A whole situation cropped up yesterday that caught me totally off-guard. I gave my opinion about strategy for our upcoming Mass Precinct Meeting here in Georgia and ended up in a three-way conference call defending myself against two people who've never even been to one before. In the end I basically said, "You're awesome. Do whatever you want. I'm good," because, honestly, who wants to handle the administrative side of the campaign like those guys are doing at the state and local level? Been there. Done that. Hard and thankless work.
The disagreement came about because I know Ron Paul supporters are terrible at showing up at the GOP convention stuff. It's intimidating and stressful and boring for outsiders, but Ron Paul supporters feel guilty admitting that. So folks sign up in denial, telling themselves that they'll attend. Or worse, have others sign them up, which is fair game according to GOP rules and a widely encouraged practice. But I think it's delusional to try to help put people into the convention process if they can't be counted on to just show up. It also wrenches the convention process and is disingenuous. These are my opinions based on three years of participation in past conventions and my service as an officer at the county and district level with the Georgia GOP. When I gave these opinions, though, I had no intention of trying to force anyone's hand over them.
I realize that I rub some people the wrong way, but I don't know why. I'm no threat to anyone, Nothing I'm doing is about trying to make anyone else look bad or stupid. I'm all about trying to help people be the best they can be. I know in certain people's cases there is an 'oil and water' factor at play and I'm better off trying not to mix it up.
For anybody that wonders I don't care about pissing contests. I don't care about stealing your thunder. I don't need any special recognition and I'm not trying to get any. Some people won't relate to that, but it's absolutely true. If I'm good at what I do praise will find me all on its own. If you're good at what YOU do you shouldn't be scared of my criticism, or anyone else's.