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RNC Bus Driver “Gets Lost” Forcing VA Delegates to Miss Crucial Rules Change Vote

An RNC bus driver transporting the Virginia delegation to the convention seemed to have lost his way to the destination yesterday.  The delegation, led by long time conservative activist Morton Blackwell, was prepared to vote against the proposed rules change.  However, the delay meant the Rules Committee meeting had adjourned prior to their arrival.  Delegates remaining on board the bus were unable to participate in the proceedings.

In an age of GPS, cell phones, and other forms of instant information access, it is difficult to fathom how a professional bus driver finds it possible to remain lost for an hour in a city the size of Tampa.  After all, the entire downtown area is only a few square miles!  The frustration on the part of the delegates became apparent when some demanded to be dropped off in order to walk to the convention hall.

Speaker of the House John Boehner ruled the “ayes” won the voice vote on the proposed rules changes, a result which possibly could have been avoided had the Virginia delegation not been detained by the “lost bus.” These rules alter the structure of the Republican Party, by transferring power from grassroots activists to 100 RNC committeemen.

According to delegate Matt Dubin, an attorney and conservative activist, those supporting the changes  ”disenfranchised grassroots conservatives everywhere – Liberty Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, supporters of Bachman, Santorum, Gingrich and Cain – anyone who is not already part of the power elite.”

Dubin, who supports Ron Paul, earned the respect of many Santorum supporters in the state of Washington in their mutual struggle against party corruption and deceptive tactics.  As Matt Dubin states, “Those of us who have been working in the trenches over the past 6 years know firsthand the cheating, rules violations, deceptions and bully tactics used to silence our voices. Today the whole world saw them for themselves.  The insider establishment would like nothing better than for us to give up and walk away. They still think they can win without us… But we are not going away, and our numbers are going to swell with grassroots conservatives who see what their leadership is doing to this party and to their voices…This is about ideas and values.”

If “of the people, by the people, and for the people” is an acceptable way to govern the nation, should we not maintain this principle within our own party?

 

Comments

Comments

  1. rollinson says:

    Wonder what it would take to get a confession out of that bus driver about who paid him to get lost on the way to the center??
    All the clever RINOs are doing is ensuring a 3rd party: stupid is as stupid does!!

  2. Timothy says:

    To make matters worse, after the voice vote, there were delegates who (by established rules) voiced an objection and called for a roll-call vote. By RNC rules, if there are objections, they must conduct a roll call vote. Speaker Boehner (with Sununu in the background) ignored the objections and declared the rules had passed.

    You just got a glimpse of Moscow politics….enjoy!!!!

  3. trish bell says:

    the bus driver probably got a call from the GOP telling him to take the bus on a long trip so that the VA delegation wouldnt make it… Lets be honest about it though… if the VA delegation had been there on time the RNC still would have thrown out their votes, just like they did with Maine!!! we no longer have the RIGHT to choose who we want for President… they choose for us. Our RIGHT to vote has been stripped away, America is no longer FREE… We are all owned by that same elite that Romney rubs elbows with!! all the DIRTY games the GOP is playing with the American ppl is going to cause some real problems!! They didnt do this for Ross Perot… if Ron Paul couldnt take the nomination then the GOP wouldnt be so scared of him and wouldnt be doing everything they can to stop him!!!! WRITE IN PAUL!!! Sign the petition for him to go INDEPENDANT!!! RON PAUL… HOPE FOR AMERICAS FUTURE!!!

  4. Dharma says:

    why would the bus driver do that on purpose. your lack of getting it. is rediculous. but what an interesting idea. not everyone is out to get everyone. u people need to wake up and get your not under seige you create it all by yourselves.

  5. joe says:

    Im done with the party machine. Independent it is. They clearly dont want our votes.

  6. Wren says:

    We will never have a better opportunity to start a new party. There is no difference between Romney and Obama, so our vote doesn’t matter to the outcome. In other words there is no lesser evil this time. To have a voice we must break away. I do not like the idea of Independent. We will lose direction because of catch all that Independent implys. We will never have a stronger leader than Ron Paul. I believe our first battle should be a law suit against the RNC and the Romney campaign for election fraud. We have the evidence of what occured during the primary election and at the convention. Lets begin there with a new name and start putting together a system of funding and administration. We need organization and this is another reason that Independent will not work as well.

  7. Wayne says:

    The crooks, liars and cheaters of the GOP have been doing this for years and get away with it – it’s the only way they can win. Look how they are trying to disenfranchise voters by changing voting laws in many states for example. The RINO governors are crooks too and it’s all about the almighty dollar – not serving the country but themselves. They have the wealthiest people….er, I mean corporations backing them. It’s also worth it to look into what foreign countries are backing so many of their “christian” based money-raising foundations. Good luck taking them to court. It won’t change a thing in the good old boy network.

  8. Anon. says:

    What do you expect? I have no fondness for the Democratic Party, but the Republican leadership has been aggressively opposed to anything which looks like a democracy or a republic. If you haven’t noticed their openly fascist behavior, you haven’t been paying attention; they’ve been at this continuously since George W. Bush, probably earlier.

  9. Anon. says:

    Obamney – Lies You Can Believe In

    I’m voting third party.

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