Posted: 11/12/12 21:45
by Dave Mindeman
Minnesota GOP operative Ben Golnik says he knows what the flaw in Republican politics is...that needs to be fixed:
For Republicans, the endorsing convention is composed of about 2,000 delegates from around the state. To win endorsement, a candidate must receive 60 percent of the vote. Essentially, 1,200 delegates pick the Republican candidate for statewide office.....
This costly, time-consuming process discourages involvement from a broader group of Republicans. For families with young children, it requires money for babysitters. For small-business owners, it requires significant time away from their jobs.
With the complicated process, a well-organized minority can defeat a poorly organized majority. At the Republican caucuses in February 2012, Ron Paul received about one-quarter of the votes cast. At the Republican state convention a few months later, Paul supporters represented more than half of the delegates. Bills, a teacher and first-term state representative, was selected by the ardent Paul supporters as the U.S. Senate candidate.
OK, let's review the primary process in other states for the GOP:
In 2010 Christine O'Donnell took the primary over Mike Castle in Delaware. Sharron Angle won a primary in Nevada over Sue Lowdon in Nevada. In 2012, Richard (Rape is God's Will) Mourdock primaried the venerable Dick Lugar and won. Todd (Legitimate Rape) Akin bested Sarah Steelman in a primary. And a primary pushed Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin into a hard enough right turn to lose in the general election.
Golnik assumes that changing Minnesota to a more open primary state is some kind of solution. Wrong again.
The GOP problem is that they gave the Tea Party free reign. The GOP problem is bad candidates. The GOP problem is bad message. The GOP problem is bad policy.
Primaries or endorsement....blame what you want. The process isn't the problem -- you guys just didn't listen to the voters.