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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Settled Matter -- Or Not

    By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 05:23:57 PM EST
    Tags: "DELE-GATE", MIGOP Credentials Committee, Bobby Schostak, Sharon Wise, Saul Anuzis, Bill Runco, Eric Doster, Mike Cox, Holly Hughes, MIGOP May 2012 State Convention, backroom shenanigans, Michigan Leaders Lining Up For Romney, integrity argument, disingenuous hypocrisy, memory holes, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich (all tags)

    If we are to believe the drive-by media meme that's been in the political news cycle for the past week or so, we're already in the general campaign for the 2012 presidential election.  Never mind that His Mittenness is still between 468 and 594 committed delegates short of the number needed in order to secure a pre-convention majority.  Ignore the truths that Newt Gingrich is still in this race, and that Rick Santorum is still entitled to most of his delegate accumulation.  Right now, as far as the mainstream press is concerned, all we republicans should be caring about is how much money Romney can raise in order to credibly challenge Obama and who he ought to select as his running mate.

    Yet again, we need to go back to Yogi Berra . . . and then go below the fold.

    First, let's reiterate the crystal clear truth that it takes 1,144 delegates to secure this cycle's republican presidential nomination . . . period.  There is no alternate way to slice or parse this: if you have the necessary delegates, you're in, otherwise, no dice.  And if Willard is actually as inevitable as his press releases are claiming, then why is his campaign team still manipulating the process behind the scenes?  To be perfectly honest with you, I've stopped trying to keep track of instances of backroom shenanigans where the Restore Our Future types have by their actions made it clear that they will stop at absolutely nothing, rules and ethics apparently be damned, to secure the nomination for the milquetoast Massachusetts moderate (though a pretty decent video list is available here).  I am wondering, though, if anyone on Mitt's campaign team has considered that the continued underhanded manipulation of the process will jeopardize the very party unity that Romney says he wants to create.  (And that's assuming that it isn't shot to hell already.)

    As of right now, Romney is precisely where the Santorum Path to Delegate Victory campaign strategy memo of March 10th expected he'd be (with the exception of winning Wisconsin).  Between now and June 26th, the only true winner-take-all states remaining are Delaware, Montana, New Jersey, and Utah, the remainder being either proportional or by congressional district.  Thus, though I'll grant that the probability is getting more remote by the day, it's still entirely possible for either Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul can still actively prevent Romney from accumulating a pre-convention majority.

    As a brief sidebar, those of you interested in really throwing a monkey wrench into Willard's coronation train should go to Newt's Network, register an account, and spend some quality time this weekend reaching into Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and/or Rhode Island.

    Getting back to topic, recently the MIGOP Credentials Committee met on April 12th and decided (unanimously, I'm told) to reallocate the national convention delegates committed to Rick Santorum as "uncommitted."  The rationale for the committee's decision is pretty solid.  According to Rule 19-E of the Republican Party of Michigan Rules for Selection of Delegates and Alternates to the 2012 Republican County, State and National Conventions, a candidate who suspends his campaign for Republican nominee for POTUS loses his otherwise committed national convention delegates, and they are officially considered "uncommitted."

    Yeah, this time the MIGOP Credentials Committee actually did it by the book . . . so naturally I'm wondering what the hell they're up to.

    Given that I've received word as recently as this afternoon that no less a pro-Romney luminary than Dennis Lennox is attempting to round up tea party support to run as an "uncommitted" Congressional District ONE national convention delegate, I wouldn't put it past Romney's Michigan campaign crew to "fifth column" the now-uncommitted delegation slots.  The strategy, apparently, is to pack the delegation with pro-Romney people, which would thus hand the remaining 14 delegates over to Michigan's "native son."  (Apparently, stealing one delegate wasn't enough for these thieves.)  So I suppose that we now need to get the word out among those attending the district conventions in districts that Santorum originally won (CD-01, CD-02, CD-03, CD-04, CD-06, CD-07, and CD-13) and alert them to be leery of the allegiances of those attempting to be seated as "uncommitted" national convention delegates.

    Like we don't have enough to do.

    That same rule, by the way, provides a mechanism for a candidate to appeal the Credentials Committee decision to the full State Committee, and Rick Santorum's campaign attorney did so a few days ago.  I was talking with a couple of State Committee members the other day, and one of them said that he was expecting to hear from Chairman Schostak within 48 hours convening a meeting of the full committee before the end of the month.

    Sure enough, first thing this morning, Schostak sent out an e-mail to the entire state committee, convening a special meeting of the Michigan Republican State Committee (MRSC) on Saturday, April 28th at 9:00am at The Lexington Lansing Hotel.  The purpose of this meeting is to review an appeal filed by the Santorum Campaign concerning the suspension of their campaign requiring the Michigan Republican Party to label delegates bound to Santorum as "uncommitted," as required by the Republican Party of Michigan Rules for Selection of Delegates and Alternates to the 2012 Republican County, State and National Conventions.

    Now, given that, according to Michigan's delegate allocation rules, the national convention delegates are only bound for the first ballot on the convention floor, I really don't see what the big hassle would be with allowing Santorum to keep his bound delegates.  Me?  I think we ought to get busy calling up every member of the MIGOP State Committee that we can get in touch with, and encourage them to override the Credentials Committee decision of last week.

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    Given the narrative I've been listening to... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by KG One on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 08:00:53 PM EST
    ...on the radio in four-state area this week, Willard is the shoo-in.

    Just slap one of these guys on and check you brain at the door...

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