Republicans may have little if any time this weekend for the work of setting their party’s official philosophy and issue positions.
Those proposals — the party platform and resolutions — are the last thing on the agenda for the state convention in Tacoma, which is due to end at 5 p.m.
But selection of delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa appears likely to take up most of the rest of the day. After two hours mostly spent arguing about how much time candidates for delegate slots should have, the candidates are now speaking.
Each has 30 seconds to speak. Some are taking much less, but there are hundreds of candidates for 22 spots as delegates, alternates and electors.
Mitt Romney supporters are complaining about Ron Paul supporters dragging out the convention. Paul supporters offered to work out a deal to cut speech time in exchange for Paul getting some more slots in Tampa, but that was rejected.
In the end, Romney’s slate is expected to prevail for the 10 statewide delegates, giving Romney 37 of Washington’s 43 delegates. The slate includes U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, state Sen. Pam Roach and former state Sen. Dino Rossi.