Being conventional

August 28th, 2012

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Hawaii Republicans joined with their brethren from around the country today in Tampa to formally nominate the GOP presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the Republican National Convention.

Erin Kealoha Fale (above) had the honor of announcing Hawaii’s delegate count on the convention floor during the roll call of states.

Tuesday’s events marked the first full day of activities for the convention after Monday’s abbreviated session that was shortened over the weekend when it appeared Tropical Storm Isaac might make landfall on Tampa. The storm bypassed Florida, strengthened to a hurricane and made landfall Tuesday in Louisiana.

Highlights from Tuesday’s schedule included speeches by Romney’s wife, Ann, and the keynote address by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Photos from Tuesday (courtesy of Erin Kealoha Fale):

The Hawaii delegation sign on. the convention floor.

Hawaii delegates.

Fritz Rohlfing, Hawaii delegation chairman, gets interviewed.

Hawaii delegates.

Delegates celebrate the formal nomination of Romney.

9 Responses to “Being conventional”

  1. Kolea:

    OK, they are excited to be props in the backdrop of the television extravaganza. But what did the Hawaii delegates DO? They announced the Hawaii vote for Romney. And that is “newsworthy” for what reason? Did they vote 100% for Romney or were there some holdouts?

    How did they vote on changing the rules for 2016 to make it more difficult for another candidate to acquire delegates and challenge the establishment’s favored candidate? If you don’t know, can you find out?

    If they haven’t already voted on the platform, can you ask them how they feel about some of the more controversial planks. For example, do they all believe there should be a constitutional amendment than bans all abortions, even in the case of rape and incest? If not, does the convention format give them an opportunity to express their disagreement?

    And please, to show how bi-partisan fair I am being, ask similar questions of the Hawaii delegates to the Democratic National Convention next week. These conventions are supposed to be deliberative assemblies and not just coronation ceremonies for the respective nominees. Can you coax just a little bit of democratic debate from any of our delegates? Or are they just country rubes, excited for the “privilege” of attending the hoopla?

  2. Dan Douglass:

    I don’t know if Kimo Sutton and the other four Santorum delegates switched to Romney, but I do know that all three Ron Paul delegates voted for Ron Paul based on their first hand account. Didn’t watch any of it yet, but it sounds similar to the Hawaii state convention of 2008 to the tenth power… Last minute rule change, censorship, protest, walk outs… Glad I couldn’t go, but also glad for the teeth cutting experience for the few that did.

  3. Kolea:

    Thank you, Dan, for sharing that information. I know you have good connections to the Paul delegates. Can we assume they also voted against the rule changes? Those appeared to be aimed directly at someone like Ron Paul.

    And I am assuming B.J. Reyes is covering this from Honolulu, as I doubt the paper has the funds to send him to Tampa.

  4. Auto De Fe:

    “don’t know… couldn’t go … Didn’t watch any of it” but Danny Douggie is a Paultard expert.

  5. Dan Douglass:

    Yes Kolea, I’ve had direct conversation with two of the Paul delegates who are there. And yes, the Paul delegates opposed the top down control rule 16 that allows presidential candidates to veto which delegates to represent them at the convention. Other reports I’ve read indicate the voice vote on the floor was evenly split (even though the rules committee vote was 78-14), but the move to roll call vote was ignored. The script tends to be the over-riding rule of order at these party pageants.

  6. Goober:

    Let’s see after election if promises or “all talk” get done. Campaigns are made by those who kiss a baby and steal it’s candy behind its back.

  7. Kolea:

    Thanks again, Dan, for the straight scoop. I just asked for clarification from BJ on this and am pleased to find the answer here. WHile I disagree strongly with Dr. Paul on a lot of things, he and his supporters have often displayed ethical courage rarely found in elective politics in either party.

  8. Goober:

    Should have been clear from the start of article. Job blown.

  9. Paul:

    All 5 Santorum delegates graciously switched to Romney. When Erin announced Hawaii results on the convention floor, she mentioned that. Final Hawaii delegate vote; Mitt Romney 17, Ron Paul 3. The ayes and nays on the rules sounded equal from where I was sitting, but a lot of the nays were coming from non-delegates with not many ayes coming from non-delegates. Could have sounded different from where chairman Boehner was standing. It is the committee vote that counts, though, anyways. I think the floor vote is just a formality. The differences needed to be worked out in committee during the pre-convention so that we could all be united. From what I’ve seen I don’t think the rules changes were necessary, but they are not as bad as folks are making them out to be. We need to unite behind Romney at this stage of the game. Romney is definitely more conservative than Obama, and we cannot afford another 4 years of Obama.

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