I Won’t Drink the Kool-Aid!

I spent a considerable amount of time last night watching various videos of speeches I missed during the GOP Convention. After sleeping on it and spending more time today looking at various reactions and observations in the blogosphere, my thoughts became clear. Perhaps I missed it, but I can’t recall hearing one single mention of the Tea Party or Sarah Palin during the convention.

Something else pulled me back from the brink and it was this post by Mark America, “Turn Out The Lights: The Grand Old Party Is Over”. Mark takes a very principled stand and explains why he won’t be voting for Mitt Romney this November, in light of the power grab by John Boehner and the GOPe during the Rules Committee fiasco.

I also listened to Mark Levin’s show from yesterday as a podcast, not being able to hear it live. The Great One spent a considerable amount of time trying to examine the possible meaning behind the dramatic fall-off of viewership for the GOP Convention, compared to 2008.

To help balance the low viewership totals, Breitbart.com has some good news.

According to new research released today by Rasmussen, more voters identify themselves as Republican than ever in the last 8 years. More importantly, by a 4 point margin, more voters identify as GOP than Democrat. This is the largest spread between the parties ever. Worse for Democrats, the number of voters who identify with their party is also approaching an historic low.

One of my thoughts in listening to Mark Levin’s show is that voters have already made up their minds about who they’re going to vote for and watching the GOP Convention wasn’t going to change that. The convention was never going to change my mind, but it did give me pause when the rules fight occurred. I’m not going to drink the Kool-Aid and march in lock-step with a Romney administration, although it goes without saying that ABO would be much better for our country. We just have to remain vigilant and, assuming Romney does gain the White House, continue to hold the GOPe’s feet to the fire.

The RNC Purposefully Silenced Grassroots Conservatives

Since last Wednesday, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about the despicable rules changes foisted on the GOP Convention by the GOPe.

Michael Duncan at FreedomWorks provides a good synopsis of what happened (emphasis his):

When the Romney camp and the Republican establishment rewrote Rule 15 at the RNC to centralize more power within the party hierarchy, they created a massive grassroots backlash from grassroots activists, Tea Partiers, and Ron Paul supporters.

To placate the grassroots, the establishment pushed a “compromise” on Rule 15, which conservative commentator Erick Erickson called a “red herring“, and simply shifted even more unsettling changes into Rule 12. The Romney camp then launched a misdirection campaign to placate and confuse grassroots activists.

The Romney camp even went as far as preemptively removing Rules Committee members and replacing them with Romney-appointed delegates, a move one can only imagine was done to secure passage of the rule changes.

A grassroots insurrection against the changes led by Morton Blackwell, FreedomWorks, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Ron Paul supporters and countless others, encouraged full Minority Reports on the Rules when the RNC convened to adopt the rules.

This is where the establishment got even more brazen. When Speaker John Boehner asked for the “ayes” and “noes” on the adoption of the rules, the “noes” were at the very least just as loud as the “ayes”, and yet in the opinion of Speaker Boehner the “ayes” had it. Gavel.

I suggest you read the whole piece at the lead-in link above and make sure to read this post by Dean Clancy, also from FreedomWorks:

Romney’s “RNC Power Grab”: What Really Happened

Despite the mainstream media narrative that this was an attempt to tamp down Ron Paul supporters, it was clearly intended to include ALL conservative, grassroots members.

Does a third party beckon the Tea Party?

I Wish He Woulda Said….

After watching Mitt Romney’s speech tonight, my gut reaction was positive. I just wish he woulda said:

…Barack Obama is the anti-Christ to job growth!

…the GOP welcomes dissenting opinions [like the Tea Party]!

…the mainstream media will misconstrue whatever is said here tonight, despite what I say.

…Sarah Palin deserves credit for her unwavering commitment to conservative candidates in this and 2010′s elections.

…John McCain is an honored war hero and should be listened to about leaking security secrets.

…Paul Ryan is the best thing to happen to the Republican Party since, well, Sarah Palin!

…My grand-kids aren’t nearly as untethered as Paul Ryan’s kids!

…I’m curious to know if you think I use Grecian Formula, because I won’t tell you.

…Do you think Barack Obama dyes his hair gray before he talks to seniors?

…How many here have had a Big Mac or Whopper in the last 6 months?

…How may here saw Michelle Obama when you bought that Big Mac or Whopper?

…Roderic Deane is someone you should all listen to on BlogTalkRadio!

Okay, I TOTALLY went over-board with the last one, but what would YOU suggest he should have said?

Mention of Tea Party Banned from GOP Convention?

In a great piece by Tony Lee at Breitbart News:

Tuesday’s theme at the Republican National Convention was “We Built It,” but the night’s speakers did not reference or mention the Tea Party movement that built the current Republican majority in the House during the 2010 midterm elections and infused a party that seemed all but moribund after the 2008 elections and the latter part of George W. Bush’s presidency with enthusiasm, life, confidence, money, manpower, purpose, and a little swagger.

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“Their words and their actions speak for themselves,” Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the influential Tea Party Patriots wrote. “The term ‘tea party’ appears to have been banned from the convention.”

This strategy is risky for Romney and Republicans for three reasons.

First, 2012 is going to be a base election, and Tea Party voters need to turn out enthusiastically for Romney for him to win. Second, should Romney win, this strategy could potentially create a rift between establishment Republicans and the Tea Party, making it tougher for Romney to govern and push his agenda. Third, should Romney lose, the feud with the Tea Party could potentially cause an even bigger internecine conflict.

You can read the entire piece here.

Hat tip: Conservatives4Palin

10 Best Paul Ryan Zingers From GOP Convention Speech

Courtesy of The Blaze:

10. “Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left. With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money— and he’s pretty experienced at that.”

9. “President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two.”

8. “It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.”

7. “The man assumed office almost four years ago— isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?”

6. ”None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers— a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.”

5. “By the way, being successful in business— that’s a good thing.”

4. “[Mitt] turned around the Olympics at a time when a great institution was collapsing under the weight of bad management, overspending, and corruption— sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

3. “[Our rights] are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes even presidents need reminding that our rights come from nature and God, not from government”

2. “College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.”

1. (Was actually not even about Obama) “We’re a full generation apart, Governor Romney and I. And, in some ways, we’re a little different. There are the songs on his iPod, which I’ve heard on the campaign bus and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies. I said, I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.”

Rush Limbaugh on GOP Convention Rules Fight

As a follow-up to Rush’s comments, here is an update via Michelle Malkin at 4:34pm Eastern:

Well, that was…something else. First, Maine delegates were replaced with Romney people. Then, rules chairman John Sununu and GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner stood on stage at the RNC to rule on the compromise rules report. No minority report was mentioned. When asked for yeas and nays on the report, the room seemed equally divided. Boehner forged ahead and approved the report over loud boos and calls of “point of order” from activists on the floor.

No vote on the minority report.

FreedomWorks’ Dean Clancy observes: “If @SpeakerBoehner had been wielding the Speaker’s gavel instead of the GOP convention gavel, he wouldn’t have gotten away with that trick.”

And the show went on…GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn just declared that “this has been a great exercise in grass-roots” and that GOP stands for “Great Opportunity Party.”

Rob Port:

Watch until about 2:39:00 when Speaker of the House John Boehner takes the podium and asks for a voice vote on the rules. The “nays” from the floor were at least as loud as the “yeas,” but Boehner approved the rules “without objection.”

What a joke.

Meanwhile, a North Dakota delegate texted me from the floor of the convention saying that they were instructed to chant “USA” (you can hear it during the video) to drown out the dissenters.

Can I hear someone say THIRD PARTY?

Rules Committee Shenanigans

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Michael Duncan is reporting via FreedomWorks that the Romney camp is replacing Rules Committee members with its own delegates:

I just got off the phone with a concerned Florida activist, Laura Noble, who informed me that both of Florida’s Rules Committee members, Peter Feaman and Kathleen King, have been removed from the Rules committee and replaced with Romney-appointed delegates.

Clearly anticipating a grassroots backlash against the “compromise” on Rule 15 and the changes on Rule 12 has caused the Romney camp to preemptively replace delegates to ensure they have support on the Rules Committee.

It’s enough to make your blood boil. Please call your state’s Rules Committee delegates here and ask that they oppose the “compromise” on Rule 15, oppose the changes to Rule 12, and support the full Minority Reports on the Rules.

UPDATE: Delegations we should be focusing on include the following states: North Carolina, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Follow our coverage of the fallout between the Romney camp and grassroots activists at these links.

UPDATE, 2:50pm ET, via Michelle Malkin:

The Rules Committee just voted 78-14 to accept the Romney-approved deal on Rules 15(16) and 12. There is now an effort to gather enough signatures to force a floor vote on the minority report. 25 percent of committee members are needed.

Apparently, the Virginia delegation was stuck on a bus and didn’t make it in time for the vote.