding, they were in for a cruel and shocking surprise.

The primary objective of the Paul delegation was to elect a proportional number of Paul delegates to the August national convention — partly to honor the party’s most conservative presidential candidate with a few symbolic votes, but more importantly, to have an opportunity to participate in the national platform.

Based on Paul’s showing in the Montana presidential primary, state party chairman Will Deschamps assured the Paul campaign that the state nominating committee would select five Paul people to be included on the slate of 20 nominees for the national convention. Deschamps then appointed a nominating committee comprised of himself and four other Romney individuals who subsequently nominated zero Paul people, even though nearly half of the state delegates present were in the Ron Paul camp. “In the spirit of unity,” the convention then flexed its “Old Guard” muscles by electing a 100 percent Romney delegation to go to Tampa.

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SteveMT's picture

We didn't have the numbers to stop the standing vote counts.

We were between 45-50%, not quite enough to change the status quo. Whenever a point was raised or a motion made, we could not change anything in our favor.

Not

"Romney’s nomination was a foregone conclusion."
NOT. He only has 419 delegates and can't win the nom until the convention. Which he may lose and Ron Paul will win and then GOP will usher out Jeb to be the nominee.

Keepin' it real.

Jeb...blah!

Another from the royal Bush clan...another neo-con prince! The choices keep getting worse here! Oh yeah, it's not a choice is it? They ram 'em all down our throats don't they? If it was a choice we all had...Paul would already be on his way to 2nd term and the country would be on the right road!

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Re-visiting frustration w/reading this story. It was that bad!

Posted there:
I was also a delegate at the GOP convention, and this story accurately summarizes what occurred. In other words, the GOP convention was a disgrace. The rules were rigged from the beginning, so merely following these unfair rules were all that was required for the GOP to get their Romney result. This good-ole-boy practice has set the Montana GOP back at least 20 years. The Party is dead for there are no new ideas. Ron Paul represented the very old ideas of following the Constitution, honesty in government, consistency in voting record, incorruptibility by special interests, and supporting individual rights. Mitt Romney represents none of these qualities.

Truth is

Mitt Romney represents EVERYTHING we fight against.

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We just have to beat them at...

...their own game. Where there's a will, there's a way. Never give up.

just keep fighting while

just keep fighting while those old sour geezers will be dying off from old age, and the educated liberty-minded people will take that shit over.

ever try to get a pig away from the feed trouth

Not a pretty sight.

sovereign

I like bacon.

Soooooey!!!

Best comment of the day

Thank you.
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Two party system aka Republocrats - ever tried to get a pig away from the feed trouth? @GovGaryJohnson #RonPaul #tcot #election2012

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Well said Kron

I still believe in a 'Miracle in Tampa'...currency collapse before the convention or something...'Romney Scandal' -- something what happened to Herman Cain.

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Anyone surprised? I've been

Anyone surprised? I've been saying the GOP establishment would do this all along. What makes anyone here think they won't in Tampa?

we wont let them push us

we wont let them push us around in tampa.

This is the reality

I agree Mike.
They will do it in Tampa.
Mark my words:
some RP delegates will face arrest.
People with RP t-shirts buttons signs will not be even allowed in.

Tampa convention will be just a heart breaking time for all of us.
Party unity - what a joke!

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I Live in Tampa

I live in Tampa and work downtown. In fact, from my office I watched the UN troops work with Centcom on their display of force last month. As I watched the chinook helicopters fly by, the paratroops drop in, and the foot soldiers raid the park near the Hillsborough River I couldn't help but think that they're getting ready for the Paul supporters. Get ready for a big fight. There won't even be a pretense of civility. Let's not forget they wouldn't even let Dr. Paul into the convention without an escort last time.

Tear gas... broken bones...

I fear someone might die.
If they kill some supporter of the good doctor imagine how millions of us will feel...

To tell you the truth if I had terminal cancer I would be willing to burn myself in protest once Romney became the GOP nominee.
Arab Spring began with a guy from Tunisia who burned himself in protest...

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Yes, it is unfortunate, but I

Yes, it is unfortunate, but I do believe Ron Paul supporters in Tampa will face a lot of problems. I wish the Ron Paul delegates in Tampa the best. We cannot trust the GOP, and I do not agree with reforming the GOP. We need to reform the entire system!

*sigh*

Sometimes, the pessimist in me takes over and I think it would just be best to enlist a few dozen of the Liberty-minded militias to march the delegates into the RNC and provide security for them.

Imagine the watching the scene on TV news with several hundred delegates being escorted by several thousand armed security personnel...

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Is there a good reason not to call on the militia

Is that not what they are for - to protect the people? To protect our rights? Would they not be willing to protect those trying to bring a fair process to this convention? I would think this would be the perfect place for an armed militia to surround and defend those working towards freedom and liberty.

slm

Or perhaps...

Veterans for Ron Paul? :)

How amazing would that be??

How amazing would that be?? If only..