Not only has she gotten the LNC's panties in a twist, and led to a suspension notice that (among other things) suggests on one count that she be thrown out for being impolite on a telephone call to which there was no third witness....
Not only has the possibility of having to face down a self-admitted cougar in a halter top gotten them so hot and bothered that they apparently went out and consulted Registered Parliamentarians to insure that they could boot her off the committee for just about any old cause they dreamed up....
But no, over on Last Free Voice you can kibbitz as the LP's own Registered Parliamentarian and head honcho of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee [which, strangely enough, never seems to donate to Libertarian congressional candidates], M Carling split hairs in divination style for the amusement of the povertarian masses.
You can almost feel like Archie Goodwin, entering the sanctum sanctorum of Nero Wolfe as M blandly ponitificates on the parliamentary niceties of the 3,300th paragraph of the double-secret Libertarian Party rules, while accidentally almost admitting that M--although not an LNC member--was nonetheless in the room during the infamous Executive Session.
Here's M [on a break from assigning missions to James Bond] explaining why no explanations will be forthcoming:
Steve Meier wrote: “M Carling,
I am very curious. If you were in that Executive Session were you there under a non-disclosure agreement or did you presence in that session make it public?”
Your curiosity is not a sufficient reason for me to violate the confidentially requirement of executive session. I’m not going to play the children’s game of 20 questions with you.
Which of course raises interesting points about the sanctity of such a session in the first place (given that the records--which M Carling tells us are not properly minutes--of the meeting actually fail to record whether or not the group went into Executive Session in accordance with the by-laws, or even the in-laws. M holds that that even if the proper mechanism wasn't followed, it doesn't matter, because you would have had to challenge it then and there, so that even if it was illegal to be in Executive Session it was still illegal to blog about it because....
I'm sure that there are legitimate reasons for organizations to employ Registered Parliamentarians to help them parse the rules they wrote against Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised because they so lack a sense of common purpose that they would rather engage in petty parliamentary games than--as Gene Trosper has put it [I'm paraphrasing]--because they haven't done a damn thing recently to advance the cause of liberty.
Brian Miller puts it even more directly:
Isn’t it fascinating how so-called Libertarians — who often complain about arbitrary and capricious use of laws and rules to destroy the spirit of liberty in government — are now doing exactly the same to not only Ms. Keaton, but Libertarians as a whole?
All of which amounts to my need to apologize to Planetary Jim at the Boston Tea Party, because I initially thought his allegiance to absolute 100% transparency was something of an obsession rather than a principle. The ridiculous antics of the Libertarian National Committee from the convention forward have fully justified Jim's commitment to open governance and decision-making. Boston Tea may or may not go anywhere, but I doubt anybody will ever need even an unregistered parliamentarian to explain to people what conduct violate the Special Romulan Exclusion Rule 4A (sub-paragraph 2e).
I realize that there are still people out there who think that if Angela Keaton did blab about Executive Session that she needs to apologize. Respectfully, I think those folks are (probably unconsciously) full of shit.
What Angela has done is a public service for the Libertarian movement, by ripping the cover off of a series of at best juvenile and at worst duplicitous proceedings, and evidently thrown a monkey wrench into the process by which a variety of LP Leaders ***holds nose*** are seeking to convert The Party of Principle into a GOP Lite by sucking up to social conservatives who would consider that voting for Saxby Chambliss was a good idea.
I often ramble.
Surely someone organized--like a registered parliamentarian could have put this all more succinctly. On the other hand, any society or political party that actually takes the opinions of such people seriously is probably already doomed.