Monday, September 08, 2008

Scheffler and Roederer: Convention Leadership!

Steve Scheffler and David Roederer, the Chair and CoChair of the Iowa delegation each engaged in an acts at the Republican National Convention that were, in their own way, quite heroic.

As approximately 40 million people observed, Gov. Palin’s fantastic acceptance speech was interrupted by a pair of Code Pink protesters who entered the Convention disguised as delegates. By way of an aside, the rumors are rampant that the protesters obtained their credentials from MSNBC or CNBC personnel. We are certain that the Republican National Committee is taking appropriate investigatory action with respect to that controversy, although the timing of the Matthews and Olbermann demotions is certainly suspicious.

Although every entrance and aisle had a number of youngish ushers and other more intimidating security personnel-all of whom demonstrated themselves to be quite stern and confrontational in demanding to see credentials from real delegates-only Polk County’s own David Roederer had the presence of mind and physical courage to take immediate action to remove the protesters. Security quickly joined David once he took action but it was David’s instant leadership that prevented the protesters from creating a greater, and hence more effective, distraction. Such quick thinking and bold and somewhat risky deportment is leadership in action!

Steve Scheffler also demonstrated a great deal of self-sacrifice in providing leadership to the Iowa delegation. The media attempted to create a conflict between the new Party leadership and our senior Senator, Charles Grassley. The gist of the media story was the slight that Steve, Kim and the rest of the Party’s new leadership supposedly inflicted on the Senator by refusing him a position in the Iowa delegation.

Although the story was not true and no slight ever intended, to make such a point clear Steve Scheffler forwent the high privilege of announcing Iowa’s role call on the floor Wednesday night in deference to Senator Grassley.

We absolutely know that Steve was very much looking forward to the honor and privilege of announcing Iowa’s vote in the role call. Needless to say, self-sacrifice is far rarer in politics than is self-service. Steve’s acts were those of a party statesman, not a divisive pariah. Once again, such self-sacrifice is leadership in action!

15 comments:

Major Ken (promoted in IRR) predicts Obama will pay off Hillary's debt now that he needs her said...

Indeed! Iowa's delegation did a very good thing at the convention. It takes real heroes to stand up and take action when the situation arrives.

Thank you Steve Scheffler and David Roderer for your actions at the convention.

Anonymous said...

I agree. However I was bewildered over the snub of Senator Grassley. I really thought, although him and John McCain have had problems, that McCain would reach out to him to help in Iowa, being as Chuck is arguably the most popular politician ever to come out of Iowa

If Hendersen is Yoda than I'm Mace Windu said...

Oh for Gods sake people. Congressmen and Senators already have floor priviledges at the national convention. Why in the hell would they want to take away one of the very few rewards for activists in the trenches? Answer: They don't. This all bullshit manufactured by the media and a bunch of little crying bitches who failed to organize their supporters at state convention.

Enough.

Anonymous said...

I heard the RNC gave the credentials to the Code Pink crazies.

Anonymous said...

um, it's roll call, not role call.

Spotlight said...

When the whole crowd is on your side, it's hardly heroic to toss out someone who dissents. It's more like being a bully or a bouncer. Not at all heroic.

You sure use the "hero" concept freely. Are you needing some heros?

Anonymous said...

Any chance when Palin is getting interviewed she will start speaking in tongues and do some snake handling?

Anonymous said...

I think McCain will give the script to the interviewers and publically critize them if they do not do everything they want.

Palin has been completely out of criticism for a reason...

If you look past all the glamour, you will find an empty politician who has done a horrible job as Governor of Alaska.

Anonymous said...

I can't get beyond the fact that I find Mrs. Palin attractive. It's like back in high school and getting a chub over sitting next to a cheerleader flashing some thigh in home room. Disgusting. I feel like such a perv.

Anonymous said...

The campaign will let Palin do interviews when they think the enemedia will show her some respect. They go after her seventeen year-old daughter but leave Barack Hussein Obama's whore of a mother alone.

Anonymous said...

Damn Ken there you go calling somebody's Mama a whore again.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:11 demonstrates how liberals think.

Obama, David Axelrod, and press friends used affair allegations to get elected in 2004 - they will attempt the same in 2008 said...

I leave family out of the debate, as do most Republicans, but Democrats love to hold Republicans up as less than perfect whenever possible. You do not see Republicans going after Obama family, other than reflexively respond to Michelle’s statements about finally loving her country, because we leave family out of the debate.

Furthermore, Democrats and liberals simply shrug their shoulders when one of their own (and we have no shortage of examples) is caught taking bribes, evading taxes, committing manslaughter, and having endless affairs. This is because liberals believe only Republicans must have high standards. In essence, the liberal argument is they do not discuss morality or public values and are therefore free to do whatever they want. In the same breath, liberals ask America to trust their party despite the fact they cannot bring condemnation upon any of their own for anything. Meanwhile, they talk out of both sides of their mouths as they say we need to run out of Iraq and run to Afghanistan because in reality they want us to run out of both countries.

Obama, David Axelrod, and press friends used affair allegations to get elected in 2004 - they will attempt the same in 2008 said...

The question posed to America is if we should trust a corrupt Democratic Party despite the fact, they refuse to hold any of their own members accountable for anything.

Democrats labeled Republicans as part of the "Culture of Corruption." Except, practically every scandal and example of government graft has a Democratic name on it.

Therefore, Democrats are asking America to support them even though they never hold their own members accountable for moral or financial malfeasance. How is that Democrats, who are rarely held to moral and financial accountability, are fit to lead the nation? Democrats do not even attempt to explain that one.

Obama, David Axelrod, and press friends used affair allegations to get elected in 2004 - they will attempt the same in 2008 said...

Of course, what else can we expect since Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate after getting both his Democratic and Republican opponents booted by unsealing divorce records (over the wishes of the husbands and wives).

http://caosblog.com/4549

…..the Tribune finally admitted that it was Axelrod and the Obama campaign that brought pressure on the press to demand the unsealing of M. Blair Hull divorce records, which had had their contents leaked to media outlets by the Obama campaign even earlier. The Obama campaign also helped orchestrate a demonstration by women’s groups demanding Hull’s withdrawal from the race. Coincidentally, this was the same weekend Obama’s first commercials hit the airwaves. Interestingly (or maybe not), the same exact thing happened to another of his rivals–Jack Ryan.

Labels

Amazon Bookstore