Has the GOP Establishment Forgotten about the Grassroots?
Last week, it came to light that the Romney campaign and the leadership of the Republican National Committee (RNC) was intent on disenfranchising delegates from a number of states that Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) did well in or won. As described by Jazz Shaw at Hot Air at the above link, while the RNC understandably desires a single, united voice against President Obama, undercutting state voters is not acceptable:
But the idea of allowing the nominee to “vet” the delegates from each state party and essentially hand pick the most compliant is certainly disturbing. In the end, the convention is not the show for the candidate to run, but rather the time for the individual state parties to officially anoint the winner. And if they have comments to include or issues to debate, that’s their right.
While the RNC did backpedal, this process has infuriated many in the Republican grassroots. In discussions with a delegate at a Tampa restaurant two nights ago, I was told that Maine was disenfranchised even though the RNC ranked the Maine process a 9 out of 10 in the quality of the election process. Additionally, there are several examples of quid pro quo where state-level RNC officials supported the RNC’s efforts, and were given certain positions shortly afterward.
Unfortunately, even after walking back its initial efforts, the RNC still hasn’t gotten the message that it needs the conservative grassroots. This was shown in a speech by RNC Chairman Reince Preibus last evening, when Preibus gave full credit to the Republican resurgence in 2010 and 2012 to Republicans allegedly holding to campaign promises once in office. Never mind the inability of congressional Republicans to cut spending, or fight for legitimate tax reform, or the Senate minority leadership’s unwillingness to fully challenge the health care law. All despite campaign promises.
One has to wonder if Preibus was paying attention for the last three years. Yes, Republicans won in 2010. But more importantly, conservatives won in 2010. The Tea Party’s grassroots protests were turned into effective political action. In 2010, millions of Tea Party conservatives led to the largest turnover in the House of Representatives in over 50 years, and partially upended the bipartisan establishment in the Senate. This was not because of an overwhelming support for Republicans – not by a long shot. And this year, Republicans are not winning because they are “holding to principle.” They are winning because Tea Party Patriots and other grassroots groups across the nation recognize the importance of overturning the health care law, and stopping the insane level of debt that has accumulated under both President Bush & President Obama.
One of the major goals of the conservative grassroots this year is to overturn the President’s health care law. It is not to kowtow to the corrupt wishes of the Republican National Committee. Holding both parties accountable to principle and promise is a non-partisan issue, and one that Tea Party Patriots takes seriously.