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By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
In his Remarks in New York City at a Reception for Delegates to the State Republican Convention on June 17, 1982, Ronald Reagan said, "When the chips are down and the decisions are made as to who the candidates will be, then the 11th Commandment prevails and everybody goes to work, and that is: `Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican'." The point of this philosophy (originally developed in September of 1965 by California State Republican Party Chairman Gaylord Parkinson) was to avoid having Republican primary opponents so thoroughly savage each other that the stage would be set in the general campaign for a liberal Democrat win in November. Additionally, once the general ticket is in place, the caution here is to set aside the heat of the primary contests and work as a statewide team for a GOP win at the general election.
To say that the 2010 Michigan Republican State Convention was "interesting" would be considered by many attendees as an understatement. By all honest accounts, it was evident that the MIGOP party leadership expected that, in exchange for being allowed a few seats at the table, the Michigan Tea Party Alliance would be good little sheep on the convention floor and rubber stamp the decrees of the party officials. Funny thing about that though, is that the MTPA members blindly answer to no one (certainly no one whose trustworthiness is considered suspect at best), and most assuredly do not simply do as they're told. On the flip side of that coin, though, anyone who is of the opinion that the MTPA is going to take out their frustration on the GOP ticket is going to be thoroughly disabused of that notion come November.
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