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Matt Collins
04-03-2015, 03:51 PM
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April 2, 2015 | By Morton Blackwell

In early 1961, I decided to try to be a Goldwater delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention. When Barry Goldwater beat the party establishment and won the G.O.P. Presidential nomination, I was his youngest elected delegate at San Francisco's Cow Palace. And I've been deeply involved in politics ever since.

In 1975, I wrote an article for the Young Americans for Freedom magazine New Guard entitled, "So You Want To Go To A Convention?"

Oklahoman Steve Antosh read the article and followed my advice. The next year, at age 19, Steve was elected a Reagan delegate to the 1976 G.O.P. national convention. Four years later, in 1980, Steve was the National Director of Youth for Reagan.
For you, as for Steve Antosh and for me, conservative activism could be the route to the Big Convention and, perhaps, a career in the public-policy process.

Hard Work Pays Off For Conservatives
If you're a liberal Democrat, and you're a black lesbian militant with a Spanish surname, the Democrats' convention rules are written with quotas for you. If you are a conservative -- Democrat or Republican -- chances are you'll have to work hard to win a seat on your state's national convention delegation.

Each state has its own rules for national convention delegate selection. States may and often do change their state laws and party rules between national conventions.

Under their national rules and U. S. Supreme Court decisions, state Democratic parties may adopt rules for national convention delegate selection which are inconsistent with state laws. The national Rules of the Republican Party now also provide that state Republican Party rules for national delegate selection prevail over state law on this subject.

Most delegates are elected in states with primaries, but primary and convention rules vary greatly from state to state. Learning your state's applicable laws and party rules is a key, first step toward becoming a delegate.

If your state is one of those which have no presidential primary, you may have to mount a major operation to attract people to a caucus or win support from local delegates to a district or state convention.

If you already know how to draw a crowd, work a convention, use parliamentary procedure, form alliances, and count votes, you have a head start on the road to the Big Convention.

If your state elects delegates in a presidential primary, your problems will be somewhat different. A primary can involve precinct organization, TV, radio, social media, and press advertising, a great deal of money, and many more people than a convention. But while it helps to be an expert at convention politics and primary election politics, your personal reputation and your candidate preference are likely to prove much more important.

Some states have "winner take all" presidential primaries.

Other states use proportional representation. Under this system, presidential candidates who get a sizable minority of the primary votes may get some of the state's delegate votes.

Rules for delegate apportionment for candidates in proportional primary states vary widely.

In some primary states, delegates are elected by the party separately from the presidential primary. In these states, delegates are bound by the primary to vote at the national convention for the presidential candidate who wins the state's primary, for one or more ballots or until "released" by the candidate for whom they were obliged to vote.

Neither state conventions nor primaries require the delegates to vote a certain way on other issues which may come before the national convention, such as credentials contests, the party platform, or proposed changes in the party's national rules.

You can see how important it is to work hard to familiarize yourself with the rules which govern the delegate selection process in your state.

In every state, whether delegates are selected by primaries or by conventions, the system is wide open at the bottom. Anyone can be a member of any party and participate in its delegate-selection process. You win if you get the most people to turn out for a primary, a caucus, or a convention.

Building Your Base
I began in early 1961 to consider the available routes in Louisiana to become a delegate to the 1964 G.O.P. nominating convention.

There seemed to be only two sorts of people elected delegates to national conventions: those who had worked long and hard for the party over many years and those who had contributed substantial sums of money to the party and its candidates.

Neither avenue was open to me. I had neither the time nor the funds to qualify. To develop a third route, I settled on youth politics.

I helped organize Louisiana State University's YAF chapter in 1961. In 1962, I helped organize L.S.U.'s first College Republican Club and was the first elected College Republican state chairman for Louisiana.

In 1963 and early 1964, I ran the youth campaign for Charlton Lyons, the Republican candidate for governor of Louisiana. Mr. Lyons won eight smashing, upset victories in college student mock elections, which raised my credit in the party. Later in the spring of 1964, I was elected state chairman of the Young Republicans.

I wore out my old Rambler organizing youth activities across the state.

Having worked closely with party leaders in all eight congressional districts, I became one of the handful of Republicans known to virtually every local leader who would be at the state convention. Senior party leaders were comfortable with me.

I ran for national delegate with the simple slogan: "Elect one young person." The 1964 Louisiana Republican state convention elected four at-large delegates to the 1964 G.O.P. national convention: three well-off, veteran party activists and me.

The Team
Of course I would never have been a delegate if my presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater, had not been popular in the state party. In 1963, I was one of the original eight members of the Steering Committee of National Youth for Goldwater. I ran openly as a Goldwater supporter.


This brings me to the central fact for aspirants to delegate slots:

In a national presidential nomination contest, each candidate's district and state organizations may run slates of delegate candidates.

If you are not slated by a candidate's organization, you are very unlikely to be elected a national delegate at a district or state convention or in a state primary.

Occasionally, particularly in a convention state, a party senior statesman can be elected as an uncommitted delegate. Newcomer mugwumps (those who sit on the fence with their mug on one side and their "wump" on the other) go nowhere.

Why might a candidate's state organization want you on their team? Here are some questions your candidate's organization will consider when you ask to be slated as a delegate or alternate delegate:



Are you committed to our candidate?
Are your commitments ever shaken by pressure, threats or bribes?
Do you have personal supporters whose help would strengthen our candidate's entire slate of delegates?
Will you be a hard-working campaigner for our slate of delegates?
Are you sure to attend the national convention?
Could you be useful to our candidate in winning more delegates to our side at the national convention?
Do you have support and contacts in our candidate's national organization?
Is there any likelihood you will say or do something foolish to damage our candidate?
Is there anything in your background which would embarrass our candidate?
Do we like you?

If you are philosophically sound, technologically proficient, and movement oriented, you should pass muster on all these questions. Being a well-known volunteer leader would increase your chances of being slated by your candidate's organization.

Alternatives May Work For You
You don't have to be a delegate to go to a presidential nominating convention.

An alternate delegate has all the rights and privileges a delegate has except voting. An alternate delegate may have a better time, because at contested conventions delegates are encouraged not to leave the convention floor even during dull speeches.
In fact, you do not have to be either a delegate or an alternate delegate to have an impact on the events at a convention. When I was a Goldwater delegate in 1964, my major accomplishment was minor at the national convention in San Francisco. As a volunteer, I stuffed campaign envelopes for other delegates in the Goldwater mailroom.

In 1968, as a Reagan alternate delegate, I was able to help convince a couple of uncommitted delegates to vote for Reagan.
At the 1972 G.O.P. convention, I was neither delegate nor alternate. But I worked successfully with the conservative forces fighting against a well-organized, well-funded liberal attempt to change the national party rules governing delegate allocation and bonus delegates.

A plan I drafted, which came to be known as the California Compromise (or the Briar Patch Plan), was adopted by the 1972 convention after a major, nationally televised, conservative vs. liberal fight.

The principal speaker for our conservative plan was California Governor Ronald Reagan. Since 1972 that delegate allocation plan has withstood liberal challenges in court and at some subsequent G.O.P. national conventions. With few changes, it still is the basis for the allocation of delegates to the national convention.

Since 1964, I've participated actively in each of the GOP national conventions, almost always as a delegate or alternate delegate but also, since 1988, as a member from Virginia of my party's national committee. The circumstances back in 1972, when I was not even an alternate delegate, permitted me to have what was probably my biggest impact to date on what went on at a presidential nominating convention.

So don't miss a national convention just because you can't be a delegate.

Start Now
In politics you can start late, but you can never start too early.

Maximize your effectiveness by joining your candidate's campaign organization as soon as you can. Call your candidate's office. Sign on early as an activist. The election process puts a premium on volunteer efforts. You should be welcomed with open arms.
Your work for your candidate, not whether or not you are a delegate, will determine your position in your candidate's convention organization.

The Big Convention comes only once every four years. It's too good an opportunity to miss. If you are serious about becoming a delegate or alternate, you should get a copy of your state party's rules from local or state party officials, or from your candidate's state or national organization.

Conservatism is now politically fashionable. But few people will beg you to assume leadership. As historian Paul Johnson wrote, leadership, in its essence, is a combination of courage and judgment. If you plan carefully, work hard, and keep alert for good breaks, you may make a difference at a national convention. And you'll learn a lot.


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JK/SEA
04-03-2015, 04:00 PM
would love to, only problem is the asswipes running the republican party probably wouldn't want someone who was a State Delegate for Ron Paul in 2008...

Matt Collins
04-03-2015, 04:22 PM
would love to, only problem is the asswipes running the republican party probably wouldn't want someone who was a State Delegate for Ron Paul in 2008...
Yes, that part explained is here:

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?471951-2016-RNC-Rules-update

CPUd
04-03-2015, 08:48 PM
Morton Blackwell was one of the ones fighting the rules changes at the 2012 RNC. When it came time to vote, he was still on the bus, which was driving around the venue. He wasn't a Ron Paul guy, either, just an advocate for grassroots in general.

TheTexan
04-03-2015, 09:13 PM
Do You Want to be a National Convention Delegate?



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TheTexan
04-04-2015, 04:52 PM
Bumping important thread

puppetmaster
04-04-2015, 05:01 PM
Was a state delegate for RP. Fun stuf But very political.

cajuncocoa
04-04-2015, 05:23 PM
You lost me at #'s 8, 9, & 10.

Stratovarious
04-04-2015, 07:47 PM
Warning: I realize I'm not the perfect candidate but would at least like to give it a shot !


1.Are you committed to our candidate?
Yes
2.Are your commitments ever shaken by pressure, threats or bribes?
You mean peeing on my lawn ? Yes. Buying me a soda ? Yes
3.Do you have personal supporters whose help would strengthen our candidate's entire slate of delegates?
Yes , I mean no , the word delagate is over my head .
4.Will you be a hard-working campaigner for our slate of delegates?
Yes , I can work at least two hours every other tuesday.
5.Are you sure to attend the national convention?
What Nation ? (he he ha...)
6.Could you be useful to our candidate in winning more delegates to our side at the national convention?
Yes , I have a Federal Reserve Printing Press in my basement.
7.Do you have support and contacts in our candidate's national organization?
I have gummie bears.
8.Is there any likelihood you will say or do something foolish to damage our candidate?
You mean like declaring I'm the real DARPA Director or I hate gays and Vaccines ?
9.Is there anything in your background which would embarrass our candidate?
I'm pretty good at looking desperate, is that embarassing ?
10.Do we like you?
Do you like herpes?

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Stratovarious
04-04-2015, 07:49 PM
You lost me at #'s 8, 9, & 10.


:D:cool::D

Carlybee
04-04-2015, 08:10 PM
No thank you.

hillertexas
04-06-2015, 08:16 AM
Bump

cruzrulez
04-08-2015, 03:43 PM
No thank you.

Would you at least like to become a state delegate? Where do you live?

Carlybee
04-08-2015, 04:15 PM
Would you at least like to become a state delegate? Where do you live?

No thank you. I was elected a county delegate in 2008 in Harris County, TX...however I have no desire to be a Republican again or even part of the process at this point in time.

cruzrulez
04-08-2015, 04:22 PM
No thank you. I was elected a county delegate in 2008 in Harris County, TX...however I have no desire to be a Republican again or even part of the process at this point in time.

Okay, fair enough. What made you not want to do it this time?

Carlybee
04-08-2015, 04:24 PM
Okay, fair enough. What made you not want to do it this time?


History

cruzrulez
04-08-2015, 04:30 PM
History

Please don't mind me, but I'd like to take an accurate assessment of the reasons. It's going to be important to know why you personally have been turned off by becoming a Delegate.

Carlybee
04-08-2015, 05:49 PM
Please don't mind me, but I'd like to take an accurate assessment of the reasons. It's going to be important to know why you personally have been turned off by becoming a Delegate.

I don't see why it's important. Let's just say the actions of the GOP with regard to the Ron Paul delegates leading up to and during the last RNC left a sour taste in my mouth as well as being very enlightening as to "the way things are". It's irrelevant however because I no longer belong to their party.

cruzrulez
04-08-2015, 05:58 PM
I don't see why it's important. Let's just say the actions of the GOP with regard to the Ron Paul delegates leading up to and during the last RNC left a sour taste in my mouth as well as being very enlightening as to "the way things are". It's irrelevant however because I no longer belong to their party.

same for me too, but must keep pushing forward. This is important, because there's a challenge to motivate the "old timers" into teaching the "youngsters". It's very important to that aspect of passing the torch onwards and building critical momentum!

Matt Collins
04-08-2015, 06:08 PM
No thank you. I was elected a county delegate in 2008 in Harris County, TX...however I have no desire to be a Republican again or even part of the process at this point in time.
All that is needed for tyranny to triumph is for good people to do nothing...

Carlybee
04-08-2015, 06:22 PM
All that is needed for tyranny to triumph is for good people to do nothing...


Thank you for that platitude. Tyranny HAS triumphed. We live in a virtual police state. Our every move is watched. Our every conversation listened to. We are physically groped before we can fly on a plane. Candidates cannot get elected without millions and millions of dollars and then they must compromise those very same principles that inspired that quote in order to pay lip service to War, Inc. It's not 2007 anymore. Hope and change has left the building. That's how I feel..I expect everyone else to follow their own path.

At any rate, I won't rain on the parade here but rather than posting that list of criteria perhaps you should post a detailed list of every step required to actually become a delegate from the precinct level up.

Mr.NoSmile
04-08-2015, 06:24 PM
I'm sure people here would like to be delegates. Whether they will let them is another thing. The Maine delegation wasn't that long ago. Ideally, I'd see delegates being chosen more if they were already a part of the Party process leading up to this point. Let's not forget how often longstanding members make the valid and correct claim that younger folks only show up when it's to benefit their candidate and rarely appear at other events.

cruzrulez
04-08-2015, 07:00 PM
I'm sure people here would like to be delegates. Whether they will let them is another thing. The Maine delegation wasn't that long ago. Ideally, I'd see delegates being chosen more if they were already a part of the Party process leading up to this point. Let's not forget how often longstanding members make the valid and correct claim that younger folks only show up when it's to benefit their candidate and rarely appear at other events.

Here's the thing though. In a lot of state conventions 2012, we were very very close to a majority. Think Iowa. Rand has wider appeal, or at least we will surely find out.

Not to mention, the lasting effect of precinct comitteepeople, and having a high impact on local elections if one is so inclined to keep going. I'd say at least show up for, and coach someone who's interested in becoming a Delegate if you see the opportunity to do so. Also tell them of your negative aspects too, because that's also useful.

TheTexan
04-08-2015, 07:06 PM
Here's the thing though. In a lot of state conventions 2012, we were very very close to a majority. Think Iowa. Rand has wider appeal, or at least we will surely find out.

Not to mention, the lasting effect of precinct comitteepeople, and having a high impact on local elections if one is so inclined to keep going. I'd say at least show up for, and coach someone who's interested in becoming a Delegate if you see the opportunity to do so. Also tell them of your negative aspects too, because that's also useful.

Yes, we were super duper close last time. I bet we'll be super super duper close this time.

cajuncocoa
04-08-2015, 07:09 PM
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Interesting username on Ron/Rand Paul's Forum. Are you recruiting people to be national delegates for Ted Cruz?

Carlybee
04-08-2015, 07:14 PM
Yes, we were super duper close last time. I bet we'll be super super duper close this time.


I bet no one even gets their fingers broken this time.

Matt Collins
04-08-2015, 07:17 PM
Tyranny HAS triumphed. Only because it hasn't been fought effectively.


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TheTexan
04-08-2015, 07:18 PM
Only because it hasn't been fought effectively.


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Indeed. Agreed 1000%.

cajuncocoa
04-08-2015, 07:19 PM
Only because it hasn't been fought effectively.


\So why did Jesse Benton give away my state's delegates to Romney last time? No thanks, not interested to watch some last minute deal like that take place again.

Besides, there's still the problem of not qualifying under #'s 8, 9, & 10.

Matt Collins
04-08-2015, 07:29 PM
So why did Jesse Benton give away my state's delegates to Romney last time? I am not sure that he did...

cruzrulez
04-08-2015, 07:32 PM
So why did Jesse Benton give away my state's delegates to Romney last time? No thanks, not interested to watch some last minute deal like that take place again.

Besides, there's still the problem of not qualifying under #'s 8, 9, & 10.

Ahhh, those last minute deals. sons of bitches! yes, this must be addressed.

Carlybee
04-08-2015, 07:56 PM
Only because it hasn't been fought effectively.


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Hard to fight effectively when liberty gets tossed under the bus in order to play the never ending game.

silenced
04-08-2015, 09:40 PM
I need some information for South Carolina. I will be moving there next week from Pennsylvania and would like to get involved.

cajuncocoa
04-08-2015, 10:04 PM
I am not sure that he did...
And here I thought you knew everything.

cruzrulez
04-08-2015, 10:43 PM
I need some information for South Carolina. I will be moving there next week from Pennsylvania and would like to get involved.

Well, unfortunately for SC, it is a winner take all primary state and there is no Caucus. Unless Rand wins, you're bound to vote for someone else.

TheTexan
04-08-2015, 10:53 PM
you're bound to vote for someone else.

That's ok. The important thing is that you vote.

MelissaCato
04-09-2015, 07:23 AM
I really do wish Ron Paul was running again. Darn it.

cajuncocoa
04-09-2015, 07:35 AM
That's ok. The important thing is that you vote.
And vote as hard as you can! ;)

H. E. Panqui
04-09-2015, 08:19 AM
...'the rand paul campaign' has made it very easy for me!...their stinking political tactics and/or beliefs are ruinous and gd foolish like the rest of the stinking republicrats...so i will be working/hoping that rand gets less support than ron...

...stinking miserable ignorance needs to be punished...certainly not rewarded...

euphemia
04-09-2015, 08:24 AM
Okay, fair enough. What made you not want to do it this time?

Republicans are as corrupt as the day is long. I was a county delegate once. That was enough, and we have video proof of what we saw.

Carlybee
04-09-2015, 11:24 AM
...'the rand paul campaign' has made it very easy for me!...their stinking political tactics and/or beliefs are ruinous and gd foolish like the rest of the stinking republicrats...so i will be working/hoping that rand gets less support than ron...

...stinking miserable ignorance needs to be punished...certainly not rewarded...


Did you support Ron?

Carlybee
04-09-2015, 11:25 AM
Republicans are as corrupt as the day is long. I was a county delegate once. That was enough, and we have video proof of what we saw.

^^ what she said

H. E. Panqui
04-11-2015, 02:45 PM
Carlybee writes: Did you support Ron?


(..yes..he is only 'national politician' i have supported in some 35 years...i am FAR from a completely enthusiatic supporter like my wife and several good friends...but i saw an opportunity to embarrass the stinking republican party so i became a republican caucus delegate (proudly, one of 'the 1118') in 2012 in maine...

...btw, i have never heard such a howl!! of delight in maine when we won the floor/chairmanship by 4 votes...what great fun it was to see the horrified looks on the faces of the tired, old, stoooooooopid, mainstream romney republicans!...

...i'd like to do it again sometime..heck, i think i'd do it for jesse ventura even if he 'went republicrat'..but NO WAY FOR RAND...rand has chosen the tired, old, stooooooooooooopid republican way!..YUCK!!

cruzrulez
04-11-2015, 04:11 PM
Carlybee writes: Did you support Ron?

...btw, i have never heard such a howl!! of delight in maine when we won the floor/chairmanship by 4 votes...what great fun it was to see the horrified looks on the faces of the tired, old, stoooooooopid, mainstream romney republicans!...



this is why we do it.

Anti Federalist
04-11-2015, 04:36 PM
And vote as hard as you can! ;)

And Obey Hard.

erikvoss
04-12-2015, 09:01 PM
Well, unfortunately for SC, it is a winner take all primary state and there is no Caucus. Unless Rand wins, you're bound to vote for someone else.

Yes, however it is still worthwhile to run... even if for a different candidate. Remember, the chances of a brokered convention have increased with the new rules the Romney campaign backdoored in last election. In a brokered convention you are free to vote for any candidate who has won eight or more states. (It used to be five.) We do not want establishment types to have these votes. Always look at the big picture and never get discouraged. :)

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usnews.com%2Fnews%2Farticles% 2F2014%2F03%2F11%2Fa-brokered-gop-convention-in-2016&ei=PjIrVdP0BIytogT_74GIBA&usg=AFQjCNFehmS932NwoTA8mcv06I9tENhdeQ&bvm=bv.90491159,d.cGU

cruzrulez
04-13-2015, 06:25 AM
Yes, however it is still worthwhile to run... even if for a different candidate. Remember, the chances of a brokered convention have increased with the new rules the Romney campaign backdoored in last election. In a brokered convention you are free to vote for any candidate who has won eight or more states. (It used to be five.) We do not want establishment types to have these votes. Always look at the big picture and never get discouraged. :)

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usnews.com%2Fnews%2Farticles% 2F2014%2F03%2F11%2Fa-brokered-gop-convention-in-2016&ei=PjIrVdP0BIytogT_74GIBA&usg=AFQjCNFehmS932NwoTA8mcv06I9tENhdeQ&bvm=bv.90491159,d.cGU

You have a great point there!Personally, I wouldn't want to show up and spend time and money to attend the RNC, which would pretty much end up being a Republican party rah-rah commercial.

But if we are very close in delegate totals, it would make sense to go.

erikvoss
04-14-2015, 11:15 AM
You have a great point there!Personally, I wouldn't want to show up and spend time and money to attend the RNC, which would pretty much end up being a Republican party rah-rah commercial.

But if we are very close in delegate totals, it would make sense to go.

Currently polling shows that no candidate may have a majority of delegates from eight states. I highly suggest we still persue delegates. Keep watch here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statewide_opinion_polling_for_the_Republican_Party _presidential_primaries,_2016

cruzrulez
04-14-2015, 09:25 PM
This is a good page to point someone to if they are interested in becoming Delegates. It's actually really important!

https://randpauldelegates.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/man_woman_hair_colorized.png?w=379&h=260

Become a Rand Paul Delegate! (https://randpauldelegates.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/become-a-rand-paul-delegate/)


"Itís actually fun to become a Delegate! But what does it take?
First, you need to dedicate an evening of your time at Caucus to become an elected Delegate.
What you need to know is the Time, Date, and Location of your Neighborhood precinct caucus.
Each state and county has their own rules for selection..."

Learn more at
http://www.randpauldelegates.com (http://www.randpauldelegates.com/)

wmmonk
02-21-2016, 06:44 PM
Do we know if Rand's campaign is still secretly pursuing this option?
If so, I may have to swing my support from Vermin Supreme, to Rand...

wmmonk
03-09-2016, 09:28 PM
That's ok. The important thing is that you vote.

Almost a year ago, and you were still being an encourager to vote.
It's so fantastic you have been consistent.

TheTexan
03-09-2016, 10:51 PM
Almost a year ago, and you were still being an encourager to vote.
It's so fantastic you have been consistent.

Voting is timeless. It was around long before we were here, and it will be around long after we're dead.

Because its beautiful, and efficient.

noface0711
03-24-2016, 07:04 AM
I'm sure people here would like to be delegates. Whether they will let them is another thing. The Maine delegation wasn't that long ago. Ideally, I'd see delegates being chosen more if they were already a part of the Party process leading up to this point. Let's not forget how often longstanding members make the valid and correct claim that younger folks only show up when it's to benefit their candidate and rarely appear at other events.