GOP Rules Change Update: Victory or Farce? …Update: GOP Brass Still Pushing Changes

Shane Wright contributed this breaking news on the GOP rules change fiasco…

Victory or Farce?

After much backlash from grassroots groups the RNC has agreed to compromise in an effort to avoid a floor fight over the proposed rule allowing candidates to select their own delegates and silence opposition. The language of the compromise states that delegates must vote for the candidate to which they are bound. There is no real opposition to this aspect of the compromise as it is against the law in most states to vote for a candidate whom you are not bound to, the state laws do differ so this rule seeks to reinforce them.

The issue that some delegates continue to have with the compromise is that proposed rule 12 would allow the RNC to rewrite the operating rules and guidelines of the GOP between conventions, without the influence of delegates, so long as they had a three-fourths majority.

According to , a website started this week by delegates to help raise awareness on this issue, proposed rule 12 reads: “The Republican National Committee may, by three-fourths (3/4) vote of its entire membership, amend Rule Nos. 1-11 and 13-25. Any such amendment shall be considered by the Republican National Committee only if it was passed by a majority vote of the Standing Committee on Rules after having been submitted in writing at least ten (10) days in advance of its consideration by the Republican National Committee and shall take effect thirty (30) days after adoption. No such amendment shall be adopted after September 30, 2014.

The language of rule 12 makes the compromise on Rule 16, which would essentially allow a candidate to hire and fire delegates as they see fit, a farce, the RNC can simply go back and rewrite the rules once the convention is over.

I spoke with Jeremy Blosser, a Texas delegate, who is furious over the compromise because it does not address proposed rule 12.

“Some are answering that Rule 12 has checks and balances, but far too much is being made of these. There’s no “emergency changes only” requirement, and it’s clear from the debate offered in the committee that the intention is to not restrict it to emergency changes but to allow consideration of substantive and controversial changes that the candidates prevent being discussed during the convention media cycle. There’s no ratification requirement such as requiring a number of State Executive Committees to ratify, or the next national convention to ratify. There’s no attempt to preserve the strength of the individual states.”

If this rule stands it will operate as a contingency plan for the RNC, should Grassroots organizations gain more influence than RNC leadership is comfortable with.

Shane Wright is a FreedomWorks blogger and marketing strategist for Resist 44. Follow him at ShaneWright22

UPDATE: Shane just sent this:

We’re done. Not enough time. Best thing we can do is make lots of noise to let the RNC know we’re paying attention and if they try to rewrite the rules later we’re going to be all over them.

People do not comprehend how big of a deal this is.

Sarah Palin just got into the mix but we literally have minutes to move a mountain.

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  • Bill Mitchell

    By all means lets have a huge pissing match on the Convention floor. That will surely help our cause. :: facepalm ::

    I look forward to the day when Republicans no longer insist on shooting themselves in the face 1 foot from the finish line and leading the race.

  • Redwine

    The dead-in-the-water, defeatist, lose-at-any-cost, frightened, narrow-minded Establishment GOP would rather preserve their own putrid skins than acknowledge and celebrate the sea-change of grassroots conservatism that is sweeping the party and the nation.

    They are so frightened of the biased and bigoted media message hammering away at the GOP with distractions and lies that the are willing to lay down and die to preserve themselves and lose.

    Flood the phone lines. Tweet like crazy. Get them to STOP!!! Your voice is essential. 2pm they vote on this rules change.

  • Robert

    #1 Yes, let’s have that pissing match. Right out in the open for all to see. Democracy at its finest.

    If the conservative elements are worried, then I am too. This does indeed look like an attempt by the establishment to assert centralized control over the process, something we definitely do not need. They have been resisting the conservative direction all along, and this is one of their answers to it.

  • Guy

    The 2010 election is the,iving proof of the Conservative values (tea party) in action and following results we have the upper hand, the Rep establishment whoever they are better come down from the moon.

  • greenfairie

    Whoever came up with this is either a moron or an Obama plant. Really, they’re going to start this shiz at the convention?? Indeed, the Stupid Party monnicker sticks.

  • AuntieMadder

    I don’t understand the process whatsoever. The binding of delegates to candidates and allocating and so on…I don’t get it. Does anyone know of an easy-to-read primer or a For Dummies lesson or explanation of the process, preferably on the ‘Net? I need it and will greatly appreciate the direction.

  • Robert

    Why moan about ‘what this looks like at the convention’? Should we just go along this time until next time? And next time it will be about ‘what the media makes us look like’ or some other such minor concern. There is always a reason to go along, but it is rarely better than the reason to stand your ground.

  • Militant conservative

    This is the 2010 TEA party

    Trying to rehabilitate the RNC

    Vs. The elite Terds that wish

    A slow ride to progressivism.

    America vs. Socialism.

    Powder is dry

  • Jack

    I see serious third party talk for the next general election (after this one) if they get away with this.

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  • Jmel

    The primaries are OVER. Mitt is our nominee whether we like it or not. Obama is our foe, not the brass at the RNC. The Tea Party people (myself included) need to STFU and get in line. This election is far too important to throw away over a damn pissing contest. Sorry, rant over.

  • Militant Catholic

    The GOP would NOT be pulling all these stunts on the Conservatives if they didn’t plan to screw us all once they get into power. I say, stand your ground, hold firm to your principles and refuse to accept the choice of a slow death for the country over a fast one. If Romney and the GOP get into power and cozy up to the Left, we can kiss the country goodbye while we watch it fall to pieces and then get taken by Hillary and her crowd in 2016.

  • Texmom

    I agree, M Catholic. This is just a sampling of how the GOP plans to deal with grassroots when they have the power. It needs to be shut down now, not swept under the rug.

  • Robert

    “both of Florida’s Rules Committee members, Peter Feaman and Kathleen King, have been removed from the Rules committee and replaced with Romney-appointed delegates”

    This whole thing has to be directed by Romney and the Republican National Committee. It appears that he/they are trying to change the delegate selection process in order to facilitate control over who is selected and how they are selected. They will be able to re-write the rules in between conventions to further their control.

    I agree with #12 comment over # 11 by 1000%.

  • creeper

    Dammit, where’s that list of phone numbers to call? These people have GOT to be stopped.

  • Sasja

    I think it’s much ado about nothing right now. We can address this issue next go round but now we have bigger fish to fry. During the coming years, the grassroots members of the GOP will become stronger by getting more of our people elected to local, state and federal offices. During this process more will learn how the political game is played and become proficient at it. Because this is the body politic folks.

  • creeper
  • bg


    just heard from Dana via radio, she seems to think the rules fiasco is
    Romney’s lawyers fault, and albeit his name is on the tip of my tongue,
    i can’t seem to spit it out so to speak, but if it’s any help at all, begins
    with a G, and sort of sounds like Gingrich, but it’s only one syllable.. 😀


  • Tim in Cali

    Is this the GOP convention or…

    The world largest circular firing squad ?

    If your thought to be an idiot,when you open your mouth

    you will remove all doubt !!!

  • Sasja

    Look, the RINO’s do not like conservatives. Never have. They didn’t like Reagan. The only way we can beat them back is to become stronger. What is going on in Florida is reprehensible but not surprising. We will be rid of them but now our war is with the dhims and getting Bammy out of our lives come November.