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Aug 22 2012

Let’s Root for an Earthquake at the Republican Convention

Next week is the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and there’s a grassroots movement of soft-headed morons working hard to get the convention to dump Mitt Romney and nominate Sarah Palin as their presidential candidate instead.

A group called The Earthquake Movement is responsible for a series of Cedar Rapids billboard ads supporting Sarah Palin for the Republican presidential nomination.

An electronic billboard near The Ar-Jay Center on Council Street NE has recently been displaying a series of four advertisements involving Sarah Palin. None of the ads actually contain Palin’s image, but include messages like, “Nominate Sarah Palin for President,” and “Sudden and Relentless Reform – Delegates are Unbound,” as well as “Palin 2012″ and “Sarah Palin Supporters Unite.”

According to an email from a representative of The Earthquake Movement, the group has sent informational packets to delegates around the country, asking them to be one of the five required majority state delegations needed to nominate Palin in the first round of voting at the Republican National Convention. The packets also ask for delegates to nominate Palin in the second round if presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney does not receive the required number of delegates in the first round.

Oh please please please please, pretty please. Let us all pray for this to happen.

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  1. 1
    Worldtraveller

    I’m not praying, which will have the exact same effect.

  2. 2
    Doug Little

    According to an email from a representative of The Earthquake Movement, the group has sent informational packets to delegates around the country

    Shooop, Thunk.

    That’s the noise said informational packets make when scraped off a desk into a trash can.

  3. 3
    matty1

    Can they do that? I mean really, can they hold a whole series of votes on who to nominate get to the last stage and then ignore the result?

    If the delegates are meant to choose the candidate without reference to their supporters then why have a primary vote, or if the primaries are meant to choose the candidate why let delegates change their minds and not the way they were sent in to vote?

  4. 4
    abb3w

    Florida’s geology leaves a literal Earthquake implausible; however, the forecast was giving about a 2% chance of a hurricane as of yesterday….

  5. 5
    eric

    matty1: maybe its like the Electoral College – the delegates don’t have to vote according to ballot results, its just expected that they will.

  6. 6
    zekehoskin

    I emphatically do NOT want any crazier-than-the-others politician to be nominated in any race. Against the increased probability that “our” somewhat-saner candidate will be elected, set the very real possibility that Mr/Ms Batshit, with his/her amazing voter purges and fair-you-betcha voting machines, will actually end up in power.
    What I’d really like is for Sarah TP to do a Nader and split off the chiroptera-poop 10% of the rightist vote . . .

  7. 7
    daved

    I’m rooting for Tropical Storm Isaac to hit the convention. The Democrats should make maximum hay over this, declaring it a sign from God. I mean, you know the GOP would be doing that if the situations were reversed.

    Ah, who am I kidding? They’ll just bring in Pat Robertson and have him deflect Isaac so it hits some other area.

  8. 8
    Reginald Selkirk

    Florida Earthquake Information
    It looks pretty unlikely.
    .
    So these bright bulbs are buying billboard space in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in order to make this happen?

  9. 9
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    I, personally, am hoping that the RNC is annihilated by a hurricane.

    Does that make me a bad person?

  10. 10
    steve84

    There’s actually a hurricane headed their way. God is clearly mad

  11. 11
    hexidecima

    hopeing that the RNC is annihilated by a hurricane? No it doesn’t make you a bad person, as much as hope is no more effective than prayer. But hopeing for misfortune, is unfortunately a lot like Pat Robertson getting his rocks off when hoping for disaster for Disneyland, Dover, PA, etc. I’d suggest that there are better uses for your time.

  12. 12
    Ed Brayton

    A few of you don’t seem to realize that this isn’t talking about an actual earthquake.

  13. 13
    jimmiraybob

    Florida’s geology leaves a literal Earthquake implausible; however, the forecast was giving about a 2% chance of a hurricane as of yesterday….

    Nothing is beyond the powers of the Creator Leprechaun.

  14. 14
    Zeno

    If the GOP convention is shut down by Hurricane Isaac breezing through town, I’ll have a good laugh. Fortunately, in these days of weather satellites and early-warning systems, all the delegates will have plenty of time to kiss their hookers and rent boys good-bye and get out of town safely.

  15. 15
    abb3w

    I realize it’s not talking about a literal earthquake, Ed. I just don’t really care.

  16. 16
    baal

    As I understand the (R) party rules (and I’m not an expert); Palin would have need to be assigned 5 wins in a (R) State wide primary for the presidential campaign. After that, the delegates could defect. Incidentally, defecting Ron Paul delegates (sleeper agents) are a reason the (R) have been lying to their voters about the party process.

    So, GO EARTHQUAKE!!!!!

  17. 17
    savagemutt

    I don’t think Palin (or Paul) would actually have to win (ha!) the nomination or run as an independent to act as a spoiler. Just the controversy stirred up by any challenge to the presumptive nominee may be enough to re-inflame the social conservatives deep dislike of Mitt enough that they stay home on election day.

  18. 18
    Reginald Selkirk

    Ditto #15.
    .
    Maybe you could call for a BOOBQUAKE to cause an earthquake.

  19. 19
    Leo Buzalsky

    OK…once more I apparently need to read the news more as I’m just not getting this “fringe” news from watching KCRG’s morning news show.

  20. 20
    anandine

    I’ll settle for a rain of frogs, the amphibian kind. I draw the line at killing their firstborn: too Jewish.

  21. 21
    Uncle Glenny

    Is this one of the areas that gets massive sinkholes?

    My housemate tells me that Grindr is gearing up for all the action at the RNC. (Grindr reputably crashed due to overload at the Olympics, but that cause was denied.)

    n.b. I don’t know much about the stuff the kids use these days. And I really did once call the cops about kids on my lawn. (Well, there was more to it than that.)

  22. 22
    d cwilson

    The GOP desperately needs the convention to be a smoothly run, ultra-scripted affair so that they can project unity behind a candidate nobody really likes. Unfortunately for them, between this group and all the delegates Ron Paul has poached, that’s starting to look unlikely.

    My fantasy image is still, as the Paultards kick up a ruckus and delay nomination process, suddenly, Sarah Palin rides into Tampa on her snow machine and announces that she’s here to save the day.

  23. 23
    Reginald Selkirk

    Ron Paul delegates to get seat at GOP convention
    .
    Yup, sounds like it’s going to be “smoothly run, ultra-scripted” to me.

  24. 24
    cycleninja

    A few of you don’t seem to realize that this isn’t talking about an actual earthquake.

    But it WOULD be funny if a tornado took out one of those billboards.

    Seriously, as an Iowan, I despair for my home state some days.

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  26. 26
    scienceavenger

    In case you need further evidence of just how deep in their echo bubble many GOPers are, get a load of this

    Here’s a taste:

    “Sarah Palin was the GOP vice-presidential candidate in 2008. She’s also the most prominent woman in the party, she may have been the MVP of the GOP’s incredible 2010 election cycle, and she’s one of the best speakers that Republicans have to offer.”

    If that isn’t bonkers enough for you, check out the comments.

  27. 27
    Midnight Rambler

    No need for an earthquake, it’s likely to get hit by a hurricane (with way more than a 2% chance, it looks like).
    Tropical Storm ‘Isaac’ On Track To Hit GOP Convention Monday (PHOTO)

  28. 28
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Scienceavenger:

    The comments are pretty awesome. I like the barely repressed racism in many of them, and the comments that main-stream Repubs aren’t conservative enough.

  29. 29
    Aliasalpha

    Wouldn’t it all hinge on her accepting the nomination anyway and doesn’t she have a notable tendency to avoid anything that involves actual work?

  30. 30
    Michael Heath

    I’m confident neither Paul or Palin, or their supporters, will be causing an effective ruckus. And the rules simply do not allow an usurper at this point in the game, or even a couple of months back. Something I’ve been pointing out for several months now, directly contra to some in this venue who’ve predicted otherwise; I’m looking at you slc1.

  31. 31
    Ichthyic

    No need for an earthquake, it’s likely to get hit by a hurricane (with way more than a 2% chance, it looks like).

    I thought about whether, if a hurricane hits the GoP convention, if religious conservatives would proclaim it god’s will and that god is angry with the GoP.

    then I realized that they probably would end up blaming it on liberal protesters outside the convention.

  32. 32
    Ichthyic

    Something I’ve been pointing out for several months now, directly contra to some in this venue who’ve predicted otherwise; I’m looking at you slc1.

    IIRC, SLC1 predicted the teabaggers would cause a ruckus.

    sorry, but prediction fulfilled, regardless of the fact they will not get the nominee changed.

  33. 33
    Ichthyic

    AFAIK, superdelegates at the nominating convention can vote for whoever they please, and there are well over a hundred that will be at the GoP convention.

    if the race were closer, they could indeed make a decision to nominate a candidate that was NOT the winner in the primary election by vote totals.

    can’t recall that ever happening before, at least at the actual nominating convention, but do recall superdelegates influencing races early against what initial primary results were.

    happened in 2008, in fact, with the democratic superdelegates initially pushing for Clinton instead of Obama.

    did NOT happen at the final nominating convention, however.

    still, the GoP is now so batshit crazy and full of complete idiots, who knows what will happen?

    However, no, there is NO way that Palin will end up on the ticket though. she didn’t even run in the main primary series.

    now if she had done as well in the primaries as Gingrich, say, that might be a different story. still unlikely, but at least possible.

  34. 34
    chilidog99

    If Mitt’s 2009 tax return gets “leaked” and it is shown that he sought amnesty for tax fraud related to his Swiss bank account, there could be some real issues at the convention. . .

  35. 35
    chilidog99

    When Mitt goes down, Jeb will come around. . . .

  36. 36
    macallan

    Maybe you could call for a BOOBQUAKE to cause an earthquake.

    Well, it’s the republican national convention, so there will be plenty hookers & rentboys in the area.

  37. 37
    thebookofdave

    @ daved #7

    Ah, who am I kidding? They’ll just bring in Pat Robertson and have him deflect Isaac so it hits some other area.

    We can only hope he tries. Remember what happened when he prayed for God to rain out the Democratic Convention in 2008? Two words: Hurricane Gustav.

  38. 38
    d cwilson

    AFAIK, superdelegates at the nominating convention can vote for whoever they please, and there are well over a hundred that will be at the GoP convention.

    Actually, there are no superdelegates at the GOP convention. Superdelegates are unique to the democratic party.

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