Posted by Brad @ 2:14 am on May 19th 2007

Saul Anuzis Walkback (On Two Fronts)

Here.

After consulting with my fellow RNC members, I believe there isn’t anything to be gained by advancing a petition aimed solely at removing Congressman Paul from the debates. The primary is and will continue to work itself out.

I do however think we should continue to look at the bigger picture, the problem of how our party is going to adapt to the new realities of this very long primary season.

Congressman Paul’s controversial statements about the United State and who’s to blame for 9-11, combined with the splendid reaction of Mayor Giuliani and then my own heated reaction, stole the spotlight from the bigger point I really wanted to make and still think is important – continuing these “debates” as they are currently structured is not to our benefit, nor to our candidates, not to our party, nor to the country.

NO one, at NO time, ever implied or said we should censure, restrict or deny any candidate the right to Free Speech. Specifically, Ron Paul, who is a sitting Congressman, will always have the same right as any other American and/or anyone in America has to express themselves. However, there is no constitutional right to participate in a party run debate or forum.

I love that first sentence, and the delicious mealy-mouthed ambiguity of the last paragraph.

It all sounds less like “Ron Paul should stay” and more like “we should exclude him using other justifications” to me. Anuzis wants to make it clear that his own disgust at Ron Paul “blaming America for 9-11” (sic) isn’t the reason he wants to exclude the good doctor (well, he doesn’t even say that, though it’s the impression he clearly wants to give). He of course wasn’t suggesting that a few days before. And, in fact, the first time he mentioned thinning the herd at all was right after the debate:

I think we need to pull an “American Idol” and vote three off the stage. The more credible and serious candidates are starting to emerge and I believe some of the more “long shot” candidates are more of a distraction than help.

Maybe the RNC should do a “straw poll” or an “American Idol” style vote and start thinning out the field.
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“American Idol” Republican style…we need to vote off three…Ron Paul and two others…let me know your thoughts.

Funny that not long after those remarks, once his office was shut down by a massive glut of phone calls, emails, and messages in support of Ron Paul, after Ron Paul decisively won the Fox News text poll (same way American Idols are voted on!) and all the other “straw polls”, Mr. Anuzis has stopped suggesting an open vote, and is now suggesting that the RNC decides in closed meetings based on polling data.

I think he was right the first time. Yes, Mr. Anuzis. Let’s see who the election-watchers want included in the debates. Put it to a popular vote. A smashing idea. I’m ready to abide by the results. Are you?

More on the Anuzis stuff here (and all over LewRockwell.com these days; a site which is, dare I say it, en fuego right now).

2 Comments »

  1. I swear, it’s Anuzis sitting in the audience over Chris Matthews’s shoulder in this clip.

    Incidentally, I have a little Google Group going in support of Paul. I hope you Paul fans here will check in.

    Comment by weltschmerz — 5/19/2007 @ 2:29 am

  2. Congressman Paul’s controversial statements about the United State and who’s to blame for 9-11, combined with the splendid reaction of Mayor Giuliani and then my own heated reaction, stole the spotlight from the bigger point I really wanted to make and still think is important – continuing these “debates” as they are currently structured is not to our benefit, nor to our candidates, not to our party, nor to the country.

    Yes. It’s about the STRUCTURE of the debates, and nothing else.

    Note, for example, the vital structural matters addressed, and the absolute neutrality with regard to viewpoints, on display here:

    Congressman Ron Paul does not represent the majority of the Republican Party on foreign policy and his participation in the debate is little more than a distraction.

    I urge my fellow RNC members to categorically say “no” to Congressman Paul’s participation and ill-fated attempt to somehow represent “any” wing of the Republican Party. His campaign is all but over.

    Your career is all but over. Resign, Anuzis.

    Comment by Rojas — 5/19/2007 @ 1:28 pm

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