For seventy + years the Soviet Union, the Russian Communist Empire, dominated its citizens with absolute totalitarian rule. The Government owned and controlled everything. Nevertheless, throughout that time, they held “free elections.” How did they do that? The key was controlling who was allowed on the ballot: the nominations. The Communist Party dictated who could run for each office. Mission accomplished.
On May, 22, 2008 The Executive Board of the Washington State Republican Party issued a “resolution” to “clarify” rules of the 2008 Washington State Republican Convention (May 29-31, 2008). Luke Esser sent it everywhere and, at that late hour, four days before the filing deadline, re-designed the filing form, rejected previously submitted filings, and began implimenting the Executive Board’s provisions in the preparation of Convention Ballots. It stipulated that while all 37 of Washington’s elected delegates to the National Convention would be “elected” at the Convention, 19 of them would be in elections where the nominations would be made by persons not elected by anyone, and freedom of speech would be expunged for ALL Convention elections.
No floor nominations would be open for these positions. That was against the rules.
No speeches would be allowed by any of the candidates, themselves, for ANY delegate position. That was against the rules.
No comments on or debate about who was running for ANY delegate position was allowed. That was against the rules.
No questions could be asked of, or about the candidates for ANY delegate position. That, too, was against the rules.
If you did not vote for a candidate on the ballot, your ballot didn’t get counted. That was against the rules.
If 157 people attended a caucus where there was only one nominee allowed and only one person voted for that one nominee, he was considered elected, not just by a majority, but unanimously.
No actual majority could do anything about it.
Welcome to Esser Democracy.
The process did not “clarify,’ but blatantly violated the Washington State Committee’s legitimate rules for the State Convention, and violated several National Rules for the conduct of any State Convention.
Although literally hundreds of candidates committed to McCain filed to be on the controlled ballot, they were not allowed to run.
Instead, State Convention Delegates got to choose their representatives from ballots like this one in the 5th Congressional District (scan of actual ballot):
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