Blow, wingnuts, and crack your cheeks [Updated]

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So, as Bette notes, the 2012 GOP Convention looms large on the horizon, and I’m sure we’re all agog at the prospect of the week ahead.

We already know the draft platform that’ll be *ahem* revealed at the Convention and that Mitt’ll sign off on because, with typical efficiency, GOP staffers hit “Publish” on an online draft and preempted the heck out of themselves.

We also know the themes of each of the four days:

Planned Convention Schedule

Monday—“We Can Do Better”

Tuesday—“We Built It”

Wednesday—“We Can Change It”

Thursday—“We Believe in America”

Though this, of course, has been subject to last-minute revision following Gov. Rick Scott’s declaration of a State of Emergency, including distribution of sandbags to some of those in the Tampa area, given that Tropical Storm Isaac’s currently bearing down on early-arriving delegates:

Revised Convention Schedule (Outdoors On Roof If Wet)

Monday—“Onward To 2008, Because That Worked Out So Well”

Tuesday—“Let Somebody Else Pick Up The Pieces As Usual”

Wednesday—“We Screwed Everything Up Before, And By Golly, We’ll Do It Again If They Let Us”

Thursday—“We’ll Say Anything”

We also know that Mittens, egged on by Peggy Noonan, is at last exploring his legendary unzipped wisecracky fun side, so there’ll be human touches this year on top of the usual Baboon Choruses of OO-ESS-AY, ritual slutshaming, forced repatriation of any undocumented convention center staff, and all the other palaver.

Mitt and Ann have been busy trialing the all-new GOP Jumbo Salute:

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And continuing the elephantine theme, there’ll be some very fetching merchandise for sale:

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But, behind the motley masque, what of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans that you may remember I was looking forward to so much as early as May and June. How goes it with the Paulmas?

In brief: not great.

The sop of a Monday speaking slot for wee Rand and his pet tribble and the promise of an ego-pumping Tuesday night movie show tribute/obituary for Ron haven’t been grasped as sufficient reward for the months of campaigning and battling among rattlin’ Ron’s more hardcore supporters.

RonPaul.com currently leads with:

GOP Establishment Fears Ron Paul Upset at the Convention

This comes hard on the heels of:

Ron Paul to Assemble Champions of Constitutional Conservatism

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign released today details of its much-anticipated ‘We Are The Future Rally’ that will occur just ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Sunday, August 26th at the University of South Florida Sun Dome from noon until 5:00 p.m. Congressman Paul will speak at or around 4:00 p.m. and will be introduced by his son, U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“Ron Paul’s rally will enable supporters, the public, and media to further witness the ideas and people that are the future of the Republican Party,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

The main Paulite idea that’s been adopted in the platform is to audit the Fed, which Ron’s Twitter feed is banging on about constantly at the moment, along with a drive to seek a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

The Sacramento Bee relays an AP piece:

Ron Paul’s aura leaves GOP, Romney in tricky spot

TAMPA, Fla.—Mitt Romney loyalists, seeking a show of strength and solidarity at next week’s GOP convention, struggled Friday to placate restless Ron Paul supporters while also weakening the powers of such insurgent candidates in future Republican primaries.

Pre-convention haggling annoyed devoted backers of Paul, the 77-year-old Texas congressman who was among Romney’s primary challengers. One Republican National Convention panel voted to replace 10 delegates from Maine who are supportive of Paul, deciding that they came to Tampa through a flawed state selection process. A second pro-Romney committee moved to adopt a rule narrowing the routes for delegates to national conventions in 2016 and beyond.

“It sends the message that when the establishment doesn’t get the outcome they want they will use the process to change it,” said Mike Rothfeld of Virginia, who tried in vain to block the ouster of Maine’s delegates partial to Paul. “It will not be good for the party. It will not be good for Mitt Romney.”
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Paul didn’t win a single presidential primary, yet he was able to amass 177 delegates, according to the Associate Press tally. That’s due to an intense effort, particularly in caucus states, to swarm state conventions that took place after the primary elections. His followers won a majority of delegate slots in Iowa, Maine, Minnesota and Nevada.

But the Maine delegation underwent a makeover on the convention’s eve. After several hours of discussion, the credentials committee voted overwhelmingly to substitute 10 Paul delegates with 10 aligned with Romney.

William McGinley, a lawyer pressing the case for the delegate swap, said the Maine convention was invalid because it was riddled with problems. Some party officials complained of lax floor security and dubious identification of participants.

McGinley said Paul’s supporters “shouldn’t be able to benefit from this chaos.”

Paul’s allies said it was Romney’s team that threw up obstacles back in May.
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The move had immediate repercussions. Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a delegate himself, said he would skip the convention because of the discord. Another remaining delegate, former state lawmaker Stavros Mendros, predicted it would hamper the GOP’s bid to snatch an electoral vote in Maine given its process of awarding those based on geographic vote totals.

“It’s going to be a disaster back home,” Mendros said. “People are going to be out for blood.”

In an adjoining ballroom, allies of Romney worked to make it harder for insurgent presidential candidates such as Paul to have a big voice in future nominating conventions. GOP rule-makers voted to tie the selection of convention delegates to the results of each state’s Republican primary. Supporters of the rule change said primary voters expect national convention delegates to be loyal to the primary winner.

The proposed change is subject to a later vote on a large rules package.

The Guardian promises a three-day Paulpalooza, the PAUL (People Awakening and Uniting for Liberty—they obviously chickened out of my suggestion, Paulites Undermining Mitt Abominably) Festival, on the fringe of the Convention, some of which may be forestalled by the weather. It adds:

Paul’s delegate strategy saw supporters overtake the nomination process in several states, winning large numbers of delegates in places like Massachusetts, Maine and Louisiana. It also saw fierce disputes with party officials, including scuffles that led to arrests and injuries in Louisiana.

However, the number of Paul delegates has since been chipped away with several state delegations packed with Paul supporters being virtually tossed out. Talks between the Romney team and the Paul campaign have now reached compromises in many cases, but at a cost of a reduced Paul presence.

Evan Kenney is a Massachusetts Ron Paul supporter who first won his delegate place, then saw it denied by the local state party, and then had it reinstated on Wednesday along with four others, leaving 12 Paul supporters still left out.

“It’s really tremendous that we did make a difference, but still extremely disheartening that 12 elected representatives were unjustly removed from their rightful positions,” he said.
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His team has also urged his supporters to not upset official proceedings in Tampa.

Some experts believe that could be down to ensuring a smooth handover of the reins of the movement to Rand Paul, who did secure a coveted high profile speaking slot at the convention.

“Ron Paul sees this as a multi-generational project. He sees his son as the next stage. You don’t want to burn bridges,” said Professor Cary Covington, a political scientist at the University of Iowa.

This perspective would be reinforced by the fact that RunRonPaul.com has just renamed itself LibertyCrier.com, if not for the other fact that current headlines there include:

Reality Check: RNC Pulling Out All Stops To Keep Ron Paul’s Name Out Of Nomination

and

Oklahoma Parking Lot Patriots Kicked to the Curb by the Republican National Committee

Probably not least because of these tensions, the GOP establishment plans to push to have Romney nominated as early in the Convention week as possible. We’ll see how that pans out. If Mitt wants to steady his nerves before his big week, he probably won’t want to visit the Ron Paul Forums.

UPDATE

This just in from Political Insider:

MEMO

DATE: August 25, 2012

FROM: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus @Reince

TO: Interested Parties

RE: RNC Convention

Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention will convene on Monday August 27th and immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th, exact time to follow.

Our first priority is ensuring the safety of delegates, alternates, guests, members of the media attending the Republican National Convention, and citizens of the Tampa Bay area. RNC Convention officials and the Romney campaign are working closely with state, local and federal officials, as well as the Secret Service, to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and preserve Florida’s emergency management resources. Officials have predicted participants may encounter severe transportation difficulties due to sustained wind and rain.

The Republican National Convention will take place and officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and the Party has other necessary business it must address. We also are remaining in constant contact with state and federal officials and may make additional schedule alterations as needed.

The Convention staff is working around-the-clock to ensure the delegations housed in storm-impacted areas have alternative housing if needed. The Committee on Arrangements will provide additional information to delegates and alternate delegates who are affected by Isaac by Sunday morning. We will also provide guidance to those delegates and alternate delegates who may encounter travel difficulties due to the storm.

We will begin issuing revised convention programming as early as Sunday.

We have an experienced team that will ensure changes are operationally smooth and create as little disruption as possible. The most important concern is safety, but our Convention program will proceed.

Hope you’re hanging in there, Betty.

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Re: the second photo—Sir, we already know you’re a dickhead. No need to advertise the fact.

And can we combine the Paul-and-PUMA folks into one borglike entity? How about “Paulumas?”

Gee, what a total shame if the Rethugs are not able to showcase what a great agenda they have for this country (snort) thus leaving it up to the Dems to define the campaign going forward.  On the other hand if we miss Donald Trump’s *big surprise* and Shurf Joe Arpaio’s *vision* for throwing all them messicans out of the country I, for one, will not be all that sorry.  Oh, and what are we betting that Queen Ann of the Dancing Horse WILL get sandwiched in there somehow, someway.

Well, chief hate object at FR and some of the righty blogs at the moment is Huckabee (for backing Akin, but also as the avatar of the hardline evangelical faction), funnily enough, so they’re hoping he’ll get bumped.

The Paulmas aren’t quite the least of the GOP’s problems, but they’re not going to go away in a hurry, especially at state level, by the sounds of it—do check out “Grassroots Central” at the Ron Paul Forums if you can be bothered and want a laugh.

Latest scuttlebutt there:

Fox says theyre going to go ahead and nominate Romney real quick monday “and get that out of the way” then cancel it until wednesday without any speeches or anything Monday or Tuesday.

They’re also quite excited by this (from the NYT):

Mr. Paul, in an interview, said convention planners had offered him an opportunity to speak under two conditions: that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. He declined.

“It wouldn’t be my speech,” Mr. Paul said. “That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.”

A not untypical sentiment (bold in original):

Breaking News: The RNC will no longer take place by order of chancellor Romney.Further notice of mandates being lifted not to be televised

Which means that some are labeling Rand a “sellout”:

I will work even harder to make sure he never is elected again.

Unlike his Dad who has balls of steel and told the GOP to screw themselves and stood on his principles. Rand has NO principles in my book.

Anyhow, I think the GOP establishment’d punt Ann up the conference aisle in a gondola if they thought it’d get her airtime.

what a total shame if the Rethugs are not able to showcase what a great agenda they have for this country (snort) thus leaving it up to the Dems to define the campaign going forward.

The one downside is that the convo is bound to supply the Dems with plenty of ammo for just that. I think a cancellation of the convention might be a real boost for the Repubs (or at least an avoidance of some sledgehammering.)

Mitt Romney loyalists

I call bullshit.

Conventions are now little more than highly scripted affairs designed to show how wonderful life would be and how well the trains would run on time if ‘our guy’ is elected.  Both sides are guilty of that, but one side takes it to Potemkin levels, and that side will have a tween’s emo-fest over any major crack in the choreographed proceedings.  Come on, Issac!* 

I suppose that the first order of business post-convention will be the public ritual disemboweling of the guy who decided Florida in hurricane season is a perfect place for a convention, 1,000 titty bars notwithstanding. 

*I of course deeply wish for Issac to leave Betty alone, and her little chickens too.

I’m hoping the RNC delegates are trapped in a flooded TampaDome for 3 or 4 day without power, water or food.

Conventions are now little more than highly scripted affairs designed to show how wonderful life would be and how well the trains would run on time if ‘our guy’ is elected.  Both sides are guilty of that, but one side takes it to Potemkin levels, and that side will have a tween’s emo-fest over any major crack in the choreographed proceedings.

You are, of course, right about what conventions have become (same thing’s happened in the UK).

I’m not trying to make of it more than can be observed, though, but the RNC has seriously pissed off a lot of activists, delegates, and in some cases whole state party apparatuses with the push to install Mitt unopposed at all costs. What happens at the convention’s possibly the least of their worries.

I suppose that the first order of business post-convention will be the public ritual disemboweling of the guy who decided Florida in hurricane season is a perfect place for a convention ...

Steele’s already saying it wasn’t him and anyway shut up it was a committee.

Some of the Paulites, meanwhile, see it all as part of a grand conspiracy to shorten the convention, make it even less relevant to the party’s functioning, and prevent them having their day in the sun (yes, they’re conspiracy-minded at the best of times, but this isn’t the best of times). It’s not the first time the GOP Convention’s been curtailed by weather, after all, though it was probably less justified in ‘08.

I’m hoping the RNC delegates are trapped in a flooded TampaDome for 3 or 4 day without power, water or food.

I’m hoping that if there is a worst-case landfall, that FEMA will operate beautifully (as it already has been now that the grown-ups are back in charge), thus giving the lie to the Galtian bullshit of the Death Cult Party.

that FEMA will operate beautifully

Yeah, I know but I just want to see all those delegates begging the Feds for help.

BTW reports that the hurricane may hit NOLA instead.  It would be an interesting contrast to the last time and would be a vivid reminder of the BushII Era.

I hope not—I have friends in NOLA who are still trying to get back on their feet from Katrina. Not that I wish hurricane damage on anyone. Okay, if it were focused SOLELY on the RNC, I wouldn’t complain.

Libertycrier.

Hahahaha!

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