I also attended the Cole County Republican caucus and I have one word to describe the people in charge of the process: organized. Quite frankly, I was surprised that supporters of all presidential candidates weren't equally organized and prepared to present a slate of potential delegates to our congressional and state conventions.
I had read a number of ads in the paper announcing planning and strategy meetings for various candidates. What happened at those meetings? Was there no thought given to planning and organizing for the county caucus?
The rules governing the caucus are the rules which have been in effect for years. I feel strongly that the individuals on our county committee should not apologize for knowing and following the rules set forth by the state GOP committee.
A group of Cole County Republicans organized and presented a slate of people supporting Mitt Romney. Being a county committee member or an elected county/city official does not mean you give up your right to support the candidate of your choice.
It's too bad no one from the press attended the caucus so that a more accurate report of the meeting might have been given. The county chairman did everything he could do to help everyone understand the process but was met only with anger and frustration. He had no choice but to conduct the meeting by the state committee rules.
Organization is what it takes to win elections. In other counties, Santorum and Paul supporters were organized and presented slates to support their candidates and those slates were elected to attend congressional and state conventions. In Cole County, the candidate with the best organization was Mitt Romney. It's that simple.