by Craig Masters
In politics – especially Presidential campaigns – events can happen fast. It is only August, two months until the election, and there may still be time for Romney to convince the conservatives he wasn’t the one behind the ‘Tuesday Surprise’ that has the newest and critical grassroots supporters feeling as disenfranchised as a Pennsylvania illegal immigrant.
Details of Tuesday’s GOP convention fiasco are beginning to look more like intentional sabotage by socialists operating from within the party’s Washington “inner circle” than simply bad decision making in trying to hide any divisions between the various grassroots support groups.
This is an excerpt from an email from John Tate, the campaign manager of Ron Paul’s campaign:
Morton Blackwell, a longtime conservative activist and RNC Rules Committee expert, found himself indefinitely detained – along with the rest of the Virginia delegation.The RNC’s bus driver responsible for transporting delegates somehow “got lost” for well over an hour until a critical Rules Committee meeting adjourned. Blackwell and the Virginia delegation were heading up the efforts to defeat new RNC rules proposed by Washington, D.C.-based insider attorneys.
These rules are designed to turn the Republican Party into a top-down organization and strip power away from state parties and grassroots activists of every stripe.
What these “insiders” did, in effect, was to totally neuter the state caucus system in which states like Colorado and Iowa and others select national convention delegates through a multi-stage process that begins in folks’ homes and neighborhood churches and meeting halls when every republican can participate and each has a very real chance to speak and be heard.
There are questions that will be answered. How does a bus driver “get lost” for just enough time for the delegates to miss the critical meeting? Who paid this driver? Are we to believe that not one of those Virginia delegates had a working cell phone with a mapping application? Why couldn’t at least one of them called for directions? Were they all men?
Conservatives should demand answers immediately; while there is still time!