- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2012

The biggest news out of Tampa last week concerned the new rule changes that were proposed over the loud objections of delegates and other attendees (“Tea Party in Tampa,” Commentary, Tuesday). With these new changes it will be virtually impossible for a Ron Paul, a Tea Party or any grass-roots or populist candidate to ever be nominated for president.

These new rules give complete control of delegates to the candidate chosen in early primaries. Since the GOP has been unsuccessful at undermining the Tea Party movement, the establishment has settled for simply eradicating its influence from their procedure. Any arguments that the Republican Party is the party of the common working American have been put to rest. Clearly the time has come for a viable third party — and we have four years to get one up and running.

BOBBY FLORENTZ

La Habra, Calif.