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Vail’s Ferry at RNC: Headliners knock it out of the park

Kaye Ferry
Special to the Daily
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily Heather Smith, of Basalt, and Kaye Ferry, of Vail, are delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this week.

Editor’s note: This dispatch describes Tuesday at the Republic National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

What a day. An innocuous morning started with a serious attempt at behind the scenes dealing when an organized group with a specific agenda called a meeting excluding half of the delegation. The only reason it essentially failed is because one delegate heard another mention a meeting and then the ball started rolling. Someone texted me, I got another delegate off the bus, he called another, yet another was rounded up in the hall and someone else was actually pulled out of the shower.

The delegation has had trouble dealing with the rule changes. That we just found out about the proposed changes when we got here started the process. These things are usually dealt with over the year or years. The conspiracy theory was based on the fact that these changes surfaced at what seemed to be the last minute. But yesterday’s behind the scenes attempt at manipulating the system smacked of exactly what the opposition was accused of doing. And regardless of what side you take, I think we all know two wrongs don’t make a right. I found the whole thing to be appalling.

One explanation was that it was an oversight. To that I respond, “BS.” I told you about the 1 a.m. notes under my door. There’s also been no shortage of emails trying to sway opinion. And there’s been endless announcements of change of schedule, venue, speakers, etc., so the attempt to say “oops” just plain is not true.

But at the end of day, the required 19 votes were not collected. And with that start of the day, we went to the lunch cruise and then off to the convention center.

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There’s no question it was a long day. We got on the bus at 10 a.m. and I answered my last email at 4:30 a.m. And while there was a lot of down time as we listened to endless speeches – the up-and-comers of the party were obvious and none more so than Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. I didn’t think they were ever going to let him get to his remarks. The headliners, however, knocked it out of the park.

Ann Romney did just what all of the Romney family was tasked to do and just what the campaign needed from her. She put a more personal side to her husband and appealed specifically to the women of America. There were a few wet eyes in the crowd when Mitt joined her on stage for an unscheduled appearance.

And then Chris Christie. It finally got easier to just remain standing than keep jumping up and down. He pulled no punches on the road the country needs to take and he was clear that it won’t always be easy. He was a “wow” if the people around me were any gauge.

Trace Adkins topped off the night with a relatively private concert (about 300 people). He performed a new song that he hasn’t released yet that said it all: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

As an aside, one bit of confusion that caused criticism came during the states’ role call.

Ron Paul’s votes were not announced because he was not a candidate. His name was not put in to nomination. The only votes that were counted were votes for candidates.That’s just the way it is.

Eagle County Republicans Chairwoman Kaye Ferry, of Vail, is a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. She is sending dispatches to the Vail Daily from the convention.

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