The Advance attendees were a happy and friendly group. Until after the straw poll. Then, instead of everyone chatting everywhere, like, waiting for an elevator, I found myself scanning the lapels of the people near me to see what buttons or stickers they had on, because I so did not want to talk to anyone with a R– P— button or sticker. It wasn’t just me, either. At one point later, again waiting for an elevator, I saw a couple of people appearing to do the same, in my direction. I said, “No, I’m not a R– P— fan and I see ya’ll aren’t, either.” The guy said, “Whew!” and we went on to talk. Everyone was angry and embarrassed about the poll.That "mainstream" Republican writer could not even bring herself to type the words "Ron Paul"! Amazing! Relations with Ron Paul's supporters are indeed "toxic."
During the speeches before the poll, they were shouting and interrupting most everyone. Someone nearby was trying to ask them to pipe down, and got told, “We don’t have to be civil.” Someone should tell them that politics is a people business, and if you manage to annoy and embarrass 99% of the people you claim to belong with (Republicans, in this case), well, you are not doing so well in the people department.
Virginia Republican Party committee office holders slam Ron Paul supporters here, here, and here. Perhaps most damaging, they continue to spread the story that Ron Paul bused in supporters and paid their admission to unfairly skew the results of the straw poll.
This is what one low level Republican official had to say about Ron Paul and his supporters:
So the word is coming in that the Straw Poll at the Republican Advance in Crystal City was stacked by the Ron Paul Horde.If that is typical of the RPV's attitude toward Ron Paul, then his supporters have an uphill climb over the next couple of months.
I knew about that the day it occurred, but refrained from posting anything since I didn't have all the facts.
Sure, the guy is a big believer in states rights--which I love--but for a majority of things, he is NO Republican. His anti-war sentiments don't get him any props either. They got him and his followers booed at the Advance. But don't start thinking it was the Advance-ers that were the rude ones. The Ron Paul Horde was loud, obnoxious, rude, and inflammatory.