Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, led by top Romney lawyer Ben Ginsberg, pushed through some serious changes to the way the Republican Party will nominate their presidential nominee in the future. The reason? Ron Paul.
Ron Paul has been able to gather quite a few delegates to represent Liberty at this years Republican National Convention. Evidently the Republican Party and the Romney campaign don’t like the fact that delegates can be selected that don’t fall in line with the party bosses. So in an attempt to rectify this situation, in a move that defies democracy and fair elections, the Republican National Convention Committee voted 56-40 to make it impossible for supporters of a presidential candidate, not wholly sanctioned by the party’s old guard, to become delegates. Evidently Ginsberg feels that the ability for men and women to actively participate in the election process by working to become delegates, which is no easy task, is as “a damaging flaw in the presidential election process in 2012.”
The new rules seek to bind delegates to vote for the winner of the statewide presidential primaries or caucuses. States would be allowed to decide whether to give all their delegates to the winner of the primary or caucus, or distribute them proportionally according to the results.
This is in direct contradiction to Rule No. 38, Unit Rule of the current Republican Party Rules, which states “No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the unit rule.” The unit rule is intended to prevent states from binding all delegates to a particular candidate, forcing them to vote as a unit. While many states do this, there is historical precedence that the Republican National Committee does not recognize such binding at the Convention.
The second part of the change, and here’s the kicker, would require all future delegates to be approved by presidential candidates, lessening the chances of technically pledged delegates voting for a different candidate. Wow!
This isn’t the only changes the Romney campaign has tried to make.
BuzzFeed Politics reports…
The Republican National Convention Rules Committee revolted against the Romney campaign on Friday, after more than six hours of domination by top Romney lawyer Ben Ginsberg.
Ginsberg, who had forced through a series of amendments to make it more difficult for an insurgent candidate to earn delegates to the national convention and earn a spot on the convention ballot, tried to raise the threshold for obtaining “minority reports.”
The reports, designed to represent a significant minority in a committee before the full convention, require 25 percent of a committee to be compiled. Ginsberg attempted to raise that threshold to 40 percent, making it nearly impossible for a minority to band together to have their grievances heard.
Ginsberg immediately faced backlash from members of the committee, who objected that it was one step too far in his heavy-handed management of the committee.
Drew McKissick, a delegate from South Carolina objected, noting that the rules change could also apply to that same contentious rules committee meeting if approved.
“He is systematically trying to prevent minorities from having even any remote opportunity of being heard,” followed Virginia delegate Morton Blackwell to rave applause from the committee. “This is wrong, it’s gonna hurt us, it’s gonna hurt our presidential candidate.”
After being publicly rebuked, Ginsberg withdrew his amendment, prompting further cheers from the committee.
Despite this small victory Ginsberg was able to pass a new rule which allows the National Committee to amend the rules without a vote off the full Republican National Convention. Oh my!
BuzzFeed Politics reports…
The Republican National Convention Rules Committee voted 63-38 to approve a new rule allowing granting the Republican National Committee — and Mitt Romney — sweeping new powers to amend the governing document of the GOP. The move came at the encouragement of Mitt Romney supporters on the committee, including Romney’s top lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who stressed that it would grant “flexibility” to Romney and the committee to adapt to changing political environments. The rule allows the RNC to amend the party’s rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention. And it offers the Republican Establishment a new tool to keep at bay Tea Party initiatives that threaten to embarrass or contradict party leadership and stray from a planned message.
If the process by which we elect a president can be undermined to this extent, if a presidential nominee gets to decide what delegates will “represent” the political will of the masses, are we really holding free elections? Under such a ruse can we legitimately claim to be the land of the free?