Yes, they’re that batshit in their control-freakiness.
Apparently, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) wanted to try to change one plank of the GOP platform. I’m sure Tancredo’s just as aware as I am that the days where the platform was hashed out at the convention are history, but he was going to give it the good college try. The platform committee turned down his amendments before the convention, but:
he did have one last hope: a floor fight at the convention. There are two ways to bring a matter to the floor: One is to convince six state delegations to support the motion for a floor debate–a virtual impossibility, Tancredo realized; the other is to get 19 members of the platform committee to support bringing a matter to the floor. This latter route seemed doable to Tancredo, save for one problem: **The congressman couldn’t find out who, exactly, was on the platform committee. Running the platform process with all the discipline and secrecy that’s come to be expected from the Bush White House, the RNC, citing security concerns, refused to divulge the identities of the handpicked delegates who served on the platform committee–even, in some cases, to other members of the platform committee. **
So, to try to find 19 platform committee members to support his amendments, Tancredo had to get creative: He went on seven talk-radio shows late last week to plead with listeners to call him if they knew the identities of any members of the platform committee. By the time he arrived in New York on Sunday night, Tancredo had the names of four committee members. Of course, as Tancredo conceded to me in an interview last week, “I think we know who four of them are, but I can’t even tell you if they’re on our side.” But before Tancredo could identify any other members of the platform committee to lobby to support a motion for a floor debate on his immigration amendment, the matter was made moot on Monday morning when the convention delegates ratified the GOP platform.
Batshit craziness. Just totally batshit.
And just so you don’t have to ask, “What about the Dems?” I mean, gimme a break. Nobody can keep up with the Bushies and the GOP in the stranger-than-fiction department anymore.