Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Bachmann, The GOP State Convention and Other Musings

Notably absent from the speakers at the Minnesota Republican Convention this weekend in Rochester, was Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. I hear she was in attendance at some point but did not address the delegates.

Erik Paulsen also did not address the delegates.

I find that to be pretty interesting. How worried are they of a You Tube moment?

It's been widely reported on right wing blogs that convention attendees were greeted with two large "Ron Carey approved" banners displaying who delegates were to vote for. A "Conservative Team" they called it.

Red Hat McCain staffers were marching across the convention floor dictating who each delegate should vote for by holding up yes and no placards.

Ah...democracy at its best! At least they have evolved to the point where they actually count votes, unlike the Meeker County Republicans failing to count votes because of their fear of the Ron Paul revolution.



AAA over at Residual Forces has a letter from the Chair of the McLeod County Republicans. Apparently, because they are upset with Norm Coleman and had threatened to not support him after he was endorsed, party leadership sought to remove BPOU's that did not support endorsed candidates.

Carey threw a temper tantrum.

When I was done speaking, Ron Carey slammed his chair back, ran to the microphone, and spoke out of order to direct a personal attack against me. In essence, he said that I was a dishonest BPOU chair who took too long getting his delegate lists to the party. (Funny thing, I thought it was Carey who wouldn’t share his lists with the Huckabee or Paul campaigns. Either I was misinformed or there’s a double standard.) He made it clear that the amendment would have been used against my county, and probably against McLeod. Fortunately, it failed by a vote of 66% to 33%.
Wow, and the righty bloggers say Al Franken has a temper! How many delegates did Carey do this in front of? This guy is still the Republican Party leader in Minnesota?

BTW, it's been 26 days since several progressive bloggers have called for the Ron Carey Gag Order to be lifted...nothing yet...

Mr. Carey, can you please remove the gag order on Michele Bachmann while you're at it?

4 comments:

TwoPutt said...

re: The Gag Order


republiCon Ron is ducking reporters, so he found a couple of women to do Coleman's dirty work.

But, that's ok - I was waiting for the proper opportunity to bring up Coleman's benign neglecting of the forced prostitution and forced abortions tolerated by the GOP.

And I agree with your point about Bachmann - and Paulsen, too - not speaking is correct; they were worried about a YouTube moment.

One such moment did occur at the Central Committee meeting after the convention; it has since been pulled.

The republiCons are so worried about their regime that not only are they limiting speech, they're censoring the coverage that manages to see the light of day.

Minnesota Central said...

It's not Who was absent ... it was What was absent :
George W. Bush - February 27,2008 - commenting on the Foreign Surveillance Bill :
"The law is expired, but my fellow citizens must understand the threat to America has not expired. And our citizens who are paying attention to this debate must understand, without [this] law America will be more vulnerable to attack. Democrats and Republicans supported this law, and the House leaders must bring it to the floor, where it will pass with both Republican and Democrat vote. And if this law is allowed to expire, America will be more vulnerable. And that's inexcusable and it's indefensible."

According the Bush, the most important tool in his Global War on Terror has been denied by Congress failing to renew the Patriot Act.
As those of us in the First District know from the TV, radio and robocalls, that "new surveillance is crippled" and that Tim Walz is to blame ( as well as fourteen other targeted members of Congress.)

So, how many Minnesota GOP speakers talked about this --- NONE !

Apparently, FISA and Telecom Immunity takes the back-seat to Drilling in ANWAR (which apparently got the loudest ovation).

THANKS MN-GOP for not falling for Bush's extremism and his desire to provide immunity for the tele-coms !

eric zaetsch said...

minnesota central - That is news.

I expect there may be a mood in the local GOP that Bush is a third rail these days. This shows it.

McCain will face the "four more years of George Bush" challenge, and nobody there wanted to reenforce it from their camp.

Michele Bachmann - I think the bloggers should resurrect the custard shop photo op thing, and repost it.

I bet she would not kiss single digit popularity ratings, would she?

Adam J. Weigold said...

Re: Ah...democracy at its best! At least they have evolved to the point where they actually count votes, unlike the Meeker County Republicans failing to count votes because of their fear of the Ron Paul revolution.:

It's actually not true, there were many occasions during the state convention where votes weren't counted, or would have been impossible to count. Calls for correct handling of division were consistantly ignored.



Re: How many delegates did Carey do this in front of? This guy is still the Republican Party leader in Minnesota?

He did it in front of the entire state convention, in front of all of them. As far as him still being the Republican Party leader in Minnesota, his days are numbered.