In a move of startling significance, the Washington State Republican Central Committee voted, Saturday, to determine a majority of Republican delegates to the National Convention in a process that will clearly be controlled by Democrats. Don’t believe me?
Washington State has traditionally been a “Caucus State.” That is, all Republicans are invited to participate in mini-conventions (caucuses) near their homes to vote on delegates to larger conventions that determine who gets our State’s votes for the Republican Nomination for President. It’s the convention process. It’s run by Republicans, dominated by Republican discussion and decided by Repubican votes. It is the reason Washington State Republicans sent all our delegates to the National Convention in 1976 to vote for Ronald Reagan, not Gerald Ford. Since the Democrats are busy that night holding their own caucuses, it makes it hard for liberal Republicans to get votes. They have always hated it.
But the State Committee just voted to have “51%” of our national delegates determined by the Presidential Primary where the majority of voters for the Republican Presidential nominee will be Democrats.
Why will Democrats control the vote?
It’s simple. Their Party leaders did the smart thing and kept their nomination process to Democrats. 100% of their delegates will be determined by Democrat Caucuses. So when the Primary comes around they will be free to control the Republican side. THERE IS NO REASON FOR DEMOCRATS TO VOTE ON THE DEMOCRAT SIDE IN THE PRIMARY (since it won’t effect the outcome). BUT THEY CAN CONTROL 51% OF THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION VOTES from our state. And let’s be realistic, they’ve been turning out to primaries in MUCH larger numbers than we have. In 2004, Dino Rossi beat Christine Gregoire in the general election by about 2000 (legitimate) votes, but in the primary he only got about 356,000 votes to the Democrats’ 631,000.
We just handed the asses the keys to the elephant family car, folks.
Why would we do such a thing?
Bottom line, this is an enormous boost to our most liberal candidates, Giuliani (pro-gay rights, pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-illegal alien sanctuary), McCain (with Feingold against free speech, with Lieberman against free enterprise, with Kennedy against U.S. Sovereignty), and Romney (who was a Massachusetts liberal on all the above issues before he decided to run for President). This breathes new life into their candidacies that they desperately needed.
Giuliani and Romney both campaigned successfully as liberals to become mayor of New York and Governor of Massachusetts and McCain has been courting the entire Democrat Party for seven years.
Look at the King County GOP Straw poll. Why would Rudi McRomney want actual Republicans deciding our National Convention delegation?