Urgent Action Needed… RNC Is Pushing to Eliminate Grassroots Influence …Update: Sarah Palin Weighs In

By Shane Wright and Jim Hoft

Yesterday, Michael Duncan reported at Freedom Works on a brewing fight in the rules committee of the RNC. Essentially, the Rules Committee is trying to disenfranchise grassroots groups by allowing the party nominee to dismiss delegates and silence opposition. Buzz Feed explained this new rule:

The Republican National Convention Rules Committee voted 63-38 to approve a new rule allowing granting the Republican National Committee — and Mitt Romney — sweeping new powers to amend the governing document of the GOP.

The move came at the encouragement of Mitt Romney supporters on the committee, including Romney’s top lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who stressed that it would grant “flexibility” to Romney and the committee to adapt to changing political environments. The rule allows the RNC to amend the party’s rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention. And it offers the Republican Establishment a new tool to keep at b[a]y Tea Party initiatives that threaten to embarrass or contradict party leadership and stray from a planned message.

The ramifications for grassroots activist and state GOPs are vast. This rule change would allow a candidate to select his or her own delegates, essentially allowing the nominee to get to choose those who nominate him instead of the states. This proposed rule change is starting to sound more like an Obama executive order.

Tom Washington, who is speaking on his own accord but serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the Republican Party of Texas, told us, “If Romney, or any other candidate can select their own delegates the entire convention process will have been hijacked and eliminate the grassroots influence.”

Another source, Cathie Adams, the former chair of the Republican Party of Texas, told us that this could be destined to floor fight. Adams added, “We want the freedom to elect our own delegates. It’s motivated by the grassroots influence.”Adams also said Romney’s attorney may be working to influence members of the rules committee.

The RNC is trying to pass an amendment to RNC Rule 12 that would allow the RNC Committee to amend the rules. In the future, if the grassroots is able to influence the convention process and RNC leadership is displeased, they will have a contingency plan where they can reconvene and with a three-fourths majority rewrite the rules without the influence of any state party, grassroots organization or delegate.

Please Act Now–
Please locate the phone number of your State Republican Party Headquarters below, call them immediately, and tell them to oppose Romney’s new rules that strip grassroots activists of the ability to participate in the Republican platform process:

Alabama (205) 212-5900
Alaska (907) 276-4467
Arizona (602) 957-7770
Arkansas (501) 372-7301
California (916) 448-9496
Colorado (303) 758-3333
Connecticut (860) 422-8211
Delaware (302) 668-1954
District of Columbia (202) 289-8005
Florida (850) 222-7920
Georgia (404) 257-5559
Hawaii (808) 593-8180
Idaho (208) 343-6405
Illinois (312) 201-9000
Indiana (317) 635-7561
Iowa (515) 282-8105
Kansas (785) 234-3456
Kentucky (502) 875-5130
Louisiana (225) 389-4495
Maine (207) 622-6247
Maryland (410) 263-2125
Massachusetts (617)-523-5005
Michigan (517) 487-5413
Minnesota (651) 222-0022
Mississippi (601) 948-5191
Missouri (573) 636-3146
Montana (406) 442-6469
Nebraska (402) 475-2122
New Hampshire (603) 225-9341
North Carolina (919) 828-6423
Oregon (503) 595-8881
South Dakota (605) 224-7347
Vermont (802) 223-3411
Wisconsin (608) 257-4765
Nevada (702) 258-9182
New Jersey (609) 989-7300
North Dakota (701) 255-0030
Pennsylvania (717) 234-4901
Tennessee (615) 269-4260
Virginia (804) 780-0111
Wyoming (307) 234-9166
New Mexico (505) 298-3662
Ohio (614) 228-2481
Rhode Island (401) 732-8282
Texas (512) 477-9821
Washington (425) 460-0570
New York (518) 462-2601
Oklahoma (518) 462-2601
South Carolina (803) 988-8440
Utah (803) 988-8440
West Virginia (304) 768-0493

Shane Wright is a FreedomWorks blogger and marketing strategist for Resist 44. Follow him at ShaneWright22

This was reposted at FreedomWorks.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has more on the power grab.

UPDATE: Sarah Palin weighed in on the controversy today.

We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It’s about who and what we replace it with. Grassroots conservatives know this. Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories. That’s why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It’s a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected. Please follow the link to Michelle Malkin’s article about this.

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  • Robb

    Come on people. Rockefeller is dead. Stop the BS.

  • Sarah

    Can we please have this convention move forward without further controversy? Please.

  • Mad Hatter

    The RINO’s strike again. They’re really showing how they despise the Tea Party.

  • Gelman

    Gateway Pundit is missing the point. The idea is to keep Ron Paul nut-jobs from taking over the convention like they have done at many State level Conventions. They are a loud, tiny minority. What they could not achieve through the ballot box and democracy, namely, to win a single state, they are now trying to disrupt at the convention level with swarms of crazy “activists”. This should not, and will not be tolerated by the majority.

  • Granny

    #4 August 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    Gelman commented:

    Gateway Pundit is missing the point. The idea is to keep Ron Paul nut-jobs from taking over the convention like they have done at many State level Conventions. They are a loud, tiny minority. What they could not achieve through the ballot box and democracy, namely, to win a single state, they are now trying to disrupt at the convention level with swarms of crazy “activists”. This should not, and will not be tolerated by the majority.

    Yup, my Facebook has been full of posts for weeks from Ron Paul nuts promising to totally destroy the convention rather than see Romney put up as the candidate. Rumour has it RP isn’t going to turn over his delegates either. When I’ve pointed out that splitting the Republican party with a civil war is handing the election to Obama on a plate they really don’t seem to give a darn.

  • SoLongSong

    #4 & #5: I TOTALLY agree. Ron Paul activists are nearly as bad as libtards in their insane devotion to their leader. Too bad he won’t do the right thing for the country and use his influence for the good of the country.

  • Mad Hatter

    You mean to tell me these Paulbots are going to, or will try to crash the Convention? Please tell me you’re kidding. I thought they moved past the Primaries.

  • Sarah

    #4, 5, 6 – Precisely! Let’s move on. Romney and the GOP are trying their best to keep this convention moving forward smoothly. Let’s not get hysterical and turn this into something it’s not. It’s about keep Paul people contained because they will act out stupidly.

  • Spotted reptile

    Ron Paul lost. Get over it Paulbots. The convention is not about you, neither is the election.

  • Sasja

    Also read over the weekend that the PaulNuts were planning some mischief-making and this was one way to stop it. In this day and age, time and place, who really knows. Since it has been decided to not portray Bammy any way other than in over his head or out of his league, this may not be just about the PaulNuts.

  • Practical Jane

    This is the sound of thrashing from a dying system. In the end the RINOs will lose.

  • Terry Gain

    Jim Hoft approaches this issue with the same skill as he displays when dealing with grammar or spelling.

  • Good grief…who cares what the official platform is for any political party. Believe it or not, you don’t vote for Republican. You vote for __________(insert individual name here). If they don’t get a majority of the vote, they don’t get elected. It’s called a representative government.

    Rules changes within the party do nothing to stifle the candidacy in a primary or a general election. Sooooooo….who gives a crap? In other words, elect those who represent pure conservative values, and laugh in the face of RINO controllers when they become outnumbered. Let them play with there unimportant rules withing their little sandbox until they have no one left to play with.

    The Worm

  • The guy who answered the phone at the R HQ here in Washington said they’re getting a lot of calls against this insanity. He also said our WA delegate will or has voted against it. Let’s keep the heat on the ‘ol boy network!

  • Hank

    As long as RINOs and career RNC operatives are the majority of the 168 members of the RNC, I for one will never EVER give any part of the RNC, house GOP, senate GOP one red cent.


  • Jack

    They need to raise as much hell in the convention as possible to protest this move. Then the Grassroots orgs need to go back home and take over every republican and democrat precint they possibly can in their respective states.

  • Yes, the Paulbots are pretty devoted, but I’ve found they play by the rules- like it or not. I think this goes further than just being aimed at the Paulbots… this is meant to shut down the Tea Party influence as well. It won’t fly.

  • Sasja

    If our beloved Republic wasn’t teetering on the brink of extinction, this could have been fun to watch. A little political jab and thrust keeps things interesting. Sadly, we are fighting for our nation’s very soul and the RINO’s need to start thinking about that and not about getting invited to the next cocktail party when they get back to Washington.

  • Dan C

    Wake up all. This is Romney’s doing.

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  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    Thanks for the list of phone numbers.

    I just called the local Repub office and told them “I DISAPPROVE”. The pleasant lady who answered said, “Thanks, we’re taking a tally of responses”.

    SO CALL YOUR LOCAL OFFICE NOW – let them know if they change the rules, they’ll *NEED* that “flexibility” — to bend over and kiss, uh…, your donation money, “goodbye”.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    One can always count on the ever leftward-drifting Republican Party to attempt to give actual conservatives the shaft at every opportunity.

  • From MM’s blog: “The battle is being cast by some observers as a narrow fight between Ron Paul advocates and the rest of the party. Drew says that’s not true. And many other state delegations who oppose top-down delegate choices are chiming in.”

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  • Jack

    Daily Caller has a picture up that has a lot of truth in it.

  • ShoNuff

    I support this 110%. Paulbots can go try and take over the DNC.

  • Objective Analysis

    If these Republicans don’t act right and align themselves with grassroots and tea party, they will loose and Obama will become the dictator. I know that is what Soros wants. New World Order.

  • Sasja

    Jack. A link would be nice. Thank you.

  • Ragspierre

    “In the future, if the grassroots is able to influence the convention process and RNC leadership is displeased, they will have a contingency plan where they can reconvene and with a three-fourths majority to rewrite the rules without the influence of any state party, grassroots organization or delegate.”

    OK, I am kinda failing to see what the hair-on-fire thing is here.

    If 75% of a body wants to move forward, how is that denying a voice to the minority…of whatever composition?

    Should 25% or less be the tyranny of the few?

  • Jack

    #29 Sasja http://dailycaller.com/

    It’s an anarchists sign but one I find represents my feelings for both parties. I got out of the republican party 8 years ago for the crap they were doing then.

  • Ragspierre, the % isn’t the issue, it’s who is allowed to vote.

  • Ragspierre

    #32 Yeah, I see your point. But I also think this is a counter-Ronulan move, which means it is a one-off thing.

    If anybody has any notion they can do this in the future, we have some time to set them straight. TEA Party types have to take over the mechanics of the GOP if we want to steer them in the direction we know the nation needs to be going. Bottom to top.

  • BarbaraS

    Hate to say this but letting them have their way about little rules is why the government is in the h*ll it is in. The dims have slowly eroded the rules for decades. If we don’t care about the little things the establishment decides, that snowball of rule change just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Why should the Paulbots be ignored and shunned? They are, after all, republicans too. And where will it stop? Anyone the establishment doesn’t like can be left out in the cold. This kind of stuff has been going on for decades by both parties.

  • donh


    Christine O’Donnell…Joe Miller ….Sharon Angle…..to the KILL AKIN order …to the RULES CHANGE….You can have a primary…but if the “wrong person” wins ….KARL ROVE boys want to muscle those ELECTED candidates OUT and hand pick a replacement who will do what the big boy insiders tell them to do….AUTHORIZE WASTING MONEY TO THEIR FRIENDS AND DONORS.

    Romney is tilting the nose of his plane towards the ground. WE want to win an elections…RINOS want more POWER within the party to DICTATE….Top down… THEIR CHOSEN PEOPLE….and they are willing to risk blowing up this election …using FEAR OF OBAMA WINNING….to hold you hostage to their demands for tyranny.



    Romney is RESINKING the EDMUND FITGERALD on the shores of Saint Clair McCasKILL…> http://youtu.be/hgI8bta-7aw

  • BarbaraS

    And what was that comment: They came for “?”, but I was not “?” so I did nothing. Until they came for me and there was no one left to defend me.

  • bg


    oh gee, and they seemed to be getting along so swimmingly just
    a week or so ago, i mean, they were tongue in mouth with each
    other when it came to kissing McCaskill, Dems & MSM butt.. /s/


  • Jack

    Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t it the grassroots who gave us an historical victory in 2010 and Wisconsin? Now the RNC and Romney want the ability to change the rules to disregard them. Go figure.

  • bg


    all Ron Paul et al have is a crap sandwich.. 😀


  • Ragspierre

    “Now the RNC and Romney want the ability to change the rules to disregard them.”

    Again, I think this is aimed at the Ronulans…who really are a group of jolly pranksters and have a history of disruption.

    If read the speaker’s roster, you will find TEA Party and other Conservatives well represented, along with the other GOP components.

  • Multitude

    Iowa party headquarters is all closed at 5:30. Got voicemail. Looks like when the state party leadership’s away, the mice will play. Too bad there’s not something like a national convention to get the state people on their toes and working a couple of extra hours a night to make sure they’re staying in contact with the people they presumably represent.

    Government union hours are no way for a Republican party office to function.

  • bg
  • Oh, and as far as making phone calls to the state party HQs. Save your breath. They don’t care what you think unless you’re “in” the Party as a voting member of it. Not a mere registered voter, but a precinct committeeman, empowered to vote, directly or indirectly, for the local, county, state and national party officers and for the state and national convention delegates. That’s their constituency, not mere registered voters.

    For Liberty,
    Cold Warrior

  • Ragspierre

    #41 Guess we know who will volunteer to man the phones overnight starting tomorrow.


    Or are you limited to bitching on a blog?

  • Multitude


    Considering the volunteer work we do and funds we contribute for one of our U.S. Reps, I think folks like you can probably get off the couch and go put in a few hours. Or would it be too much to suggest you leave mom’s basement for a few hours?

  • Ragspierre

    #45 1. I don’t live in Iowa.

    2. My mother is long dead.

    3. If you can bitch about it, you best be able to do better.

    4. Good for you… if you are telling the truth.

  • bg


    re: #42 August 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm bg


    [standard disclaimer: source Wkipedia]


  • Multitude

    #46: Thanks. This party is too close to death’s door to suffer another round of exclusivity by its elites. That said, it’s rather pervasive in both parties and to a degree, I share some of the sentiments. At our actual primaries, I spent some time with the Republican poll watcher at our precinct and was astounded at the apathy. We’re rural, but there’s no reason to have less than a couple hundred votes and while I watched, I think no more than 3-5 folks came in. The more the elites push the grassroots involvement away, the more it dies.

    I had a discussion with a colleague on Friday who has never voted. She’s been convinced its all insiders that call the shots and never figured her vote mattered. She’d vote for Romney if she’d just get out, but as she’s in her fifties, that’s going to be a bit of work. We’ve had local school bond initiatives that were passed by 3 votes, which made me further realize the importance of stopping into a couple of friends businesses and driving them down to the school or city building and voting.

    But I’m convinced the party elites don’t really give a damn. They think it’s all top-down marketing, putting lipstick on the McCain pig and pushing it out with a slick campaign is all it takes to win. Slop whatever together and have a bunch of highly-paid consultants push the product. Am I off base? It sure seems like Obama’s faux grass roots outsold the old-school top-down marketing approach.

  • dwillmore

    LOL LOL and the Republicans are different from the Democrats exactly how? Ah the sweet velvet hand of tyranny.

  • kozanne

    I called my state HQ, got no answer, then a message that voice mail was full! I don’t know what to do next.

  • Ragspierre

    #48 Funny you allude so much to marketing, because I see it’s just the opposite.

    A savvy entrepreneur keeps his/her ear to the ground, looking for opportunity. A new niche, a better way to deliver, a way to improve customer satisfaction and retention. I think marketing is the study of people, and learning what they want and need, then letting them know you have it once you do.

    If our political types worked more in that model, I do believe that would bring any number of improvements.

    Here, what with the Ronulans, there is a natural tension between trying to have a convention that performs the work it has to, and is not turned into a circus, and being too regimented. Maybe the honchos fell too far on the side of regimentation, but maybe not.

    Bottom line for me is that I don’t wait for someone to give me a voice. I take it.

  • even if this is aimed at the ron paul supporters its still a bad idea.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    TEA Party types have to take over the mechanics of the GOP if we want to steer them in the direction we know the nation needs to be going.

    Not if the likes of Orrin Hatch have anything to say about it.

  • Ragspierre

    Orin Hatch can’t stop…is likely unaware of…the attack Cold Warrior suggests, which is easier in lots of places than you’d imagine.

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  • #48…the RNC is for the fat cats in the private sector, the DNC is for the fat cats in the public sector. they’ll both screw the average person if you let them.

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  • Ragspierre


    That may be the best, fairest read on this that anybody will find.

  • Patty

    Please tell me this isn’t a fly in the ointment? When the wheels are rolling we hit a bump, big one in the road to progress.


  • Patty

    “If Romney, or any other candidate can select their own delegates the entire convention process will have been hijacked and eliminate the grassroots influence.”

    Oh, dear!

    Tea Party was instrumental in the Defeat of the democrats in 2010. Aren’t they part of the Grassroots of America. Sounds like sabotage to me.

  • Ragspierre

    Republican leaders moved Monday to quell an uprising by Texans and Ron Paul supporters that threatened to steal the spotlight from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and expose rifts in the party right as its nominating convention got under way.

    Under a compromise reached late Monday, Romney supporters and GOP leaders agreed to back down from a proposed rule change that effectively would have allowed presidential nominees to choose what delegates represent them at national conventions.
    From the Houston Carbuncle, via Malkin

  • Tom63010

    I don’t understand how Jim Hoft can on one hand say that Representative Todd Akin will derail the Romney election. I disagree, I believe that person is Ron Paul. He has as much of a chip on his shoulder as Barack Obama. In elections past he has accepted defeat and went away. This year there is a much different feel. A person I know is a big Ron Paul supporter. Her mother was part of the RNC. According to her mom the RNC really hosed Ron Paul. Ron Paul targeted states like Missouri that has a stupid Caucus Selection system that Ron Paul campaign targeted to make themselves more influential that there votes for deserved. It appears that the RNC is trying to block the embarrassment to the party by the Ron Paul supporters causing a disruption on the Convention Floor.

  • Guitanguran

    http://bit.ly/Ntg6PZ looks like they backed down

  • Stimpy

    Couple of my friends are delegates & alternates from Texas. They will fight !!! Texas delegates aren’t PaulBots. They lean conservative/Tea Party. RNC/rinos/Romney better back down or it will get nasty. Majority of Texas delegates are holding their nose to vote for Romney.

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  • I have been told by a fellow precinct committeeman from my precinct, who begged me to vote for her as a delegate, that the entire AZ delegation has and will continue to oppose the Romney crew’s coup rule changes. I’m also informed by a NV PC that he has heard the same from his delegates at the Convention.

    Cold Warrior

  • Votemout2012

    Jim guess thats why we need the Todd Akins in our party with the spine to stand up against the establishment. Better get your conservative bloggers out their and get some money for the ppl like Akin looking out for us.

  • Multitude

    Tom #62: “I don’t understand how Jim Hoft can on one hand say that Representative Todd Akin will derail the Romney election.”

    Apples and giraffes. The RINO rulemaking is a procedural, process control issue in a closed environment of the convention. It looks like they’re using the manufactured fear of Ron Paul and his followers to seize more absolute control over convention mechanics, but that’s my uneducated conjecture (I just work enough with corporate elites to know that exploiting a false threat is a frequent ploy for grabbing more totalizing power).

    The Akin situation is outside a closed environment and subject to narrative production and macro-political forces. Already, an unacceptable number of my liberal friends is screaming about how every Republican wants to authorize the rape of women and force them to bear their rapists babies out of some perverse Republican power trip to set America back into the 1950s. An overwhelming majority of Americans are not critical thinkers. Even more are unable to encounter and evaluate out of their comfort zones. If we’re to have a chance, we need some of those “independent” votes. Akin blew a gaping hole in the side of the Republican ship and the water’s still pouring in.

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  • bg


    May 23, 2012

    “Pro-Choice” Americans at Record-Low 41%

    ‘all pregnancies are “legitimate rapes” now’ 🙁

    [Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed
    because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is
    no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to
    Oxford University has argued.]

    Ryan on Akin: ‘Unfortunate’ but not ‘wrong’

    [Ryan’s and Akin’s chosen language in their version of the bill stipulated that abortion should only be allowed “if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest, or in the case where the pregnant female suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the pregnant female in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.”

    “Forcible rape” … as opposed to the voluntary kind.]


  • Votemout2012

    #68 Establishment GOP blew that gaping hole in the Republican ship by over blowing the entire gaffe. But please continue to think that by pushing Akin out all will be solved. That 36% of MO republicans who voted for Akin are dug in. We will not have our vote nullified. I will not for vote for a GOP stand in. I am NOT alone. This is the line in the sand. Akin won the Primary. Akin or McCaskill.

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  • bg


    re: #70 August 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm bg

    August 21, 2012

    Media Completely Ignores Democrats Pushing Out Pro-Lifers

    [Of course, while Roberts and others in the media aim to paint the GOP
    platform as too extreme on the pro-life side, you can expect the media
    to continue to ignore the plight of pro-life Democrats who simply asked
    weeks ago for their party to be a “big tent” that welcomes pro-lifers as
    well as pro-choicers.]

    August 23, 2012

    Pro-life Democratic group criticizes platform

    [“For the good of the Democratic Party, we will continue to advocate that
    the platform language should reflect the true diversity of views within the
    Democratic Party,” DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day said. “Our message
    is simple: If you are pro-life and a Democrat, you can make a difference,
    thus the case for recognition. Inclusion can make a critical difference in
    this fall’s election.”]

    August 24, 2012

    Pro-Life Democrats to Counter Democrats’ Pro-Abortion Convention

    [After having been thrown to the curb by the Democratic Party and its
    refusal to acknowledge them in their party platform, pro-life Democrats
    are planning to hold their own event at the convention in Charlotte.]


  • Mama Grizzly

    Well, without reading the posts I thought, probably to keep the Ron Paul supporters and the weird type of Tea Partiers/Santorum devotees or some such thing from disrupting the convention. Also, you must realize that the GOP has been infiltrated from the grassroots up by Dem operatives whose mission is to present a chaotic and divided party during the convention.

    Still don’t understand why some can’t see the problems with Akin/Huckabuck factor in play.

    We uber-conservatives can’t win the election–we’re too small. Speak solid conservative principles in a way people can understand and a lot of middle grounders will vote with us.

  • C-Christian Soldier

    having been an adv id R advocate – volunteer-
    I can tell you now- all that there is NO DIFFERENCE between the two parties —
    one -the Ds is overtly totalitarian the other – the Rs are covert totalitarians!!

  • Ragspierre

    The rule that allows the candidate to vet all delegates chosen at the state level to insure their loyalty is also simple common sense. One need only read this dispatch from Mary Grabar about delegates attending the GOP convention from Pennsylvania being members of the “Pennsylvania Working Families,” a front group for ACORN, to realize the efficacy of such a rule being in effect for the future. Opposition political activists have become adept at infiltrating GOP gatherings for several years and if state parties aren’t going to keep the enemy out of the convention, the national party must do it for them.

    From the piece I linked to, above.

    And some of you Akin Heads are really completely delusional. But that’s obvious to any rational observer.

  • Votemout2012

    Akin is the primary winner republican candidate for the senate. There is no redo. Akin vs McCaskill. Move on or lose the seat!

  • bg


    August 27, 2012

    Did Todd Akin Make the GOP’s 28-Year-
    Old Abortion Plank Suddenly Relevant?

    [The platform that the Republican Party is expected to approve this week
    includes a plank declaring that “the unborn child has a fundamental
    individual right to life which cannot be infringed”
    and calling for “a human
    life amendment to the Constitution”
    as well as “legislation to make clear
    that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

    That language is closer to the position taken by vice presidential nominee
    Paul Ryan (and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin) than the one taken
    by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who says he would allow abortion
    in cases of rape and incest. It is hard to see how those exceptions can
    be reconciled with a “fundamental individual right to life which cannot
    be infringed.”

    Does it matter? As The New York Times notes, the GOP’s two most
    recent presidential nominees, George W. Bush and John McCain,
    were both more flexible on abortion than their party’s platform. So
    were Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush. Ronald Reagan, by contrast,
    took the Ryan/Akin position, saying abortion should be illegal except
    when necessary to save the mother’s life. It was under Reagan that
    the current version of the abortion plank was originally adopted:]

    proud to be a pro-life Akin-Ryan-Reagan supporter..


  • Votemout2012

    #74 Steeleman had solid conservative principles? Voted against Tort reform in state senate. she came in last in Primary. Steeleman Meant Palin day of the fundraiser. Palin had no idea who she was endorsing. Steeleman still came in 3rd after Palin endorsement.

  • bg


    minor correction re: #78 August 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm bg

    proud to be an Akin-Ryan-Reagan pro-life supporter.. 🙂


  • bg



    re: [I am NOT alone.]

    you certainly aren’t, and Akin wasn’t answering a question
    about rape to begin with, so how dumbed down are we?? 😯


  • Simsalabim

    I agree with VOTEMOUT2012. Akin won the damn election. It’s either he or McAssKill.

    I didn’t vote for Akin in the primary. I voted for Brunner and I would again but he didn’t freakin win and 3rd place Stealman didn’t either. Akin did.

  • Simsalabim

    It’s getting harder and harder to vote for Mittens. I’m torn. Do I vote for tyranny on the right or tyranny on the left?

  • Shelly

    What I read on the Malkin link said they had came up with a deal.

    It was about the Paul supporters, talk to some of the state party leaders and what they went through with them.
    They can’t and won’t accept they lost and planned on trying to sway the votes of others. Many have said they would make sure Romney loses as well in November if they’re crazy overthrow doesn’t work at the convention and that they’ll embarrass the National GOP, all because they believe they were cheated.

    I heard Rand Paul tonight on Hannity say that the party worked with them and gave them many of their wants in the platform, but the supporters can’t seem to see that.

  • Shelly

    Simsalabim:if you vote for Obama or a third party, you just might not have to worry about 2016.

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  • Shelly

    Romney isn’t even in the same universe of evil as Obama and anyone who believes otherwise is insane. Romney may not be as conservative as some would like and he may be an opportunist as some claim him to be, but he doesn’t hate the country.

    WTH can’t people put their stupid petty differences behind them and unite to save this country?
    Regardless of the Huckabees and Akins, regardless of the nutty Paul supporters, Romney will be the nominee. Your choice is Obama or Romney, a socialist country and that might be if we’re lucky or a country that at least resembles the USA.

    Read this article and you’ll realize why it was even put out there and remember Romney and the party has tried to work with these people and have conceded several times to them.

  • Limousine Barry


    You don’t like the way Davy Axelrod and George Soros have greased up the RINOs? It takes money to cause division!

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  • carson lauffer

    Why would we not wish to have an open convention? This fear of controversy is not what we support the Republicans for. I’m old enough to remember the open conventions of the 1950s and wish they would return. I’m completely opposed to these proposed amendments. I’m not a Ron Paul supporter. I am a Tea Party member. If you wish our full support don’t shut us out.

  • Patty

    It is WE THE PEOPLE, not cherry picking. This is what the party stands for and if I recall, Romney and Ryan have been speaking about the work that they will do for the people and if ever there was a time, now is the time for them talk the talk, and walk the walk.

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