For the Republican party, these are not normal times. They are in the troughs of a radical takeover of an already radical base. The Republican base doesn't like Romney and doesn't trust him.
So, Romney has been forced to extraordinary and unprecedented steps to take control of the party from the delegates in the hall. At the insistence of the Romney campaign, the RNC Rules committee voted 63-38 to approve a new rule granting the RNC and Mitt Romney sweeping new powers to amend the governing rules of the Republican party without a vote of the delegates.
The rule allows the RNC to amend the party's rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention. And it offers the Republican Establishment a new tool to keep at by [sic] Tea Party initiatives that threaten to embarrass or contradict party leadership and stray from a planned message...."This is necessary for the world in which we find ourselves in," [Romney campaign lawyer] Ginsberg told the committee, adding that it is "important for the political survival of the party in the electoral context," for the committee to be able to change the rules as it sees fit in the intervening four years between conventions.The GOP has been increasingly radicalizing (is that a word?) since Gingrich rose to power in 1994 (I've written about this here and here) Since 2008 Republican leadership has thrown gasoline on the fire laughing it up as they radicalized the Tea Party to go after Democrats. Now the Tea Party is after the Republican leadership and they are in full blown panic.
It's hard to imagine the delegates are going to take this well, or quietly.
What does it say about the Democratic party that they have to struggle (and often lose) so hard to win elections from these fools?