Romney, GOP’s right wing resolve dispute over 2016 contest

TAMPA — That rebellion that threatened to spoil Mitt Romney’s day at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday? Consider it over.

Originally, a rule change adopted by the rules convention last Friday would have allowed the Republican winner of the 2016 presidential contest veto power over the list of delegates to the nominating convention.

Ron Paul supporters were able to enlist the support of FreedomWorks, the Family Research Council and other conservative groups to call foul, taking advantage of Monday’s Isaac-forced empty calendar to organize serious opposition and threaten a floor fight on what’s now the opening day of the RNC.

Here’s the email that’s flying around Tampa, designed to solve the problem:

To the Members of the Republican National Committee and the Convention Committee on Rules:

The undersigned are very pleased to announce that the leadership of the Republican National Committee and the Romney for President campaign has heard the concerns of the conservative grassroots voices in our party and has crafted an amendment to the Rules adopted on Friday to address these concerns.

At the same time, the revised language closes a loophole in our party rules, which previously failed to include a penalty for delegates who break their promise to vote for a particular Presidential candidate as required by state law or state party rules.

We are pleased that our party has come together to fashion this compromise. This will allow Republicans of all stripes to come to the Convention united and focused on defeating Barack Obama in November.

The Convention is our party’s opportunity to energize our supporters and activists. It would be unfortunate to squander the opportunity fighting an internal battle which we have now been able to successfully resolve and which will accomplish the goals of all parties involved.

The resolution that we have reached is straightforward. It simply prevents a bound delegate from nominating or casting a vote for a different presidential candidate than the one to whom the delegate was legally bound by state law or state party rule.

Instead, under this new provision, a delegate who attempts to violate his binding pledge is deemed to have resigned and the Secretary of the Convention will record the improper vote as it should have been cast based on state law or party rule.

It leaves the actual selection of delegates completely to state parties under state law and state party rules.

We are pleased that we were able to reach an acceptable resolution and urge the members of the Convention Rules Committee to adopt the revised Rule tomorrow to be included in their report to the Convention.

Text of the Rule:

Rule 16(a)(2).

For any manner of binding or allocating delegates under these Rules, if a delegate

(i) casts a vote for a presidential candidate at the National Convention inconsistent with the delegate’s obligation under state law or state party rule,

(ii) nominates or demonstrates support under Rule 40 for a presidential candidate other than the one to whom the delegate is bound or allocated under state law or state party rule, or

(iii) fails in some other way to carry out the delegate’s affirmative duty under state law or state party rule to cast a vote at the National Convention for a particular presidential candidate, the delegate shall be deemed to have concurrently resigned as a delegate and the delegate’s improper vote or nomination shall be null and void. Thereafter the Secretary of the Convention shall record the delegate’s vote or nomination in accordance with the delegate’s obligation under state law or state party rule. This subsection does not apply to delegates who are bound to a candidate who has withdrawn his or her candidacy, suspended or terminated his or her campaign, or publicly released his or her delegates.

Signers:

James Bopp Jr.
Vice Chairman Republican National Committee

Cindy Costa NCW SC

Bob Bennett, Chairman Ohio Republican Party

John Ryder NCM Tenn.

Ron Kaufman NCM Mass.

Henry Barbour NCM Miss.

Morning delegation meetings will decide whether the compromise takes.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Bernie

August 28th, 2012
12:14 am

I Am What I am……and what is that Mitt? An empty Suit void of any real convictions, other than wanting to be YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT! not much.

Kris

August 28th, 2012
12:30 am

All the GOP huffing and puffing, closed door meetings and their war on women will not change the fact that in 2016 smittyy and rhinny will be watching President OBAMA as he moves out of the house on Pennsylvania ave. …

Re-elect President OBAMA

cc

August 28th, 2012
12:55 am

It’s sad to witness truly desperate libs attempting to keep their morale up.

NEWS FLASH (and it isn’t from “Gawker”:

Dick Morris, the architect of Clinton’s election and re-election, said tonight that the Presidential race isn’t even close, He finds Romney leading the Kenyan by a margin of 50% to 44% overall and with a lead of 49% to 43% in the “swing states”.

Have a wonderful night, libs. I know that I will . . .

eli

August 28th, 2012
1:27 am

Cc, your blind following.of those with whom you agree is reminiscent of the third Reich.

Who cares what Morris thinks. He is just another capitalist trying to sell advertising and books.

When he tells you tomorrow that Jews are America’s problem what will you think?

liberalefty

August 28th, 2012
2:48 am

liberalefty

August 28th, 2012
2:48 am

@cc

another insecure racist birther

Attack Dog

August 28th, 2012
5:15 am

It is rather pitiful that Dixiecrats have heightened their voter suppression manipulaton tactics. Many fail to realize that it’s only a matter of a short time that their 1850’s southern mindset will no longer stand.

Mitt'sDawg

August 28th, 2012
6:32 am

NEWSFLASH: Rmoney caves to right-wing nuts, again.

findog

August 28th, 2012
6:38 am

Just can’t wait for President Romney to stand up to China and Russia

DeborahinAthens

August 28th, 2012
6:42 am

CC, look at Morris’ track record of predictions….it is awful. He doesn’t do polls, he manipulate information. Most of the reliable polls such as Gallup, show President Obama ahead of the empty suit. But know what? We won’t know for sure until the election is over. The way the state Republican leaders in the swing states are crowing about how they have fixed the system to insure Mitt’s success, I think it’s going to be an interesting election.

Buckhead Boy

August 28th, 2012
7:28 am

Yes, four years ago at this time Morris was spouting that Obama was in big trouble. Four months ago he was touting Romney’s favorability rating as being higher than the President’s. But, best of all, as another hurricane approaches New Orleans, I am reminded of his prediction respecting Bush and Katrina: Responding to disasters is a source of presidential strength and popularity, and Bush is about to show how it is done.”

cc

August 28th, 2012
7:30 am

DeborahinAthens:

“The way the state Republican leaders in the swing states are crowing about how they have fixed the system to insure Mitt’s success”

Please provide a source for that bit of information. I really would like to see/hear/view ANY “state Republican leaders” making any such pronouncement.

cc

August 28th, 2012
7:50 am

Buckhead Boy:

Three years ago Morris was predicting the Republican sweep in the House. I guess he was wrong about that, too?

honested

August 28th, 2012
7:56 am

cc

Ever hear of Diebold?

honested

August 28th, 2012
7:58 am

cc

And as for morris, he has been predicting whatever keeps him on wrong-wing talk radio for years. Whether the prediction pans out is apparently irrelevant, as long as he is sufficiently nasty to everyone on the planet who is not a confused, wrong-wing ideologue.

Debbie Dooley

August 28th, 2012
8:19 am

There is still an issue with the rules:

Hello friends,

Some of you are aware of the issues surrounding Rules changes at the GOP National Convention, and have already taken a stand. Some of you may not yet be aware, so here is a link to Michele Malkin’s column, as she seems to be relatively up-to-date http://michellemalkin.com/2012/08/27/floor-fight-grass-roots-activists-battle-attempt-to-rig-gop-convention-delegate-rules/. There are many groups and individuals speaking out against the changes to the rules, and news stories are becoming more numerous, but we need more voices. Jim Galloway of the AJC updated the situation in his online column last night just before 11pm, indicating a compromise had been worked out. This compromise seems unacceptable, as , via Rule 12, it still allows changes to be made to the rules at an time during the year, meaning, seemingly, any compromise reached now on other rules could be undone after the convention.

Some of you are far more on the “inside” than I am, and may have a better understanding of the situation. Please feel free to comment!

As a grassroots supporter of the GOP, willing to pour time, energy, and available funds into the party to see freedoms restored to the nation, not taken away, these changes to the rules are completely unacceptable to me, and seem in direct opposition to freedom and respect for the individual.

Please join me in opposing these changes to the Rules, and please do so this morning.

Thanks,

Katie

RomneyRyan2012

GOP Victory!

honested

August 28th, 2012
8:23 am

Yawn….

Debbie, you just help hurry up and get the second place convention over with…

And try not to make Georgians look like inbred fools along the way.

cc

August 28th, 2012
8:30 am

Honested:

From a subsidiary of Diebold, I located the article I’m sure you referenced at “Common Dreams”. I read that the founder was a “life-long activist, community organizer and political consultant”. I immediately lost interest and confidence in the report . . .

honested

August 28th, 2012
8:38 am

cc,
Is the furniture in your house bolted to the ceiling?
I just wondered if your world view was entirely upside down.

cc

August 28th, 2012
8:47 am

honested:

My view is decidedly ‘right’. I have heard all the lies I ever want to hear from one “community organizer” and have no desire to hear more.

Romney/Ryan – 2012, the solution to the Obama/Biden problem!

td

August 28th, 2012
8:47 am

Debbie Dooley

August 28th, 2012
8:19 am

As a Tea Party supporter and a long time conservative, I just want to tell you that coming to this forum and to Jim Galloway is plain stupid and does not improve our chances in getting the Messiah and Chief removed from office.

Take your case to the grass roots and get more supporters on the National committee is the answer. This fight is not worth it right now (especially in public) because when we get Romney elected it is going to be a moot point for 2016.

Committed to freedom

August 28th, 2012
8:49 am

Only one problem with the email. It seems to imply that the goal of every delegate is defeating Obama in November. That certainly isn’t the case. There are a significant number of delegates who actually care about freedom, liberty, slashing the federal government, ending the failed, unconstitutional wars, cutting spending on empire, restoring sound money, and a long list of items. Those same folks know that fundamentally on these critical issues, Romney is the same as Obama, and a win by Romney will not fundamentally change the course of america. The GOP fundamentally has never been the party of freedom or liberty and aside from a handful of courageous folks who have fought the good fight, has never been the party of small government (in deed, not in rhetoric).

They can make nice with each other, but fundamentally the behavior of the Rombama campaign and the GOP this time around will spell the end of the party in the coming years. There is only so much abuse freedom lovers will take from big government corporatists.

zeke

August 28th, 2012
9:02 am

Rosita

August 28th, 2012
9:14 am

Didn’t Carl Rove say the Mitt can’t win without getting 40% of the Latino vote? Stick a fork in him then because he’s done. This election is probably the end of the line for the Republican party on the national stage. Between all the alienated women and minorities (soon to be majorities) and the different flavors of fruits and nuts + the loonie tea baggers, the cons are ready to implode as a party. It’s kind of funny watching them crash and burn too.

WOW

August 28th, 2012
9:20 am

Yawn:

Hey Jim while you are down there how about asking Tom Price about returning the Akin money?

Sallie

August 28th, 2012
9:24 am

Tampa pimps have spotted vitter, cain, and newt scouting hookers around town.

zeke

August 28th, 2012
9:28 am

Sallie

August 28th, 2012
9:42 am

cain gonna make it rain at the peppermint rhino

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 28th, 2012
9:58 am

concerns of the conservative grassroots voices

Yes, the grassroots voices representing the grass roots white folks in contrast to the mainstream white folks.

MD

August 28th, 2012
10:17 am

You democrats will get nothing and like it.

oldfart

August 28th, 2012
10:20 am

The floggings will continue until morale improves.
The script will be adhered to.

cc

August 28th, 2012
10:21 am

Finn McCool (The System isn’t Broken; It’s Fixed):

“Yes, the grassroots voices representing the grass roots white folks in contrast to the mainstream white folks.”

A touch of racism here?

Old Hippy Tea Partier

August 28th, 2012
10:52 am

Libs demonize Romney who made lots of money for pensions and endowments, , paid taxes all along the way, created jobs, sold the company paid taxes again, at least 15 % capital gains. Obama is spending OUR tax money paying back lobbiests, union thugs, Chicago style political operatives… while unemployment goes UP !!!! no hope and just change left !!!

Tommy Maddox

August 28th, 2012
10:54 am

Boy the insults are flying. November must be fast approaching.

DJ Sniper

August 28th, 2012
11:05 am

Whole lot of talking points from Old Hippy there.

Baron DeKalb

August 28th, 2012
11:18 am

Chicago style political operatives = Political operatives with a crust up to three inches tall at the edge, slightly higher than the ingredients, which include large amounts of cheese and chunky tomato sauce, acting as a large bowl.

honested

August 28th, 2012
11:19 am

DJ,
It’s much easier to read the script than to think.

Although, much of the script doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect even in our backwards little State this year.

AnotherSoldier

August 28th, 2012
11:24 am

For the record, Dick Morris became a Clinton adviser AFTER the 1992 election. James Carville was Clinton’s campaign manager.

Bob Loblaw

August 28th, 2012
11:27 am

This bickering nonsense is exactly why I don’t go to GOP meetings or conventions. God, Debbie, you sound miserable. Stay safe down there, though. Gotta have you back for when you file your T-SPLOST Constitutional challenge you promised and for you to run against Balfour in the next election.

Going Right

August 28th, 2012
11:35 am

cc: We’re being overwhelmed by the Socialists on this blog (and I use that term very gingerly.. I’ve pose questions on line to any and all and NOT ONE has ever been challenged. The last one concerned “the rich.” I asked the socialist left-wing Dumbos just what defines “rich”; Money? Power? Status? Politics? Wall Street workers? Union Bosses? Massachusetts Liberals (but then, they are one and the same, oops!)?

2. So, they cannot define “rich” without omissions of inclusion of the “super rich” (George Soros, par exemple.>

3. Then, the real kickers (for those who constantly decry the “rich, WHITE” guys (aka: Republicans), I asked “You leftists want the “rich” to pay more in taxes as you’ve been screaming for the past year or so. Well: What would constitute “more” in taxes? Percentage? Financial amount?

3a: If a higher percentage, what should that be? Note: this would be in addition to the already 40+% percent of all Federal taxes paid by the top 10% in wealth (Republican & DEMONCRAT);
3b. Who determines what the percent should be? How was this arrived at?

Then, 4: If the “rich” must pay more in taxes, will the Socialist Left agree that those who pay LITTLE OR NO Federal Income Tax be asked to pay the same amount (in percent as the “rich), or at least something?

The bin Obama Government is now paying a tad less than 500 BILLION DOLLARS per year in interest on our debt. If the ANOINTED ONE is re-elected (OH, GOD!), that amount will surely rise as He will want more and more money to pay for His government. The “rich” will be tapped out and He will have to keep borrowing – now @ 40 cents of every dollar spent, by way.

So, you see, the Left – including such luminaries that spew their hate of Republicans on this blog – don’t really give a rat’s a$$ if our Republic goes broke or not, as long as there are freebies from bin Obama and they don’t have to do any thinking of their own. Guaranteed: If bin Obama is re-elected, getting a job won’t be a problem any more; there won’t be an America as we know it to pay for the jobs – I think the operative word is, “bankrupt.”

Finally, one does not have to watch FOX NEWS or read The Wall Street Journal to verify what I’ve said.

Baron DeKalb

August 28th, 2012
11:42 am

“I’ve pose questions on line to any and all and NOT ONE has ever been challenged”… wow, man, you are DOMINATING this blog! We dims and libtards are just shocked into defeated silence by the profound, unanswerable that you done pose.

Seriously, what part of “From each according to his/her ability, to each according to his/her need” do you not understand?

p.s. I refuse to read posts that measure over 5 inches in height

cc

August 28th, 2012
11:53 am

Baron DeKalb:

“p.s. I refuse to read posts that measure over 5 inches in height”

Reading comprehension can be a b___h for libs . . .

cc

August 28th, 2012
11:54 am

Going Right:

You will never get a response from the libs. They can’t handle real questions that they have not been programmed to answer.

td

August 28th, 2012
11:55 am

Baron DeKalb

August 28th, 2012
11:42 am

“Seriously, what part of “From each according to his/her ability, to each according to his/her need” do you not understand?”

The real world does not work in vague terms it works in firm definitions with numbers attached. Using your brilliant analysis one could say that I think I need a new car every year so that I feel good about my situation and since I can not afford one then you should be forced to buy me one. I could use your terms and say the people receiving benefits from the government do not ‘need” cell phones, cable TV, internet connections and AC. This would be an acceptable definition as well.

The problem people like you truly believe that everyone should be equal in outcomes. You believe that no one should have more then their neighbor no matter how hard or little one works or gets an education. This is called communism and you do not want everyone to know that you are so sorry that you are a communist.

DannyX

August 28th, 2012
12:02 pm

“Finally, one does not have to watch FOX NEWS or read The Wall Street Journal to verify what I’ve said.”

True, you can also watch Looney Tunes.

Baron DeKalb

August 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

Oh my God, I have been exposed as a Communist. Not even a self-respecting communist, but a SORRY one instead. This is the kind of hysterical rhetoric that we have come to expect from our brothers on the right. Anyone who subscribes to various ideas, such as progressive taxation schemes, is branded as communist, socialist, anti-American, etc., in an attempt to discredit them.

I am not, and have never been, a SORRY communist.

A. Communist

August 28th, 2012
12:07 pm

td

August 28th, 2012
12:12 pm

Baron DeKalb

August 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

Anyone that avoids basic fundamental questions about such things as defining taxation schemes and other progressive (Marxist) ideas can be defined as anything. Communist fits for now since you refuse to answer some basic questions.

Marlboro Man

August 28th, 2012
12:12 pm

Sounds like buyer remorse.