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Tag Archives: Republican Rules
As discussed in the previous three parts (particularly part one and part three) of this series, the rules for the two conventions are currently simply a first draft set forth in the Rules of the Republican Party (on the Republican Side) and the Call for the Convention (on the Democratic side). When the rules committees of the two conventions meet this summer before the conventions, they will need to decide what needs to be fixed for this convention and what can wait until after the convention.
On the Democratic side, this debate will be relatively simple. In all likelihood, the candidate with the most pledged delegates will also have the most total delegates and will control the majority of the rules committee. Given the input that candidates have on delegate selection, it is unlikely that the delegates would approve any rules changes that dramatically alter the business of the convention. Additionally, the fact that both of the major candidates will have enough members on each of the committees to write a minority report will put a brake on any major rule changes. While the general purpose of the rules is to manage the business of keeping the convention running smoothly, this balance of power on the Rules Committee tends to discourage attempts to use the rules to silence the trailing candidates at a Democratic Convention. While there are certainly minor changes that people looking at the call might want to do, most of the Democratic debate about the convention involve things like unpledged party leader delegates that are not part of the rules of the convention. The issue about whether to make any changes to the role of these super delegates are an issue for after the convention.
The same can’t be said about the Republicans — particularly if no candidate heads into Cleveland with more than 1,100 delegates. In a contested convention, everything about the Republican rules will be open for discussion in the Rules Committee.