Alaska Republican Convention Gets Paulverized
I don’t mean to gloat. I’m not generally a gloater. Schadenfreude is not my thing. But if I were going to gloat, now would be the time. Hypothetically.
It seems… how shall I put this delicately… the the Alaska Republican Convention has turned into what their one time golden child Sarah Palin would call – “a cluster.”
@AnchTeaParty on Twitter was kind enough to tweet live from the convention:
17:20 Still no results on election of #Alaska Party Chair. Saying we must leave the hotel ballroom now.
17:21 Chair just declared the convention adjourned with no vote to adjourn and no results.
17:23 Many delegates mulling about room as Parliamentarian is swamped on stage with a crowd.
17:30 Very heated conversation on stage now with many party big-whigs. Most delegates NOT leaving ballroom.#Alaska #Republican Party convention
Hang on. And did they just refer to influential members of the Republican Party as big “whigs?” Awkward. Who shall we get to tell them that particular party went extinct some time in the mid-nineteenth century? Nah… let’s not tell them.
17:39 Parliamentarian bailed. Others slowly starting to disperse but lots of discontent. #Alaska #Republican Party convention
19:10 New #Alaska #Republican chair is Mr Millette, as nominated by the #RonPaul campaign.
Did they say the Ron Paul campaign? But, didn’t Mitt Romney win the caucus in Alaska? Yes, he did. But don’t underestimate the furious devotion of the Ron Paul fans in Alaska. I’ve known a couple of them. I’ve seen them scale a 50 foot high mountain at the snow dump by the highway just to stick a campaign sign at the summit, like it was the Matterhorn.
The following clip from inside the mayhem is titled, “Wanna know what happens when a senator endorses Romney at the Alaska State Convention?”
The description of the video says:
Alaskan Delegates show it’s time for state senator to get with the program after he says “…..and that is why I endorse Mitt Romney.”
And one of the commenters notes:
We’ve got the Establishment shaking in their shoes! Do they really think they can hand us YET ANOTHER mediocre Status Quo puppet without any of us taking a stand?! This is OUR Country, OUR money, OUR Liberty, and we’re taking it back! TO HELL with Romney, Obama, and every other puppet of the Status Quo!
There is only ONE Candidate in 2012 worthy of being called The People’s President: Dr. Ron Paul! It’s Ron Paul or NO ONE at all!
That’s not the half of it !! First we booed and shouted down the RINO Senator Murkowski who introduced Senator Brasso of Wyoming who is the great big ass in this video !! We also won the top slot in the ARP leadership today !!!
They did apologize to Senator Murkowsi the next day.
“It was a little unfortunate last night that perhaps some of our best manners were not on display,” Murkowski says. “Today we’re back at work. And what I’ve clearly heard is the expression of an apology that we perhaps hadn’t shown our best face as Republicans, and as Alaskans. And I want to make sure we know we’re all capable of a little more respect.”
Ron Paul was the only presidential candidate to come to Alaska this year. He addressed packed houses in Fairbanks, and at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, where I attended after waiting on a VERY long line.
We can bring people together. The issue of the Constitution was designed for all of us – imperfect at the time, but there’s no reason why we don’t have a better understanding of liberty. We should bring people together once again, because we want to all enjoy our freedom – maybe for different reasons – but we become more tolerant, we invite people to come, and to enjoy their liberty as they see fit. Now, you know, it has been said by the founders many times that it doesn’t take a majority to do this. We don’t have to wait until we get 51%. What you have to have is a tireless minority who’s willing to start brush fires of liberty in the minds of men. [Applause]
Paul supporters took that sentiment to heart, and the brush fires have begun. Pop the corn.
Details are still coming in, but the organized and energetic wing of the Republican Party (the Ron Paul crowd) has indeed staged a coup. They now hold the positions of Chair, and Co-Chair of that organization.
This comes at a moment when long time Chair Randy Ruedrich (remember the one Palin caught doing party business on his computer when he worked with her at the AOGCC?) is stepping down. He survived Palin, and he survived an attempted ouster by Joe Miller, Cathy Giessel and crew, but now that he’s leaving under his own steam, POW. The party got Pauled.
Russ Millette, 67, has been elected to replace Ruedrich. In addition to being the heir apparent of the dynasty, he is/was also a “team member” of a group called GiveMeLiberty.org (the We the People project), at least as recently as 2009. One of the other team members is… wait for it… one Mr. Schaeffer Cox, who is currently a disgruntled “sovereign citizen” awaiting trial for plotting to kill federal judges.
But let’s not be totally negative. There may be an upside to all this.”We the People,” is an institution who has seriously championed a cause that everyone should be getting behind in Alaska right about now. Right wing blowhards who have been screaming that progressives are just conspiracy theorists, and want a recount of Anchorage’s botched Municipal election only because they lost – read up on one of the main issues of the group to which the new Republican Party Chairman belongs – the National Clean Elections Lawsuit. Allow me to share.
NO Voting Machines Allowed. NONE.
Paper Ballots +
Hand Counting +
All In Public.
= Clean Elections.
NCEL = Liberty!
“NCEL” is the National Clean Elections Lawsuit to ban, BY LAW,
the use of ALL mechanical and electronic voting machines on the
legal basis that machines, by their nature, count the votes using
secret mechanisms and software, thereby depriving the People of
their Constitutionally protected Right to PUBLIC elections and
to KNOW their votes have been counted accurately.
Given the widespread, officially documented failures of these
machines and the gross potential for error, criminal sabotage and
election fraud on a national basis, nothing less than our Republic
is at stake.
Well, now. Isn’t THAT interesting…
There are also some tantalizing snippets to be found online, but lead to dead links.
we will be holding another sunday meetup for all to come and bring a friend. … Russ Millette. Alaska’s Strict Constitutional Conservatives Founded Jun 2, 2007. Anchorage, …[ society for civil liberties - Alaska's Strict Constitutional ... -
The work of the Alaska’s Strict Constitutional Conservative’s will take many forms. … Hosted by Russ Millette, Jeramy-Lee: Baker, Melissa Mcgillis, Gene and Margit. Feb 20 Sat …[ Calendar: Past Meetup list - Alaska's Strict Constitutional ... -
There’s also an email that was sent around to various Ron Paul supporters, supposedly talking about the takeover. I cannot vouch for its authenticity, but now the tiny right wing blogosphere has their little fists all balled up, and are blaming… a “leftist” conspiracy for the email. “I do think this could be an attempt by leftists to fan flames within the party,” sayeth one of the bloviators.
Leftists, alas, are not so organized and zealous as this. No, this is all rightist, baby.
Alaska Ron Paul Delegates and Alternates,
We have 48 hours left until the state convention. We have 3 goals over the next 48 hours:
1. Make sure all of Dr. Paul’s delegates and alternates show up at convention.
2. Educate all of our first timers on how to outmaneuver and confuse the Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney delegates.
3. Elect Ron Paul supporters to fill ALL 24 of Alaska’s national convention delegate slots.
There are 3 keys to success
1. This is a numbers game. If more of Dr. Paul’s supporters turn out than any other candidate’s delegates, we control them. If more of our people show up, we take over the state convention, we change the rules, and we take over the Republican Party. Turnout is key.
2. We vote as a block and never deviate from the voting instructions dispensed by our command center. On every vote, we vote together. We will be informing you via text message on how you need to vote on every vote that comes up. If you have not sent us your cell phone number you will have with you on Saturday, please do so right away. The Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney supporters will be splitting their votes because they will not be communicating with each other like we will be doing. Our internal numbers show that if Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney delegates vote as a block, they have a majority at the state convention. So it is absolutely crucial that we use whatever tactics necessary to promote division and confusion amongst their supporters. We promote confusion and division by:
a. Gaining the trust of our opponents’ supporters and taking advantage of their ignorance so that we can gain control of them and tell them how they have to vote. For example if you are talking to Santorum supporters, tell them you are also pro-life and agree with a lot of what he has to say. Tell them you used to support him but now that he is out of the race you are supporting the only constitutional conservative remaining in the race. Tell them whatever they need to hear so that you gain their trust and establish credibility with them. Once you’ve done that you will control them.
b. Deception and Misinformation – use any means necessary to divide and conquer our opponents.
c. Prolonging the convention through parliamentary maneuvers. The longer the convention goes, the better for us. Our opposition will have a majority at the start of the convention but as the day goes on their delegates will have to leave because their baby sitter is only scheduled to watch the kids until 3pm or because they have dinner reservations, or because they just get too frustrated because the convention is taking so long. We will wait them out. We are disciplined and organized while they are weak willed and lazy. So the longer the convention goes, more and more of them will leave. All of a sudden what started out as a majority for them dwindles away and the balance of power shifts to us. We will use every parliamentary tactic in the book to prolong the meeting. Dr. Paul’s campaign has sent national lawyers who will run circles over the local Alaska lawyers. Our lawyers are ready to sue anyone who tries to get in our way.
After we take over the Alaska convention, we will be able to nominate Dr. Paul from the floor at the Republican National Convention. We will have a floor fight at the national convention and when it’s all said and done, Dr. Paul will be the nominee. Despite what the Republican Party wants us to believe, this election is not about beating Obama. This election is about cleansing the Republican Party. The poor excuse for Americans that support Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney need to be run out of the Republican Party. Once we have cleansed the Republican Party and President Paul is elected, we will end America’s wars of aggression, we will put an end to American imperialism, and we will end the Fed!
DO NOT FORWARD THIS EMAIL. The element of surprise is critical. Our opponents don’t know what is about to hit them so they will not be able to defend themselves against our superior convention organization. By the end of the day Saturday, the Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney elements within the Republican Party will be cleansed from the Republican Party and we will deliver all 24 of Alaska’s national delegates to Dr. Paul!
So, in any case, real email or not, the Ron Paul supporters have taken over, and the old school GOPers are none too pleased.
A local TV station described them as “distraught.”
An email I received in the wee hours of the morning simply had the subject line, “BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” And yes, I knew exactly what it was about.
But after the party delegates’ votes were tallied Saturday evening, a cheer erupted from Paul supporters on the second floor of the Hilton. Others looked crestfallen. Some blamed failed senatorial candidate Joe Miller and his wife, Kathleen, who spent much of their time Saturday huddled with Paul supporters. Miller was largely expected to jockey for a party leadership position, but it was Kathleen who, sporting a Ron Paul sticker, won a seat on Alaska’s GOP Electoral College.
The Millers were nowhere to be found at the party afterwards at Ron Paul’s Alaska campaign headquarters in downtown Anchorage, where both Millete and Brown spoke to supporters.
“They tried every maneuver they could, but God prevailed,” Millete told the crowd, many who were half his age or younger.
To be sure, not all Paul supporters believe in God, but a certain alliance between the tea party and Paulites was necessary for an upset in GOP politics on the Last Frontier, as evidenced by Joe Miller backers aligning with Paul supporters at this weekend’s convention. And so, regardless of religious beliefs, they cheered for Millete.
Russ Millette will not officially take over his full duties until January of 2013. However, he will immediately assume the duties of finance director – which is interesting, because Ruedrich admits to transferring $100,000 out of the Alaska Republican Party’s coffers, and given it to the Capital City Republicans in Juneau for safe keeping, just in case this very thing happened.
So what is the new finance director going to do with his new found …er… lack of finances? “We’ll deal with that later,” he said.
In the meantime, farewell to the Alaska Republican Party as you have known it.