Just like the Democrats, the Republican party tries its best to maintain control of who the party insiders want to be the Presidential Nominee.
Sometimes they shoot themselves in the foot.
Before the 2012 Republican Convention convened, the Rules committee created what I call the “Romney Rule”.
They shot themselves in the foot!
It is Section (b) of Rule #40 in their handbook. Rule 40 deals with Nominations and who is eligible to even be voted upon at the Convention. Here is what Section (b) says:
(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these rules or any rule of the House of Representatives, to demonstrate the support required of this paragraph a certificate evidencing the affirmative written support of the required number of permanently seated delegates from each of the eight (8) or more states shall have been submitted to the secretary of the convention not later than one (1) hour prior to the placing of the names of candidates for nomination pursuant to this rule and the established order of business.
If you don’t get the majority of delegate votes in at least 8 states then you do NOT qualify to be up on the stage and voted for.
Okay, why did they do this? Because they are stupid and control hungry. They made this rule to keep Ron Paul from being able to get any votes at the Convention, the insiders wanted Romney to get those votes. Romney didn’t need those votes so I’m not sure that they really thought through this one. Because now, that rule still stands. Unless the new Rules Committee changes the rule or repeals it altogether then, as I write this, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz (just squeaks in) are the only candidates who would be eligible to be voted on if the Convention was held today.
Also, if the Republican Party goes into a contested Convention then their insider favorites like Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan are not eligible either. So much for all the maneuvering to try and get to a contested Convention.
There has been much talk among the Rules Committee members about this “Romney Rule”. The question remains, “What will they do, if anything?”
I believe that if they make any change to this rule or repeal it altogether at this late stage in the game then it will be a sure sign that the RNC and other insiders are wanting to make it as difficult as possible for Trump to win. This is a rule that never should have been created in the first place, now they should have to live with it even though it doesn’t help them. After the election they can repeal the stupid thing.
Only time will tell if they decide to break the Republican Party apart over devious and inappropriate schemes and last minute major rule changes.