It was fairly hostile and the establishment clearly didn't want us in the caucus system. They kept the doors open past 10:00 am in several counties to mobilize more establishment voters. They shut the doors when they believed to be in the lead.
Our caucus started out as an us/them contest. The chair was more or less fair, but he did try to allow a voice count to pass in his favor. We moved for a standing count and it was priceless to see his reaction that we won. There weren't enough people to fill all of the delegate slots so everyone that wanted to be a delegate got elected.
There were various amendments to the GOP platform introduced, debated, passed, and rejected. There wasn't much reasonable debate. It was more of people replaying soundbites. Everyone's mind was pretty locked into place.
The next caucus meeting was the district convention. We had several RP delegates rejected for various reasons. The single biggest reason seemed to be a monetary or elected position in another party. The LP Ron Paul delegates got kicked out if it could be proven that they were members of the LP. Plus, we had several no shows. Our numbers were on the short end of the scale.
The chair broke rules and had his way at the District. We didn't have the numbers to effect any real change. The most interesting lessons from that day were that 1)some reporters really do support the GOP(an invited journalist seemed happy when a rule got twisted to put us down) and 2) that the electoral college voters are mainly picked at the caucus system.
The last trip as a MO delegate was the state convention. Ron Paul showed up and that made it worth the trip. The GOP would not let him speak at the convention so we all rented another venue the night before. The big lesson from the convention was that we need over whelming numbers to win. They eroded us down to less than 32% of the convention and we just had to sit there and listen to a day of propaganda. I did have some reasonable conversations/debates with establishment delegates after the event. It was more civil overall than the district convention. However, they had some really weird security. There was a motorcycle group as muscle. Off duty cops. On duty police. Plus, a military display from ROTC. Older delegate said that they had never seen so much security. Jackson County,(KC), got delegate all the way to national because they over whelmed their county caucus in a landslide victory.
The bottom line lesson is we need more numbers to show up, be versed in Roberts Rules of Order, and keep a cool head when the heats on high.
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