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La. GOP bars independents from its party primaries

March 15th, 2009 . by TexasFred

La. GOP bars independents from its party primaries

SHREVEPORT — The question of whether to let independent voters into Louisiana’s Republican Party primaries turned out to be almost no question — the vote was 114-5 to solidify the party’s “no.”

“We knew it’d be pretty lopsided. We didn’t know it’d be that lopsided,” party chairman Roger Villere said afterward.

The Republican State Central Committee made a bylaw of what had been a policy that only party members may vote in the primaries. That means it now would require a two-thirds vote to open the U.S. House and Senate primaries to independents, rather than a simple majority.

Independents and third-party members can vote in Louisiana’s federal Democratic Party primaries.

Some Republicans say that sends independents into the Democratic primary, making it likely that the Democrats will have a more conservative nominee who is harder for a Republican to beat.

That argument didn’t make much impression on most of the delegates.

“I liken it to people in church,” said Lloyd Harsch of New Orleans. “When the Baptist church is electing a pastor, it doesn’t have Presbyterians, Methodists and Roman Catholics join in to say who they’d like as pastor of the Baptist church.”

The next such elections are in 2010, with House races and Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s run for a second term.

La. GOP bars independents from its party primaries

I am going to keep this short and to the point. The GOP/RNC is made up of the most STUPID bunch of individuals imaginable.

As long as the GOP/RNC continues to work in this manner, as long as they continue to be simply another version of the DNC, ie: Dem Lite, as long as the GOP/RNC continues to relegate Independent Conservative to the lower bowels of the party, this nation will continue to suffer through RINO administrations like that of George W. Bush, the administration that would have been had John McCain been elected and the one we have now, from Obama and Company, as they bleed this nation dry!

And some folks wonder WHY I won’t make a hard core pact and give my affiliation and loyalty to the Republicans…

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3 Responses to “La. GOP bars independents from its party primaries”

  1. comment number 1 by: Kurt P

    I’d like to see a closed primary.
    If you remember Fred, by the time the primaries got to Texas all the conservatives had dropped out and left the other half of the states to choose between Ron Paul, McCain and,,,the other Lib.

    Those east coast Libs and Yankees made the descision for ALL of America before we could get a chance to choose.

  2. comment number 2 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    Fred, I got a call from the RNC two weeks ago: “We’d like you to contribute.”

    I said: “You know, Michael Steele did a couple of good things recently. He fired everyone and cleaned house. Then he attacked the one guy who’s carried more Conservative water for the GOP than Steele himself: Limbaugh. Limbaugh isn’t a Republican, per se. He shot the crap outta McCain and said so on the air. Steele chose to pander to a Race Interviewer rather than support his own troops. When you decide that the GOP can actually align itself with true Conservatives, dude, I’ll cut you another check. Until then, hasta la bye-bye.”

    I’ve not cut another check. It appears money from me to the RNC or GOP is not in the cards.

    I just don’t understand why the GOP is so incredibly frightened.


  3. comment number 3 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    And, moreover, why they cannot OFFICIALLY “get it Right.”