Comment: Yes, some didn't show, but that wasn't why we lost

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Yes, some didn't show, but that wasn't why we lost

I was on the floor doing lots of number calculating with the core group. We didn't loose because some didn't show up, we didn't have the numbers even if every delegate and alternate showed.

We lost the convention on March 17th at the County Caucuses. Over 2500 people voted in the Kansas City area for Paul in the meaningless primary - where were they?

We knew the numbers all along. Our hope was that with the recent announcements of the Romney lock on the nomination and the caving in of Santorum, that the establishment types wouldn't show up and we might have a chance between that and being joined by some of the disgruntled Santorum folks. Well, they showed up. (Now, whether everyone was an actual elected delegate or just a write-in by the state committee when they made the furious calls warning about the Ron Paul strategies, I don't know. It happened in '08 - there were people at the convention that were called by the Chairman and his cronies the night before telling them to "get down there" and defeat the Ron Paul people)

Our only shot once we realized that was to try to get a lunch break before the slate voting and hope some didn't come back. Well, they defeated that with a cheating decision by the Chair and the Parliamentarian and drug out the voting 2 hours past the scheduled lunch recess. They knew that too. The video from Santorum telling his people to vote for the Romney slate didn't help either, we lost some of our Santorum coalition.

For the most part they beat us fair and square minus some shenanigans at some rural caucuses.

Without the alternates we would have been in even worse trouble - alternates are the key!

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain