How the West Virginia Republican Politburo Stole My Vote And Gave It To Mike HuckabeeThis is a story of political arrogance at it's worst. It is the untold story of how an anointed few have disenfranchised 99.9% of West Virginia's Republican Primary voters. In the past, this state's Republican primary contest was held in the spring and was open to all registered Republican voters. The balloting was typically preceded by weeks of mailings, phone calls, canvassings and the blossoming of the seasonal campaign signs in front yards and along the highway. I have been a registered Republican in this state since September 2001. I have voted in every election including primaries and local levy referendums. One would expect that when election procedures are to be radically altered, the electoral base would be notified. Apparently, the Republican Party apparatchiks have decided that the elections run much more smoothly without the voters! Unbeknownst to the average Republican voter in this state, our primary election has been "enhanced" by the addition of a "Leaders Caucus" about 4 months ahead of the "official" primary date. This means that 1,200 party appointees met in the state capitol on "Super Tuesday" and decided to award 18 of West Virginia's 30 Republican primary delegates to the esteemed( but probably untenable) candidate Mike Huckabee. The actual Republican primary will still be held as scheduled on May 13th, 2008. At that time, the other 99.9% of Republican voters will be allowed to vote for the remaining 12 delegates, the majority having already been chosen by our "Leaders". It is an abomination of truly Communist proportions. It is not a popular vote by any stretch of the imagination. It is despicable. When asked for the rationale behind the virtually unannounced procedural change, the answer given was that the Republican "Committee" felt that they needed to have more "influence" over the delegate choices. That is not "influence". That is "Diktat"!
I will go to the polls for the national election in November. I will vote against those candidates who would ruin this country. I will never again support the Republican party in this state. They have shown their contempt for their own voters and deserve the same treatment from them.
God Save the Republic.
Svinrod in Wesbygod