GOP is Trying to Quash Grassroots Movement, Ron Paul Supporters FearSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 13:49
The Republican National Convention may be over, but Minnesota's delegates sure left an impression.
So much so, in fact, that some of those delegates are deeply concerned—in the wake of their continued support of Ron Paul as a nominee, instead of Mitt Romney—that the Republican Party is quietly working to render powerless all future delegates who express independence from the party line.
Delegates from Minnesota are saying that some rule changes made last week at the convention will quash grassroots efforts like the one that enabled Paul to win the majority of the Minnesota delegates.
Just before the convention started on Monday, a key committee endorsed new rules for 2016 convention that essentially gave the party's presumptive nominee veto power over delegates, who typically are selected at the local and state level. Under the rules, a presidential campaign would have been able to replace any delegates it didn't like.
That proposed rule change set off a firestorm of controversy — and not just among Ron Paul supporters. Tea-party groups and other conservatives — including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh — came out against the change.