Friday, August 31, 2012
On the RNC Rule Change
"For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things." Luke 12:30
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." Wendell Philips
"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need." The Rolling Stones
Over the past few days, several people have asked me to comment on the RNC rule change controversy; after much consideration, I think it was a blessing in disguise.
Consider what happened: the establishment tried to sneak these rule changes through. Conservatives then mobilized on incredibly short notice. Then we won.
The most important change was to RNC rule 15, which outlines how delegates to the national convention are determined. It would have allowed the Presidential campaign to have de facto veto power over delegate selection. We defeated it.
People are justifiably upset over the change to rule 12, which did pass. This change allows the RNC to alter the rules between conventions. We will have to monitor the situation.
So what?!? This is a small addition to how the grassroots were always going to have to hold the Republicans accountable after they assume power. Does anyone who's been involved in the fights of the past few years seriously think the grassroots will be less powerful in a year or two?!?
This controversy provided a critical lesson for the conservative grassroots. We learned a lot about how the process actually works. The long-term value of this lesson outweighs the temporary setback on rule 12.
This is a long-term fight. We just got a strategic victory wrapped in a tactical setback. That's why this incident was a blessing in disguise.