Can we have some sanity and clarity please??Submitted by samadamscw on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 19:01
Look, I'm just as unhappy as the next fella about not winning Louisiana. But what I've seen here is a bad portent.
There seems to be a nearly overwhelming urge on this site to automatically assume fraud and covert dirty tricks when we don't win.
Before you spout off next time about how 'unfair' this whole process was, you might want to understand just EXACTLY what was happening here in Louisiana last night.
We met at caucus sites to choose delegates to our STATE GOP convention to be held on Feb 16th. Those delegates will choose 41 of the 47 delegates Louisiana has been granted to the National Convention in September. They will also have the opportunity to change the platform, party constitution and party by-laws. Usually these delegates are simply individuals who are active in the party and there is little if any concern about if they support a particular presidential candidate. This is more about the state party than the fall election.
They had planned this to be a low key event with little disruption in the status quo. We changed all of that.
When we filed a full slate of delegates committed to Paul, they freaked and got on the horn looking for what to do about us. Remember, most people are idiots when it comes to real nuts and bolts public policy. They don't have a clue as to the damage government intervention really does to the average American. They can't see past tomorrow what effects their policies will have - on either side of the aisle. So from their prospective, they were faced with a bunch of semi liberal crazy new comer conspiracy nuts trying to take over the party they had been dedicated to for decades. They didn't bother to research the truth, because they still think they get that from the MSM. These people are old school - get it?
I talked to several people there that unfortunately had already voted, and they said they thought Dr. Paul was pro-abortion and was really a liberal republican (this is where that damned libertarian label hurts us - people can't spell long words and so if they look similar they think it's the same word) Ironically, Lafayette here in Dist 7 is very individualist oriented and very libertarian, small government leaning and yet this is where we got stomped by this crowd. (that's our own fault, we should have known it would be a key issue - it always is)
Most people can't think past a sound bite. So they don't understand the principled position of a constitutionalist. To them, that's a waffle or a flip-flop. They don't get that the national government has no authority over abortion at all. (amongst other issues)
Had we made the case pre-emptively in our canvasing and campaigning that a President Paul would favor Louisiana passing it's own abortion laws without review from the Supreme Dunces, they would have flocked to him in droves. But then again, maybe not. You see politics is really won on a local level. And on that level, they trust people they already know. So when someone from their church tells them a certain list of delegates is pro-life and that crazy liberals are trying to destroy the party, guess what will be the result?
And mind you, they aren't doing this knowing it's false, they most likely believe it just as much as we believe in Dr. Paul.
There is a disconnect between the REAL Dr. Paul and the perception of the voting majority.
If we want to WIN we have to CHANGE that PERCEPTION.
I'm sick and tired of all the whining and crying. Let's take what we've learned and make sure it doesn't happen again.
If we are proactive about simplifying the good Dr.'s message for even the village idiot, then we are on the right track.
I will post what I think should be a new and solid strategy from here on out in another thread.