It’s looking more and more like the DC Republican establishment has created for itself a MAJOR PR ISSUE that could blow up in the party’s collective face in November. The hardball treatment of congressman Ron Paul and his delegates, as well as the dubious tactics to change the delegate selection procedure has GOP grassroots activists from across the spectrum TICKED OFF.
A video showing NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes getting all Tony Soprano on a bunch of Tar Heel State delegates has Ron Paul supporters and Tea Partiers alike here in North Carolina spitting mad.
At the national level, you have convention delegates from across the country publicly protesting the RNC’s tactics in Tampa. I am still asking: Why? Why did the DC crowd HAVE to do this? They went into Tampa with a UNIFIED party ready to rally behind the nominee MANY initially had qualms about. Why rock the boat? Why try to fix something that isn’t broken?
The crowd that runs the GOP in DC sees their gig as mainly cutting deals that accumulate power and wealth for them and their friends. Saving the country is a DISTANT second. The Tea Party and other grassroots activists are trying to upset the ol’ apple-cart in the nation’s capital, and the establishment guys are NOT HAPPY. The grassroots gave them SPEAKER Boehner and MAJORITY LEADER Cantor. The establishment appreciated that, but now wants us to go away so they can get back to managing the welfare state. THAT is why we get maneuvers like these rule changes at the RNC. They want to shut us out of the process so there are no more surprises like 2010. *God forbid one of those Tea Party types wins the Republican presidential nomination!*
If Mitt Romney wants to avoid a repeat of the historic 1948 “Dewey Defeats Truman” debacle, he and his team need to start boning up on those diplomatic skills. If you can’t hold your political party together, how on Earth are you going to handle the Russians or the Iranians?