All four early appointees to the rules committee for this year's Republican National Convention told POLITICO they're prepared to weaken or scrap a rule that could limit the convention's alternatives to Donald Trump. [...] "I'm not a big fan of the eight-state threshold. I think that's an artificial number," said David Wheeler, a rules committee member from South Dakota. "It was designed to prevent Ron Paul delegates -- their votes from being counted. I don't think it's necessary to do that this year."
"I think that would be a terrible idea for the Washington power brokers to change the rules, because they're unhappy with the candidates who the voters are voting for. Under the rules, and you're right, there is some irony in that it was the Romney Team that put this rule in place to prevent Ron Paul from being put on the ballot. And it was the Washington establishment that put this rule in place. "So now when the Washington establishment candidates are losing, they want to change the rules to try to parachute in some candidate who hasn't earned the votes of the people. That is nothing short of crazy. Under the rules, we should operate under the rules."