I was going to add this comment here, but I think it deserves front page treatment.
You guys really need some better perspective on reality. The convention and the voting process at the convention is absolutely a show. You may not want to be part of the show, but whether you participate in the Democratic delegating process or the Republican one, you are just complicit in a well orchestrated show. The only difference this year is that in the Democratic one, there could be a legitimate change — but that is a fluke of this year, not the overall process.
The actual process of choosing the nominee is done in primaries and caucuses. Enough have now been done to ensure McCain will be the nominee.
This whole idea of mounting an effort to take over local delegations so that people can cast votes for Ron Paul is part of fantasyland. It cannot happen.
It could happen back in the 50’s and 60’s. But the laws have been changed now.
There is really no point to these conventions any more. They just give the parties free air time and let the networks claim they’ve provided some level of political education to keep their FCC licenses. Participation in the process now is just a left over instrument of the days when these conventions and the process of delegates voting actually matter. You could scrap the whole convention process and still have your nominees now based on the way the delegates are allocated and required to vote according to how voters voted in the various congressional districts around the countries.
You who participate (and I will not be precisely because it is a road show with a pre-determined outcome and I have better uses of my time) are just puppets. Of course, your puppet masters are not the party leaders as some of you would prefer to imagine, but the voters who voted already in your primary. Your vote is bound to their choice for two rounds. Only after those rounds are the puppet master’s strings cut — but we won’t get that far this year in the Republican party. Only in the Democratic party does there appear to be even a hint of that.