Nobody’s written about this but it seems pretty remarkable:
Amid raucous debate, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform and endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval for governor in the June 10 primary despite misgivings by conservatives, his criticism of the process and his absence from the meeting.
They also endorsed Rand Paul for President, so apparently the Paulists packed the convention, though there’s no news of a platform plank endorsing the gold standard or warning against the Amero. Maybe they didn’t have a veto-proof majority.
You’d think a slow news cycle and a national media who enjoy political conflict and strife would generate some stories about this event, but I find little evidence that the portentous emanations from that august gathering have reached the ears of the beltway glitterati. Still, what an incoherent mess. First, let’s not forget that Rand and his daddy think that freedom from government ends where sex begins, since both of them oppose abortion and gay marriage. So how do the libertarians in the audience square their newfound views on those two subjects with their Paulian tendencies? Second, I hope those are scare quotes:
Republicans who sat on the platform committee said they decided not to deal with social issues this year because the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts have weighed in and it doesn’t make sense for the party of “personal freedom” to have the government or the political party get involved in people’s personal lives.
Finally, I’m sure most of the candidates this convention endorsed, especially those running for federal office, want no part of this convention’s foolishness. For example, Senator Dean Heller switched his position to oppose abortion once he made it to Congress.
If any state Democratic convention showed the utter incoherence that the Nevada GOP showed this weekend, we wouldn’t be done hearing about it until Memorial Day, but apparently this one is going to be filed under IOKIYAR. Maybe we’ll hear a little more if the Wisconsin GOP votes to secede from the union, but my guess is that they’ll have to start sacrificing virgins before the national media points out the combination of crazy and clueless that’s running amok at state GOP conventions.