The Establishment in Tampa used the Ron Paulers as cover to fundamentally strip away the influence of conservatives and grassroots activists from selecting delegates to the National Convention in future years. That we all know. The problem is while hiding behind the eeeeeevil Ron Paul, the GOP took power away from nearly every grassroots conservative from social conservatives and tea partiers to the liberty movement. The anger is palpable and I hope my friends in the Tea Party understand that while this was "aimed" at Ron Paulers as a way to pass this, in fact these rules would make it harder for all insurgent candidates, such as one by SoCon warrior Rick Santorum. We have allowed the "presumptive" nominee to have veto power of those who would nominate him. Its why I feel so powerful that all grassroots movements, from the liberty to the tea party, need to get together. Here in Virginia, this is exactly the coalition Ken Cuccinelli is working to build and why he wanted a convention so badly.
I got a invitation in the mail to go to a wine tasting hosted by ex-Gov. Jim Gilmore in support of John Frey's campaign for Attorney General. Not really much comment, just thought I'd sort of pass it along for general information.
Hey, its a growing city and greater metropolis that wants to build a new arena. Its a swing part of a swing state that will be important for the next generation of elections. Delegates will enjoy the weather and location, I think its a no-brainer. I actually like that both parties chose sites for their conventions that aren't typical - not New York or Chicago or Los Angeles. Four years ago was Denver and St. Paul, this year it's Charlotte and Tampa Bay. I think Virginia Beach, the largest city in Virginia, would be the perfect spot for the next Republican National Convention.
First off, let me make clear something - Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" are perhaps the dumbest and most offensive I have ever heard come out of anybody's mouth. This post is something that I was thinking about in a different way. I think he should get out for the good of the party.
Yet when I think of the pure politics of this, I can't help but wonder what would happen if he won. The prospects, surprisingly, would be welcome. Why? Think about it, if Todd Akin became a United States senator from the great state of Missour-ah without any help from the national GOP, from fellow senators, and most importantly from Senate grandees like John Cornyn; he would be the most independent man in Congress. He would have been elected entirely on his own without help, thus he would be indebted to nobody. We need me more senators and congressmen who frankly aren't indebted to people like John Cornyn and Chuck Schumer, forced to do their bidding in exchange for raising money to get reelected. If he became Senator Akin, he could be untouchable. Naturally the man and his comments are those of 19th century cretins but if he were to win it would drive all the right people in the GOP crazy. I've heard verious scenarios where Ann Wagner, the candidate for Akin's old congressional seat, would swap races with him. Wagner is a typical corporate Republican who will do whatever she is told. Right now the choice we have in Missouri is someone who will do what she/he is told or someone who uttered perhaps the most offensive thing I've ever heard a Republican say but will also be his own man.