According to cnbc.com,
Political parties, not voters, choose their presidential nominees, a Republican convention rules member told CNBC, a day after GOP front-runner Donald Trump rolled up more big primary victories.
“The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, told CNBC’s ” Squawk Box ” on Wednesday. He even questioned why primaries are held.
There are 112 Republican delegates who are not required to cast their support for any one candidate, because their states and territories don’t hold primaries or caucuses.
Even with Trump ‘s huge projected delegate haul in four state primaries on Tuesday, the odds are increasing the billionaire businessman may not ultimately get the 1,237 delegates needed by the convention to claim the GOP nomination.
This could lead to a brokered convention, in which unbound delegates, like Haugland, could play a significant swing role on the first ballot to choose a nominee.
Most delegates bound by their state’s primary or caucus results are only committed on the first ballot. If subsequent ballots are needed, most of the delegates can vote any way they want, said Gary
“The rules haven’t kept up,” Haugland said. “The rules are still designed to have a political party choose its nominee at a convention. That’s just the way it is. I can’t help it. Don’t hate me because I love the rules.”
Haugland said he sent a letter to each campaign alerting them to a rule change he’s proposing, which would allow any candidate who earns at least one delegate during the nominating process to submit his or her name to be nominated at this summer’s convention.
If the GOP race continues at the same pace, Trump would likely have a plurality of delegates. So far, he’s more than halfway to the 1,237 magic number.
Trump split Tuesday’s winner-take-all primaries in Florida and Ohio.
The real estate mogul dominated in Florida over Sen. Marco Rubio , who dropped out of the race after losing his home state.
But Trump lost Ohio to the state’s governor, John Kasich . Trump also won Illinois and North Carolina. He held a slim lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Missouri early Wednesday.
Emineth, also a former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, told “Squawk Box” in the same interview he’s concerned about party officials pulling “some shenanigan.”
“You have groups of people who are going to try to take over the rules committee,” he warned. “[That] could totally change everything, and mess things up with the delegates. And people across the country will be very frustrated.”
Emineth said he’s worried that such frustration would discourage Americans in the general election from voting Republican.
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Gee, DiNozzo. Ya think?
Back on August 10th of 2014, as I was watching a PBS “Beg-a-thon”, featuring a “My Music” Rewind of the hits of the 50s and early 60s, hosted by Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, of the legendary Oldies Cover Group, Sha Na Na, I was multi-tasking and carrying on a “discussion” , concerning the Chris McDaniel/Thad Cochran Kerfuffle, in which the Sittiing Republican Senator, and dinosaur, along with Hayley Barbour, State Republican Leader, alledgedly paid poor black voters to vote for Cochran in the state Primary Election, in order to keep Cochran’s phony baloney job and secure the power of the Vichy Republicans in my state. I had dubbed this chicanery, the “Mississippi Malfeasance”, on one of my favorite Facebook Political Pages, while on my phone.
The fellow that I was “conversing” with, flat-out told me that I should shut up and support feeble old Thad Cochran and the rest of the Establishment Republicans, even though they just screwed us Conservatives in Mississippi, because it was an important Senate Seat, and it was essential to hold onto it, in order for Republicans to gain control of the Senate this November in the Mid-Term Elections.
I told the gentleman that it was easy for him to write that advice, as he did not have to live down here in the Magnolia State.
Like many average Americans, I have since lost all faith in both my state’s and in the National Republican Leadership.
As regular readers know, I have gone after the out-of-touch National GOP Establishment incessantly, bestowing upon them the title of “Vichy Republicans”.
However, in my naiveté, it never occurred to me that a politician from the Magnolia State, where we pride ourselves on our gentlemanly manners and Christian upbringing, could be just as big a cold-hearted snake as the spineless Speaker of the House at that time, Cryin’ John Boehner, and that product of Chicago Backroom Politics, the fallen messiah in the White House.
Brother, was I wrong.
Political Corruption and moral ambivalence have become a national disease.
It troubles me to no end that, even though I know, in my heart of hearts, that there are plenty of average Americans who are just as upset over the dilapidated moral and fiscal condition of “the Shining City Upon a Hill” as I am, there are times when I feel like the little Dutch boy, with his finger in the dike, desperately trying to hold back the flood waters, which are about to destroy everything in its path.
I know that civilizations come and go. I am a student of history, and I have read about the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Their incredibly advanced governmental, military, and architectural legacy was eclipsed by situational ethics, immorality. and governmental corruption, caused by enemies foreign and domestic.
The United States of America has been one of the most noble undertakings in the history of mankind.
Our Founding Fathers came here to escape religious persecution. Not to get away from religion , as both Liberals, and their unwitting dupes, attempt to claim as truth.
Today 75% of Americans still believe that Jesus Christ is their personal Savior. You wouldn’t know that fact from exposure to our American Media, nor from following the anti-Christian actions of our present Administration.
I know. I am a Believer.
I suppose that’s why the relative morality and the situational ethics displays by today’s “public servants” (and, some of their constituents) troubles me so greatly.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I want the Republicans to win the Presidency.
However, with the Republican Establishment embracing the heathen philosophy of today’s Far Left-controlled Democrat Party, and to even being discussing the possibility to take away our Constitutional Right of Self-Determination through the use of the Voting Booth away, to quote that party’s inevitable next Presidential Candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton,
At this point, what difference does it make?
The desire to win an election should not cause a Sitting Republican Senator to go out and screw his own constituency, the Conservative Base, like Thad Cochran, Haley Barbour, and the Establishment Republicans did in Mississippi.
And, it for dang sure does not bestow upon the Republican National Committee, the “moral imperative” to decide our Republican Presidential Candidate for us.
Until the good ol’ boys in the Northeast Republicans’ Club, or Vichy Republicans, as I like to call them, realize that the majority of Americans out here in the Heartland are still Conservative “bitter clingers”, who love God and country, they will continue to be out-of-touch victims of their own hubris, and will continue to lose Presidential and State Elections, alike.
And, it will be nobody’s fault but their own.
Until He Comes,