For example, lots of the convention voting we're about to describe involves voice votes -- a guy at the podium asks for the crowd to shout "yea" or "nay" and then judges who is screaming the loudest. Part of this simply came down to one group out-screaming the other. That ... actually seems strangely appropriate.
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"WE LEARNED IT BY WATCHING YOU!"
I sat down with several of those Republican delegates who, up until the minute of Donald Trump's confirmation as their candidate, were trying to get a chance to overturn the primary results. The process is difficult to explain in full, mainly because it makes no f*****g sense. To boil it down, that long, torturous primary lets candidates win delegates (designated party insiders and other officials), who then go to the convention and cast the vote that actually matters. But both parties have tried to leave themselves enough wiggle room to let those delegates pick somebody else in the extremely unlikely event that the primary voters pick a candidate who is a human dumpster fire. They mainly do this by keeping the convention voting rules vague and confusing, and by allowing them to be changed pretty much any goddamned time the party feels like it.
As you can imagine, the Republicans had a sizable group of delegates who wanted one last chance to nominate anyone, literally anyone, possibly even an inanimate object, who wasn't Donald Trump. So on the first day of the convention, the Republican National Committee had everyone vote on a new set of rules that would clarify that, yes, delegates are absolutely bound to vote the way their state voted -- the rule would not allow them to switch their vote away from Trump, no matter what.