Once July rolls around, all eyes will be on Cleveland, Ohio. No, the Cuyahoga River isn’t on fire again. And LeBron James will most likely be down the road a piece in Akron. The nation will be focused on the Republican National Convention to pick a presidential nominee, and with it, a myriad of new rules. In fact, there could very well be a new rule BOOK. It’s going to be a whole lot different than conventions of the past. Or at least it could be.
So, with that in mind, let’s look at some of the things the rules committee is looking to do. First, they want to take the same rule of order (Robert’s Rules) that the House of Representatives uses now. And while that sounds fine, because after all, who hasn’t heard of using Robert’s Rules to run a meeting of any kind, right? Figure that anybody on the floor (with over 2,500 delegates) could issue a “point of order”, or make a motion. The convention that is scheduled to last three or four days would turn in to one lasting three or four months. Robert’s Rules is not a good idea for a group this size.
Second, one of the things that they are thinking about is actually something that the Convention Chairman, Paul Ryan said shouldn’t happen…the ability to choose a “white knight” if there is a contested convention. That would be someone that hasn’t announced their candidacy for president previously, and would swoop in to save the day. Basically, the “establishment” Republicans would choose someone they feel would do a good job, and then that person would end up getting to the 1,237 delegates needed. Want to see all hell break loose?
There are all sorts of other mundane rules that are being floated, such as keeping the “Romney Rule”, which states that you need to win at least eight states to be considered the nominee. That would knock out John Kasich right away. He’s won one state…his own. My thoughts to all of this?
Well, the GOP is going to have an interesting convention this year. I stopped watching conventions probably in 1976 or so because they were too rubber stamped. There was no excitement. There was no drama. It was more like following a script than choosing a nominee. This year is going to be different. I’m sure I’m going to be plastered in front of the TV all night long, watching all of the floor fights, the bar fights, the food fights, and whatever fights they decide to have. I’ll have to get over to Costco and lay in for a big 50 lb. bag of popcorn for the week! And then of course, there will be the Democrats, and I’m sure they aren’t going to be all love and kisses either.
No, this year’s convention will most certainly be “must see TV” and I for one will be there watching. Unless, I decide to come up with some drinking game and get plastered by 3pm (don’t forget we’re 3 hours different than Cleveland in the summer due to Daylight Savings Time!).
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!