Have you ever heard the phrase "To many chiefs and not enough indians" ?
There is a time and place for top-down organization.
"People did not want to be directed by Al Gerhart or told they were doing wrong by not following his orders. This cost us delegates."
If "people did not want to be directed by Al Gerhart", then whom were they planning to be directed by? Were you guys planning to crowd source a cohesive plan for victory?
It seems to me that there were some serious misconceptions regarding the process of political organizing...