I observed the NE convention today in person as a guest. I've been a member of this site for over 5 years, and I've got no reason to hide anything, since I don't have a dog in this particular fight. If there was cheating, fraud, or if someone had screwed up, I'd call them out on it (none of that happened). If you want to know what actually happened, here it is.
1 - Only 40% of the delegation were "Paul" delegates. There wasn't a majority, or even close to a majority, so there were significant limits on what could be accomplished. Plus, because the RNC / Romney campaign knew what the numbers were, they were very well prepared and made effective use of their voting bloc.
2 - Almost every Paul delegate won at the county conventions showed up today. The problem, however, was that due to the huge amounts of media attention this event has garnered over the last couple of weeks, the Romney delegates also showed up in force. Had more of them stayed home, which has happened in other states, this would have been a different story.
3 - There were no "electronic" voting machines. There were paper ballots that were counted by a mechanical "scantron" machine. The entire process was very carefully monitored by campaign officials from both sides as well as volunteers, and no irregularities were noted. There was no fraud here.
4 - Laura Ebke and her people did a commendable job - they were organized and had a good plan in place that gave them the best possible chance for a positive outcome. The simple fact of the matter is that they just didn't have the numbers to be successful. The other side turned out their delegates just as well as they did, and at the end of the day the there was more for Romney than there were for Paul. The unfortunate results aside, this was one of the cleanest, most well managed, and transparent conventions I've seen.
In the immortal words of Paul Harvey, "now you have the rest of the story".
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