Breaking News! RNC Tightens Noose On Delegates In Last Minute Rule Change


It's 9:30pm in Tampa, and meetings are taking place all over the city, where delegates just received a copy of yet another proposed rule change by the RNC.

This is the shot being fired over the bow that everyone has known would be coming. The question now is, will some delegates still nominate Ron Paul or another candidate? Does it matter that even though many of us are bound by our state caucus or primary rules to vote for Romney, we're only nominating a candidate - not voting for them? How many delegates will risk being evicted from the floor of the convention?

"You guys get kicked out, I'm going with you," said one delegate from Nevada bound for Ron Paul, who wouldn't be at risk for removal.

Right now states are maneuvering, will there be the five needed for Paul to have the plurality he needs for nomination? Tomorrow afternoon, all will be revealed, but in the meantime, read the rules change below, the latest from "The Party of Unity."

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. NCM IN 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.

Editor's note: It is our desire to make sure that people are fully informed of what is going on at the convention. Nomination is not delegate voting. It is not the same thing. Mrs. Kennedy has been trying to keep people aware of what is taking place behind the scenes. If this is such an issue, then let us ask ourselves why do we send delegates if their vote will just be recorded as it should be and not as it is cast? Why not just skip all of that and enter a vote without the expense of travel and accommodations? I'll leave that up to the reader to decide. By the way, this doesn't just apply to Ron Paul. Promoters of Sarah Palin are also eager to put her name into nomination as well.

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  • Drik

    With the rule changes, the convention becomes merely a coronation. Might as well do a virtual convention on line and just email out the results. Save all the money for the fake hoopla.

  • http://www.fastnesteggs.com BobinDallas

    Ron Paul is an independent looking for a home -- go find one.

    The guy's a nut.

    Why is he involved in Republican politics. He is a libertarian and needs to have his own convention and stay the hell out of the way of progress in the US of A.

    • Rhinoman

      Please explain how Ron Paul is the nut? The Rebuplicans and Demacrats alike send billions overseas in foriegn aid and continue to do so, all while America is: past broke. We close military bases in the US but not in the [148] other countries we have them in. We have a military budget that is 40+ percent of the known universes military budget. I understand why. China just put it's first aircraft carrier into service in April of 2011; "we" have 11. Whatever we do we dare not cut the military budget, China might attack. With it's ONE aircraft carrier! Ron Paul is such a nut!

  • All The Same to me

    RNC=DNC Robamney Nation ruled by an Elite and Separate Congress, Judiciary and POTUS enjoying a free ATM and piling national debt...laughing all the way with the banks

  • tuckchristine

    My vote will not be thrown away. I will vote my conscience. I will vote according to principle. I will vote for moral value. I will vote with the Constitution and the
    founding fathers in mind. And I know in
    my heart that my vote will not be lost.
    My vote will forever be in my heart knowing I did the right thing. I will be writing Ron Paul in.

  • Rhinoman

    Wow. This is something. It's funny how many people are screaming "we have to get Obama out." "It's about getting rid of Obama." For two years rebublicans have been screaming about Obamacare. They've been saying the government shouldn't be involved in "my healthcare" and "leave my healthcare alone." Romney say's "we're going to repeal Obamacare AND REPLACE IT." That's who you really want? Yep, I can see why Ron Paul is considered radical. He would get rid of Obamacare and not replace it. Than he'd start chisling away at all the other uncondtitutional legislation that's been passed for the last bazillion years. All the while showing everyone in America how simple it all really is.
    One of the "statements" on the RNC questionnaire they sent me: "How important is it to voters in you state to have candidates who give attention to the following issues?." One of the issues listed is: "Keeping taxes low." The RNC thinks taxes are low!
    The party that's pro-life tells a candidate to step down because his comment was...too pro life? Mitt Romney himself called Todd Akins and asked him to step down.
    How does Romney plan to shrink the govenement and still bomb the bejesus out of brown people all over the world?

    • leon

      Lmao! Sic'em boy, sic-balls!

  • soupson10

    I cannot support such dishonesty. Period.

  • farrightextreme

    The TEA Party will be pushing a third party next trip. The GOP is about done here.

  • Daniel from TN

    The Republican establishment is dwindling in number and power, thanks to the TEA Party. These proposed rule changes are a last desperate attempt to maintain authority and control over the Republican Party. Proof of desperation? Ron Paul actually won several states according to the primary and caucus results. However, rule changes adopted AFTER those votes committed all delegates to Romney, the establishment choice. I hope the convention delegates see through it and reject the proposed changes.

  • gomurr

    This isn't an election. It's for the nomination; no one is spliting anything yet. The RNC decided some time ago it would be Romney. There have been rule changes in states with the RNC, and other attempted manipulations to not seat RP delegates because the Romney contingent. who's calling the shots, are afraid RP has enough delegates to force a brokered convention. It seems they can change the rules as they wish, and they are. The RNC today nullified 10 state elected RP delegates and re-placed them with new ones. RP has too much support for comfort. Imagine how much he would have if the RNC hadn't been screwing around with the results. I knew the media was doctoring the results, but this kind of showing by the Rep party tells me they care nothing for anyone who's part of the grassroots movement for change. They want RP's delegates and the endorsement of his supporters, but their values just don't cut it, in my opinion. I find this kind of scrambling in order to get the outcome they desire, digusting, frankly.

  • Mike

    Come TOGETHER. stop helping Obama.

    • dad666

      I agree but we also need to begin to explore a new party of the people free of the existing political handicaps we now face. No more electoral college the people vote and the winner wins. No more party rules and electioneering. You are responsible to the people not the party seniors and thier stupid attempts at control.....

    • farrightextreme

      We did, just to get smacked.

  • EF

    It will be their Undoing Politically in 2016 if allowed to stand!
    As for Me, I will bow out of supporting the GOP once Obama is out and then in 2016 look in joining a new, third party If this BS is allowed to stand.
    The GOP Will Lose the Tea Party and Gun Rights Activists over this, among others if they do not reverse their Position, Guaranteed!
    But for 2012, Ousting Obama and taking back the Senate is the Focus.

    • TRUTHSEEKER

      Unfortunately we have no vote and the NWO puppeteers will anoint one of their puppets--Obama or Romney.

      Make change by infiltrating the GOP within and talking about Liberty. Get high positions by working hard like the 21 year old Committee woman did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-H-Goetz-Sr/1400808625 Robert H Goetz Sr

    Mathchopper: There was never any doubt in my mind that (if he lost the nomination) Ron Paul would split and go running back to a third Party Bid.

  • 57girl

    Talk about a dog and pony show. The bottom line here, sounds like to me ... if a delegate doesn't vote for Romney, his or her vote will not be counted. Furthermore, according to this statement ....

    .... 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.

    My disgust with the GOP continues to grow with each renewed action on their part to 'control' the Election. I don't know which party is more brazen or corrupt... the Republican's or the Democrats ... both change the rules as they go to snowball the people into believing we actually have a choice. I'm sure the Puppet Masters behind the scenes have already decided who's going to win the upcoming election. The only reason I'm bothering to vote at all is to cast a vote for Ron Paul as my 'up yours' statement to the Elite SOBs that want to run the world. I could never in good faith vote for either of the puppets 'provided' (Romney or Obama) for us to choose from. What a joke.

  • A. Levy

    The leadership of the Republican Party, and the National Committee, has become a national disgrace and a symbol of weakness, and must be replaced if our country is to survive.

  • Doski

    Riddle me this Batman, How Eager would the RNC be if the GOP had initiated the "Front Loading" of Delegates at the end of the Iowa Caucus when Michele Bachman was the "Front Runner" ? How about If Dr. Ron Paul had been the Front Runner, had Bachman not Prevailed in Iowa ?

    Who is going to make sure the RNC actually follows the rules (Reference the Maine fiasco among others) ?

  • tionico

    This rule would not be offensive IF the State caucuses had been run openly and above board. SO MANY state party gatherings were tainted by dirty back room deals, power plays, shutouts, rigged votes, etc, that many "delegates" were falsely "assigned" their loyalties in spite of the expressed will of their constituents. The corruptioni, power plays, backroom deals, shutouts, I've witnessed in the Republican Party's pre-election maneoubrings are apalling. WE THE PEOPLE no longer have a voice in our representation. Go ahead and cry about the "need to come together" and "unite" against Obama. While he needs to go, cheating the voting public out of their voice, as has been done this time, once again, will simply lead to millions of voters giving up, not even bothering to vote. What difference does it make? It is more like some third world backwater where the ruling elite make the decisions and then let the people "vote", knowing the "official outcome" will be to the liking of those ruling. This is NOT representative government, folks. We heard about this last go-round, when the TEA party was in the ascendency. We were promised an opportunity to change some things. Well, the party machine has maintained the upper hand, the "dissenters" ahve been marginalised.. and you want us to wait again until after the elections to "make changes"? No, we fell for that line before. Now, WHERE are the changes we've demanded? They're under a pile of dirty politics as usual, where they've been for too long. You just don't"get it", do you? As long as the GOP coninue to deny the will of WE THE PEOPLE, you continue to shoo us off into the margins.... soon enough, sufficient numbers will look about, see others likeminded and equally frustrated, and band together once again, as we did with the TEA party movement. Only next time, having been burned twice now, it is more likely we will form up outside the Republican Party, leading to its end. I see not a nickel's worth of difference between the Republican and Democratic parties today.. not in their policies, not in their candidates, not in their operating methods. NONE of it is what it should be, and once was. OK, your call..... let the PEOPLE have our voice back, or THE PEOPLE will find another means of reclaiming it.

    • TRUTHSEEKER

      I respect your statement as you understand the double-cross by the ELITE of both parties and that they control everything but THE PEOPLE. Thank you for your service --see you in the trenches!