By Al Benson Jr. On February 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM
In Washington County, Maine, don't bother to vote, unless it's against Ron Paul. If you choose to vote for Mr. Paul chances are your vote will not be counted. In some areas, as noted in a previous article, it seems the dead are resurrected to vote against Ron Paul, but if you are alive in Washington County and want to vote for Ron Paul, your vote will probably not be counted.
You see, the Republican establishment in Maine has its marching orders--make sure Ron Paul does not, I repeat, does NOT finish in first place in the caucuses no matter what. If the good people of Washington County have to be denied their vote to make that happen, so what? Every good Marxist knows that in order to make a good Marxist omelet you have to break a few eggs.
According to a source quoted on LewRockwell.com "Only 196 votes statewide stand between Paul and a first place victory. Washington County is a stronghold for Paul and has yet to report. It might be a week before we know the final outcome and Washington County is expected to yield 200 votes or more."
Thomas Eddlem, writing on LewRockwell.com observed: "The cancellation of the Washington County super-caucus alone among Maine caucuses scheduled for February 11th has led many Paul supporters to suspect electoral shenanigans by the Republican establishment to deny Paul a state victory. That Washington County could vote heavily in favor of Paul was well-known, and Paul was widely seen as the only credible threat to Romney." So, how does the Republican establishment in Maine get around this thorny little problem? Just schedule the caucus in Washington County for later, supposedly because of a snow storm (that never happened) and then get the Maine state GOP Chairman to state that later caucuses would not be counted in the vote totals. That's easy enough isn't it?
Now, would the Maine state Republican establishment pull this kind of stunt to keep Ron Paul from a victory? I mean, after all, if you can't trust your state Republican (or Democratic) establishment, why who, then, can you trust? Please don't swamp me with answers all at once.
There is a lesson here for Ron Paul supporters in Washington County, Maine as well as for Paul's supporters in other counties in other states--if your county support for Ron Paul shows through too strongly, some way will be found to nullify your votes. I have no doubt whatever that such a process is already underway here in Louisiana for our caucuses when they come up. So, will the Republican establishment try to deny Ron Paul an honest victory, anywhere, if possible? Will the sun rise in the east tomorrow???