State GOP stabs Paul backers in the backSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 06/22/2012 - 11:29
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.