As the GOP gears up for its impending convention in Tampa, Fla., members of the RNC's Rules Committee found some time between ordering grosses of pepper spray and hookers to prevent wily delegates in its own party from backing a candidate they actually like.
Buzzfeed reports that Tennessee committeeman and Memphis bankruptcy attorney John Ryder proposed a successful measure that changes the convention's floor rules in order to prevent an insurgent candidate from rising to the fore. In layman's terms, Ryder is effectively cock-blocking any chance that Texas Congressman and libertarian demi-god Ron Paul (who hasn't resigned his candidacy) might embarrass the party once again for being too god-damned popular, because organic democracy is an atavistic throwback to the barbarism of the 19th century, a century wherein much of the party's current ideology resides.
The Republican National Committee's Rules Committee voted to require written certification that a presidential candidate has a plurality of delegates from five states in order to get a space on the convention ballot — a move intended to provide a warning in the event of floor movement toward an insurgent candidate.
Tennessee committeeman John Ryder push [sic] the rules change to eliminate "distractions" on the convention floor, in an effort to "try to create a more streamlined convention procedure, that better reflects the realities," he said.
"The focus is to get away from some of the residue of the 19th century," he added.
Ryder also proposed raising the threshold for inclusion on the ballot from winning a plurality of 5 states to 10 states, a thinly veiled move to make it harder for an insurgent candidate like Ron Paul to come up for a vote at the convention. Paul has urged his supporters not to disrupt Romney's nomination, but his delegates have also bitterly battled Romney supporers [sic] for tickets to Tampa.
"Unless you've got a real contest, where you have two candidates or three candidates who actually have a mathematical chance of winning, then why do we want to go through the exercise," Ryder said.
"It's not an intent to block a specific candidate," Ryder said when asked about Paul, but said it's meant to prevent a future candidate who wins between 5 and 10 states from earning a spot on the ballot.
Ryder obviously has no clue how little the REVOLution cares what the RNC does to block their savior from assuming his rightful place as the party's standardbearer. And no amount of pepper spray (which will be wasted on journalists anyhow) or hookers (most of whom will be spoken for, I'm sure) will keep a good Paul down.