Mollie has opined on this; and I suspect she is (as usual) totally on target. This was in many respects, the Issues Etc. Convention. I honestly do not think the present administration had the first clue about the fire-storm they set off when Pastor Wilken and Jeff Schwarz were fired without cause that Holy Tuesday morning.
The irony is not to be missed: Pastor Wilken is associate to Pastor Michael Kumm. And Michael Kumm, a nomination from the floor, was elected to the Board of Directors of Synod. But the crowning irony was when Jeff Schwarz, Producer of Issues, was elected as layman to the Commission on Theology and Church Relations, while the man who sat in the presidency under which Todd and Jeff were fired, was himself voted out of office, while President-elect Harrison (a frequent guest on the show) was voted in.
The older political groupings in Missouri had been unable in the past decade to deliver a solid win; they came close time and time again, but kept failing. What put them over the top this time? The Issues crowd! The number of folks who came up to me and said: "Oh, I wanted to introduce myself. I hear you on Issues!" simply blew me away. There were TONS of them at this Convention, and they, I suspect, voted as a block for Pastor Harrison.
Yes, it truly was The Issues Etc. Convention.