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Monday, May 21, 2012 | 10:29 a.m.

Former Gov. Bob List was ousted as Republican National Committeeman by a contingent of Ron Paul supporters, who he described as a "swarm of killer bees." Now the national Republicans are setting up their own "shadow" state party. See what List has to say about it. Also, former Washoe Democrats chairman Chris Wicker reacts to the GOP drama and political consultant Greg Ferraro on the fallout.

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  1. So, basically, Governor List expects the Ron Paul loyalists to fall in line and support Romney after he calls them "crazy", "goofy", "nuts", and a "swarm of killer bees". Bob List - the great unifier! You aren't bitter at all, are you, Governor?

    Here's a news flash for you Bob - that "screwy" "sideshow" out-organized every other candidate at the caucuses, county conventions, and state convention. The Liberty Movement is full of passionate, organized, and committed people - the kind of people that can be the foundation of the ground game needed to win elections at every level. As soon as you and the rest of the RNC / GOP establishment start giving some serious consideration to the Liberty Movement's ideas rather than paying lip service and then continuing the same big-government policies that we've seen for the last couple of decades, perhaps they will get on board. If the RNC and GOP establishment don't start embracing the ideas driving the liberty movement, they will just end up getting pushed into a minority position in the party. The LIberty Movement is growing like wildfire, while the old ideas of the establishment GOP are growing more stale and moldy by the day.

  2. The State GOP can do as it likes. But State parties exist within the context of a national party. And the national GOP's rules are very clear regarding the role of delegates to Tampa, which in this political year are bound to vote in a manner consistent with the outcome of Nevada's caucuses. Reince Preibus and the national GOP needs to insure that the will of Nevada's GOP participants is respected. If the delegates purporting to represent Nevada in Tampa arrive and support anyone other than Governor Romney (who won the Nevada caucuses by a wide margin) then the National party has no choice but to act. Whatever chaos such officials cause back in the Silver State is inconsequential to everyone in the other 49 states, but they cannot be allowed to misrepresent the will of Nevada's GOP voters. Allowing such behavior at the convention would make a mockery of this critical federal election process, not to mention make Nevada look like a backwater of election games.

    It would be deeply inappropriate and a violation of National GOP rules if Ron Paul supporters who have taken over significant places in the Nevada county apparatus attend Tampa as Nevada delegates and play games and assert their own agenda rather than respecting and representing the results of the Nevada caucuses. In that circumstance, the national Rules Committee must immediately and without reservation revoke all credentials of the entire Nevada delegation. The behavior of the State party will be in disrepute, will not be consistent with the voting will of Nevada's registered GOP who participated in the January Caucus and thus cannot be seated. They should be escorted out.

    Perhaps these folks can grab a bus to Orlando and tour Disneyland's magic kingdom where their many fanciful ideas can spring to life with Micky Mouse looking over their shoulders. That would be a fitting end to their nonsense.

    If Dr. Paul had any leadership qualities befitting a national candidate, he would be distancing himself from these idiots now.

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