Ron Paul Delegates Lose First Two RNC Fights

Tampa - The Ron Paul delegates lost their first two major fights of the Republican National Convention. 

Their efforts to seat the disputed Maine delegation failed on a voice vote when the Report of the Committee on Credentials was accepted. Boos rained down on the floor immediately after its passage. Chants of "Seat them now" and "point of order!"erupted from all over the arena while Mitt Romney delegates attempted to chant "USA!" The entire convention morphed into a cauldron of dueling chants and noise that continued into Zori Fonalledas' presention of the Report of the Commitee on Permanent Organization. 

Gaveling several times, RNC Chairman Reince Prebius pleaded with delegates to show respect to Fonalledas.

A calm lasted briefly until John Sununu came to the podium to present the Report of the Committee on Rules. Paul delegates throughout the hall told Reason that they were unhappy with several of the proposed changes, particularly Rule 12 and Rule 16. 

Rule 12, they said, offered the party the ability to changes rules after the passage of them at the convention.

"These rules allow the RNC to change the rules without our approval," said Luis LaRott, 31, of Houston and a Ron Paul delegate. 

The other rule many of them were unhappy with, Rule 16, restructures the way delegates are distributed at caucuses and primaries. Paul delegates were concerned with the changes that would eliminate the ability of the states to choose delegates. 

These two votes caused a major uproar on the floor but Prebius ignored calls from Paul delegates, many that had spent months studying parliamentary procedures, that challenged the rules. 

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    Chants of "Seat them now" and "point of order!"erupted from all over the arena while Mitt Romney delegates attempted to chant "USA!"

    Really? Really, Romney supporters? Shoot me now.

  • CE||

    I think they meant to chant "U-S-S-R!"

  • DaveAnthony||

    Pretty sure chanting "USA!" is the RNC equivalent of "FUCK YOU THAT'S WHY!"

  • ||

    The Republican establishment has abandoned you.

    Time to vote for Johnson.

  • CE||

    This. ^

  • Cenotaph||

    So your revenge on the GOP for spurning Paul is going to be.... getting assraped by a second Obama administration.

    That slimeball Preibus and all his scummy apparatchiks is going to make out just fine regardless, as will the rest of the duopoly. So you're only hurting yourself.

  • OldMexican||

    UPDATE from Travis: "So far Alaska and Arizona have given Paul 9 and 3 votes respectively. The big story is the roll taker. She's completely ignoring the Paul votes, only repeating those of Romeny."

    UPDATE from Travis:

    Massachusetts: 41 Romney, 0 Paul. ???
    Maine: 10 Paul, 14 Romney.
    Louisiana: 12 Paul, 32 Romney, 2 Santorum

    Iowa: 22 Ron Paul, 6 Romney. Lot's of cheers for Paul. The roll taker only repeats the Romney total.

    Hawaii: 17 Romney, 3 Paul

    Georgia gives 72 to Romney, then the microphone gets tuned off for the Paul total. Overheard is someone on stage saying "Good job with the mic." Turns out Paul got 3.

    New Jersey puts Romney over the top.

    New Hampshire: 3 Paul, 9 Romney

    Nevada: 17 Paul, 5 Romney, 5 abstain

    Nebraska: 33 all for Romney

    Mississippi: 4 Paul, 3 Santorum, 45 Romney

    Minnesota: "Proud to have run a fair election with integrity" Gives 33 to Paul, 1 Santorum, 6 Romney

    Michigan: 4 Paul, 24 Romney

  • CE||

    What's that you say? We've got beans in our ears.

  • freeAgent||

    And they surprised no one.

  • pmains||

    Romneybot acquaintance of mine just retweeted, "Bye bye, Iowa Caucuses!" Yup. Because if you can't rig the system to achieve a predetermined result, why even bother having a coronation an election in the first place?

  • ant1sthenes||

    Why the hell are such obviously corrupt and undemocratic (and unrepublican) organizations treated as nearly official extensions of the state? And can we really be considered a democracy as long as this is the case?

  • CE||

    They forgot Rule 1: We make the rules up as we go along.

    And Rule 2: Notwithstanding Rule 1, we will throw out any rule that produces an outcome we didn't anticipate and replace it with a new rule.

  • Azathoth!!||

    "Hi, I'm Gary Johnson, the Consolation Candidate--otherwise known as the Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee. See, both I and Ron Paul were running for the Republican nomination(that's the one you go for if you want to have an actual shot at the Presidency) and we both lost. And the Libertarian Party sprang into motion--supporting Ron Paul. They, along with other Paul supporters, fought for Republican Delegates for Paul, they fought for him to have a spot at the Republican Convention. Oh, and they nominated me to be their candidate--taking precious hours from their support for a Republican who would NEVER run on the LP ticket. And then they got right back to fighting for Ron Paul.

    And they wonder why it's so hard for LP candidates to win.

    Oh, well. If, in November, you want to register a protest vote, vote for me, Gary Johnson, by that time the Libertarian Party will be busy pretending it's me they supported all along, so look for some press. Thank you all"

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