A Flawed Process with Reduced Legitimacy
If another country ran its elections the way the Republican Party is running its nominating process, I believe the United States would not hesitate to decry the process as manipulated and the results as fraudulent. It really calls into question their legitimacy as the sole vehicle which conservative and limited-government Americans should trust to select their candidates. Remember, political parties are private clubs with no legal obligations to run their votes fairly or competently. The big-money boys who run the GOP seem determined to impose Mitt Romney as the nominee. They seemed just as determined to undermine the campaign of Ron Paul. Let’s go down the list…
Iowa was given the privileged position of being the first state to choose a nominee. They guard this privilege jealously, but their product proves they don’t deserve the honor. When it looked like Paul was surging, the Governor of the state announced that if Paul won then America should disregard the results of his own state caucus! Party officials went around the state scaring off Iowans, saying that if Paul won they might lose legitimacy for their privileged position.
In the event, they botched the vote totals. They announced Romney as the winner, even though days later – when it mattered less because by then the media had repeated the “Romney won” story countless times- it was discovered that the actual winner was Rick Santorum. At least we think he was the winner. The state chairman finally threw up his hands and said that eight precincts would probably never be certified and thus the true winner never be known. He declared that there were two first place winners (though Santorum wound up the winner among all certified votes.)
New Hampshire was next, but because it was next door to Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, and their media comes from that state, Romney did not need for the fix to be in for him to win. His second home is in New Hampshire, so it really was like a home state for him. He got the most votes, but was far short of a majority.
South Carolina rejected Romney as the nominee. Newt Gingrich got the most votes. Three states produced three different winners. Plus, the only candidate who had not gotten a win yet (Paul) was in second place in the vote totals. Paul was the only one who had a national infrastructure in place to rival Romney, and his strongest region of the county, out west, had not come up yet.