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.
First the victory, then th sense of humor.
Little issue of victory requires 1237 delegates to win the nomination.
No, 50+1 and Trump will get that.
That number is 1237 he he he 50% + 1 but he has not broken 50% of Republican voters in any primary - hello . .
Mangus, save me some Peyote for celebrating Trumps win.
W, sorry only Indians can use Peyote. Your laws not mine , , he he he
He only had 16 other opponents. Let's see what happens with Trump vs. Cruz. Kasich needs to get the hell out and let the only two who can win belt it out. The Republicans you are describing are the RINOs, They are, in some form sucking at the teat of government. They don't want the apple cart overturned. If they choose to not back Trump, should he become the nominee, they will be signing the death warrant for the GOP who will go the way of the Whigs. They don't get another chance. We have been screwed for the last time without very serious consequences to the GOP.
I am a conservative independent who has stopped listening to both parties. I don't want a politician for president, I want a hatchet man. In one of my contract jobs I was one. It is brutal but you look at personnel files, you interview and then you cut. The same must be done with the federal government. No favorites, cut the worst and keep the best. The biggest difference I see between Trump and Cruz, since the government has never been significantly cut (and allowed to grotesquely grow), is that Cruz has never been there and Trump has,
By the way, do you have a job, living off the government's teat or are you independently wealthy enough to sit at a computer all day long blasting bloggers? I peek once in the AM and once in the PM (unless I am awake at 4:00AM) and we might just be for the same thing but you sure can be a pain in the ass to a lot of people (not that some don't deserve it).
Sorry then, you have no vote in the game.
Read rule 40 of the Convention rules if you think it is easy to game the system for it is not.
So, you prefer a Canadian for president, or one of two commies? Oh yes, you are CFR are you not? Surprised your still here and not booted out yet.
If the GOP decides to ignore the voice of the people when Donald Trump wins the most delegates. I would be willing to travel to the convention; locate a patriotic strong leader or leaders; go to the truck, select what "tools" they suggest would be necessary to convince the GOP to nominate he <no doubt Donald Trump> who has the most votes 1237 or not.
If force is necessary so be it. Perhaps it is time to not just focus on the convention. Just maybe it would be a good time and place to take back the USA, returning it to a government OF THE PEOPLE - BY THE PEOPLE - FOR THE PEOPLE.
God, guns, guts, and true American patriots made this country great. If you like I consider yourself a red-white-and blue genuine American Patriot, you are willing to prove it with more than your mouth. Big patriotic American balls talk, liberal bullshit, half-way concessions, discussions, sitting and bitching walks.
Election rules are he must win 50% + 1 delegate so it is his own damn fault if he fails. 1237 delegates or Trump loses the first vote on the convention floor. Then most delegates are free to vote for others.
Democrats and Independent votes do not count in the convention - so it is not a will of the people it is the rule of the party methods to select the Republican nominee.