***UPDATE: DEAL REACHED, BUT FIGHT ISN’T OVER***
Mark Levin wrote on his Facebook earlier today in a post entitled “Damn it, defeat this RINO power grab!” about a RNC rules change that would completely undermine the grassroot delegates during the convention:
Conservatives of all stripes, especially Tea Party activists, this is an attempt to destroy your ability to influence the presidential and vice presidential nomination process in the Republican Party. It is an attempt to eviscerate the input of state parties. It is a brazen assault on the grassroots. And it is sleazy to the core.
If I didn’t know better, I’d think Obama was behind it. Instead, Romney’s operatives are orchestrating it.
He went into much more detail on his radio show. Listen below:
UPDATE: According to Chron.com, the backers of the rule change backed down:
In an e-mail obtained by Hearst Newspapers (available below), Republicans who led the fight against the proposed change said the GOP leaders “heard the concerns of the conservative grassroots voices in our party” and amended their proposal.
“This will allow Republicans of all stripes to come to the convention united and focused on defeating Barack Obama in November,” they said.
Under the deal, delegates who are bound to a presidential candidate that hasn’t bowed out of the race or released them to vote for another contender are barred from casting a vote for a different person. During this convention, the change effectively would mean a delegate bound to Mitt Romney could not instead opt to throw his or her support behind Ron Paul, who has not freed his delegates.
Any vote for another candidate would be voided and the delegate would lose his or her position.
But under the compromise, states would still able to select individual delegates under their own laws and party rules. GOP leaders agreed to remove the rule change provision that would have allowed state-party-selected delegates to be disavowed.
Spokesmen for the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee did not respond to requests for comment.
Fredricks said the agreement appeared to satisfy Texas’ concerns.
A Georgia delegate, who wrote an open letter to the RNC, says at first glance the verbiage looks acceptable:
UPDATE: THE FIGHT ISN’T OVER.