The proposal is the brainchild of Solomon Yue, an RNC officer and Rules Committee member from Oregon. It would replace the system used at Republican national conventions for decades, which mimic those used by the U.S. House of Representatives, with Robert’s Rules of Order, a design that’s often used to oversee civic and organizational meetings.
Some see the idea as a recipe for utter chaos, and one that could open the door to mischief-making. With thousands of delegates on hand, it’s easy to imagine a scenario where objections pile up, jamming up floor proceedings and turning the convention into a train wreck — all before the eyes of a national audience…
In an interview, Yue said his proposal would give greater control to delegates, adding transparency to what would be the first open convention in a generation. Under the current system, he argued, too much power is in the hands of a presiding officer – a role that is expected to be filled by House Speaker Paul Ryan – who leads the proceedings and could be susceptible to influence by party insiders.
While arcane, the change would have a profound effect on the convention. Under Robert’s Rules of Order, any of the 2,472 delegates would have the opportunity to raise objections, or points of order, and interrupt the proceedings.