There’s a lot at stake at the RNC’s rules committee meeting this week during the party’s spring retreat in Florida—and a lot of misinformation out there as well. Most of it revolves around a proposal by longtime RNC member Solomon Yue of Oregon to change the rules of order at the upcoming national convention to Robert’s Rules—This would replace the rules of the House of Representatives that have governed recent GOP conventions. Yue insists that his proposed modifications would be particularly designed to use a modified Robert’s rules that would not allow unrelated motions from the floor and other elements that could disrupt the convention. Meanwhile, Reince Priebus and his allies insist that the process is fine as is and that any changes should be tabled until the convention.
Yue (who, I should note, is a personal friend) is a long-time conservative activist who has often walked the delicate balance between being a party official and a grassroots leader. He insists he is not doing this to promote any campaign and has not been in contact with any campaign, but feels that this step is necessary because the party is “in a period of mistrust right now”. Yue told me that the blocking of this change by Reince Priebus and party leadership is “100% about the establishment trying to parachute in with a “white knight” candidate during the convention.” Yue, who has not endorsed a candidate, feels strongly that the nominee should be selected from among the candidates who have run the full campaign and qualified under rule 40(b) to place their name into nomination, namely Cruz and Trump (and Kasich, if, by some miraculous intervention, he could win seven additional states)
While most see Yue’s gambit as likely to fail at the hands of the party establishment, he hopes to raise the profile of the issue among the GOP voters.