Skip to comments.Romney rule change fight on convention floor?
Posted on 08/26/2012 6:40:10 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
Zeke Miller is reporting that a set of changes to the convention rules pushed through by Mitt Romneys team is raising a few hackles among the delegates and could potentially lead to a squabble on the convention floor. The modifications in question deal among other things with the method used to select and approve the individual delegates from each state.
Frustration over changes to the Republican Partys rules pushed through by the Romney Campaign on Friday may lead to a fight on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Monday.
The Convention Committee on Rules took a number of steps on Friday to weaken the power of state conventions and state parties, while consolidating the power of presidential candidates in the nominating process. Some of the changes to require that delegations from statewide caucuses and primaries to the convention adhere to the will of voters weakened the hand of insurgent-type candidates but have been well received by the committee. But a change allowing presidential candidates the right to vet their own delegates to the national convention has many state party officials up in arms and they are planning to bring it to the convention floor.
The change, pushed by the Romney campaign's top lawyer Ben Ginsburg originally allowed candidates to select all the delegates bound to them in state contests. Now it allows candidates to refuse the delegate, requiring another in his or her stead to be selected by the state.
"The bottom line is that the change adopted today essentially allows the Presidential campaigns to pick there own delegates, which makes it a complete insider's ballgame and allows a bunch of Washington D.C. consultants to decide who does and doesn't get to be a delegate," said South Carolina delegate Drew McKensist
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Why would this be a surprise?
Romney messed with the primaries as well, to get “his” win.
... or weed out the Paulbots who dishonestly ran on the Romney slate.
We have a dictatorship now.
Our citizenship doesn’t matter and our votes are canceled out.
A lot of people aren't thrilled with Romney -- but he's going to happen. There's no sense in believing otherwise.
And who are seriously still thinking they can pull off some stunt and get the nomination for Paul.
In Romney’s America, the party picks YOU!
In Soviet Russia, the party— err, wait, huh!?
Actually, I don’t see the problem. Sanctorum won every county in Missouri and 90% of the county in Minnesota, but some how Paul ends up with more delegates at the state convention. Winning in the state primary or caucus should mean the candidate controls the delegates.
If the establishment can throw out any delegate that they choose then they can certainly insert insiders and D.C. types at the convention and shut out all forms of disagreements and dissent in 2016 and beyond and Im not even talking about the antics of the Paulbots here
THere isn’t likely to be a floor fight on Monday, since they cancelled Monday’s convention operations. They are convening, and then suspending until Tuesday.
Of course, I wouldn’t put it past the Ron Paul supporters to stick around after the convention is suspended, and pretend that it is still operating, and pass a bunch of stuff by themselves that the media would report as contentions.
By the time Missouri picked the actual delegates, Santorum had withdrawn and Romney was basking in the glory of winning. That gave the Paulistinians a chance for mischief.
Where Preibus and Romney need to tighten things up is the definition of who meets the brand standards.
It's pretty loose these days. Out of the 16 candidates I examined closely, only 3 had been lifelong conservative Republicans.
All the rest had recent, or questionable ties to the Republican party.
Screwing around with who gets to go to the convention will probably encourage exactly the sort of thing I want to see STARTING IN JANUARY AFTER THE INAUGURATION. So, Mittbots play into my hands!(Bwahahahaha)
I agree that they “establishment” should not be able to throw out delegates, but I do think that the candidate himself should be able to throw out the delegates he won if they do not support him. Binding candidates through the first ballot makes since.
Cheaters for RomneyCARE, TARP, and DeathPanels.
What could possibly go wrong?
These rule changes has nothing to do with this year but in 2016 and beyond! Wake up!!’
we may one day have nothing but insiders and D.C types as delegates and on the committee within 4 years and the grassroots and tea party folks on the outside looking in. If that happens then it’s best to prepare to startup our own “second” party
I am awake. I just disagree.
That voice is one of us. Many delegates go in believing to stand up for their views but if we turn the delegates over to the insider picks, it's over. We will be on the outside looking in. If you don't see/read about any stand offs to get things in the platform; you know Romney's attorney got what the party wanted.
Binding delegates for a candidate has always been a state party issue. That is not what Romney seems to want.
He neither sought nor got Tea Party support. Don’t look for him doing those of us who lean that way any favors.
I am sick of RNC and National GOP antics to protect the entrenched. This will eventually backfire on them.
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