This is the poll where NBC combined the undecideds in a bunch of polls to get a statistical sample, asked them who they liked, and found they liked Ron Paul. We ARE the undecideds. Mind you, Matthews then describes us and our motivations unrecognizably, but it is what it is.
Vic "The Politics Guy" Beradelli, co-chair of the Maine RLC and Penobscot State Committee, said this in an e-mail that went out to some:
"These are the resolution votes at today's special meeting of the Maine GOP State Committee. They were amended to past tense because they were submitted originally for special meeting prior to the Republican National Convention which Webster managed to put off until Sept. 1, after RNC ended.
Resolution to express displeasure that the duly-elected delegates to RNC were not seated and expressing displeasure that the State Chair did not intervene on their behalf passed 45-21.
Resolution calling the challenge filed by outgoing-National Committeewoman Jan Staples and Maine Romney Chair to be of a "divisive nature" to the party passed 40-22-4 abstain.
Resolution that the Maine State Republican Committee has "No Confidence" in Jan Staple's ability to represent Maine "in a fair and professional manner" passed 40-22-4 abstain.
Resolution formally requesting Chair Charlie Webster to remove Staples immediately from the Rules and Bylaws Committee passed 37-22-7 abstain.
Committee members acted in an orderly and dignified manner, although Webster had a uniformed Waterville PD officer wearing leather riot gloves stationed in the back of the meeting room and two officers on the sidewalk outside!
Several attempts by pro-Webster members to adjourn without votes were defeated by significant voice votes.
One person was outside the meeting with a sign reading, "MAINE GOP...GRASSROOTS UP NOT TOP DOWN!"
Channels 8, 13 and 23 and a print reporter were outside the meeting room and did interviews on the sidewalk.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Committee is Nov. 10, the Saturday after Election Day. The only other regularly scheduled meeting in 2012 is on Dec. 1, which is election of State Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer."
Published on 08-31-2012 05:00 PM
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Former RNC Chair Michael Steele commenting on the various underhanded tactics employed by GOP leadership to shut out Ron Paul supporters and other grassroots activists at this week's Republican National Convention:
“What the Republican National Committee did to Ron Paul was the height of rudeness and stupidity for this reason: Why would you alienate an individual who has the ability to attract a new generation of voters, who are already skeptical of your institution but are willing to at least listen through the vehicle of this individual and the words that he is saying? Why would you alienate them, get on the floor and not let them speak? Not have his name go up on the board and see the number of electoral votes that he receives? This is crazy!”
"They are afraid of that which they cannot control, and to the extent that they feel that they cannot control him in those moments, the whole idea of freedom of speech is sort of like, "Well it's a good idea, BUT..."
This armband was worn by many of our delegates. Below is a great video showing what happened from the same editor that brought you Ron Paul - Predictions In Due Time It only doesn't mention that Ron Paul had 6 states file to put him into nomination when the threshold was 5 states, and that this rule change they pretended passed on voice vote as one part changed that threshold retroactively to 8 states. Which Ron would also have had had they not stricken Maine and Louisiana without cause.
Freedom is messy, but Mitt Romney is a neat-freak.
That's the message Linda Bean of the Maine Republicans is getting here at the 2012 convention.
Bean is about as iconic as a Maine Republican can be. A member of the famous L.L. Bean family — full disclosure, I'm wearing an LL Bean shirt as I type this — Bean has a lobster business and a lobster restaurant. She's a long-time member of the party who loves Barry Goldwater and Milton Friedman and Ludwig Von Mises and Ron Paul.
The last one is the problem. Ron Paul troubles the Republicans because he's libertarian on social issues and, as Bean puts it, he doesn't want America to be "the policeman of the world." And when he says he wants small government he really, really means it.
For these sins, the RNC voted to disinvite the Paul delegates and substitute pro-Romney delegates. This morning all around town, Paul delegates were voting to boycott the convention if they're not reinstated by tomorrow.
Then it got ugly.
"They just don't want us on the floor," Bean says. "They're afraid."
The latest hassle was a document the Romney wants them to sign. "They want us all to sign that we will agree with everything in the convention."
"Yeah, sign here that you will not oppose anything that Romney brings forth."
That ain't gonna fly with a bunch of libertarians, Bean says. "He's too controlling.”
That's not all.
"We aren’t even allowed to have our credentials for the next day — they're passing them out new every day. What does that mean?"
TAMPA, Fla. — Top Republicans are fighting each other over what one party leader called “one of the biggest power grabs” in GOP history.
Senior GOP officials are accusing the Romney campaign’s chief lawyer Ben Ginsberg of pushing through a rules change for delegate selection that would give Mitt Romney enormous power over the primary process should he win the White House and seek re-election in 2016.
“It shifts the power to select delegates from the state party to the [party’s presidential] candidate,” Republican National Committee Vice Chairman Jim Bopp told the Washington Times on Sunday. “And it would make the Republican Party a top-down, not bottom-up party.”
Conservatives as well as some moderates said Mr. Ginsberg persuaded RNC Rules Committee members to let Mr. Romney - if he becomes president - decide which delegates will be seated at the 2016 GOP presidential nominating convention. It also calls for letting future presidential hopefuls decide who gets to take the delegate slots they win in each state.
Even though changes won’t take effect until 2016, senior officials fear it will dampen the enthusiasm of rank and hamper this year’s bid to unseat President Obama.
Mr. Bopp, who called it “the biggest power grab in the history of the Republican Party,” said the issue emerged because of this year’s fight over Ron Paul delegates. He said that has been worked out and minor changes can address similar issues in the future.
“Those of us in states where the Republican Party is thriving have a problem with people from states where the Republican Party is on life support telling us how to run our business,” a ranking Texas delegate said in obvious reference to Boston (where so many of Mr. Romney’s closet advisers hang their hats, as well as to Massachusetts and the Northeast in general). “They would be better served by taking lessons.”
Romney advisers have argued in private that Mr. Ginsberg instigated the rules change on his own and that it’s irrelevent right now.
Mr. Ginsburg could not be reached for comment. He has served as the behind-the-scenes enforcer of the desires of the GOP establishment for decades.
“This is an abuse of power that we hope will be changed when the full Republican National Convention adopts our minority report that will restore the old rules that let states decide on delegates,” said Carolyn McClarty, chairman of the Oklahoma delegation to the national convention.
Opponents of the move said he “blindsided” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
Mr. Priebus, considered the most conservative national chairman in recent memory, has been put in a difficult situation. If he sides with the grass-roots propoents on the national committee, he buts heads with his party’s presumptive presidential nominee - an advent unheard of in history of both parties. “We can’t let them undo, with one bad change in the rules, the two years of good work Reince has done in opening up this party to the grass roots,” Mrs. McClarty said
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