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Power Grab: RNC Passes Rule Giving Itself Power To Change Any Rule Without Delegate Vote

BuzzFeed - 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.

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You might have a point there.

Are you listening GOP ? Your disgraceful cheating can be used by the Democrats to cancel a GOP run. There is a voting rights law and the GOP is doing everything they can to break those rules to nullify themselves.

henry9's picture

I would never imagine saying this, but...

GO Isaac!!! a little more to the east.

The RNC should be swamped, come hell or high water.

I'm thinking the high water will come first then the wrath.

I plan to work within the ME gop to dissolve it.

Be safe folks.

Move to bring the new rule up for a vote by delegates....

....at the convention. Then vote to strike the new rule as an unconstitutional non-representative rule.

Committee's cant make law. It is the Delegates that pass or reject new rules. This is representative (republican form) of government.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

I just changed the rules so I could change the rules anytime!

There is now a rule that says the rules from before can be changed without a delegate vote.

What that means is the RNC can change the rules about the rules regardless of who says or thinks what....

Translation: There are no rules!!!!

Love Liberty, be Vigilant

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Faith in God will prevail all things!

I rule that the RNC doesn't

I rule that the RNC doesn't have any business in the nominating process anymore, and ought to be defunded. Their power is make-believe anyway if enough people don't recognize their arbitrary rules. :)

"Flexibility" newspeak for

"Flexibility" newspeak for power grap.

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

Changing the republican party a bust?

I don't know if this is going to work. A lot of people like to look at what the christian conservatives did to change the party in the 80's and 90's and say, "Hey, look at what you can do from the inside of a party."

The thing is, the religious right didn't change anything of substance. At least nothing liberty minded folks care about. The main ideas of the republican party still stand today, for instance: more war, cutting programs for the poor immediately that need to be cut transitionally, eroding civil liberties, and sending drug users to jail.

Another major problem is that your never going to get someone like me, pro-choice, pro-gay rights, and anti-war to want to sign up to a party that I have seen as horribly irrational my whole life. A huge part of our constituency could never, in good faith, vote republican unless it's a general election with the name Ron Paul next to it.

I hope that, if Ron Paul doesn't pull of a miracle win, all of you who joined the republican ranks don't vote for Mitt Romney like Rand Paul is going to. I think we would be a whole lot better off trying to send another message to the political establishment by voting third party.

SteveMT's picture

From Republic to democracy. From democracy to oligarchy.

[Just think, the vote could have been 51-50, and the result would have been the same. This is why democracies fail. Where is our Republic? I want no part of these people. They are offensive.]

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
- Plato

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
- George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is the road to socialism.
- Karl Marx


was never for small government, sound money, free-market capitalism for the past so many decades.

GOP simply defends its long-standing ideology against takeover by a foreign (to them) ideology (us.)

Their arguments are pretty rational - if you are libertarian, support Libertarian Party.

Looks like this could be my last week as a Republican

I will stick it out through the nomination. I only reinstated my registration for Ron Paul. I keep being registered for the purpose of changing the party. But it is getting harder to believe this is the most productive means to restoring our liberty.

as well

... and I really liked those people, too!

Maybe there's still a way . . . . . .

Its Bad When One Murders Another, But When Those That Destroy

a Republic, It would have been better if they had never been born, then to have destroyed a whole nation..The traitors of the republic will rue the day and its coming soon, when the Lord will judge them righteously..

There will be wailing and the knashing of teeth....There will be no rest for the wicked.(The book of Enoch)

the penalty for treason is _____


{ if convicted by a jury of 12 peers ... in a fair court ... with Fully Informed Juries with Awareness of liberty law }

Now Come On Guys

by now I thought some of you would see the humor in all of this rules changing and delegate stripping!

A 77 year old man who speaks the truth has the best funded, most powerful political machine in the world scampering around like idiots ..........just think what the rest of us can do!

Damn this is hallarious ......and I am falling out of my chair laughing all day. Can't wait for the next rule change to come up! Best laugh I have had in weeks!

All those poor worried little neo-cons.......dough boy Rove and Trotskyite Neo-consertive Christal in a panic! Whoot hoot! Love it!

Do not compromise.......never give up!

Ron Paul all the way .........President Paul, President Paul 2012~

Very good point!


Quit Vulgar !!

The grand display of power is a bit comical. We sure did scare the crap out of them, didn't we...COWARDS!!

yes, quite

... vulgar indeed. But it's deadly serious and real, and we must carpe' diem

... we CAN win ... but only if we continue to out-innovate the competition through preempting everything they are planning or even capable of before they run another false-flag or start WWIII . . .

Clearly the puppet-masters are desperately going after 2nd amendment through the false-flag MK Ultra shooter scenario... STOP this shit from going any further NOW ... or face a very dark future


You are mistaken too

RNC and neo-cons are not in panic, they are comfortably in majority. Paul Ryan has energized Catholics and Evangelicals who felt apathy to the Mormon. Still they preferred the Mormon to RP whom they consider a fake Christian.

It is our mental defense mechanism to interpret our sound defeat with mockery, false estimate, bravado, etc. The more we detach ourselves from reality, the more it would be difficult to persuade others about our ideas. We would look unauthentic (fake) to them.

Where are the FEDERAL COURTS

Where are the FEDERAL COURTS and SUPREME court defending our CIVIL LIBERTIES!!!!!!!!!!


Go Ask That Snake Justice John Roberts...Where Are The Courts

John? What have they done. I'll tell you all...The bats got into the bellfrey. Boys, its time for a house cleaning...

dont worry all

dont worry all. The more they wiggle and squirm the more the noose tightens around their tyrannical necks.

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

I Don't Know How You Figure

...Ron Paul Republicans were my last hope. I cannot stand GJ and have major misgivings about the funding and real intent of the L Party as it stand now. Plus, no way could I ever back the Democrats.

This new as of today...we make our rules and delegates have no input so we can change the rules with ease was the last straw for me. I have put down my RPRepub pom poms and will just watch the country go down the tubes and the people with it.

The events of today...devastated me.



Things have a way of working out.

Someone is watching their every move. Must have faith fonta.
This isnt all for nothing. and im not only talking about the campaign.

"OH NO! He has a SON?" Neoconservatives and Liberals EVERYWHERE!

Rand Paul 2016

Thanks free4all

...I will wait and see. I needed that. When an optimist goes pessimistic and runs out of positive answers, it IS devastating.

I will trust that you have some insight that I don't seem to have now.

Thank you.


ytc's picture

63-38 = tyranny of the majority. . .

manipulatd by greedy amoral lawyer-adviser for his spineless puppet servant of the domestic & foreign elites.

Wow. No wonder they can't stand the GOODNESS of Dr. RON Paul.

You are mistaken

63 were not manipulated. They are ideologically against RP ideas. Is it difficult to understand? My relative (a school teacher) LOVES big government, for example. And she is not greedy.


No Concern

Regardless of the outcome in 2012, Romney and the RNC are now CLEARLY damaged goods. They'll pay the price for their sham of a convention.


Let me see how you estimate NUMBERS of RP supporters who will vote for Obama verses Democrats who will vote for Romney.

Any alleged numbers for 2012

I prefaced my remark with the conditional, "regardless of the outcome in 2012", because any numbers for 2012 don't look promising. We'll have to wait to see the actual effect, if any, of this collusion of corruption between Romney and the RNC for the general election in 2012. I'm thinking in longer terms past 2012 if we have enough time to right the ship of state. Corruption on this scale won't be easily forgotten in my opinion so any fallout from it over a longer term will be interesting to watch.