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May 19, 2007

Michigan GOP backs down under pressure

Filed under: politics,Ron Paul — dennisbpeterson @ 4:41 pm

As far as I know I’m privileged to be the first guest blogger on the incontiguous and incomparable Brick, so that I can post the following story here…

If you’ve been keeping up with reddit and digg lately, you may have noticed that somebody at the Michigan branch of the Republican Party was going to circulate a petition among all the state branches, to exclude Ron Paul from the rest of the presidential debates. People online got irate, and started calling. According to one report, the Michigan office got so many calls, voice mails, and faxes that they just went home for the day.

Well, that sounded like fun, so yesterday during lunch I made some calls myself.

First I called the North Carolina GOP headquarters, on the theory that the petition has to be signed in various states so I’ll start with my home state, where I might have a little more influence. But the woman on the phone hadn’t heard anything about keeping Ron Paul out of the debates.

So I called the Michigan GOP….the guy said “Let me stop you right there, we are NOT trying to keep Ron Paul out of the debates!” Well, interesting. I thanked him and hung up.

So the big question then was, did they back down, or was the Internet wrong?

I decided I’d call the national RNC office. And they said “Hey, that’s not us, that’s just Michigan, you want their number?”

Heehee….so the answer is… BACKED DOWN 🙂



  1. Is there anything the GOP fears more than one of it’s own telling the truth?

    Comment by iamjumpit — May 20, 2007 @ 10:12 am | Reply

  2. One of its own not toeing the party line?

    Comment by 110 — May 20, 2007 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  3. I’m pretty sure the gop would be more afraid of an intelligent american public.

    Comment by Saif — May 20, 2007 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  4. “So I called the Michigan GOP….the guy said “Let me stop you right there, we are NOT trying to keep Ron Paul out of the debates!””

    It was one guy, Saul Anuzis. There’s a Wikipedia article on him. While the man may have influence as Chairman of the Michigan Republican State Committee, he doesn’t necessarily reflect the GOP as a whole, even in Michigan.

    I think the problem was that Fox News promptly pushed (via Michelle Malkin) the idea that Ron Paul not be allowed into future debates. Combine this with an important GOP figure demanding the same, and a lot of people, including myself, start to get awfully unhappy.

    Comment by This guy — May 20, 2007 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

  5. Frankly, I could go either way on the issue.

    I don’t have a problem with Paul in the debates, even though I largely don’t agree with his perspective or policies. The point of a debate is to discuss different propositions, hypotheses, and ideas in an effort to arrive at the truth (or a reasonable facsimile thereof).

    However, on the flipside, I think the debates could be cut down to four or five credible candidates in order to allow us (the American public) to learn more depth on the relevant issues/policies (rather than the superficial breadth we have now). We need to get more fidelity on who our potential leaders are, and how they will make critical decisions. What are their fundamental assumptions? What are their morals and their ethical hierarchies? What are their views on the individual and the group, on collective or individual responsibility? On the role of government in society?

    The current broad, topical debate does not facilitate good decision-making on the part of the public. The question is: when should the debate field be winnowed? My answer: the people (the decision-making market) will signal when certain candidates are no longer viable or of utility to the debate.


    Comment by Bill — May 20, 2007 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

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  8. Gee, that’s an awful lot of phone calls, emails, and faxes from the so-called “Spam Brigade” they keep trying to suggest that Ron Paul has no support in the “Real World”.

    When are they going to learn that cyberspace is the real world? Behind every email, every blog, every youtube video, is a real live human being. One with hopes, dreams, and yes – votes.

    The revolution may not be televised, but it will be vlogged.

    Comment by Kevin Houston — May 28, 2007 @ 1:29 am | Reply

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