The Republican Convention ran…just a bit long. Despite the fact that the food vendors were only scheduled to remain available until 3pm, the first ballot votes for Chairman weren’t cast until about then. By the time the quorum was lost we were staring down 7pm and a lot of empty vending machines. That, frankly, is no way to debate what is intended to be the beliefs and statements of the party.
Later today, (now posted below this thread) we’ll post each resolution on a separate thread. You’ll notice that most are relatively long, and contain…we’ll just call it complex language. And yet, it was the position of the party that these should be voted on without the delegates receiving copies in advance, and only having them available on large screens for a few moments before each was likely to be uniformly adopted by a tired and hungry assembly.
This is no way to adopt policy positions from a party that wants each of its elected officials to pledge not to vote on something they haven’t read in its entirety, or that haven’t been available to the public for 72 hours.
My understanding is that the state executive committee will be taking these up at a later date. It is my hope that each of the resolutions will get a better vetting and more vigorous debate here than would have ever happened had the convention been allowed to continue to adopt these.
While our commenting community runs the partisan gambit, I’d ask that you Democrats that like to pile on quickly when we do partisan stuff to hold back. There needs to be some honest debate within our party on some of these, and I’d like this to be a forum where that can happen.