Published on 08-27-2012 03:41 PM
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?"
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