After several fine speeches about teamwork and unity at the convention this Saturday, things didn’t go so smoothly – here’s how:
We have to divide the party in order to unite it (Jim Foley’s rant from the podium, and Wayne MacDOnald’s attack on bloggers.)
We have to hide the vote count in order to prove we won (Both candidates for chairman were sworn to secrecy, and the delegates were not informed of the actual votes – news trickled out later)
We have to vote without a quorum to ensure the result is fair (Votes for area chairs were suddenly called during lunch break)
We have to break the rules in order to have a valid meeting (see above)
We have to have a confusing platform in order to deliver a clear message (A proposal to draft a simple, clear, short platform document was voted down by the board, and the meeting)
We have to wait until people start leaving from fatigue in order to ensure everybody votes (the key votes were between 3pm and 4:15pm)
Yes, Orwell would recognize NewSpeak and DoubleThink at work here.