When Rob McKenna and Michael Young and Luke Esser woke up the morning of February 10, 2008, they knew they had a major problem. The day before, Washington State Republicans had held Precinct Caucuses and Esser had announced John McCain had “won.” Good enough. But on the other hand…
1. Here is one way to express the problem:
Former State Party Chair and McCain operative Chris Vance explained it this way (right here on theReaganWing.com):
It is well known by now that most people who choose “undeclared” are actually Paul supporters. However, it is my understanding that in some counties there has been no disclosure at all.”
This was not a “victory” of anything at all. It was the first Wind of Disaster. It was a prescription for the loss (to McCain) of every Washington State National Delegate.
2. Here is an even more graphic depiction of the McCain problem:
Across the nation McCain operatives (the GOP/elite pragmatists) were telling people that their man’s early lead (fashioned by Democrat and Independent crossover votes) was insurmountable, and skewing the figures in collusion with the media to make it appear so. But they knew they were walking on ice. McCain’s 8-year war of “reaching across the aisle” to coalition with Democrats against his own Party and attack the Constitution has always threatened to turn into a wholesale revolt of Reagan Republicans. McCain held a MINORITY POSITION everywhere and only the GOP Left/Elite were loyal to him. It was a nomination not yet acquired and already in trouble.
3. Here is a more narrative viewpoint of the McCain problem:
“Clearly, the framers of the First Amendment crafted it in such a manner as to ensure that individuals such as John McCain would never have the prerogative to use the laws of an out-of-control government to subdue their opposition.”
“The United States Senate, on May 25th, 2006, passed the single most reprehensible and treasonous bill in the history of America.”
“Enacting any variant of [McCain/Lieberman] would be tantamount to issuing a congressional declaration of war on the fuels that power the U.S. economy. Worse, it would establish the institutional framework for a succession of legislative, regulatory, and litigation assaults on carbon-based energy.”
“…the seven Republican participants knowingly betrayed their own party’s leadership.”
“Embryonic stem cell research is just a less messy form of child murder. From McCain’s own website…”
This was a candidate much of the grassroots despised.
The McCain Campaign was faced with a desperate struggle to acquire National Delegates both to avoid a brokered convention and to get a McCain-friendly (read “liberal”) Republican Platform.
Impossible task? You might think so. But don’t jump to conclusions.
The Washington State McCain team devised brilliant means and they were ruthlessly effective. Means to promote “LOYALTY” and “UNITY” behind a leader who had no other reason to command it.
Means that had been devised before.
By Joseph Goebbels.