Romney’s coup: Power grab allows him & RNC to change GOP rules without delegates’ vote in Tampa

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 by Tea Party initiatives that threaten to embarrass or contradict party leadership and stray from a planned message.

Romney, as his party’s nominee, exerts significant influence over the RNC, which is made up of elected party officials from all 50 states, while the larger Convention Rules Committee is larger and has a more grassroots membership.

“This is necessary for the world in which we find ourselves in,” Ginsberg told the committee, adding that it is “important for the political survival of the party in the electoral context,” for the committee to be able to change the rules as it sees fit in the intervening four years between conventions.


Virginia delegate and RNC member Morton Blackwell strenuously objected to the proposed rule change, calling it “the most awful proposed amendments I’ve seen presented to this committee.”

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  • reggiec

    The GOP establishment is quaking in their boots. They are scared to death that the TEA Party and other Conservative groups are gaining more and more traction with the American people. They should be scared. Look what happened in the Kansas GOP primaries. Seventeen GOP moderates out of 22 races lost to Conservatives. There doing all they can to keep the go along to get along ideology in place.

  • Carol-Christian Soldier

    Have not trusted the R Party in years- ever since its betrayal of a man of honor – Dannemeyer- running against Feinstein – the CRP – RNC- NRSC- slipped in a man named HUFFINGTON-
    Many R volunteers were shocked and then started a movement to vote for Feinstein knowing that HUFFINGTON was worse!
    Carol-CS