Bloody Missouri: Caucus chaos
Seems the Forces of Romney tried to get greedy. Anthony Martin at examiner.com:
Although Republicans in Missouri went to the polls in February to vote for their preference for the 2012 Presidential nomination, the non binding nature of the primary led candidate Mitt Romney to declare that Rick Santorum’s 30 point win was meaningless because no delegates were at stake.
That is beginning to change.
Today Republicans in each county in Missouri are holding caucuses to choose delegates. And if early results are any indication of the eventual result, Mitt Romney is about to get a smack down from the Missouri GOP.
Chariton County, for example, held its caucuses two days early on Thursday evening. Republicans in the county decided to abide by the wishes of the voters in the primary in February who chose Santorum in overwhelming numbers.
The county voted to pledge all of its allotted delegates to Santorum.
They weren’t the only ones gumming up the works, per Stacy McCain:
Libertarians or anarchists? The NY Times reports, you decide:
ST. PETERS, Mo. — Voters here in St. Charles County may not get a say in who will be the next Republican presidential nominee after a disorderly caucus on Saturday caused organizers to adjourn before delegates were selected.
The unrest began as the caucus at Francis Howell North High School was called to order more than a hour late, then delayed again when a member of the crowd refused to put away a video camera, as required by the rules outlined by the local Republican Party.
“People attended the meeting with an agenda,” said Eugene Dokes, chairman of the St. Charles County Republican Central Committee. “When that happens, it’s really hard to accept the authority of the room.”
Members of crowd began shouting, “We make the rules!” among other chants as organizers tried to regain control, which they did briefly. But the shouting quickly escalated when it came time to appoint a chair of the caucus.
The police were called in, and two people were arrested on trespassing charges after being asked to leave when the meeting was then called to an early close.
This is what the Paulbot Blog-Troll Caucus is like in real life.
The Sunshine State News has a first-hand account of the mayhem.