Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Inside the Sausage Machine

This report comes to you via a Paul supporter going undercover at the Washington State Clark County GOP Convention. What he reportedly witnessed was disgusting. So disgusting, that it seems about right. This story was on the Daily Paul and also Doug Wead's blog, a Paul campaign spokesman.

Tonight I went to an invitation-only meeting, whose sole purpose was to destroy Ron Paul’s effectiveness in Washington’s Clark County Convention on March 31st.
First, a little back story. It is no secret by now that in other areas of Washington, and probably around the country, the GOP establishment is scrambling to deny Ron Paul any delegate slots. In Washington there is an organized effort to create a “Unity Slate” that consists of Romney, Gingrich and Santorum delegates, and to get supporters of all three candidates to vote as a bloc for this slate of delegates. The primary force behind this scheme is the Romney campaign, and it should be no surprise that they always end up with the lion’s share of delegates listed on the slate.
I can’t spill all the details of how I ended up getting into this thing, nor all the details of the meeting itself, lest any information be easily traceable back to myself. I was there ‘undercover.’ What follows is a brief account of what I saw:
An extremely large number of people filed into a large convention room. The meeting organizers began to speak, one after the other. It was immediately made clear by the organizers that their goal was to block Ron Paul delegates from succeeding at the convention. A speaker rattled off a long list of mostly fabricated grievances against supporters of Ron Paul, calling us liars, backstabbers, and cheats. Then he went on to list the results from recent conventions in other areas of the state. In every case, Ron Paul had walked away with a vast majority of delegate spots, while the other candidates received relatively few. With each result being read, there was an audible gasp of shock and horror from the audience. With every accusation flung at the Ron Paul crowd, there were exclamations of “Oh my…” and a synchronized shaking of old gray heads around the room. Ron Paul supporters send e-mails to each other coaching on how to pretend to be republicans, or how to pretend they go to church. Ron Paul supporters unnecessarily delay conventions with parliamentary tactics for upwards of 14 hours so that supporters of other candidates will leave. Ron Paul supporters make deals and promises, then back-stab everyone. Ron Paul supporters will NOT vote for anyone except Ron Paul. The ultimate conclusion: Ron Paul supporters must be stopped, at all costs. The best way to do it? Rally behind Mitt Romney, who’s already won anyway, and don’t worry: we’ll throw some delegates at the other guys, too.
Stick a fork in the Establishment - they're done in the arena of ideas.

A Q&A session was opened up. A few people asked confused questions about the agenda. Some people spoke out against those mean old Ron Paul supporters. Some people questioned whether or not this agenda helped Gingrich or Santorum at all. Then, from the side of the room, an older gentleman who had his hand raised was called upon. To paraphrase, he said, “I’m a Ron Paul supporter, and frankly I’m disgusted by this whole thing.” The primary organizer told him to leave, and everyone cheered as he was ejected. I sat in silence as my compatriot left the room with dignity and honor. I wanted to yell at them all myself, go outside and shake the stranger’s hand, but alas, I was incognito and needed to remain that way.
The meeting proceeded. Supporters from each campaign spoke in favor of the plan. Local politicians and GOP bosses spoke in favor of the plan. Reluctantly acknowledged from the back of the room, and given a mere two minutes or so to speak, a volunteer from Rick Santorum’s national campaign spoke fervently to the crowd: This plan is NOT endorsed by the Santorum campaign, he said. Ron Paul supporters are NOT backstabbers and cheats, and he relayed his experiences in other areas of the state where Santorum and Paul delegations had successfully teamed up to block Romney, with Paul supporters fulfilling their end of the bargain to the very end. His protestations were ended swiftly as more vehemently anti-Paul GOP insiders were called upon to herd the Santorum supporters back into the fold.
Then the meeting broke into groups, organized by legislative district, where delegates for the slate were selected among the participants. Everyone voted on a limited slate. The goal was to narrow the slate and focus their votes in order to beat us on Saturday. Supporters of Romney were overwhelmingly chosen on the slate, with a fair smattering of Santorum backers, and a microscopic portion of Gingrich.
Some Santorum voters saw through the fraud. The national campaign organizer had a small circle of supporters around him, and he walked around the crowd working on them hard for as long as he could. I’m surprised he was allowed in at all – but then again, I believe the organizers would have caught major flak if not.
When it was all over I felt rather dirty. This should give you a clue as to what we’re up against: the establishment has chosen Romney, and they have set their sights on Ron Paul. They are unbelievably corrupt, skilled at manipulation, and they hold the reigns of all the important power positions. But that should also tell you something else:


  1. Now you understand why I am an LP member and backing Gary Johnson. I decided we couldn't waith until Dr. Paul concedes to begin working on Johnson's campaign. Hopefully you will join us when his inevitable concession arrives.

    1. I got to see how the soap opera plays out. It would be a major undertaking to get Gary's name recognition up there by November. I'm not saying it couldn't be done, but wouldn't he need like 40% or more to bag it. I wonder if the Diebold machines have been programmed for third parties? Can you see their faces if they had "forgotten" to do that?

  2. Let's not be poor sports. Our Paul followers have used less than scrupulous means to add to our delegate count. We had to know the others would catch on and counter attack.

    1. What are the "less than scrupulous means"?

      The rules were followed, and now the GOP regulars are upset at the audacity that some ruffians have learned Roberts Rules against them. If someone knows otherwise, then please let me know.

      I've been following the Paul campaign for over a year now, and in the forums, these kinds of thing were expected and anticipated.

  3. Interesting story. I'm not saying I don't believe it, but I do wish there was some way to corroborate what really happened at the meeting. It would go far to help show people what is really going on.

    1. In today's world we say, video or it never happened. If you check out my post on neocon freakout there is actual video from a GOP Establishment guy in Washington State doing pretty much the same thing. He says I'm not telling you who to vote for, BUT.. and describes how the anyone but Paul slate will work out. Basically, it totally gives the whole thing to Romney. But that guy, on video, describes Ron Paul supporters as "savages".

      I like to see a good fight for the right things. This is the ultimate in political experiments - a principled Constitutionalist who lives what he preaches against the vampire squid - how does it react? Angrily.


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