The hideous Ron Paul invasion of the Minnesota Republican Party is not quite over--the denouement known as its state convention in St. Cloud this weekend awaits--but enough evidence is in hand to draw some grim conclusions for those who are not enamored of a Jew hating fringe cult political figure who speaks to alienated, fairly ignorant and frequently unwashed lost souls. There are just enough exceptions to this characterization on an individual basis to prove its general truth.
The Paul zombies™ tried their best last cycle and were rebuffed by the party establishment. To these strange persons this was akin to living in North Korea. Their bleating about tyranny is perhaps the easiest example by which to show how they are simply not serious people in a political sense. They have no idea what tyranny is except the infantilized one fed them by friend of David Duke Ron Paul.
What's new and extremely disturbing is their winning of party positions on a variety of levels throughout the state. The old guard, to use a term it seems impossible to get away from, tells itself that these interlopers will soon fade away as they did in previous cycles. MC disagrees and believes that hope to be profoundly misguided if not outright dangerous. More, the idea that they can be worked with is positively delusional, a willful refusal to look at and admit what has recently happened. It's like those poor Russians who said, during the Great Purge, if only Stalin knew. Guess what?
One measure of their malice is found in a recent email from the newly elected chair of the 4th CD, John Kysylyczyn. A laughable fool and former disastrous mayor of Roseville more than a decade ago, he was put forth by Marianne Stebbins--chief zombie in Minnesota for the Jew hater--over then current chair Jim Carson if the party didn't bow to her demands. Much to and fro was had, involving Pat Shortridge, Matt Dean, Pat Anderson (the stealth zombie choice for RNC) and others. Because Shortridge would not capitulate to Stebbins' demand to remove certain people from various convention organizing committees, the idiot was elected by his fellow morons. Carson was shocked but those of us who had been paying attention were not. MC usually doesn't employ such language as idiots and morons but unless the reader has actually met these Paul zombies™ they have no idea how true such characterizations are; not ad hominem but veritas.
Here is the new chair deliberately eviscerating the organizational structure of the 4th CD in an email dated May 14, 2012:
Mike B. has forwarded me some concerns that you have concerning CD4 activities.
First, no full committee meeting has been scheduled.
Second, the exec committee is planning on meeting at the state convention. I anticipate that we will set some of the schedule for the coming year at that meeting.
Third, CD’s have nothing to do with legislative races. It is clearly stated in the constitution. We also have little to do with the congressional district race. We are not the candidate’s committee. In fact, we are not the committee of any candidate running for office this fall.
To be frank, it does not matter if we are up to any particular speed for this fall’s elections. I understand that many may not agree with this or maybe things have been done differently in the past. As someone new to the position, I sat down the first week on the job and read the state and CD constitutions and the bylaws. My analysis is strictly based off of those documents.
There seems to be this mistaken belief that the CD is some sort of super campaign committee. It is not. There also seems to be this mistaken belief that CD’s win elections. This is not true. Candidate committees win elections. There also seems to be a mistaken belief that CD’s sort of bind together BPOU’s that choose to operate as house districts. This is not true.
We are required to hold four full committee meetings per year. It is my intention to have 4 full committee meetings a year. It is my intention to have actual agendas for meetings and a real purpose for having a meeting. Every time we have one of these meetings, there is potentially 100 of our best volunteers who are not spending an evening on the campaign trail. That is a lot of manpower. Meetings need to exceed this expense of manpower. I don’t believe in holding meetings for the sake of holding meetings. Meetings are for the purpose of getting specific business done.
In the past, there appears to have been a cattle call mentality concerning the calling of meetings. Just have one every month. It doesn’t matter if we have any agenda. Don’t bother sending out agendas. Whoever shows up does. Fill the time allotted. To be clear, I do not operate in this fashion.
When we call a meeting, there will be a specific agenda. We will have everyone’s email address and they will get the meeting agenda. Meetings will be for members participation only. We therefore need to know who the members are. This takes time. Normally we have elections in the odd numbered years. We have 18 months until the next election. In redistricting years, we have 6 months. Moving forward in an organized fashion takes time.
But let me be clear, the bottom line is that no candidate’s campaign is affected by the efforts of the CD. Any excuses claiming such, is just an excuse on their part to place blame if their campaigns are not successful.
Frighteningly, Kysylyczyn now runs a day care center. Is stupidity contagious? It's no wonder he's never held elected office since his stint at mayor; no wonder he's a perfect rube for Stebbins. She has an army of them. She prevented Joe Westrup from being elected to the State Executive Committee from the 4th CD and instead rammed through a Paul zombie™ who is barely sentient.
All of which presents the question: is it time to bring back the Independent-Republican Party of Minnesota? The Paul zombies™ can have the RPM; what, really, is left of it? Why the party jettisoned the IR structure in 1995 can be discussed another time. What real republicans in Minnesota need to discuss amongst themselves is whether resurrecting the IR is a good idea and, if so, how to go about it?
Republicans in CD 4 are organizing and meeting on their own outside the Kysylyczyn circus. This perhaps forms the germ of a future IR party. Or not.
What happens at State Central is crucial: if Janet Beihoffer is elected to the RNC for a full four year term, the party as currently known may be salvagable. If she isn't, it most likely is lost and another vehicle for real republican ideas and candidates must be found.