Another of the glowing appraisals of Montana’s irrelevant GOP caucus in today’s Missoulian offered two tidbits to think over:
Deschamps suspects one of the 104 people voting in Missoula’s caucus Tuesday is actually a Democrat.
The names of new caucus members are checked against a national voter database operated by the Republican Party, Deschamps said. It shows which way a person tends to lean politically.
And in the War is peace; Freedom is slavery file, we find this quote from the Montana GOP executive director Chris Wilcox:
“It never occurred to me that a Democrat would want to sign up as a Republican precinct committeeman,” he said. “Most Montanans respect the process and the duty of that process. If that’s what happened, I think that speaks to the openness of this process and the big tent of the Republican Party.”
That certainly seems like an open process, doesn’t it? Consulting a national database to determine one’s fitness for belonging to a party? I suspect that, despite the interesting theory that Ron Paul might do well in Montana, ideological purity tests like those employed by the Montana Republicans will prevent that.
I kind of like my party’s theory: that we’re better off letting the people speak than the unelected leaders of parties. Given the GOP’s approach, why bother even having people show up on Tuesday?