posted on Aug, 27 2012 @ 07:59 PM
Big news just out. Turns out the Romney gang has pushed a rule change that will allow the GOP nominee (Romney) to veto individual delegates from any
state and replace with people of his choice -- this includes replacing delegates that were voting for him to potentially pave the way for him to
replace them with donors.
When the TX delegation found out about this today, they went ballistic and are threatening a floor fight if this rule is not changed. The creator of
this scheme is Ben Ginsberg, the genius tricky lawyer who positioned the GW Bush campaign and argued for them before the Supreme Court that gave the
presidential election in 2000 to Bush.
TAMPA--On Monday morning, at a meeting of more than 100 Texan delegates and alternates at the Saddlebrook Resort 20 miles north of Tampa, one topic
got the crowd more fired up than any other. Delegate Melinda Fredricks read aloud a letter condemning recent changes to the national Republican
party's rules that would allow the GOP presidential candidate to veto and replace state delegates. "Our delegates are in shock that such an amendment
even would be presented before the Rules Committee much less passed into rule," Fredricks said. "Please know from the Texas delegation standpoint that
the only way a floor fight can be avoided is for this rule to be stricken." At that point, the entire Texas delegation stood up and applauded.
Read it. It is a big deal. I guess that Republicans don't like their votes taken away after all. Maybe they'll think differently about
disenfranchising other voters.
I found another good article about this:
Legal BLOG article
August 27, 2012
Top Romney Lawyer Under Attack for Proposed GOP Rules Change
TAMPA, Fla. – Patton Boggs partner Benjamin Ginsberg is facing a growing storm of criticism from Republican delegates who say he pushed through a
rules change that would help Mitt Romney if the presumptive GOP nominee ousts President Barack Obama and seeks reelection. Ginsberg, who serves as
the Romney campaign's top lawyer, led the effort to insert language into a rules committee report that would allow presidential candidates to select
their own delegates in states they carry, stripping away a power that the state Republican parties hold, according to members of the rules panel.
But a group of delegates plan to present amendments that would eliminate Ginsberg's alterations before the report goes up for a final vote on Tuesday.
Curly Haugland, a national committeeman from North Dakota who sits on the convention rules committee, said Ginsberg's revisions, which came on
Friday, were a last-minute surprise. "I've never seen anything like this," said Haugland, who has served as a Republican National Committee member for
Updated: Here's a new bit just in from ABC. Read the whole article. Dissension is spreading to the other states:
The new rule, however, gives presidential candidates veto power over their own delegates, representing a big boost in power for the candidates and a
reduction for states. If Mitt Romney, for instance, didn’t like a delegate slated to cast a vote in his favor at the convention, Romney could throw
him out and choose an alternate. “This is the biggest power grab in the history of the Republican Party because it shifts the power to select
delegates from the state party to the candidate,” Republican National Committeeman Jim Bopp of Indiana said in an e-mail message to fellow committee
members obtained by ABC News. ”And it would make the Republican Party a top-down, not bottom-up party.”...
...“I am shocked that this rule passed,” Republican National Committeewoman Kim Lehman of Iowa wrote in an internal e-mail message. “Every
delegate that I have shared this with is upset and stunned that something so undemocratic could come from the Republican Party. This new rule needs to
be stopped. Not only is this a power grab, this is a change of governance from ‘We the People’ to the Candidate.”
Romney...Democracy in action. Remember folks, he is best known as a born rich CEO. He does not like democracy. As a CEO, he likes it top down and
that's what you'll get with him.
by the way, I did do a search and did not see this out yet....
edit on 27-8-2012 by pajoly because: fixed quote source
27-8-2012 by pajoly because: (no reason given)