The Tea Party Research Team predicted this! ...but what are you willing to do about it? Let the GOP get away with silencing the voice of the people?
Or are you willing to............?
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 and caucuses are held.
Haugland is one of 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 Tuesday, the odds are increasing the billionaire businessman may not ultimately get the 1,237 delegates needed to claim the GOP nomination before the convention.
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, virtually all of the delegates can vote any way they want, said Gary Emineth, another unbound delegate from North Dakota.
“It could introduce Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, or it could be the other candidates that have already been in the race and are now out of the race [such as] Mike Huckabee [or] Rick Santorum. All those people could eventually become candidates on the floor,” Emineth said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan , who decided not to run for the White House this year, said in a CNBC interview Tuesday he won’t categorically rule out accepting the GOP nomination if a deadlocked convention were to turn to him.
Democrats experienced the last true brokered presidential convention to go beyond the first ballot in 1952. Republicans came close at their 1976 convention.
“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 that 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.”
“It’s important that the Republican National Committee has transparency on what they’re doing [on the rules] going into the convention and what happens in the convention,” he continued. That’s because of “all the votes that have been cast in caucuses and primaries. Don’t disenfranchise those voters. Because at the end of the day, our goal is to beat Hillary Clinton or whoever their [Democratic] nominee is in November.”
Emineth said he’s worried that frustration would discourage Americans in the general election from voting Republican.
You do know that Change.org is a leftist organization, right? You have to be careful because they sometimes pull a switcharoo in that you think you signed one petition but they switch it to another.
That is how I started getting material saying I supported Hillary, not a chance. You have to be careful if you decide to look at their other petitions as they sometimes mark it as if you signed.
I am sure they love the idea of you not voting, they are hoping and banking on people getting so fed up they don't vote. One less conservative vote is another Marxist vote as we have already seen.
Yeah, they tricked me, as I thought I was signing something about an animal and I got Hillerybeast instead..... LOL
are you sure it's change.com because I sometime sign there petition?
Wow, I have signed some things on change.org and was unaware of what your talking about. Guess I'll just delete it the next time.
Sometimes good decent people put up a legit petition. It is the organization that is a Leftist org not all the people who use it for their cause.
I just signed one a few minutes ago to help that young man Otto get out of his 15 year prison sentence in North Korea for stealing a poster. He is being used as a political pawn by those lowlifes in N Korea the hell hole of the earth, where only the leader is a disgusting little fat twerp while his people starve to death. I would like to see if he got stuck with a pin in that roly poly ball of fat if he flies around like a balloon, or squeals like a stuck pig.
You just have to be careful that they don't do the Bait and Switch on you as they have done to me. Especially be careful if you go to see what other petitions they have up because once you sign one, they apply your info to others, that's how they got me.
An automatic fill in? Those are illegal, :( so what else is new? I had that happen to me every time I went to WND and they had car insurance ads off to the side. Ten minutes later I would get a phone call from them. At midnight? I jumped all over them screaming that it's midnight here and you do not call me so late! Hung up on them then at 7:30 in the morning there they were again. I still have that happen. So I stay away from WND, now. Fact is, I don't even own a vehicle.
I have no problem going on WND website
He should NEVER have been so stupid to go there in the first place! 15 years is too long BUT that is a ploy for the North Koreans to get publicity AND RANSOM from the American income Tax Payers--just another way for Obama to spend US money to break us down!!
Let HIS PARENTS get him out! Hopefully he will see what communism ideals are???
I subscribe to change.org also. Sometimes, the issue are relevant for both sides. I sign the one sent to me, check out the others and usually diregard the others. But when it is about slaughter of animals, I sign.