Emily Goodin, Real Clear Politics:
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The most important time during the Republican Convention could be the week leading up to the convention.
That is when GOP delegates and Republican National Committee members will gather to work out the rules governing the four-day gathering this summer.
They are numerous and convoluted, which is causing confusion among the ranks but giving an added incentive to lower-tier presidential candidates to stay in the race long enough to bank a bloc of delegates to put into play in Cleveland.
That confusion was on display during the RNC’s Winter Meeting here when the Standing Committee on Rules met Thursday. The meeting stopped at three different points for the parliamentarian and committee members to debate the rules behind changing the rules.