Utah Republican Senator Curt Bramble recently accosted a Pizza delivery girl who would not accept a personal check for the pizza she had delivered, because it was against company rules to do so.
Not a big deal? Well...what rule will the Utah Republican Power Machine think it's okay to break next time?Why should she make a special exception? Because everyone knows Curt Bramble!! He's the Majority Leader of the Utah Senate, so why should he have to follow the rules?
Showing that the laurels it has rested on for so long have become moldy and decayed, the Utah Republican Party Power Machine flaunted its power in a similar way today, by going against the wishes of 90 percent of the Republican primary voters. The Utah Republican Party Platform is unambiguous regarding who its state delegates to the Republican National Convention must vote for as the presidential nominee:
7.0 CONVENTIONS AND ELECTIONSThe candidate who received the most votes in the Utah Primary was Mitt Romney. Romney subsequently dropped out of the race. In late February 2008, Romney sent a letter to the Utah Republican Party asking that his delegates be unbound--that they could vote on the first ballot at the national convention for the nominated candidate. According to the bylaw quoted above, that is not legal.
B. Allocation and Binding of National Delegation. All National Convention delegates and alternates shall be allocated to the candidate receiving the most votes of the statewide vote in the Republican Presidential Primary. On the first ballot, the national delegation shall be bound to vote for the candidate who has received the most votes in the Republican Presidential Primary, but the delegation shall not be bound on any subsequent ballots.
In an effort to correct the problem, the issue was brought up for discussion at the Utah Republican State convention earlier this year--not the fixing of the bylaw, mind you, but the breaking of the existing one. The State Delegates would hear nothing of the unbinding. Feeling beholden to the people who had actually voted for Romney, they tabled the motion to ignore the bylaw.
Recently, Stan Lockhart notified members of the State Central Committee how they needed to fix the "problem", so as to avoid embarrassment. They solved it alright.
The Utah Republican Party Central Machine voted earlier today to ignore the wishes of Utah voters and to flaunt its own bylaws, by a vote of 70-12, by unbinding the votes of 264,956 Utahns who had voted for Romney. Don Guymon, who voted in the minority on the issue, said
"The state delegates overwhelmingly wanted our Utah delegation to vote for Romney. It was pretty clear," said Don Guymon, a delegate to the national convention. "So my intent was to follow the will of Utah voters and the will of the Utah state delegates."To many, it may seem like a small thing. To me, it isn't. As a reader named "arc" commented on a Salt Lake Tribune article when the issue first became known, and when State Party Chair Stan Lockhart determined how he was going to handle the situation:
It is real simple:It's a pretty simple solution, for sure. The bylaw clearly has a problem. But it is a bylaw. It needs to be fixed, but it's too late to fix it for this particular situation. So...we follow the rules. How tough is that. Rather than being embarrassed, the Utah Republican delegates to the National Convention would have been seen to have political integrity.
"Utah Congratulates Senator John McCain for the National party nomination for the Next President of the United States. Based on State Party Rules and according to the results of State Primary, the Delegates Of Utah support Mitt Romney for president. Gov. Mitt Romney has asked that these votes be counted toward Senator John McCain for any future voting. We agree."
But not now. The Utah Republican Party Bosses had to make this a much more complicated situation than it should be. It's now just another indication of how powerful the Republican old-timers think they have become.
Not a big deal? Well...what rule will they think it's okay to break next time?