Did Rantin’ Robin spark an intra-party rebellion?
We are still feeling the aftershocks from NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes’s videotaped Tony Soprano-style shakedown of North Carolina delegates at the Tampa convention.
I’ve personally heard from numerous activists across the Tar Heel State expressing their frustration on- and off-the-record. People are demanding actions ranging from an immediate apology from Hayes, to a call for Hayes’s immediate resignation, to the firing of Hayes and all of his team at NCGOP HQ. This is not the kind of environment you want — as a party leader or candidate — heading into a general election.
One of our top NCGOP sources — who was in attendance at the Tampa convention — tells me she knows of “emergency meetings of several county executive committees in the state’s Piedmont region” to discuss a response to Hayes’s behavior in Tampa. (My source says discussions about these kinds of meetings are starting up east of I-95 as well.)
In 1948, convention wisdom said that President Harry Truman was highly unpopular and “dead meat” in the general election against Republican Tom Dewey. Somehow, the GOP establishment blew this slam-dunk of an opportunity, and Truman won re-election — -to the surprise of even The Chicago Tribune.
I swear it seems like the current-day GOP establishment is doing their darndest to recreate 1948.
One thought on “Did Rantin’ Robin spark an intra-party rebellion?”
The GOP establishment is causing particular heartburn by this stupid hardball power play in some of the states that are critical to Romney and/or to key Senate races. Do they have a death wish for the party? Why create bitterness in the party at the very time you need everyone pulling together in a key election?
Hayes is a pathetic beltway establishment yes-man, and needs to be gone, the sooner the better. And his little dog, Wayne King, too.
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