No Big Surprise – LCRC Goes For Convention
I ventured out to the LCRC meeting tonight for what was sure to be a night of fireworks, but was somewhat disappointed. Instead of fireworks I saw the moderate faction of the LCRC demolished with barely a whimper. Debate was cut off pretty quickly only a couple rounds into the expected tug of war of “primaries build the party” vs. “the Democrats will take over” drama that permeates every such debate.
For all of the talk from some about how neck and neck the balanace of power was in the LCRC, the so-cons totally destroyed the moderates tonight in the firehouse primary vs. convention battle. It was nowhere near close. Convention it will be. Of course this makes no sense when there are only two contested races, but what the Black Brigade wants it gets in the LCRC.
The biggest complaint from nearly everyone is that Mark Sell seems to have no sense of how to enforce time limits on candidates. Someone, please give Mark Sell an egg timer before the next meeting. Candidates droned on for as long as it pleased them, while people slowly slipped away. Verne Dickerson looked back at his notes for a long time at one point, only to have people start to clap to move him off the stage (he kept going). Steve Stockman suggested that people take a seventh inning stretch later on, only to lose half his audience as people saw an opportunity to run out the door. Absolutely horrendous management of candidate time – they need to get a handle on this. Please, for every LCRC members’ sake and innocent bystanders such as myself.
The hottest fireworks of the night came as Dick Black, Bob FitzSimmonds, and John Stirrup all battled over who was the rightful heir to the Ken Cuccinelli endorsement. The thought of even trying to explain this further brings on a rush of nausea, so I’ll let others argue about it in comments. I can only imagine the number of phone messages and emails The Cooch is dealing with right now as he attempts to sort this out. Please, put this issue to rest soon before people have aneurisms about it.