Cruz positions to change the direction of GOP at convention

Politico:
Ted Cruz has given up on running as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, but he hasn’t given up on running the Republican Party.

When Cruz heads to the Republican National Convention this summer, he’ll bring a list of ideas for changing the way the party governs itself and picks its presidential nominee. He’ll also bring plenty of backup: hundreds of delegates who were handpicked by the Cruz campaign. The delegates were assembled as part of Cruz’s now aborted bid to capture the GOP nomination in Cleveland, but now they’ll be key allies on the rules committees and other panels that will set the party’s ground rules for the next four years.

Cruz is eyeing another presidential run in 2020, but it’s about more than that. Along with setting the rules of the GOP primary, the party will also hash out its official policy platform — and even determine how much power the Republican National Committee has to make new rules of its own.

But Cruz isn’t the only one coming to the convention with an eye to the future. Donald Trump and his allies, fresh off a stunning primary run, have their own ideas about what’s next for the party. As do the parts of the party responsible for the 2013 GOP autopsy, which called for the party to consider immigration reform and take a more inclusive tone in its interaction with women, Latinos and other minorities.

They’re all coming to Cleveland, ready to rehash old fights and pick new ones — all against the backdrop of a party that has been turned on its head by the most unlikely of nominees. Here are the marquee battles.

Closed primaries: This is the tailor-made cause for Cruz: prohibiting Democrats and independents from participating in the Republican presidential nominating contest. It would instantly jolt the presidential nominating process to the right, a dynamic that would boost a conservative insurgent like Cruz.
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Rewriting the calendar: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina lead off the vetting of presidential contenders, and, since 2008, Nevada has been the first-in-the-West contest. But after this season, that calendar is getting a second look, and early states face attacks from later-voting ones that are sick of being forced into bystander status.
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There is more including several other rules changes.

I like the closed primaries and changing the calendar  to reduce the power of the ethanol lobby.

Cruz should have a good shot at some of these changes.  His superior ground game got him several delegates who were pledged to vote for Trump on the first ballot but were free to support Cruz on the rules changes.

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