“If you start with nothing, demand 100 percent, then compromise for 30 percent, you’re 30 percent ahead.”
– Saul Alinksky, Rules for Radicals
Outnumbered: A Day when the courage of men fails is a droll Reagan Wing post on the 2012 WSRP State Convention. It includes the usual profundities from Camp Cry Baby, many of whom skulk into GOP caucuses and county conventions with chips on their shoulders the size of Alaska and cry foul! when they’re knocked off.
If you’re not busy watching paint peel, check out the post here.
There’s much that’s Laurel and Hardy-ish in this piece. A real howler is “MICHAEL THOMPSON, PATRIOT, STALWART IN THE WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION.” There’s also this mind-numbing statement from author Keep Us Free: “I knew that I could completely trust him, and I had only just met him that day.” (Emphasis added.)
Grading on a Curve?
Keep Us Free (Michelle) seems to think Thompson’s motion for the Minority Report “to replace the majority report from key counties” qualifies him to walk on water. A curious view considering Captain Clueless’ starring role in dooming all hope for Ron Paul/”Liberty” representation in the state’s at-large national delegation. In most quadrants that’d qualify as a bonehead play. Only in Wing Nutville does this win breathless adulation like ” Michael Thompson’s motion was to be the bright, shining moment of the entire Convention.”
Oh, really? Are we grading on a curve?
Captain Clueless Thompson responds:
“Thank you for laying out what happened that day. I was so disappointed in my fellow “patriots,” when I received no support and the cheating was allowed by all of them. The convention should have come to a grinding halt with the calls for removal of Kirby Wilbur as well as the delegations in question. However, every single “patriot” in the room was silent. I felt a deep sense of sorrow for our State and Country at that moment. I still feel it to this day, as I fear all may be lost because of the reluctance of so many to stand up and be heard that day.
I will continue to fight for what is right, but the fight is much harder now than it ever has been. People need to learn to stand their ground. No matter the cost. Unfortunately the Delavars stand their ground from a stance of weakness and others are so weak they follow them. Wake up and understand that you need to follow strong leadership until you are strong enough to lead on your own. Do not be fooled by the Delavars and their self-serving agenda.”
A few observations:
Captain Clueless: “I will continue to fight for what is right, but the fight is much harder now than it ever has been.”
Whew. That’s a relief. Thought you might keep your day job there for a minute.
CC: “Wake up and understand that you need to follow strong leadership until you are strong enough to lead on your own.”
Like that’s not patronizing or anything.
CC: “People need to learn to stand their ground. No matter the cost.”
Let’s count the assumptions. No, belay that. Ponder the condescending conceit of that statement first. (That’s okay. I’ll wait.)
CC: “when I received no support and the cheating was allowed by all of them”
The Salient Question
He still doesn’t get it? Apparently not.
Typical of Camp Cry Baby residents, Capt. Clueless fails to ask the salient question, “Why?” As in, Why did he receive “no support”? Could it be because he was out of order? Snarky? Irrelevant? Poorly prepared? Inarticulate? Petty? Self-serving? Did he miscalculate the effect of rhetorical vinegar? All of the above?
An Odd Credo?
The mentality evidenced here is one reason Capt. Clueless and Co. consistently crash and burn. They can’t locate the real target. Just look at the amount of ink spilled in the Wing Nut Wing and its compadres over just about anyone outside their wing. Perennial soreheads, they walk into any venue loaded for bear, ready to blast the stuffing out of anything and anyone that doesn’t march lock-step with their camp.
Incidentally, does this strike you as an odd credo for an outfit that prides itself on championing the Constitution, “Liberty” and “Freedom”? What they really mean is, see it our way, or else. Differ, and you’re the next target. WNW, et.al. are really just the flip side of leftie ‘Tolerance’ Nazis.
And they wonder why they get shellacked? Duh.
And would you like some cheese with that whine?
Capt. Clueless was granted the floor and provided ample opportunity to present his motion and make his case. It went over like a lead balloon. Newsflash: it happens. Get over it.
Grouses the captain, “all may be lost because of the reluctance of so many to stand up and be heard that day.”
Reality check: Plenty of folks heard and saw exactly what was being attempted on the convention floor that day – and stood against it. Some no doubt remembered Wing Nut Wing/RP/”Liberty” (take your pick) behavior at their county conventions and may have been looking for payback. Maybe that’s why Capt. Clueless’ Minority Report went down in flames. It may also explain why WNWers, et.al. failed to gain a single at-large delegate or alternate to the national convention in Tampa.
Oh, wait. That was due to “cheating” and “corruption.” Sorry. Forgot.
Us. vs. Them and RP vs. MR?
The usual Us vs. Them myopia rears its charming head yet again in this piece, pitting Ron Paul supporters against Mitt Romney supporters. But it’s a false dichotomy. Convention delegates included “free agents” and those who still favored Gingrich, Bachman, Cain, someone else, and Undecideds. The big picture escaping most RPers, as usual, was beating Obama. They still haven’t figured it out. (Delegates ourselves, we watched as some of the Undecideds, alienated by WNW/RP antics, moved into Romney country. Connect those dots.)
The Three and Seven Fig Leaf
Desperate to retain a fig leaf of relevance, Camp Cry Baby leadership tried offering a “seven and three” compromise slate. (Interesting that Keep Us Free doesn’t mention this.) At that point, the level of alienation and disgust engendered by Capt. Clueless and Company meant few others were willing to play ball. So they pretty much lost the whole smack. Sure as night follows day, they reverted to cry baby mode and residual whining about “cheating” and “corruption.”
What They Missed
Guess they didn’t notice the folks decked out in RP paraphernalia who kept chiming in – illegally – on voice votes. These darlin’s sat behind the tape separating credentialed delegates from alternates and guests. But that didn’t stop ’em from trying to further their agenda(s) via voice vote volume. This attempt to artificially inflate their numbers by illegally weighing in on voice votes reserved for delegates rightfully resulted in a warning from the Chair and an alert to Sergeants-at-Arms. (Apparently ‘Rule of Law’ advocates exempt themselves from their own standard when they think it’s in their interest to do so.)
Meanwhile, back at Camp Cry Baby:
Captain Clueless: “Unfortunately the Delavars stand their ground from a stance of weakness and others are so weak they follow them. Do not be fooled by the Delavars and their self-serving agenda.”
The pot calling the kettle black?
Just think of what Capt. Clueless and Company might be able to accomplish if they packed up Camp Cry Baby and focused on the real target: DemoLib politics and policies.
In the meantime, thirty isn’t one hundred, but it’s a lot more than zip.