"ROMNEY AND PRO-GAY SUNUNU STRIKE THE FIRST BLOW AGAINST CONSERVATIVES"
House Speaker John Boehner asked for the nays and yeas and national television news broadcast the majority voice against the party rules which would close out many of the convention delegates from ever being delegates again.
Boehner then ruled the "ayes" have it and brought the gavel down. Conservatives who make up a majority of delegates knew the proposed rules change were not in their interest and clearly voted no.
A call to have a roll call and division which is routine was ignored.
Several delegations ( Virginia and Maine) were actually blocked or prevented from getting to the convention due to parlimentary decisions and actual sabotage.
According to Freedomworks:
Yesterday, the Republican National Committee in Tampa adopted some rules changes that shift power from the state parties and the grassroots to the RNC and the GOP presidential nominee. Former Governor John Sununu of New Hampshire touted the new rules as providing "a strong governing framework" for the party over the next four years. But in fact the new rules should be very troubling and disappointing to conservative grassroots activists, because they move the national Republican Party away from being a party that is decentralized and bottom-up toward becoming one that is centralized and top-down.
And Freedomworks says:
The Romney rules effectively disenfranchise grassroots delegates, and will thus tend to weaken and splinter the party over time. They specifically represent a blow to the Tea Party and the Ron Paul insurgency -- movements that have sprung up precisely because Washington insiders (of both parties) have abandoned the traditional bedrock principles of the Republican party, namely, economic freedom, fiscal common sense, and smaller, constitutionally limited government.
Indeed, these vibrant new movements (which have attracted many young people, politically active citizens, and non-Republicans) represent what could fairly be characterized as "the Republican wing of the Republican party." They want a real voice in the Grand Old Party. They've played by the rules. But the power brokers have now changed the rules, in order to shut them out. This unexpected hostility forces grassroots conservatives to reconsider their future within the GOP.
Channel 10 news reports
Sarah Palin reacted to the original measure on her Facebook page Monday night.
Calling it a "controversial rule change" that is "so very disappointing," Palin added: "It's a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected."
Some delegates reacted angrily to the committee passage of Rule 16.
"This takes us away from state sovereignty," said Colorado delegate Florence Sebern. "It takes us away from local control in our states. And it moves us towards, as a Republican Party, central control and top-down decisions. That's what this is."
"Are we the Republican Party?" she added.
"My inbox blew up. I had over 8,000 Coloradans emailing and calling me saying, 'Stand firm on these two issues.'"
Her anger was backed up by others outside the convention. Many grassroots activists, including tea party sponsor FreedomWorks, urged opposition to the rules.
"ROMNEY STRIKES THE FIRST BLOW AGAINST CONSERVATIVES"
Julianne Thompson, a national Romney delegate and a Georgia State Coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, wrote an open letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and members of the Rules Committee.
"With your current attempt at this rules change, you are essentially striking the first blow that chips away at that freedom, and you disenfranchise the very people that turned the tide for the GOP in 2010 by returning power in the U.S. House of Representatives to Republicans," Thompson wrote.
Channel 10 News complete report