Update Mon Jan 21 2012: Thanks to the tireless efforts of Morton Blackwell and his assistant, transcripts of the three meetings of the Committee on Rules of the 2012 Republican National Convention have been made available.
A compromise is being reported that doesn't fix the real problem. Rule 12 is reportedly still intact. With Rule 12 intact, the only thing preventing the RNC from adding back in the exact same language after the convention is a 3/4 vote. That looks high, but multiple RNC members have testified that it is not -- the chair always gets what he wants if he wants it bad enough. Further, there's no attempt to preserve the strength of the individual states. Vote strength at the convention is based on delegation size, but in the RNC it's three for every state. If this change is adopted, small blue states will have the exact same voice and vote as Texas.
Rule 12 is still letting the genie out of the bottle. The deal, as rumored, is a trap.
Second Letter from Morton Blackwell further urging support for the Minority reports, and speaking against the compromise
RULE NO. 12
The Republican National Committee may, by three-fourths (3/4) vote of its entire membership, amend Rule Nos. 1-11 and 13-25. Any such amendment shall be considered by the Republican National Committee only if it was passed by a majority vote of the Standing Committee on Rules after having been submitted in writing at least ten (10) days in advance of its consideration by the Republican National Committee and shall take effect thirty (30) days after adoption. No such amendment shall be adopted after September 30, 2014.
RULE NO. 16 (formerly 15)
Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of Delegates and Alternate Delegates
(a) Binding and Allocation.
(1) Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice among candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in a primary, caucuses, or a state convention must be used to allocate and bind the state's delegation to the national convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner, except for delegates and alternate delegates who appear on a ballot in a statewide election and are elected directly by primary voters.
(2) For any manner of binding or allocating delegates permitted by these rules, no delegate or alternate delegate who is bound or allocated to a particular presidential candidate may be certified under Rule No. 20 if the presidential candidate to whom the delegate or alternate delegate is bound or allocated has, in consultation with the state party, disavowed the delegate or alternate delegate.