MO: Caucus Outcome vs. Primary Outcome

At a time when the state and country is precariously perched on the edge of economic disaster, Missouri’s Representatives and Governor absolutely wasted $7,000,000 of our tax dollars on ‘an afterthought‘ and a ‘beauty contest’.

In 2009, Missourians paid $2,378 per capita in state taxes.  Using that figure, the elected leaders in the Missouri State Government, on one February day, wasted the full year state taxpaying efforts of 2,944 Missourians.  Sad.

Yet, we are provided an opportunity this week, weekend and next weekend to rectify that situation.  252,185 Missourians voted in the Missouri Presidential Preference Primary on February 7, 2012.  Their vote is not an afterthought.  The outcome is not a fluke.  Their vote is not a beauty contest.  And, their effort is not a waste.

It is the will of the Republican voter.

To ignore that Primary vote and give the delegate win to Romney or Paul would be the real tragedy in the failure of this process.  And, I am not a Santorum apologist.

Click to go to MOGOP.org for more information...I discussed the issue with several Tea Party leaders, Conservatives, candidates, and other voters.  So, to ensure that the Primary voters’ efforts were not in vain, it is entirely reasonable that we ask our local MO GOP leaders make an effort to give caucus-goers an opportunity to provide an outcome that matches that of the February 7th vote.

To match the outcome of the Primary vote on Caucus Day, each County / Precinct would need to elect as delegates a group of individuals who would vote in the same proportions as the public did on Primary Day.  Thus, for example, in Cape Girardeau County, where there will be elected 36 delegates to the 8th Congressional District and 36 Delegates to the State Convention, the math looks like this:

2012 Votes Pct Delegates
Santorum, Rick 139,272 55.20% 19
Romney, Mitt 63,882 25.30% 9
Paul, Ron 30,647 12.20% 4
Uncommitted 9,853 3.90% 1
Perry, Rick 2,456 1.00% 0
Cain, Herman 2,306 0.90% 0
Bachmann, Michele 1,680 0.70% 0
Huntsman, Jon 1,044 0.40% 0
Johnson, Gary 536 0.20% 0
Meehan, Michael J. 356 0.10% 0
Drummond, Keith 153 0.10% 0
Total 252,185
Rounding 3

The delegate counts were rounded down in the example above, so a total of 33 were assigned to Santorum, Romney, Paul and ‘Uncommitted’.  It’s your call what to do with the 3 Delegates left over after rounding.  Maybe add one each to Santorum, Romney, and Paul; give the Uncommitted Delegate to Gingrich?  But, you get the gist of what I’m suggesting here.

So, how do we do this?  I don’t know; I’ve never been to a caucus.  But, it seems to me:

  1. Forward this post to as many Republican voters as possible.  Gauge support for this endeavor.
  2. Put on your Community Organizer shoes.
  3. Talk to your local MO GOP folks to see if they will work with you.
  4. Be prepared.  Calculate how your County / Precinct delegates need to be distributed… …paper and pen to track the delegates candidates you enlist.
  5. Arrive early.
  6. Review the rules of your local caucus. Sadly, although the rules are probably already written, they are not being disseminated in some counties until caucus day.
  7. Request an amendment to the rules to vote by ‘slate’ (if necessary).
  8. Request an amendment to the rules to bind the delegates’ first vote (if necessary).
  9. Work with other caucus-goers to build a slate that will vote in the proportions necessary to mimic the outcome of the February 7th Primary.
  10. Present your slate to the caucus leadership.
  11. Vote.

I don’t think this effort will be all that foreign to the leaders of the MO GOP.  I believe, from 2000 through 2008 they were still holding a caucus and  executing a similar process to mimic the outcome of the primary in selecting the delegates for the Republican National Convention.

At the very least, you are working with the MO GOP Leaders and Caucus-goers (some of whom would also rather be at the Dogtown Parade) to effect an outcome that mimics the will of the Missouri Republican Primary Voter.  How could that be wrong?

Now, head out for some green beer, corned beef and cabbage… …unless you already got your St. Patrick’s Day waiver.

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9 Responses to MO: Caucus Outcome vs. Primary Outcome

  1. Jeannie says:

    I agree, whole heartedly! We should not let our primary votes go to waste, but as Rick Santorum was the unequivocal winner, so I believe all delegates should be given to Santorum!

    • Concerned Citizen says:

      The only problem with that line of thinking is: it leaves out the vote of those who actually paid attention and knew the primary did not count. So they chose not to waste their valuable time going through the motions but, instead, reserved their efforts the for legitimate contest. Its this kind of waste that needs to be avoided up front, not covered up and swept under the rug so you can sleep better at night. You want to recoup the lost money try holding our elected officials accountable.

      • bbollmann says:

        Yes, by all means we should ignore the will of 252,000 people and replace it with the 10,000 that show up on Caucus Day.

      • Concerned Citizen says:

        “Will of the people”? Really? Not saying that he doesn’t have his own following but, the most common replies that I have heard from those that voted for Santorum in the primary were more about: “Not Romney or Obama”, “I like Paul but, he can’t win” or some other talking head point. It usually had little or nothing to do with his actual stances on key issues (or more importantly his voting record) and more to do with the “lesser of the evils”. And let’s not forget to count all of those “will” votes that were cast so generously by the Democrats wanting to see someone that will not fair well against Obama in November. If we are depending on the “will of the people” to change the state of this nation, we are in trouble, as the “will” seems to be rather weak these days and a matter of convenience. I would much rather trust in their resolve. The fight for liberty is a commitment that should not be taken lightly.

  2. Where's the Tea says:

    What I don’t understand is: at what point did our tea party movement get highjacked by mainstream media and conservative talk radio? All I hear are the same buzz phrases being repeated. Correct me if I’m wrong but, it looks like we have veered a bit off course here. Go back and reread what the tea party is all about. I’m glad to see some grassroots people getting involved with politics but, make sure you are backing the right horse in the race and not just joining in on the popularity contest. Take all of the pillars that make up the Tea Party platform and you’ll find you’re missing the obvious. Don’t take my word for it. Look for yourself. Even reading something as basic as wikipedia will give you some idea. But instead of banding together for “THE” cause, we find ourselves grazing on the grass instead. Baa!

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  5. elspeth says:

    I was wondering if there was a rally planned at the Federal Building here in Cape for noon tomorrow, Friday, March 23, for the Stand-Up for Religious Freedom. There’s nothing on this link about Cape being involved: http://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/locations/

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