We have known since our interview with him (2013) that Christian Berrigan was the most qualified person to chair the Washington State Republican Party. Here he calls out the current Establishment, line by line, for its ongoing war against its own base. ~ Ed.
WSRP to disenfranchise majority
by Christian Berrigan
ATTENTION REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY VOTERS AND CAUCUS GOERS
I’m sorry to report that the WSRP is well on its way to disenfranchising the majority of its caucus and convention participants, and disenfranchising the majority of its primary voters. The minority who will not be disenfranchised will be unfairly favored at the expense of everyone else.
How? By passing rules [at the state committee meeting on September 12] that will bind the first round balloting of all our national convention delegates to the winner of the late primary. It does not matter which convention delegates support what candidate, they will all be forced to vote for the primary winner regardless of who their electors support. It doesn’t matter how many primary voters vote for the second place winner, none of their votes will count.
All this while we’ve been told leadership is dedicated to a proportional awarding of delegates. They may tell you they are proportionally awarding delegates – technically true – but then they turn around and force them all to vote for one person!
The excuses that our only other choices are to disenfranchise primary voters are false. The claim that our only other choice is to disenfranchise military voters is patently untrue, as is the assertion that the RNC rules require it be done this way lest we risk forfeiture of delegates. For people who have “heard” what the RNC rules say, it seems correct. Those who actually read the RNC rules will discover the fallacies of these arguments.
Then there is the facade of re-assurance when we’re told the national delegates will be *allowed* to vote their conscience in the second and third rounds of balloting. Anybody know when the last time a national convention had a second or third round of balloting? Anyone believe with rules like this there will be a second round of balloting?
Then of course is the reality that these rules set up a process where a 23% plurality vote in the primary gets 100% of the national delegates’ first round vote. Attention anti-establishment types: This means a 23% vote for Jeb Bush will get 100% of our vote. ATTENTION ESTABLISHMENT TYPES: This means a 23% vote for Donald Trump will give him 100% of the delegate vote.
In other words, a minority of primary voters and a minority of caucus goers get 100% favoritism, and everyone else gets 100% screwed.
All your state committee members need phone calls from conservatives across the state demanding a stop to this injustice. For reasons I won’t elaborate upon, mere argument within the state committee will not likely prevail unless there is a public outcry.
If anyone disbelieves my take on the RNC rules, please don’t just *tell* me what they say. Post the specific language to which you are referring.
You can find a list of your state committee members here:
Your state executive board members:
You can find the actual RNC rules here:
You may be wondering what the solution to this situation is? It is simple! If you’re going to have a primary, award its delegates proportionally as planned, then award your convention delegates proportionally as planned, then ***simply remove*** the language from the proposed WSRP Rule 37 which binds the first round of national delegates’ votes. Literally the whole problem is solved by deleting that language from one rule.
The only thing making it any more complicated than that are the people promoting this intolerable rule.
Please call your WSRP State Committee Members and SHARE THIS POST.
Further Berrigan analysis of the WSRP Rule conundrum: Berrigan Documentation: RNC Rule Violation in Proposed WSRP Rule 37