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Thursday, January 08, 2009

RNC Chairman Race - Straw Poll Scrapped and Other Typical Party News

The Straw Poll was cancelled

Conservatives scrap straw poll for RNC chairman

Some feared helping incumbent

By:Ralph Z. Hallow

A straw poll that could have influenced the outcome of an upcoming election for Republican National Committee chairman slammed into a wall of unexpected opposition Monday, largely with the help of supporters of former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, several participants in a meeting of a rump group of RNC members said.

The planned poll was supposed to rank how conservative Mr. Blackwell, Mr. Steele and four other Republican national chairman hopefuls are -- at least in the estimation of the rump group.

Ok, I can deal with that...Then some of the same old B/S that is destroying the party at the local level reveals its ugly face on the national scene -

Attendance at the steering committee's meeting at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill was by invitation only, with 72 members of the RNC excluded because they were deemed not to be conservatives or said they didn't support the purpose of the steering committee. At least one irate RNC member who is also well-known as a conservative in Republican circles was turned away at the door before the vote. Shawn Steel, a national committeeman from California and former California Republican Party chairman, said Steering Committee Chairman Jim Bopp Jr., an RNC member from Indiana, put a finger on Mr. Steel's chest, pushing him back from the entryway and saying, "You know you are not permitted here."

"I was not given a reason why I was not admitted," Mr. Steel said.

The meeting left out 72 of the 168 members because they were not deemed to be "conservatives" by the powers that be. A cleansing of the middle of the roaders, those evil "moderates". Is that really a bad thing?

I was all excited and hoping Blackwell's Conservative Resurgence Plan would gain the notice it deserves. Win or lose, I hope the new chairman enacts his plan. Local leaders should demand it. Myself, I love the fact the new media is addressed, hell it is required and the emphasis on technology is demanded.

I am watching this race with interest. If Blackwell wins I will do something I have never done before. I will join the party to work for his agenda because I see his plan as the way to rebuild the party on the conservative platform. I feel pretty safe that somehow the party will blow this opportunity and I will continue to be officially not affiliated with any political party.

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