I find this situation to be very troubling to me. As you may know, Ron Paul had won sufficient delegates in at least five states to earn him a speaking slot at the convention. Through the legerdemain (perhaps more appropriately, strong arm tactics) of the RNC, many of those delegates were stripped, leaving Paul with insufficient representation to speak.
At first he was apparently to be bared from the convention altogether, but that was reversed so that he could work the floor with his delegates. That Paul did not have the nationwide draw to win the nomination is not in question. He does, however, have wide and strong support. That support could have been, for the most part, transferred to the eventual nominee, had they treated Paul with the respect and inclusion he deserves. All the GOP hierarchy has done with this move is to alienate those people, to the discredit of the RNC, and the partial emaciation of Romney’s strength in the election.
This is nothing more than totalitarianism with a Republican label. I don’t claim to be an expert in the execution of a campaign, but I do have a sense of equity and fair play. Frankly, the more I see of the slick, “How can we fool them today” attitude of many campaigns, the farther away I want to be from them. As you all know, this is shaping up to be a very close race. The question occurs to me; can we afford to send potential foot soldiers and voters away, through the unnecessary and divisive methods employed here by the RNC?
Perhaps, much like Thomas Moore, I have my own version of utopia. In my version, politicians say and do things that are actually good for the country, state, etc. Also, the proletariat responds to that, knowing the long term benefit that is to come from it.
I contend that if the RNC believes it can win with these bulldozing methods, it is setting itself up for a fall. Perhaps I am missing something relevant here and am, therefore, misguided. If so, someone please apprise me of it so I can put my disgruntled thoughts to rest. In the absence of someone to disabuse me of such thoughts, this looks a lot like union thuggery at work in an environment that claims to abhor union thuggery.
(real name redacted)