Ron Paul supporters win 62% of delegates at Louisiana Republican convention. Hilarity ensues:
At this point, a motion was made to elect a new convention chairman. Henry Herford, Jr., was elected by an overwhelming majority. Nevertheless, Mr. Villere – who had appointed himself the convention chairman – refused to relinquish control of the gathering. As the delegates began turning their chairs around, Mr. Herford, the newly elected chairman, rose to call the convention to order. Sources report that, in an act of desperation, Mr. Villere and state party officials then ordered police to attack Mr. Herford.
Video footage shows an older gentleman in a blue shirt being violently dragged away by police and then shoved to the ground. When Mr. Herford protests that he is handicapped and would like to press charges for assault against the police officers, a Shreveport police officer is seen smirking in response. Sources report that Mr. Herford, 57, has a prosthetic hip that was dislocated during the assault.
Some day, this prosthetic hip will be in the National Museum, replacing cracked Liberty Bell as a symbol of Second American ReLOVEtion.
Paul supporters having to resort to these measures to simply be heard (and the response called in to silence them) should be among the earmarks of American decline.
Support Paul or call him/his supports lunatics or nutbags, whatever. There's no other way to define what happened there besides political repression.
At these conventions, basically any partymember can show up, take part, and vote. It is quaintly democratic, but is just as easily gamed. Ron Paul's whole election strategy is to pack these conventions with Ron Paul supporters. So that they then vote in Ron Paul representatives for the convention. In this they've been far more active and successful than anyone else. Basically, supporters of Ron Paul have been vastly more willing to put up an effort for him, than, say Romney supporters for Romney.
But the whole system is ofcourse retarded. This whole 'convention-busting' ploy is nothing but exploiting a loophole in the Republican parties rickety setup to determine convention representatives. Ron Paul supporters may hold an overwhelming majority at these state conventions, but nowhere else do they represent that sort of majority. Almost nowhere in those states does Ron Paul poll even in the vicinity of a majority or that representation, and mostly he's on the cusp of single digit support.
So what is being repressed here, really? I'm the last one to defend the Republican party, least of all the way they handle this. But are they not, when it comes down to it, repressing a gross misrepresentation?
See, that's the problem with the reLOVEtion. This isn't a popular uprising and thus not a revolution. This is a very unpopular uprising by a relative handful extremists using a very poorly designed process (with loopholes galore), to carry forward a blatant misrepresentation into the national convention with the objective of hoisting upon that terrible party a candidate for president the overwhelming majority of party members (even if they don't show up to conventions) don't want, and won't vote for ever in their life. Carrying anarchy proudly in their banner, with no hope of ever actually getting their way, Ron Paul and his supporters are trying to introduce that anarchy onto the convention floor. For no other reason (that I can see) than pure spite of the party they supposedly support and are part off.
You know, I feel sorry for the guy with the replacement hip, and applaud basically anything to rid the world of the cancer that is the Republican party these days (and this helps). But you won't ever find me supporting these nutbags. In a way their actions, their calculated attempt at misrepresentation, is nothing more than repression of the democratic majority of their own party. A majority that doesn't have the time or money (backing), to picket out state conventions (or parking lots). That's not democracy, and certainly not laudable.
But I do feel sorry for the hip replacement guy.
I feel the simple fact that the GOP can't even be bothered to make the effort to stage-manage their conventions properly shows how few fucks most Republicans are giving about the Presidential race.
What is hilarious though is that the Republican party didn't see it coming, or at least did nothing serious to prevent this from happening. Hindsight is everything ofcourse, but this problem has been known to exist for years.
Anyway, it is good fun to watch, and entirely deserved when it comes to the Republican party. But don't misconstrue my hearty laughter at these antics for support of these nutbags, this is a pretty sad spectacle by a bunch of pretty silly people.
Maybe Romney should return to his roots with a "multiple wives for all" platform?
Why they should give a fuck about these conventions? They are merely a sideshow, a Kabuki theater. In US politics money is king. Why building a ground game if you can just go suck dick of Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson and get tens of millions of dollars for ads? Romney and GOP does not have "ground game" because they do not have to. They have money, a massive racist base and FoxNews. That's all they need.I feel the simple fact that the GOP can't even be bothered to make the effort to stage-manage their conventions properly shows how few fucks most Republicans are giving about the Presidential race.
An interesting pre-cursor to the election, the Wisconsin Recall election will be held tomorrow
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And in my state they only cost $11 and are good for 6 years.
Don't even try the poor people argument. A case of cheap beer costs that.
Last edited by Takon Orlani; June 4 2012 at 08:40:24 PM.
Originally Posted by Loire