Witnesses say that Teleprompter scrolled "the ayes have it" even before the voice vote was taken. Also, video of the rule change vote at the Republican National Convention shows that the vote seemed to be a toss up with no clear winner and yet the ayes were immediately declared winners. This declaration was drowned out by loud booing. Also, before John Boehner called for the vote he asked if there were any objections and there were clearly people who objects and yet John Boehner said there were none.
Other witnesses say that they were purposely held up in the Convention Bus so that they would miss the vote in the rules committee. Also, news outlets reported that Romney had two of the rules committee delegates removed and replaced with delegates who would vote for the Romney Rule Changes. These committee delegates being held up ad replaced prevented a minority report because there were not enough committee members.
Why even have a convention and send delegates to vote if it is all just for show with no debate allowed and no roll call vote allowed to determine which side actually won the vote?
I am voting for Romney because Obama must be defeated, but these kinds of stunts are not acceptable and should not just be ignored. These kinds of stunts will tear the party in two and allow Obama to be re-elected.
A couple of days ago I wrote an article about some very bad changes that were trying to be made to the Republican Party Rules. These bad changes were an attack on grassroots conservatives and would divide Republicans and damage the Party at a time when unity is required. One of these changes would allow the Republican Nominee to pick who National Delegates are instead of the States. This would not only take power away from the state, but it would also allow the presidential nominee to decide what is in the platform by picking delegates that agree with him instead of the districts and States picking delegates to represent their values. Another of the rule changes would allow the handful of RNC members to change the Party Rules between conventions with no checks and balances and without approval from the delegates.
A compromise was offered, but then it was discovered that the compromise did not fix all of the issues and instead only addressed one issue. This compromise was being pushed as a way to distract conservatives from fighting against the other bad rule changes.
The compromise did distract some delegates, but even so, there were still many delegates who were going to vote against the rule changes because of bad changes like the power grab and centralization of power of allowing the RNC to change Party Rules between conventions. That brings us to the question of whether or not the vote was rigged in favor of the rule changes.
Below are emails I recieved from two witnesses at the national convention. Also below is the video showing the vite being too close to call but immediately called in favor the the rule changes...
What do you think?
From National Delegate Jeremy Blosser:
It was a complete and utter railroad on all issues before the convention.
No votes were seriously taken--the teleprompter included "the ayes have it"
and that's how it was always read. It was so obvious that by the end
people were just laughing at it.
The VA bus was hours late, so Morton Blackwell missed the rules meeting
entirely. People on the bus reported it drove around the block and
backtracked several times, until they told them to just stop and let them
ND and IA buses were also late and were minority report states.
Repeated attempts to gain recognition from the floor to make any corrective
motion whatsoever, let alone debate, were simply ignored. That's no real
surprise, but many long time attendees were still surprised at the level
this one went to. It would truly not have mattered to the outcome if no
one had been in the seats.
From National Delegate Janis Holt:
Unfortunately, we were not able to stop the rules from being adopted as is. There was no chance for debate. It wasn't allowed.
Watch Video below of the rule change vote at the Republican National Convention 2012. There are clearly objections to the vote and then it is clear that the vote was too close to call.