If you wanted a preview of what a Romney administration’s relationship with the conservative base would look like, you got one yesterday in Tampa.
Last week, the Convention Committee on Rules approved a change to the Republican Party rules for selecting delegates to the national convention. Under the rules that existed this year, many of the actual delegates to the national convention were chosen by local and state parties, often at state nominating conventions. The new rule would have given the presidential campaigns veto power over which delegates were chosen.
“The bottom line is that the change adopted today essentially allows the Presidential campaigns to pick their own delegates, which makes it a complete insider’s ballgame and allows a bunch of Washington D.C. consultants to decide who does and doesn’t get to be a delegate,” South Carolina delegate Drew McKissick told BuzzFeed.
Conservative activists including, McKissick, Ron Paul, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Jim Bopp, Matt Kibbe, Morton Blackwell, Phyllis Schlafly, and even Sarah Palin all weighed in against the new rule change.
Late last night, the Romney campaign relented. Under a new compromise rule delegates will still be selected at the local level without interference from the candidates. But, there is also now a new national rule binding all delegates to vote for the candidate they were sent to the convention to represent, at least on the first ballot. According to The New York Times, if they try to vote for someone else, their vote will be recorded for the candidate to whom they were bound.
Some conservatives are still upset about a separate rule change that empowers the RNC Chairman to alter RNC rules between conventions by a 75 percent vote of the RNC, but it is unclear if the same coalition that fought the delegate rule can be sustained to fight this second rule change.
The lesson for conservatives going forward is, if they remain united, Romney can be brought to heel.
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