Money Can’t Buy You Class
ABC reported today that the Romney campaign held an exclusive event aboard the yacht “Cracker Bay” to thank some of the millionaires behind Romney’s war chest; and in the spirit of poking a big stick into voters’ eyes; the yacht was flying the Cayman Islands’ flag. According to ABC:
“Registered in the Caymans, and flying a version of the Caymans’ “civil ensign” or merchant flag, the Cracker Bay has an impressive art collection and can seat 30 for dinner…
The event, attended by no more than 50 people, along with Romney relatives, including older brother Scott, appeared on no public calendars.”
I’m astounded by the arrogance; these are a breed of people who feel accountable to no one – just like Mitt Romney.
The Republican “Big Tent”
Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.”
Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Not in front of the press, anyway.
Disenfranchising Their Own
Republicans brought voter suppression to their own convention Tuesday, as GOP honchos rammed several rule changes through with a questionable voice vote on the convention floor; as the Blaze reported:
“The trouble began when Credentials Committee Chairman Mike Duncan took the stage to announce the results of several appeals requests to have three delegations controlled by Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s supporters seated at the convention. True to early reports, the convention seated two of them, but declined to seat the Maine delegation, instead choosing to seat an alternate delegation.
The announcement that the Maine delegation would not be seated met with audible booing. The decision, however, passed the convention floor by a voice vote, despite the cacophonous roar of “No” from the Paul supporters…
…the problems did not stop after this first outburst. When Rules Committee Chairman John Sununu took the floor to ask for agreement to a set of rules – rules that have been slammed up and down by grassroots conservatives and conservative pundits for depriving activists of power – the makings of a real rebellion looked to be in the making.
Permanent convention Chairman John Boehner called for a voice vote on the rules. Those voting “Aye” screamed their approval. Boehner called for those opposing to yell. The response was arguably indistinguishable from that of the supporters. Nevertheless, Boehner ruled that “The Ayes have it” and all the rules went through. Despite early reports that minority reports had been sent to the Chair that would have offered an alternate vision of the rules, no minority reports were voted on. It was as though no opposition had ever existed.
Boos and fury followed. The unseated Maine delegation walked out in disgust.”
Conservative site the New American explains:
“The RNC’s rule change effectively disenfranchised Republicans supporting anyone other than the Establishment’s man and left 10 of Maine’s 24 delegates locked out of the process, preventing them from casting votes for Ron Paul.
Obviously Republicans are liking that voter suppression thing so much they’ll do it to their own now, if they don’t fall in line with the establishment.” In addition, Michael Duncan at Freedom Works posted this:
“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.”
They may be realizing what type of guy Romney really is, but it won’t stop them from voting for him.