A Republican Party procedural committee on Wednesday moved to ensure that supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) would be unable to nominate the congressman from the floor of the GOP convention next week, but ultimately backed away from the measure.So the great deal struck with the Romney camp insures, there won't be enough delegates to nominate Ron Paul from the floor.
Nonetheless, the deliberations signaled that the Republican Party and Mitt Romney's presidential campaign remain nervous to some degree about the potential for Paul supporters to disrupt the carefully scripted program for the four-day convention next week.
The Republican National Committee Rules Committee considered a motion to change the number of states a candidate needs to nominate him from the floor from five to 10. Paul supporters have captured a large number of delegate seats -- in a few cases the majority -- in at least seven states: Maine, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
However, a Paul insider told The Huffington Post that they have a majority of delegates only in three states.
Further, the delegate vote has been move from Wednesday to Monday, so that Paul delegates have as little time as possible to organize, and whatever happens, it can be long forgotten by the time of the coronation.
(ht Travis Holte)