Michael Graham’s column today is all about the recent hardball played by the MassGOP under the name of Mitt Romeny with liberty slate delegates. It is well worth a read. I am still of the opinion that what happened on caucus day was healthy for the future of the Republican Party in Massachusetts and that this whole process has been untransparent, and unnecessary. Defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory.
Cheating, breaking their own rules, screwing over Republicans – isn’t that what Democrats are for?
I understand why Romney doesn’t want Evan Kenney and his friends at the convention. To his campaign Tampa is purely a “Show Me The Romney!” event. They don’t care about young party activists meeting other Republicans, sharing ideas, debating the future of the GOP.
The Massachusetts GOP, however, should care. Which is why screwing these young, energized libertarian activists isn’t just corrupt, it’s also stupid.
Yes, the Ron Paul activists come to the political process with more than their fair share of kookery and oddball ideas. But think about the passion and energy it took these 17 people – mostly political amateurs – to learn the arcane party rules, get organized, and win their votes. These are people whose flavor of Republicanism – small government, fiscally responsible, indifferent on social issues – is a natural fit in New England.
But if Bay State Republicans want a state GOP to even exist 20 years from now, they need Evan Kenney a lot more than Mitt Romney.
It truly didn’t have to be this way.