Morning Briefing: May 9th, 2012
By Steve Deace
Inmate 11593-051 Gets 40% of the Vote Against Obama
A convicted felon and federal inmate named Keith Judd received 40% of the vote in the West Virginia Democrat presidential primary against President Obama. Even more embarrassing for Obama, according to West Virginia primary rules Judd has also received enough of the vote to have at least one delegate seated at the convention. Judd’s picture on his campaign website is his mugshot. You can’t make this stuff up.
Marriage Wins Again
Marriage remains the only undefeated issue in American politics, now 31-0 after its overwhelming victory in North Carolina on Tuesday. The amendment to the state’s constitution, which shuts down any potential back door for the anti-marriage crowd to try and destroy it, was ratified by a whopping 61% of the voters. More statewide voter referendums on marriage will be held later this year in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington.
Ron Paul Now on Republicrats’ Radar
In the last two weeks the Ron Paul revolution replaced a former governor of Nevada as that state’s national committeeman, and elevated a 21-year old woman to national committeewoman in Maine. Those are just two examples of how underneath the radar the Ron Paul Revolution has been wreaking havoc on the GOP establishment in caucus states with nonbinding delegates. It now appears that Paul will go to the national convention in Tampa this summer with the majority of the delegates in Maine, Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, Louisiana, and Nevada according to this article. In addition, even in states like Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts Paul will have at least 16 of that state’s 44 delegates. Some of these delegates are bound to vote for Romney at the convention, but it is possible that enough of them could take advantage of party rules that allow them to abstain from voting at the convention to deny Romney the 1,144 delegates necessary to win the nomination. And yes, that makes me giggle.