Ken Cuccinelli has said you can win a Convention by bringing more people. And we saw that in action in Richmond in 2009. And Cuccinelli’s tenure as Attorney General gave the GOP a black eye as the most activist AG ever to hold that position (until Mark Herring, the current AG). He made it easy for McAuliffe and company to seize control of the Commonwealth.
We watched Eric Cantor and his Young Guns descent on the Virginia Beach Mass Meeting – which is pretty much the same as a Convention – and slate off the delegates and hand their votes to a few selected people – many named Stolle – in a power grab the likes of which most Virginians have never seen.
And I believe Cuccinelli learned from that.
So when his Christian Taliban candidate Ted Cruz came in a distant third in Virginia in the Presidential Primary, Cuccinelli set out to thwart the will of Virginian’s that had voted in the primary by first, commandeering the State Convention and stacking the delegation with other Christian Taliban Cruz enthusiasts with the ultimate goal of resurrecting his candidate at the National Republican Convention in Cleveland and thwarting the votes of the entire country.
Whoever brings the most people …
And when his plot to release delegates bound to Trump by the processes of the individual states and their rules, bylaws and the decision of the voters in each state failed, he tried to use Robert’s Rules and a lot of Hocus Pocus to change the rules for the next convention, which, in my reading of his proposed rule changes, would make it easier for him to hijack a Convention in 4 years.
Mercifully, that failed as well.
Most Trump supporters believe that the Christian Taliban #NeverTrump cult are intentionally working to undermine the GOP Nominee in hopes of another hijack attempt in 2020, after 4 years of Hillary. And 4 or 5 Supreme Court Appointees by her. And maybe between now and 2020 they can finagle enough rule changes to completely invalidate the will of the voters and put Cruz or some other Christian Taliban candidate in as the nominee.
Those of us that attended the 2013 State Convention saw prime examples of underhanded dirty deeds that were done by various groups and individuals. Late ballot count results such that the second round of voting was already underway when they announced the first round winner. And people walking around the coliseum with hand written signs telling delegates that this candidate or that has asked his supporters to cast their votes for another candidate still in the running. And that was a complete lie.
I have always been a Convention supporter. Until I saw how individuals can and do manipulate the process. Most delegates are first timers and really don’t know what is going on. Most delegates are totally ignorant of Robert’s Rules and can be easily tricked into accepting improper rules. And once the dirty deed is done, the only recourse is to appeal. And with a large Convention, that is not likely to happen. But I have seen these things happen and many people are sitting with their mouth’s wide open wondering what just happened.
You were just shafted, that is what happened. And no matter how loudly or often you cry “point of order” which is supposed to stop the proceedings until the point is clarified, you are ignored, the gavel comes down and the meeting is adjourned.
Be it Cuccinelli, Cantor or one of the 4 or so local Committee meetings that are being appealed at the SCC meeting this Saturday.
I also understand that there is an item up for consideration that will prevent someone like Cuccinelli from stacking the State Delegation to the National Convention with delegates loyal to a losing candidate who are bent on changing the will of the voters.
This vote – as I understand it – would go to the Bylaws Committee to consider a change to Convention rules to stop this outrageous maneuvering to disenfranchise voters and allow a minority to override the will of the majority.
I urge all SCC members to vote your conscience. Do not allow any more easy manipulated Conventions. Vote for primaries. We must have primaries that can better ensure the integrity of the process and put a halt to the divisive manipulation by the Cruz supporters (this year) that only drives more and more wedges between Republicans and makes unity a fantasy.