Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Team Romney Rules Changes Will Hurt Conservatives

UPDATE: Erick Erickson says the danger is bigger than this rule change.
Reports that the floor fight threat is over might be designed to calm the grassroots and get them to ignore what is coming at 2 o’clock.

The first rule to be proposed is one that would give the Republican National Committee the power to change rules between conventions with a three-quarters vote of the RNC. One source tells me, “With a Republican President, of course this is doable. Everybody will roll over if a President Romney asks them too. They’ll be able to get Ben Ginsberg’s proposal next year.”

In other words, if Team Romney prevails in this rules change, they don’t have to worry about Ben Ginsberg not getting his way today on the delegate changes. They’ll be able to do it later when the press and grassroots are not watching.
From Sarah Palin:
We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It's about who and what we replace it with. Grassroots conservatives know this. Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories. That's why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It's a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected. Please follow the link to Michelle Malkin's article about this.
Here's Drew McKissick's summary from the Malkin article:
This past Friday, the RNC’s Convention Rules Committee voted – after several contentous votes – to change the party’s rules to allow future presidential candidates to have veto power over who can be delegates from any state – in other words, take power away from the grassroots and their ability to elect fellow conservatives as delegates.

This represents a brazen move by several Washington Beltway consultants and party insiders to diminish the power and influence of conservatives over the party.
Byron York has a similar take.


James Nicholas said...

This is the kind of thing that really beaks me off. The power brokers in DC are running the business of politics, but it is us that they represent. Curbing our ability to be heard is a slap in the face. That John Boehner is a trial. "Get your asses in line"?! Pull your head out of yours, John. (Pardon my courseness on a very civil blog).

I heard Sarah Palin talking about this on the Mark Levin show. Her style and word choice are country, but the things she has to say are spot on. I really like this gal. People underestimate her - her appeal, her presence, her intelligence. It's encouraging to know our nation still produces people like Sarah Palin.

T. D. said...

Apparently, Team Romney and the GOP establishment continue to be the team of dirty tricks--to other Republicans.

"The VA bus was hours late, so Morton Blackwell missed the rules meeting entirely. People on the bus reported it drove around the block and backtracked several times, until they told them to just stop and let them walk.

"ND and IA buses were also late and were minority report states.

"Repeated attempts to gain recognition from the floor to make any corrective motion whatsoever, let alone debate, were simply ignored. That's no real surprise, but many long time attendees were still surprised at the level this one went to. It would truly not have mattered to the outcome if no one had been in the seats."


I'm with you about the greatness of Sarah Palin. She expects ideas to matter--not dirty tricks. Which is how she brought down some of the corruption in Alaskan politics.