First in

December 14th, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul have entered the Republican presidential caucuses in Hawaii set for March 13.

David Chang, the party’s chairman, said representatives from former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign have also called and shown interest.

State Republicans have converted to a presidential caucus system for awarding delegates in the hopes of growing the party. Voters have to join the GOP to participate in the caucuses.

5 Responses to “First in”

  1. Kolea:

    Congratulations to the Republicans for finally embracing a small ration of democracy! For the very first time, Hawaii Republican Party members will be able to have a direct say in how Hawaii delegates will vote in their national convention. Hawaii Democrats have been able to vote their presidential preferences for DECADES!

    Also, for the first time, there will be Republican presidential caucus meetings in each district. Again, that has been the practice of Hawaii Democrats for DECADES. In 2008, the Republicans forced their members to drive many miles. On Oahu, there were only a handful of meetings. Windward party members from Kaaawa to Makapuu Point all met in a small realtor’s office in Aikahi Park. Fortunately, hardly anyone showed up, or it would have been crowded.

    I hope the Republican national presidential race excites a lot of GOP party members. The more attention they bring to the various buffoons seeking the GOP nomination, the lower the credibility of the Republican Party will sink in the eyes of Hawaii voters. Frankly, it is in the interests of Lingle and Djou for the GOP presidential race to pass under the radar here if they hope to avoid the taint.

  2. Kolea:

    OK. There were some errors in my comments above. It was in 2004 that the GOP Hawaii had only a handful of caucus sites on Oahu. In 2008, they were unable to hold all their caucuses on the same night, so they rotated them from district to district on different nights. Amateur hour. But more respectful of voters than forcing them to drive for miles. Local Republicans do deserve credit for moving closer to a democratic system.

    A good account of the 2008 GOP Hawaii system can be found in the Star-Bulletin archives:

  3. Guido Sarducci:

    Don’t get too smug Kolea, thanks to the “Super Delegates” Hawaii Democrats’ caucus votes don’t mean as much as you say.

  4. Goober:

    The 1% talks with 2 cent bribes or legally called donations.

  5. Kolea:

    Come on, Guido. About 20% of the delegates to the 2008 DNC were “super-delegates,” meaning they got their positions by virtue of being public elected officials or ranking party officers. Senators Inouye, Akaka and Reps Hirono and Abercrombie were able to vote because they had been elected to their positions by many more Hawaii residents than voted in the presidential caucuses, so their participation was hardly undemocratic. The ranking party officials were also elected to their positions by the delegates to the state convention.

    Compare this to the Hawaii Republican set up. Republican voters had NO direct way to vote for their preferred presidential candidate. You could vote for delegates to your state convention and they could elect delegates to the national convention. But I congratulate your movement towards direct democracy. Perhaps you folks can adopt a resolution asking Republicans in other states to stop all their efforts to suppress voting by low-income and minority citizens. I think you’ll find the expansion of democracy to be a good thing, once you acclimatize yourselves to it!

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