The GOPers’ Last Stand

Well, here we are–Donald Trump now stands alone in the field, as The Banker’s Husband and The Glutton have dropped out. So, inquiring minds want to know–what happens now?

The Basic Run Down

  1. In upcoming primaries, we can get a good idea how many people will take their vote and stay home, though examining any drop in voter turnout and also the number of “protest votes” the other non-contenders get. I rather doubt we’ll see a turnout drop, but the protest vote breakdown, if any, should be interesting.
  2. The current “rules” going to the convention have to be voted into use AT the convention, and of course the GOPers were smart enough to stack the rules committee AND the delegates. But, there are some silver linings here:  First, the GOPers agreed to a motion that any rule changes must be voted in by a 2/3rds majority. And now that the last of the GOPers have retired from the field, the delegates who have to approve rule changes proposed by the Rules committee are highly unlikely to piss off the folks at home in favor of a GOPer ringer. Second, the names of the delegates are PUBLIC RECORD in most if not all states, so we can contact them in a non-threatening way and let them know NOT playing by the rules is a bad thing. I have already sent all my delegates congratulatory emails, wishing them well in Cleveland and letting them know that I expect them to approve the rules that were in force during the primary season. I suggest everyone else do the same.
  3. The GOPers are squeaking about a third party run. What they are neglecting to mention is simple; it’s logistically, financially, and legally–improbable to impossible at this point. ALL states have rules regarding getting write in candidates on the ballot, as well as qualifying rules for third party/independent runs. And Texas’ deadline for a legal third party/independent run passes TODAY, with all the state deadlines passing before Cleveland. No Independent Run would succeed unless the candidate was on every state ballot. Which leaves using an existing party that is balloted in all fifty states–the Libertarians. Unless the GOPers can convince the 9 Libertarians on the Libertarian Ticket to step aside, AND they have all the paperwork ready and pre-verified, AND they get Texas filed and approved TODAY (and all the other states before mid June), they can’t use that existing party option either.
  4. So, the GOPers are stuck–for the moment. Does that mean they are entirely finished? NOPE. NEVER, EVER, trust a GOPer (or a Dem, for that matter, they are ONE AND THE SAME). But it limits their options to causing trouble AFTER the nomination.

Post Nomination Possibilities To Consider:

We have already seen the GOPers use Dems and Libertarians in the past as “spoilers” during elections, and I have no doubt they will do so again–likely using Libertarians that are running on the legal weed ticket and college cost reform/free college platform as well (and there are a few) to bleed off the millennials and other people who believe in weed and a free ride to college. That won’t amount to much, but it’s a start. They will also, I have no doubt, find ways to use the Dem that gets the nomination as well.

Failing that, they will look for more scandal, but if there were scandal–we’d have heard about it by now, so we’re pretty safe. Which leaves making sure that the senators and representatives elected for the next Congress are all “never Trump” types–and using the party machine and money to put pressure on any that are neutral or pro-Trump.

THAT IS THE REAL DANGER, HERE.

The congress critters rely on the GOPer machine to steer them into power positions, and to finance them and launder Super PAC and corporate money. So it is essential that we occupy the precinct level of the GOP as rapidly as possible, while they are vulnerable. To that end, I will be posting a primer shortly on how to infiltrate the political party of your choice, and how political parties in general work. There is NO EXCUSE FOR NOT PROCEEDING ANY MORE, PEOPLE. TRUMP WILL NEED US, AND THE GOP, BEHIND HIM IN WASHINGTON DC. And taking that party back is the first priority. This man has moved heaven and Earth, lost business, had his family threatened, and has been running himself ragged FOR US. IT’S TIME WE PAID HIM BACK.

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ZAAZ–Week 2

Well, this week was interrupted by my state convention, and a major celebration after Indiana. So that amounted to 2 days when I kept as accurate a calorie count as possible, but didn’t stick to the 1000 a day calorie limit. It also meant one day away from my ZAAZ, in a hotel in Mesa.

Even so, I lost another 2 pounds, and comparing my Intake and Output, it was about 50/50 between water weight and actual weight, something I found interesting. My pain level is remaining right around a 2, which is a dramatic improvement from my typical “good” day of a 4 or 5 in the past. I also noted that I am still feeling that stiffness as though I have worked out every morning, but still none of the pain that typically is associated with a workout.

The Diet–

For those who may have researched and written about every weight loss hack, trick and diet in the known universe, but who want to be healthy and either maintain a healthy weight or lose weight, I have this to say:

The American Diabetic Association Diet. This is, hands down, the best diet there is for anyone. I am following their recommendations quite closely, eating a high protein, low fat, low carbohydrate (and my carbs are all low to moderate on the glycemic index) diet.

Step 1: Figure Out Your Protein.

The average person needs about 36% of their diet to be protein daily–on a modified high protein diet, you want to aim for a minimum of 50%, a max of 65% or so. The 50% is the easiest to figure out of course–divide your weight by 2, and call it grams. So a 200 pound person would need 100 grams of protein–a little over 3 ounces of “pure” protein.

I can tell you from experience that if you are on extreme calorie restriction, as I am, the single best source is protein powders. The best of these is made by Body Fortress, that I have found. Just be sure you only buy the whey protein or the isolate, NOT a bulking product, unless you’re trying to gain weight of course. I typically use the vanilla, as it mixes well with any flavor of fruit, OR with my Ovaltine. One shake made with Ovaltine, skim milk and the protein powder, with an 1/8th of a cantaloupe, is 350 calories, and provides a little over 40 grams of protein.

2 of those a day, plus one of my totally amazing under 200 calorie salads and two snacks is 1000 calories or less, and all the vitamins, minerals and protein you need.

Step 2: Get Familiar With The Glycemic Index.

All foods have energy, and most have some carbohydrates in them–but there are different types of “carbs”. How fast a carbohydrate is converted to sugars in the body determines where it falls on the Glycemic Index. Obviously, “sugar” would be a high glycemic food–because it’s sugar. So really quick energy, but can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Ideally, you want to substitute high glycemic index foods with low ones for a few reasons–first, that limits sugar crashes and spikes, which can really be noticeable when you’re on a restricted diet, and second, most of the low to moderate glycemic foods actually make you feel full longer, and take more energy to digest.

The link above is a good source for checking out how the Index fits into the normal diet. This Link takes you directly to the database. The quickest way to find something is to just fill in the “value” box–greater than or equal to the number 55, for instance, will generate over 100 pages of higher glycemic food. You can then order the list as you choose. This is far faster than going by a food’s name.

BTW–Cross Kellogg’s Corn Flakes right off the list–a 30 gram (one ounce, about 1 cup) serving with milk scales at 132 on the 1-100 scale lol. A slice of white bread or a serving of potato is 100, typically. Also, the less cooked veggies are, the better–steaming or boiling veggies begins to convert some of the starches in them to simple sugars. So stick with very light steaming, juicing raw, or eating raw. Gatorade is a no-no, also.

One of the easiest things to do when you’re first starting out transitioning to a low glycemic diet is the simple substitution method–substitute a serving of jasmine rice (78) for a serving of potato (100). Substitute baked spiced apples for chocolate cake, or any home made fruit cobbler for bakery pies.

Quick Tips:

  1. Don’t tell the hubby or kids. Trust me on this one, people. This also applies to replacing the fatty mayo and salad dressings with the fat free variety–pour the new stuff in the old bottle, and throw away the new bottle. It’s amazing how the same meal they said was amazing and fantastic becomes horrible when they find out it’s “diet food”….
  2. DO involve the whole family. I know from experience well before this, while writing the endless newsletter series on losing belly fat fast, that dieting alone is nearly impossible. The only thing tougher is keeping Torah Kosher in a house full of Gentiles. It gets a little depressing when everyone else is eating bacon…. Involve them by just introducing the new foods, no explanation. The less they know, the better LOL.
  3. GET A SCALE AND PRACTICE FULL PORTION CONTROL. If you’re like the average person, you’re eating double portions or larger to begin with, and this is the number one reason people get fat. You should do this with your current diet for about a month, to get used to eating “normal portions”, and during that month begin phasing in changes.

Results This Week:

As mentioned above, another 2 pounds lost, 1/2 of it attributable to water weight as close as I can measure. My energy level has improved quite dramatically this week. While I had to wear my TENS unit all day at the convention, I only had to USE it 3 times–where in the past, it would have been in use almost constantly. I also noted that I didn’t have nearly the problem with restless legs on the drive up as I would have in the past–though the drive home was on the tough side. It should be noted the very first thing I did when I got home was jump on the ZAAZ  LOL.

My skin is continuing to improve, and I am still shedding far more dead skin cells when I exfoliate than before. The “crocodile skin” on  my feet is significantly improved, as are, for some odd reason, the crocodile patches on my elbows. The cellulite has become even less noticeable–I’d say the visible improvement is now over 50%, and even my lovable (but very unobservant) other half commented on how “smooth” my skin is getting. It is ALWAYS “soft” as I am obsessive about moisturizing and exfoliation, but prior to this it felt “lumpy” to the touch on my thighs, buttocks, belly and to a lesser extent my upper arms.

I can feel the difference as well when I moisturize, and I am now only wearing my compression socks, with no other socks over them–yet my feet are WARM, and at times, they even get sweaty. After literally decades of freezing feet, this is really nice.

My range of motion continues to improve, especially when I stretch to the sides and isolate the vibration in my lateral oblique muscles, or do squats. I am fairly confident at this point that if my belly wasn’t getting in the way, I could likely get into a Lotus position, or close to it, with minimal discomfort. I am also finding that I can do more repetitions of my basic stretching exercises and leg lifts, and my crunches, than I could last week.

All in all, it has been a very good week, and I look forward to seeing what my weight situation will be like after an entire week on my diet. I will be posting some of my favorite salad choices and other little snacks in the next few days.

A Call To Action

BEWARE–RANT AHEAD.

Once again, the internet is abuzz with allegations of delegate stealing, fraud, and chicanery on the part of the dearly beloved GOPers–in Arizona. The previous 7 posts on this blog tell that tale. And frankly–I am annoyed, right now. Very annoyed, and with good reason. I and others have been begging, pleading, cajoling for months now to get people to quit yakking and start acting. And I have been spending a considerable amount of time giving people the tools and knowledge to act.

And like typical people–everyone reads, some comment, many share–and then everyone sits back and passes the popcorn, and expects someone ELSE to do the work.

This Post Is Different. This Post Is A Call To Action.

Whereas, we have a perfectly functional political party, complete with huge databases and a solid infrastructure, and

Whereas, this party is governed effectively by precinct level members, and

Whereas, many of those seats are OPEN nationwide, RIGHT NOW,

Anyone who is currently whining for a third party, or whining about the uniparty screwing voters, or whining about the evil politicians shutting us out of the process THAT HAS NOT GONE TO A GOPER MEETING AND ENQUIRED ABOUT GETTING A VOLUNTEER POSITION EITHER IN A PRECINCT SEAT, OR ASSISTING A PRECINCT SEAT HOLDER, SHOULD SIT DOWN, AND SHUT UP.

SOME of us are busting our tails every waking hour, posting on blogs (like this one), building websites, collecting information for people, and FIGHTING FOR OUR PARTY AND OUR NATION’S POLITICAL SYSTEM. We decided to stop complaining and do what voters are SUPPOSED to do–get involved in the party to clean it up.

The basic information on conning GOPers into letting you into a position of power are right on this blog. I am awake and busting tail 18 hours a day to provide more information, answer questions, and motivate people. There are others like me, doing the same.

But all our efforts don’t mean a danged thing if the rest of those who CLAIM  to actually give a flying frog don’t get off their tails and join in.

If You Are Not ACTING On This Matter–STOP WHINING WHEN THINGS DON’T GO OUR WAY.

Just as there is no delegate fairy that delivers nice, loyal delegates to good candidates, there is NO POLITICAL PARTY FAIRY waiting in the wings to magically clean out the GOP and get them to listen to the people who they supposedly represent.

Think of it like this:

If you own a business, and you’re there regularly and checking up on your employees, then your business runs well, and the odds your employees will cheat you, steal, or otherwise misbehave, are small.

On the other hand, if you are an absentee business owner, and you just sign paychecks and visit your business every 2 years–YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE PISSED OFF WHEN YOU FIND YOUR EMPLOYEES AND YOUR MANAGERS ARE ROBBING YOU BLIND, SCREWING YOU OVER, AND DOING WHATEVER THE HELL THEY PLEASE.

Why in the WORLD would the party big guys listen to us at this point? We give them no reason to worry about our opinion.

  1. Many people still donate to them, no matter how loudly they may complain when doing so, and if we don’t donate–thanks to Citizen’s United, they are getting more money than ever anyway.
  2. As this is a uniparty, even when we get mad enough to vote a few people out, they don’t suffer.
  3. Because WE DROPPED OUT OF THE SYSTEM AND STOPPED DOING OUR PART, they voted in rules to make sure that ONLY THOSE WHO DO THEIR PART, HAVE VOTING POWER. And frankly–that is ONLY FAIR. We whine about people on welfare getting “free stuff” all the time. We also whine about people who are only takers and have no “skin in the game” having a voice–AND A VOTE. But yet, we expect the political party system to allow “freeloaders” to run the show?
  4. Why should someone who never even bothers to show up for one meeting a month, or volunteer an hour or two a month to educate other voters, think they should be listened to by anyone, ever? Would you listen to some stranger that happens to show up at the door of your house to tell you how you should redecorate? If so, you’re a very interesting type of person.

Now if we had to pay annual membership dues to be in the party, then we’d have every right to sit on our collective asses and complain–because the dues in that case would be our effective “voice”. The dues would be used to PAY people to run the party at all levels.

But we don’t pay dues. And 99% of us don’t volunteer time, or donate. All we do is vote every few years and forget about what happens in between times, unless we get annoyed.

THIS IS WHY THE PARTIES ARE NO LONGER WORKING FOR US. We have shown them, by staying home and ignoring them, that we don’t care enough about how our system works to even figure out the rules. And the big corporations and super PACS are right there giving them plenty of money. Now that the corporations have Citizen’s United, unless everyone gets off their collective asses and gets involved, we will have NO voice at all, just when we need one the most.

I Am As Guilty As Anyone.

I got complacent, I got lazy, I preferred to sit in the comfort of my home and complain. But unlike the vast majority of people, I saw the disenfranchisement of Colorado voters last year as a major wake up call, and began to act. And when my first actions weren’t enough, I got more aggressive and proactive–right up to the point of becoming a state delegate, phone banking for Trump, and starting this blog–and starting the website soon to be opening for all 50 states.

Well guess what–running a political revolt alone is a little bit tough, people. At this point, I’d rather have 50 people write and tell me they took my advice, went to a GOPer meeting, and got a precinct seat than get 50,000 Facebook likes and retweets on twitter. And if the tone of this post annoys you–too bad.

I’m not going to bother ranting again. And I’m also not going to go pout in a corner, or stop posting information and knowledge for anyone to use as they see fit. And I’m not going to put the website on hold, or stop volunteering for Trump.

But it sure would be nice to know that even 50 people, even ONE PERSON IN EACH STATE, decided to get off their tail and get busy also.

AZGOP Convention Scuttlebutt Part 4

Part Three Here

The Law Enforcement And First Responders

I also took the time in my non-stop day to talk to any and all support staff I saw, and some first responders and the food truck people. There was a moderate amount of police presence, both local police and the County Police. They were all friendly and pleasant, and many were wearing vests under their uniform shirts. all were armed with ;pistols, tasers, batons and a flashlight that I saw, though most of the Mesa police didn’t have vests.

They walked in pairs, with a Mesa police officer teamed typically with a county sheriff. Toward the end of the convention when a delegate began loudly complaining about “fraud” because of the multi-slating and the way the electronic voting website displayed final results, 4 pairs of them arrived in the main foyer rapidly, though nothing happened and they dispersed shortly thereafter.

The fire fighters, for some reason, tended to congregate around the restrooms–go figure. They were also friendly, and in my small talk all of the law enforcement officers expressed confidence there would be no “problems”. There was no security screening of any kind, no searches of purses, metal detectors or anything else. I don’t believe anyone snuck a firearm in–but they sure could have.

The Support Staff

The janitorial staff at the convention were also friendly, and of course had no idea where anyone was or where any particular events were happening–though a couple did complain about the way various ground teams treated them, and the general and inexplicable shortage of trash cans, everywhere–something delegates also noticed.

The majority of support staff were frantically emptying the few trash cans their were outside and inside, but they still managed to keep the bathrooms clean.

Quite a few of the support staff I spoke to mentioned they were glad for the “extra hours” and actually hoping the convention would be as long as prior ones have apparently been. By far, the support staff were Trump voters, and number one reasons being JOBS and the wall. I made a few remarks to one janitor on trash detail, and we would probably still be talking if I hadn’t had to come home LOL.

Quite a few of the support staff I talked to were surprised (and pleased) that I had noticed them at all–one actually asked me if I was speaking to him, and when I said yes, he told me at the end of our short conversation it was the first time he could remember anyone at ANY event he worked speaking to him in conversation rather than just seeking information, and the only time he remembered anyone thanking him for the work he did.

My take away on that is simple–I’m ashamed of myself, as I thought about it and realized the only time I ever take the time to exchange a few pleasantries with support staff anywhere is for a specific purpose, myself. Whether that purpose is information gathering or in the course of cleaning up after a special event where we sold kettle korn, it’s never “just because”. It’s unsettling to think about.

Concessions And Vending Trucks

The concessions staff were friendly and busy, but not overly so. We could drink and eat on the convention floor, surprisingly enough, but the lack of trash cans was really odd. I literally counted less than a dozen in the foyer and convention floor area, one 55 gallon one with each food truck (health code requirement, probably belonged to the vendors themselves), and less than a half dozen scattered elsewhere. The concessions people I spoke to said they had stopped paying attention to what goes on at events like the convention years ago–most had been working for the convention center for quite a while.

The healthy food truck people–like all of their customers I spoke to, were Cruz voters who had a Cruz bumper sticker on the truck–which might account for the fact that every single one of their customers I asked was a Cruz supporter. None of the food vendors I saw were wearing campaign gear or stickers of any kind, and they didn’t particularly want to talk politics–but the three I talked to also said that the convention was the best day they had “in a long time”.

I will say that from a food vending point of view, the GOP had almost exactly the right number of food trucks–the most they could have added was one more. All the trucks were running flat out at full speed all during lunch, and I would guess most were almost out of food by the time lunch was over. The mix of food was acceptable–barbecue, quesadillas and healthy food outside, the typical event venue concession food inside, typically priced.

As a 10.00 food voucher got you a lunch item and a drink, I’d say the food vendors realized a decent though not extravagant profit from the event, which is a good thing. We know from experience how dicey it can be to make a profit at a “small” event like this, especially one with a cash price for tickets attached.

The Final Take Aways:

  1. The AZGOP did an acceptable, though not amazing job, with this convention. They should have just used printed paper ballots and had everyone slated, or not slated at all and let us actively stump. At the very least we should have been allowed to (or REQUIRED TO) stump in our breakout room before the first vote.
  2. The Trump ground team didn’t meet my expectations for this event, at all. The campaign needs to address the ground team issue NOW, well before California.
  3. The Cruz Crew were insufferably polite and friendly–unless you challenged their guy with your concerns (my other half was concern trolling, and a female Cruz Crew member told him to shut up and leave her alone when SHE butted into HIS conversation with 2 male Cruz Crew members in the first place LOL.
  4. The Kasich team might as well have stayed home. I think they outnumbered his supporters.
  5. The electronic voting SNAFU was idiotic–they shouldn’t have just assumed that 98% of convention delegates would come armed with tablets or smart phones. They should have had at least 2 rooms and 50 computers or more set up for that–or used the danged paper ballots.
  6. MORE TRASH CANS would have been nice.
  7. Better organization of credentialing, More proactive engagement by the GOPer operatives with the delegates. This is where the shortage of precinct seat holders was evident–as they are usually on the front line at a convention, shepherding any of their precinct members through the process or helping those who don’t have a precinct seat holder around.
  8. The GOPer convention volunteer squad was on the small side, and not well coordinated either. Many of them didn’t know what was up during the second credentialing, and couldn’t answer other questions either.

It could have been far worse, of course, but it also could have been far better in terms of helping new participants understand how the party and process works. The few of us who had some prior experience were just too danged busy to coordinate our efforts. It was basically going from one small crisis to another, and hoping others were doing the same.

Considering how Graham was touting the outreach efforts from the last election and taking credit for the unprecedented growth of the party in THIS cycle, the actions came nowhere near supporting the rhetoric he was spouting. Getting people involved in the process for the vote is great. But KEEPING them involved is the only thing that can lead to reform.

Of course, the GOPers have no real interest in informed voters, when it comes to controlling party platforms, rules and direction–that would derail their gravy train.

 

 

AZGOP Convention Scuttlebutt Part 3

Part Two Here…

The Delegate Side Of The Fence

In between interrogating the party operatives at all levels, I also talked to a large number of miscellaneous delegates from all counties, of course. The delegates were mostly older white people, though about 1/4 to 1/3rd or so were Hispanic (judging by appearance and names), and another 10% or so were minority. The delegate pool was about 60/40 in favor of men, not unusual.

The delegates were also heavily weighted towards the first time crowd–far more than one would have seen at conventions decades ago when I attended them in other states as a guest. I spent a lot of time with newbies, for a reason–they had the least idea what was going on, and they were the most involved and upset people in the room.

I didn’t run into a single “newbie” that was a Cruz or Kasich supporter–they were ALL Trump supporters. My other half in the guest section (and there were about 300 guests) only talked to three Cruz supporters and found no Kasich people at all, the rest were Trump.

Common Delegate Complaints/Views Expressed

By far the most common complaint I heard was that the GOP was “stealing delegates”. Anyone who follows this blog knows that is essentially a false narrative the media and GOP are pushing to try and get people to stage an uprising in Cleveland, so I spent a great deal of time leading people to this blog on their smartphones or tablets, or giving them my business card.

Many also complained about how hard it was to find information on the process to begin with, and confusion on what would happen. I will give Graham his due on this, he DID spend a decent amount of time explaining to people what was going on….But again I spent a lot of time directing people to this blog and giving them my email for specific questions.

The Cruz delegates that I spoke to had very different aims from the Trump delegates–their aim being to get delegate slots by any means, of course.Most of them were long time GOPer voters/operatives who had convention experience, so the Cruz Crew had it easy at our convention–they just took advantage of the natural ignorance and emotion of the Trump supporters.

A lot of Trump delegates, sadly, “outed” themselves at the very beginning by wearing Trump gear, so while I noted names and voted for them and encouraged others to do so, we DID lose a lot of potential votes as the GOPers (and the ground teams) were pushing the “vote the slate” narrative, and making sure that as few identified Trump delegates were on the slate as possible.

The Common Misconceptions

Many delegates believed the canard the AZGOP posted in their emails and on the website about the convention wrapping up by 3:30 or so. I was shocked we were almost wrapped up at 5:30, myself, and I have been to previous conventions where we were still going as late as 10:00 at night, or had to extend to a second day. NEVER TAKE THE PARTY’S TIME ESTIMATIONS AS ACCURATE. If my physical stamina had held out I would have stayed until the very end, and then attempted to arrange a group meet up with people at a nearby burger place after.

because many people had believed the party rah-rah, quite a few delegates signed out after the first ballot, which led to having to credential a few dozen or more alternate delegates, which is NEVER a good thing.

A convention is the single best opportunity anyone has to gather first hand knowledge, experience, intelligence, party contacts, and in some cases make business deals. You WANT the convention to take a reasonable amount of time.

Many were also confused by the inevitable screw ups and inefficiency–especially the old time party operatives, and the rural delegates and operatives. Screw ups are a fact of life at an event like this, but if the AZGOP had just stuck with paper ballots and either didn’t slate at all or let each of us slate ourselves and declare candidate support when we were selected (and printed that on the ballots), it would have been much smoother–and we would have been able to effectively grab EVERY SINGLE SEAT by multi-slating.

Multi-slating, if you can communicate the plan privately to the ground team and other delegates, is the single best strategy to grab every seat in a slated convention setting.

Analysis Of The Ground Game In Mesa–AN INDICTMENT

One of Trump’s strengths is his populist support–in terms of getting the vote. However, it’s a serious weakness when you’re sending a bunch of newbies to a convention, or your ground support is made up of people who don’t communicate the most effective old school strategies to ALL delegates well in advance of the convention. Or ground teams that are not long time involved voters in the party–and former convention participants.

Much of the ground team I met fell in the last category–very little or no prior convention/campaign experience, and effectively none in a heavily contested race. The “big guys” on the ground here weren’t in evidence, either, though they apparently participated in the at large slating.

When you’re dealing with a bunch of nervous angry newbies to politics, the FIRST people you meet at the ground team table should be people who have attended many former conventions, under all circumstances, who are confident, supportive, and friendly. Sadly, I actually heard one ground team member tell a nervous delegate with simple question it wasn’t their job to “hold her hand”, and to “google it”–before shoving a slate into her hand and telling her to just vote the slate and ignore anything else. I immediately introduced myself when she left the table, welcomed her to the process, answered her question and helped her find where she needed to be.

EXCUSE ME, GROUND TEAM PERSON–IT IS YOUR JOB. 

Had the rules allowed the experienced ground team members to address the convention, or those people had been out in the delegate pool coordinating, things would have gone far better in terms of final delegate results. JUST HANDING SOMEONE PAPER AFTER PAPER AND TELLING THEM TO VOTE THE SLATE AND DON’T GET CONFUSED OR LISTEN TO ANYONE ELSE IS NOT PRODUCTIVE.

If how our convention was handled by the ground team is ANY indication of conventions elsewhere, it’s little wonder we’re having delegate issues. I spoke to almost every ground team member I could find at one point or another, and well over half had ZERO convention experience. And sadly, quite a few had what could be called “attitude” as well–while under normal circumstances, nailing your flag to the mast and being loudly defiant may work to some extent, it’s a miserable excuse for a strategy in the current situation.

Being curt, confrontational, overbearing or condescending isn’t productive either. When you hear other Trump supporters in the bathroom expressing confusion, hurt and anger because THE CANDIDATE’S GROUND TEAM MEMBERS ARE “BITCHES” OR “ASSHOLES”, YOU HAVE A REAL PROBLEM.

I’ll be the first to admit that after you have to reassure your 30th or 40th person on the very same issue as the last 30 or 40 people, or answer the same basic Politics 101 question for the 20th time in 2 hours, it’s a little bit wearing. Had I been able to find a quiet corner during lunch and round up a large number of people, I would have tabled my own damned meeting and given everyone a pep talk, some support, and allayed fears and confusion.

AND I AM NOT EVEN AN OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN WORKER. But I couldn’t find that quiet corner, and when I did suggest that to three different ground team members, they basically patted me on the head and brushed me off. I don’t know where the campaign found these yo-yo’s–but Trump was poorly served, at least in my part of the convention. I didn’t talk to every ground team member–but I did talk to a majority, as did my other half (who wasn’t impressed either, and he is not politically active).

This game has rules that most people don’t understand. It also is a very different experience to convention with all or majority newbies rather than seasoned operatives and involved party members.

PAY ATTENTION TO THIS:

WE ARE IN A SERIOUS FIGHT HERE. If you have a convention coming and are listed as a delegate, DO NOT OUT YOURSELF.

WEAR STICKERS FROM EVERY CANDIDATE IN THE RACE–or only local candidate stickers like your Senate/House contenders.

TALK TO THOSE AROUND YOU AND STUMP FOR VOTES USING GOPER BUZZWORDS.

IF SLATING HAPPENS, DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET SLATED FOR EVERY CANDIDATE AND THE UNITY SLATE, AND QUIETLY LET THE TRUMP TEAM AND OTHER TRUMP SUPPORTERS KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING SO THEY VOTE FOR YOU.

Any seasoned campaigner will tell you the single most important thing to do is make sure you get the votes, and the delegate slot. “Voting the slate” is ONLY a good idea IF YOU KNOW EVERYONE ON IT. In THIS game, you’re essentially playing “Liar’s Poker”. Slates can change dozens of times between the first and the moment you mark the ballot, as different party operatives work behind the scenes to get an advantage.

If your convention rules allow you to speak to your district and directly stump, QUIETLY, BEFORE YOU SPEAK, LET KEY TRUMP TEAM MEMBERS OR OTHER DELEGATES KNOW YOU WILL BE SPEAKING GOPER. If the rules don’t allow a speech, it’s up to you to introduce yourself to as many people as possible in your congressional district before the convention starts, and during it before the voting.YOU NEED TO SELL YOURSELF AS A DELEGATE. 

Had I been more focused on actually going to Cleveland as a delegate than building a ground network in AZ, I WOULD have gotten chosen by any means possible–because I KNOW THE RULES. But right now, we all need to also start focusing on building state networks so we can co-opt the GOP and give it to Trump when he gets elected.

I’m sorry if my bald assessment of the ground team in Mesa offends some people. But I feel it is perfectly in order, considering my first hand experience, and the importance of upcoming conventions. I also took the time to write an email to the Trump campaign stating basically what I wrote above, and telling them politely that this is an issue that needs addressing–not the least of which because after Trump wins the nomination, his supporters will be needed to campaign during the run up to the general election. And more than a few of the Trump supporters I met, like myself, had been volunteering on the phone banks and using social media to do what they can for Trump–and were somewhat regretting doing so after yesterday.

More scuttlebutt and a final takeaway to follow, next….

AZGOP Mesa Convention Scuttlebutt Part 2

Part 1–some background color

The other half took the time to talk to sheriff Babaeu and Kelli Ward first, as I had assigned him the “local candidate” tables primarily. I did that as he doesn’t have my experience level at observation, nor can he retain as many factoids as I can without taking notes. Since I also had obligations at the convention and he didn’t it made the most sense.

At the Sheriff’s table, the general atmosphere was one of gratitude for Babaeu’s speaking out on the illegal issue, and expressions from people in Pima and other counties that wished their sheriffs were more like him.

At Kelli Ward’s table, people were thanking her for running against Mc Cain–some of the names my other half recorded in his notes were : Mc Shame, Mc Slime, The Carpetbagger, Mc Fraud, and Mc Asshat. The sentiment level he recorded trended towards unqualified support for Kelli because of her personal voting record at state level, though he did note that about 1/4 of the people who signed her petition slate were in the #anyonebutmccain category, with a little over 1 in 10 not even bothering to find out her positions, just signing her petition to primary John. Both of us heard at least several dozen people stating if Kelli lost the primary against Mc Cain, they WILL vote for Kirkpatrick (the Democrat) to get rid of him anyway–talk the AZGOP is completely ignoring, or joking about (at least publicly).

The GOPer Insider View On MC Cain

Interestingly enough, the scuttlebutt among the actual party operatives was still trending towards what I heard directly from one at my GOPer meeting in Tucson–that Kelli has “peaked”, and Mc Cain is getting a last term before they “transition to his replacement smoothly”. This was confirmed in different ways in several dozen conversations with operatives from all counties and all levels of the party. Many of them expressed dissatisfaction with MC Cain, but still stuck with the party line on the issue.

The overall opinion of Mc Cain is that he’s no “war hero”, and even if he were, that’s ancient history BTW. I heard over a dozen jokes and quips about how the vets and servicemen and women would REALLY feel if they knew just how little Mc Cain does for the military in actuality.He’s seen as an average Senator whose pork deliveries to our state have been slacking off a little too much in the last decade or so. The AZGOP is apparently now looking at and grooming Flake to up the pork level we get, and to be more proactive in the nest few years leading to his run for a second term.

There was also mention of Mc Cain’s son’s steady progress toward his Senate seat….

The GOPer To Do List, Flake, And Maricopa County

I overheard several gentlemen discussing a “To-Do” list for Flake while they were in a side room setting up things for the electronic voting–more technically supervising the staff doing the set up. Some of the items I heard mentioned included the new light rail/street car project in Tempe should lead to some “revitalization” money for certain enterprise zones, selling off some more land that one Indian tribe or another will likely declare is “sacred”, and some improvements and upgrades to Maricopa County services.

It’s interesting to note that all the pork talk I heard going on here and there as part of To Do lists for Mc Cain and Flake only involved money for Maricopa County in any large amount. Some guests from Graham County Yavapai Countyand Gila County were trying to get attention paid to some projects they wanted funded–small potatoes in both cases, under 10 million dollars–and were getting glad handed, given business cards, and moved on their merry way.

I saw no indication at all that the AZGOP realizes how disenfranchised the rural counties are feeling these days, and how high the resentment level is in outlying areas against the main party. This will work to our advantage if Arizonans in rural counties will actually GET ACTIVE IN THEIR LOCAL COUNTY GOPS.

But the main takeaway is that the AZGOP is confident their activities against Kelli Ward and in favor of Mc Cain will work.

The reasoning is important here–they are relying on the precinct level operatives to get out the vote against Kelli in our primary. While nobody flat out stated that the AZGOP was deliberately stumping for Mc Cain and suppressing Ward, the “you know how the game is played” comment was common. I was able to capitalize on my family’s long history in Massachusetts and national politics by trotting out some juicy (verifiable) family anecdotes about a famous relative’s “Presidential Walk” several decades ago. They aren’t public knowledge, but easy to check out if you have political connections.

And NO–we are NOT Kennedys! My ancestors go back to the Mayflower and the Boston Brahmin half of the family tree is tied up in the famous poem:

And this is good old Boston,

The home of the bean and the cod,

Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,

And the Cabots talk only to God.

I stay as far away from my Brahmin relatives as humanly possible–but occasionally their antics come in very handy LOL.

Part three coming up…