Still recovering from the 13 hour Ron Paul rally yesterday. An amazing day doesn’t describe it. It started with me getting together with 10,000 of my closest friends, and ended with my 90 second discussion with an Obomney supporter that ended with him throwing up his hands in disgust and saying “Stop confusing me with facts!” Funny part was, he’d just ordered a beer and paid for it so the bartender gave it to me and said “looks like you won.” We’ve converted a few, most are too stupid, but we fight on.
The highlight of the convention amazingly wasn’t Ron Paul’s speech, it was this little 100 lb soaking wet 21 year old girl from Maine named Ashley Ryan who holds 3 jobs and is the youngest GOP national committeewoman in history. http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/ashley-ryan-is-the-new-face-of-the-ron-paul-revolu
Article below, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Even Doug Weade was overwhelmed.
TAMPA, Fla. — One of the biggest hits at Ron Paul’s pre-convention rally in Tampa was the speech of Maine Republican National committeewoman Ashley Ryan, elected earlier this year at a contentious Maine state convention. Ryan spoke to the crowd about the fact that her delegates weren’t seated last week.
“The credential committee used faulty logic to rule against my state’s duly elected delegates,” Ryan said. She called the actions taken by the rules committee “devastating.” The crowd went wild.
Ryan, 21, is a math major at the University of Southern Maine. She’s also the new face of the Paul insurgency, and a — largely accurate — sense among Paul’s young supporters that obscure party rules have been used by Establishment insiders to deny them the convention presence they thought that — through their own use of party rules and processes — they’d won.
Paul World’s hopes now ride on Ryan, who said Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton called her after she was elected and told her, “Thank you so much, you’ve been such a big moral victory for the office, our spirits have been lifted.”
“I am still on an adrenaline rush this high,” Ryan said after her speech.
She said that the Maine delegation is “trying to stay positive,” and that they’d found allies in delegates from Texas and elsewhere.
“Even though [the credentials committee] ruled against us, they felt really bad about ruling against us,” Ryan said. “They felt like we were put in an awful spot.”
She said that the Maine contingent was considering trying to pull off “kind of our Hail Mary,” an unlikely-sounding plan: “If we wrote the credentials report down, that would open up the credentials report for the entire convention to vote on, and the convention could vote to seat the Maine delegation, they could vote to seat the entire Oklahoma delegation” she said.
Ryan feels that she’s been “hugely underestimated, by members of our insider party in Maine — I think I’ve been underestimated across the board.”
From the Paul perspective, Ryan’s task is important. The hopes for this election cycle are all riding on what the delegates can accomplish at the convention, and so far the news has been bad. Romney allies pushed through a rules change that would effectively prevent a Paul-type insurgency in the future, and the Maine and Oklahoma delegations didn’t even get seated. A few tense sessions with Rules Committee chair John Sununu didn’t make things easier. (Ryan said that her impression of Sununu was that he was “very sarcastic” and “has a very demeaning sense of humor”).
Ryan doesn’t plan to run for public office, though “everybody’s always throwing that around.”
“I never expected to be on stage giving a speech in front of thousands of people,” she said. “I guess it’s something you just get used to.”
“The cool thing about the RNC is that even though I’m in public here, I’m still very much behind the scenes,” Ryan said. “It’s really a grassroots position, even though it’s a national position.”
Back to the picture. They stopped letting folks get stuff signed so we had about 3 seconds to talk to Ron each. The line was only 300 or so deep, so I had a bit of time to prepare. I decided to just tell him what I was doing as a result of his work. I told him that I teach a class on liberty and responsiblility to junior high school kids. (Sorry TBPers, couldn’t work it in). He told ME thank you and said I must have a lot of influence. Then we took the pic and believe it or not, it came out OK.
We WILL WIN the rules challenge, and keep fighting, but at the end of the day, we may lose this battle to tyranny, but we will win the war through education and attrition. A huge thank you to all who sacrifice to get this thing fixed, and thank you Ron for educating so many of us.