On Tuesday the Rules Committee at the Republican National Convention will meet to work out final details of proposed rules changes which were produced over the weekend and widely greeted with outrage by the grassroots of the party.
We have provided extensive coverage of this situation (see our News and Opinion sections) and between our efforts and those of other groups and activists the media has taken a strong interest in the situation.
As a result a compromise proposal has been offered by party insiders in the Rules Committee, which only partially addresses some of the concerns raised in the Minority Report.
This small compromise is not a sufficient response. It leaves the RNC with the ability to change rules at will between elections and still imposes onerous top-down restrictions on state parties which reduce grassroots participation. It is like a thief offering you a slice of the loaf of bread he stole from you and expecting gratitude.
At this point there seems to be no good reason for the delegates to back down and accept a compromise. If they want their media showcase convention then the party elite cannot afford the negative press which would come from prolonging this confrontation.
If we can persuade delegates and committee members to stand firm the opposition will back down.
At this link you will find a PDF file with the phone numbers and emails of the members of the committee. Please take a few minutes in the morning to call or email the ones from your state or any others you might wish to reach out to and urge them to vote to withdraw all of the proposed rule changes.