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What Did Pass the RNC

Henry Barbour Smoke Screen Amendment

An amendment to the language of rule 16 (a) 2. The argument in favor of the amendment is that it was necessary in order to ease fears that future presidential candidates may have the ability to exercise veto power over elected delegates. Recall, however, that the RNC Rules Committee had struck the “presidential veto powers” aspect before the 2012 rules went to a final vote before the delegation back in Tampa, making this amendment unnecessary. The passed amendment also includes a loophole to the presidential veto powers prohibition, stating that the presidential candidate may exercise veto-power over the delegates in circumstances where individual states’ rules allow for it.

What Did Not Pass the RNC

Jeff Johnson Amendment Striking 16 (a) 1

Rule 16 (a) 1, one of the 2012 power-grabs, effectively undermines the purpose of the caucus process. The rule binds RNC delegates to the results of the state’s presidential straw poll or preference poll, essentially turning the caucus states into primary states, and making the campaign process much more expensive for candidates working to win the vote within those states. The Johnson Amendment would have completely eradicated this rule, giving the power back to the most active grassroots participants of the early-voting caucus states.  While the Johnson amendment passed the rules committee with great support (by a vote of 39 to 20), the amendment was sent to the general session for a final vote, where it failed before the entire body of the RNC by a vote of 107 – 49.

After the adjournment of the general session, an email was sent to the RNC committee members (on behalf of Reince Priebus) recapping the vote results. This email portrayed the failure of the Johnson Amendment as a positive, stating that the amendment would have allowed for “beauty pageant” presidential nominations. That Reince Priebus considers the caucus process to be a beauty pageant is an insult to the states who have a history and tradition of trusting their most active and informed grassroots activists to exercise personal discretion in representing their state.

Morton Blackwell Amendment

Morton Blackwell’s amendment called for the RNC rules 1-11 & 13-25 to revert back to their 2008 form. The amendment failure was especially devastating to the grassroots because of the fact that two rules committee members were the deciding factor in killing this amendment in committee, rather than bringing the amendment forward for discussion before the entire body of the RNC. The amendment failed by a rules committee vote of 25 – 28.

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