Wonderful article! Hit me up sometime, Barry, if you want an LEO pov. I wish I had known then. Am sharing your very well written article with family far & wide. Excellent piece, thank you, and I hope our paths cross again someday.
Thanks, everyone for your responses to this story. Thanks, too, for the many posts on Facebook and Twitter.
To reconcile Bret McGraw's (accurate) comment with my own (accurate) observation: Like all the Ron Paul supporters within North Carolina's delegation, McGraw shouted "No!" during the voice votes and joined the calls for division. During the protracted commotion that ensued, he sat quietly.
Barry, you've done a great service and knowing what I do about the processes and personalities involved, it meets my standards for honest journalism.
The failure to take an accurate polling of the delegate votes on the floor at the time and choosing instead to report only the "pledged" Paul delegates was also scripted by the RNC. They had to be told to do that by either the RNC commandos or by the Romney campaign. Just another example of the contempt for those delegates who begged and borrowed to be there.
Reform MUST happen and tomorrow won't be soon enough to correct this malfeasance!
Let the record show that I did not sit quietly.
I yelled, "No!" in my best metal band singer cadence and proceeded to call for division and chanted, "Call to order."
Anyone there who knows me, knows that I am possibly the only Paulite that does not chant at rallies as I am ideologically opposed to such things for I feel that it weakens political discourse.
This was of course necessary in the parliamentary procedure, so I was obliged.
Representing my 6th district that elected me demanded that I put aside my silly perorations for a moment and repeat simple syllables in unison with others to attempt to restore order.
I am proud of the work we accomplished in that we broke down many barriers that existed between the younger generation and the old guard.
Our work is not finished and we have only just begun.
I was a Texas delegate and we were not polled either. I would estimate that Paul actually had more than 30 delegates on the floor when the chair gave him the 18 from the primary.
Great job NC Paul Delegates. We may have lost this battle but, we will not lose the war!
Fascinating, enlightening article Barry.
Great article! It was a pleasure meeting you in Tampa.
If it makes you feel any better, Barry, I posted this article to Bill Lack's Facebook wall to prove you actually are a journalist. Told him that since he wouldn't let you talk to the Romney delegates, he (and they) come off looking like jerks.
You describe Ryan as "number-crunching" but fail to leave out the part where he "hasn't run the numbers yet" and has made no attempt at actually identifying the billions of dollars of budget cuts that he magically proposes in his budget proposals.
An absoolute disgrace that we may very well have an entire state gov't bought and paid for by Duke energy, and other corporations. It is truly a sad day for NC. We will regret it very very soon.
Thank you for doing what the so-called mainstream media have categorically failed to do.
Re-set the "custom" time period on this graph to 7 days to see how actual investors in the outcome of the Presidential election are responding to the RNC bloviation-fest in Tampa Bay:
Number of hurricanes potentially aimed at one of the conventions: 1
Nine-foot fence... ha!
More examples of the USA police state, endorsed by both corporate political parties. What happened to our civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution?
Thank you Ms. Hankerson for the well written article!!
I am also grateful to Mr. Lange for the photo, my family and
I were 4 of the 900 + and we can see ourselves!
In favor of voter I.D
This article fails to mention the millions of dollars saved by Tedesco and the former Republican majority on the school board. They found ways to streamline central office operations and focus more dollars on the classroom. As the lone voice on the Buncombe County (NC) school board speaking up for students, I have gone to John Tedesco for advice numerous times and he has always taken the time to give me intelligent counsel and public documents from the Wake Board to use as examples with my rubber-stamping Board. Please support John Tedesco in the state superintendent race!
If I thought I could believe the guy I'd say he makes some good points. And the fact that he's anathema to the GOP "mainstream" (whatever that is) is attractive in and of itself.
But the voices are telling me "Beware of Republicans bearing gifts."
My comment pertains to the related sidebar with this story: Though I certainly understand why The Indy endorsed Mike Causey versus Richard Morgan for the GOP insurance commissioner nomination (based on Morgan's history as in the legislature), I hope The Indy doesn't stray from its 2008 endorsement of Democrat Wayne Goodwin when it comes time for endorsements in the fall 2012 contest. (Goodwin has saved us over a billion dollars, and is a stalwart defender of his consumer protection role as Insurance Commissioner.) Here are some facts and not ad hominem attacks about Mike Causey: (a) According to the Secretary of State's office, Mike Causey has been a long-time paid lobbyist for insurance issues before the General Assembly and (b) by his own admission on his campaign website, Mike Causey worked as an insurance company executive for 30 years. (c) He's not just the Guilford County businessman he presents to some by citing his ownership of a farmers market. Mike Causey is (d) running a fourth time in 20 years to be state insurance commissioner. We can't afford to have an insurance commissioner who is tied to the insurance industry. Be very, very careful. Keep the fox from guarding the henhouse!
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