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04-22-2008, 10:44 AM

Missouri Caucus Coup Meets Insurgency
by RS Davis
The Freedom Files (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=383489697&Mytoken=C1976594-31D8-4F9C-B8E282446BBB57B72044698)

Hello Freedomphiles! Back in March 19ths Ron Paul Roundup, I told (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=368339821&Mytoken=26EDFB55-D0D0-4776-B8C6FFDFB67B465D23749833)you about what I have dubbed The Missouri Caucus Coup. The long and short of it is that according to primary rules in Missouri, the statewide vote is almost irrellevant, because party apparatchiks decide later at the caucuses who the delegates to the convention will be.

So, Ron Paul supporters showed up en masse to the caucus and elected a lot of delegates. These delegates are bound by the rules to vote for John McCain on the first ballot, but they also have a lot of power to decide what the official Missouri Republican Party Platform will be. As The Los Angeles Times reported (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/03/the-ron-paul-re.html)back in May:

...the caucuses help set the official party platform and deal with internal rules issues. The kind of stuff most folks ignore. Not the Paulistas, who swarmed meetings in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield and some rural counties and, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch put it, "snagged roughly a third of the 2,137 state Republican delegates."

All of which would be yawn-inducing except that "those delegates will determine the state GOP platform this spring and help select the presidential delegates to the national Republican presidential convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul in September."

Also in the weekend caucuses, the Paulistas "won approval for some of their man's key positions, including resolutions for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and against the federal Patriot Act and warrantless wiretaps."

So, with about a third of the delegates elected being Ron Paul supporters, the Missouri Republican Party, many of whom walked out in St Charles, were not going to accept this result. So, they played some games, as I told (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=194780914&blogID=369309935&Mytoken=0637AFB4-9C21-43C5-85487F6A372340A037735137)you in May 22nd Roundup. The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reported (http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2008/03/ron-paul-backers-tangle-with-state-gop-over-caucus-reports/):

Debbie Hopper, national field director for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas (and who is continuing his campaign for president), called Thursday to recount a contentious encounter that she had just had with Missouri Republican Party executive director Jared Craighead.

Hopper said that she had gone to the state party's headquarters in Jefferson City on Thursday to look at the reports turned in by the various sites' chairmen from last Saturday's caucuses.

Craighead refused to allow Hopper to look at the reports. Hopper noted that next Tuesday is the deadline for challenging the reports' content, or the proposed delegates approved at the caucuses and then OKed by the state party.

Hopper said she's concerned that the state Republican Party is out to disenfranchise the Paul delegates selected at those caucuses, or that some of the caucus chairmen.

They got the lists, finally, in the middle of the night on the Monday before challenges were due. Everything seemed in order.

So, the rEVOLutionaries got the delegates, but the Party was more interested in disenfranchising them. That brings us to the news from this last Sunday. Again, The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/missouristatenews/story/64CF6ED868C2A80286257431000BBF84?OpenDocument):

Ron Paul's local forces came armed with a portable copier and Robert's Rules of Order as they marched Saturday into the cafeteria of Kirkwood High School.

But that wasn't enough to counter the tactics of Republican regulars at the party's 2nd Congressional District convention.

Within minutes, amid a mix of cheers and protests, district GOP leaders disqualified almost half of the convention delegates or alternates — most of them suspected supporters of the Texas congressman's presidential bid.

Wow, this is akin to the child who doesn't want to hear the truth covering his ears and screaming, "I can't hear you! I'm not listening!"

"It was a ramrod job!'' shouted Don Griffin, a conservative Republican activist and Paul supporter, as he confronted convention chairman Rich Magee after the session adjourned. "You should be ashamed of yourself.''

Magee, mayor of Glendale, said the delegate purge complied with last-minute changes in convention rules approved by the state party, which placed credentials committee business atop the agenda. That was necessary, Magee added, to protect the results of the state's Feb. 5 presidential primary, won by John McCain. As a result, McCain is guaranteed all 58 Missouri's delegates.

The resulting slate is called the "Faithful Republican Slate." Interesting. And people wonder why I don't put much faith in the GOP as harbinger of any kind of libertarian rEVOLution.

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04-22-2008, 07:43 PM
So whats the next step?
Don't ever give up! :mad:

Is the GOP Worth Saving? = Only if Ron Paul is elected.

04-22-2008, 08:00 PM
How did they disqualify the delegates? What was the excuse they used? :mad:

04-23-2008, 07:06 AM
I looked all over for more details, but it doesn't appear it was widely reported. From what I gathered from the article, they changed the rules at the last minute so they could disqualify elected delegates. I'm not sure there is anything that CAN be done, other than learning a lesson about what lengths the apparatus will go to in the quest for control.

Chester Copperpot
04-23-2008, 07:09 AM
Not only is the GOP worth saving but it is in all likelihood NECESSARY to save in order for the Liberty platform to get a chance in America.

04-23-2008, 07:41 AM
Not only is the GOP worth saving but it is in all likelihood NECESSARY to save in order for the Liberty platform to get a chance in America.


04-23-2008, 10:17 AM
Is the GOP worth saving? No. Is it worth taking over? Yes. But then so is the democratic party.