Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.
The irony was palpable, the debate pressed with “War is Peace” and “up is down” arguments.
Kirby in email: “This isn’t a conspiracy.”
Kirby (in illegal, extended comment on his resolution (from the chair) at the State Committee at the Richland Red Lion): “This isn’t a conspiracy.”
[No, but the committee on the State Convention mysteriously hasn’t actually made any plans, yet, waiting… for some reason.]
King County Chair Lori Sotelo (both introducing and closing debate on the measure to completely shut down grass roots authority in 2014): “We want an INCLUSIVE PROCESS” (This is the woman who has fought a 5-year war targeting Ron Paul supporters, eventually (and illegally) ordering police to literally throw caucus-goers into the street). Again: “We want an INCLUSIVE process”
Kirby had already had the Party attorney research the answer to an expected question: “Would the measure Sotelo moved and Kirby engineered, to cancel the 2014 State Convention require a 2/3 vote?” Answer: “no.”
But it wasn’t even close. The debate was lengthy, several speeches well-thought out, and, in the end, a clear victory for shutting down grass roots politics by establishment leaders, most of whom should be replaced.
Who were the stars?
Notable Leaders of the movement to cancel the Convention:
- State Chair Kirby Wilbur
- Lori Sotelo and her whole chorus from King County including Lisa Thwing’s proxy.
- Whatcom County’s Friesen Femme Fatale, Luanne VanWerven
- The venerable Grant Peterson, the state campaign chair who put some of Ronald Reagan’s worst enemies on the 1984 Washington State “Reagan – Bush” slate.
- Nick Sherwood (self-described “libertarian”) from Pierce County
And for best actor and best actress in supporting roles:
- Dani Bolyard, who was in attendance, but no longer on the State Committee. Dani had gotten on the facebook discussion to support the cancellation, pointing out that when she was on the Committee, she had supported the cancellation and repeated her arguments.
- Chris Tibbs, new Kitsap County Chair. Chris gave his proxy to (cancellation opponent) Rand Hein but then led the applause for Sotelo from the back row.
The arguments to cancel from its many supporters were that…
- Gosh, Conventions are just so much work for poor Party officials (who have almost nothing else of importance to do in 2014).
- Some counties had trouble affording it (although any county with a brain makes money on the process).
- Since eviscerating all their power eliminates the need to elect delegates ~ anyone could go!! (This was supposed to be the “inclusion” part) But it was quickly (and decisively for anyone who can think logically) pointed out that the Party can and does run non-delegate, anyone-can-come events parallel with each Convention anyway. All they were doing was shutting out grass-roots decision making.
The fact remains that the ONLY advantage to not having voting delegates is that no one in the Party will have any power in 2014 except the people in the room who voted to take away the convention.
Several fought nobly against the measure in a losing cause. Kitsap’s Tony Stephens was marvelous – articulate, dynamic and compelling. But he was trying to keep sharks from attacking with blood in the water: power greedy Republican officials who saw the chance to keep it all for themselves for another year.