It’s da rulz!

Rick Moran:

The Rules Fight Food Fight

Any hope that Mitt Romney might have had that the Ron Paul faction of the Republican Party would mind their P’s and Q’s during his coronation at the GOP convention has come a cropper. And ironically, the revolt is the result of his own efforts to reform the rules to make sure that a tiny minority can’t overturn the will of the majority who voted in a state primary.

An old-fashioned floor fight is brewing over new rules pushed through by the Romney campaign that have the Ron Paul delegates up in arms, as well as several state party chairmen who believe that the national party is trying to seize control over the delegate selection process. For the insurgent Paul forces, the rules changes would prevent them from wreaking the kinds of havoc at state GOP conventions that led to chaos in Louisiana and bitter clashes between the factions at the Nevada and Maine state conventions. At issue is a rule that would allow presidential candidates to vet delegates in order to insure their loyalty, and another rule designed to squash incipient revolts like the Ron Paul insurgency that would require delegations from statewide caucuses and conventions to adhere to the will of the majority who voted.

The latter rule is what is angering the Paul people. With a brilliant organizing effort, the Paul campaign literally took over the state conventions in Nevada, Maine, and Louisiana, catching establishment Republicans unawares and sending their own delegations to the Tampa convention. In Louisiana, regular GOP party members didn’t take their demotion gracefully. They called in the police, who physically escorted some Paul delegates out of the hall, injuring several. The establishment Republicans then went ahead and held a rump convention where they elected their own delegates. The Maine and Nevada state conventions were hardly less peaceful, with the well-organized Paul campaign running rings around the establishment Republicans.

Imagine if your state voted for Hillary Clinton but the delegates gave their votes to Barack Obama instead.

Oh, wait . . .

I’m not sure I have a handle on exactly what is going down in Tampa. But I know that democratic principles are more important than party rules. The voters get to decide, and their wishes should be respected.

Even if they vote for the wrong person.

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29 Responses to It’s da rulz!

  1. carol haka says:

    I believe it means they can deny the Tea Party and reward rich donors ambassadorships in the form of delegate titles. Someone obviously hasn’t paid attention to the fact that Americans are tired of pay to play cronyism. For me personally, Palin, Malcolm, Levin, Rush are against it and that makes it unaccetable. Rove should have started his bullshit after he got his good ole boy nominated. 👿

  2. Oswald says:

    I have a nasty, suspicious mind and I can’t help wondering if this isn’t mostly Kabuki.

    Add a little drama, get more media attention, finish with a big show of unity after the grassroots flexes their muscles.

  3. indigogrrl1 says:

    I’m going to be furious if some stoopid shit causes the idiot in chief to be re-elected.

    Game on people. Keep your eye on the prize.

  4. HELENK says:

    this whole thing reminds me of a bar fight where some fool trying to break up the fight holds his friends arms while the other guy is beating the crap out of him. Makes no sense.

  5. cj says:

    I don’t know what’s going on either. Michelle Malkin seems to be saying one thing, but there are a few tweets calling out the Paul delegates for lying about who they were supporting to get picked.

  6. HELENK says:

    this article claims rules changes are to get rid of conservatives and the Ron Paul delegates are being used as an excuse

  7. HELENK says:

    @ronpaul rallies his delegates on the floor hasnt endorsed @mittromney but tells @johnyang not angry he wont get chance to speak

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Now that Obama’s super-magical powers are working to save the Gulf Coast from Isaac by having a conference call with all the govs (like ordering the hit on OBL?), let’s not forget the BP spill …. great 4 min. video timeline of that disaster:

    • cj says:

      Waiting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of Spike Lee’s public condemnation of a Preezy who choose to go on the road & do stump speeches as the hurricane approaches. /snort

  9. yttik says:

    “I’m not sure I have a handle on exactly what is going down in Tampa.”

    It’s simple. They haven’t been able to let the rest of us have a peaceful election in over a decade so we’ve been petitioning to give them back to Spain.

  10. Lulu says:

    Could this be going on to contrast with the coronation of “hte One”. A little dissent, a little chaos, some weirdos who are tolerated because they are included in the Big Republican Tent. Next week is the adoration, groveling, and nomination by acclamation of the head of the fascist, er, uh, Democratic party. with jubilation, salutes, and hysteria. Look for misty eyes and one arm salutes from the press contrasted with the Paulites one-fingered ones. The parties have switched. Republicans are now the rowdies and the Dems are following Rev. Moon.

  11. cj says:

    Well the GOP got protested by a gaggle of walking pink vaginas…it can’t possibly get any better than that.

  12. you know, I am watching the GOP Convention and it looks like at least half of the delegates are women.Since there is a Republican War on Women, does that mean that the men are going to take their guns out and shoot all of the female delegates?

    Or mybe they’ll let those protesting vaginas do it…

  13. DeniseVB says:

    For those lucky to me this afternoon (no life 😉 ), am loving the RNCC on Cspan, lots of (2 minute?) speakers from all over the country, mostly bash Obama (required), but one resonated,ECONOMY NOT A LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE PROBLEM IT’S AN AMERICAN PROBLEM. So sorry I missed that speaker’s name.

    Looks like the heavy hitting speechifiers start around 5:30 ET. Just learned, Reince is pronounced Rye-nce ? I thought it was Rinse.

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