Comment: Sorry, it's still 2/3 anyway.

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Sorry, it's still 2/3 anyway.

Here's the particulars

Rules of Order
The Rules of the House of Representatives of
the United States shall be the rules of the convention,
except that the current authorized edition of Robert’s
Rules of Order: Newly Revised (“Robert’s Rules of
Order”), shall be the rules for committees and
subcommittees of the convention, insofar as they are
applicable and not inconsistent with the rules herein set
forth; provided, however, that the convention may
adopt its own rules concerning the reading of
committee reports and resolutions.

Now however, it is important to note that this ONLY applied to 2008.

See the Preamble:

following be and hereby are adopted as The Rules of
the Republican Party, composed of the rules for the
election and government of the Republican National
Committee until the next national convention, the
rules under which delegates and alternate delegates
shall be allotted to the respective states in the next
national convention, and the rules under which such
delegates and alternate delegates shall be elected and
under which contests shall be considered, and the rules
of business of this national convention. {emphasis mine}

So, these rules were only in effect with respect to conventions for the 2008 Convention. (they were adopted on the 1st day - September 1st, 2008)

Presumably, different rules can be adopted for the 2012 convention.

Here is the rule on "Suspending the Rules:"

Suspension of Rules
A motion to suspend the rules shall always be
in order, but only when made by authority of a majority
of the delegates from any state and seconded by a
majority of the delegates from each of five (5) or more
other states severally.

VERY interesting. Certainly, this number could fluctuate depending on which state delegations are making the motion and offering their second.

So this rule overrides the House of Representatives Rule at least with respect to how a motion to Suspend the Rules can be entertained.

But again, this must be adopted on the first day of the Convention and could be changed.

Note though, this is only a rule for legitimacy of a motion to Suspend.

The actual vote required to suspend is not listed in the Republican Rules, and thus we must look to the House of Representatives Rules for that answer:

1. (a) A rule may not be suspended ex-
cept by a vote of two-thirds of the
Members voting, a quorum being
present. The Speaker may not enter-
tain a motion that the House suspend
the rules except on Mondays, Tuesdays,
and Wednesdays and during the last six
days of a session of Congress.
(b) Pending a motion that the House
suspend the rules, the Speaker may en-
tertain one motion that the House ad-
journ but may not entertain any other
motion until the vote is taken on the
(c) A motion that the House suspend
the rules is debatable for 40 minutes,
one-half in favor of the motion and
one-half in opposition thereto. {again, emphasis mine}

Thus, a 2/3 vote IS required to actually suspend the rules, AND it's a lot harder to even get the motion considered compared to Robert's or even the House Rules.