At 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Tampa, the Republican National Committee, led by Team Romney, is moving to shut down conservative grassroots activists. I‚??ve been on the phone with several individuals involved in the fight who tell me that the fight is not over, it is only just starting.
Specifically, the media is reporting that the rules fight is over because Team Romney is abandoning Ben Ginsberg‚??s effort to allow candidates to control delegates. Under an initial proposal, delegates would, in effect, be chosen by the presumed nominee‚??s campaign and not based on votes in the states and delegate selection processes in the states.
As reported by Human Events, that issue appears resolved, but several people I‚??ve spoken to this morning make clear that Team Romney and the RNC establishment are using that compromise as a red herring to distract from two major rules change proposals that would decimate Republican grassroots and prevent upstart political campaigns.
Reports that the floor fight threat is over might be designed to calm the grassroots and get them to ignore what is coming at 2 o‚??clock.