Columnist Justin Raimondo writes about the boring, safe spectacle for the Republican big wigs which is about to commence in Florida:
Inside, efforts are underway to make it impossible for delegates pledged to antiwar libertarian Ron Paul to place their candidate in nomination – an effort the Huffington Post deems a “defense” against Paulian “shenanigans.” Party rules say officially-recognized candidates must have pluralities of delegates in at least five states: however, at a recent Republican National Committee meeting, Texas committeeman John Ryder moved to increase the number of states to ten – just to make sure Paul doesn’t make the grade. Disdaining convention floor fights as “the residue of the 19th century,” Ryder averred it is time to “streamline” the process by which the GOP nominates its standard-bearer. Ryder claimed that he wanted to eliminate “distractions” at the Republican convention:
“Unless you’ve got a real contest, where you have two candidates or three candidates who actually have a mathematical chance of winning, then why do we want to go through the exercise?”
I have a better idea: since polls are showing Mitt Romney being soundly beaten by our incumbent President, why don’t’ we just dispense with these pesky elections – which are, after all, just part of the residue from the 18th century – and declare Barack Obama the winner? That way, we can save time, energy, and taxpayers’ money – because, after all, the taxpayers are footing the bill for Mitt’s coronation, just as they are for the Democrats. Think of it as a Republican budget-cutting plan – the Ryder plan.
To the Republican party Establishment – and much of the rank-and-file activists – political debate is a “distraction” from what really matters in politics, which is seizing power. As for the rules governing the political process – they can be changed at a moment’s notice, and bent any which way, in order to facilitate this seizure. Ron Paul’s supporters in the GOP learned that the hard way, as the Romneyites used their control of the party bureaucracy at the state and national levels to retroactively change the rules in order to unseat duly elected Paul delegates. In Maine, Massachusetts, Louisiana,Oregon, Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the party bosses have disenfranchised Paul voters – closing down party caucuses, rejecting as delegates anyone under 50, and calling the cops when all else failed. And while Ryder’s rule change failed – thanks to RNC’er Morton Blackwell – the Romney people did sneak in an amendment that would require delegates to state in writing who they intend to vote for on the convention floor at least one hour before the vote.
This is something not even the Communist Party of the Soviet Union required, and is unheard of even in Red China. The reason for the new rule is obvious: to alert the Romneyites to impending displays of public dissent. This will give them time to isolate the dissenters, strip them of their delegate credentials, and unceremoniously haul them out of the convention, preferably in handcuffs, while the cameras roll.
We can pretty much all predict what is going to happen in Tampa. Doubtlessly, the party elites will all talk about how this is the most important election ever (they say this every four years), how badly they want to bomb Iran and Syria, how they need to be more ‘diverse,’ how committed they are to Israel, how much they loathe Russia and China, how they won’t touch any of the big social programs or military spending but will still somehow reduce the size of government (yeah right!), etc. We’ve heard all that nonsense before… many times, in fact.