Apparently, Mitt Romney was sufficiently worried about the security of his status as Presumptive Nominee, that he managed to get the RNC Rules changed at the last minute, to eliminate democratic input from grass roots voters, and allow party bosses to determine who gets the nomination.
Ben Swann of FOXs Reality Check claims that the Republican delegate process is becoming unraveled.
Video of Monday, August 27, 2012 Reality Check: Link
TRANSCRIPT of Monday August
17, 2012 Reality Check
To say that the Republican convention is a mess would be a huge understatement.
The entire state of Maine [duly elected representatives] was stripped of their credentials because they were going to vote for Congessman Ron Paul and not Governor Mitt Romney.
As a result, Maines Governor, Paul LePage, is boycotting the RNC.
Saturday Ben Swann interviewed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. He asked how the Governor could support the RNC stripping these Maine delegates of their credentials. He asked it even though we were told the campaign did not want to talk about delegates:
Ben Swann: Yesterday (Friday) the RNC chose to remove the entire Maine delegation from being able to be seated as a part of that. Do you believe that is the right step for the RNC to have taken considering the fact that these people were elected, they were Republicans who were elected by Republicans to go and represent the State of Maine?
Romney: You know, I havent seen the inner politics of whats gone on and Im not going to comment on the RNCs decision. I really havent looked at this.
Ben Swann (on
Really? So Governor Romney claims he wasnt aware of his own campaign having an entire state of delegates stripped of their credentials?
to believe, when it was his campaign that led the challenge of these delegates.
But then again, Governor Romney also claims to not have realized that his chief legal counsel just pushed through what many top GOP leaders are calling the biggest GOP power grab in the partys history.
So heres what happened. Conservatives and even some moderates are accusing the Romney chief attorney Ben Ginsberg of pushing through a rules change for delegate selection that would give Mitt Romney enormous power over the primary process, should he win the White House and seek reelection in 2016.
According to the Washington Times, Ginsberg persuaded the RNC Rules Committee members to let Mr. Romney, if he becomes President, decide which delegates will be seated at the 2016 GOP presidential nominating convention. It also calls for letting future presidential hopefuls decide who gets to take the delegate slots that they win in each state.
Tea Party supporter and the founder of FreedomWorks Dick Armey came out strongly against this RNC rule saying this:
The process has always been bottom-up, but Romney officials have rewritten the rules so that the nominee can stifle any dissent on the platform committee and even unseat delegates. Make no mistake, this will weaken the process by which Republicans choose their candidate for president and push the grassroots out of the party process.
So when Romney told me (Ben Swan) on Saturday that he isnt worried about the delegates, he apparently meant it.
Romney: Im sure the convention will work just fine. Well have a lot of delegates there, were gonna get the nomination, Im not worried about that.
Ben Swann- So, what
you need to know is that there is a saying in Maine: As Maine goes, so
goes the rest of the nation.
And thats why this delegate battle with Maine is really so important.
Let me break this down like this: in Maine, Republican delegates were elected by Republicans. The RNC didnt like who they were going to vote for, even though under State rules, they had every right. So the RNC said, Were going to replace those delegates with ones who will vote the way we want.
Under this new rule change, in 2016, the same thing that happened this year in Maine will happen to every State in the country.
One campaign will have veto power over every single delegate.
Which means party bosses run everything, and those at the grass roots level are cut off.
And that is Reality Check