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.
It is all about money as Trump is proving. Both mcconnell and boehner and now ryan say one thing and do just the opposite. Money talks.
Douglas the winner must get 1237 votes and that could be on any ballot - the first ballot must be voting per the elections - next ballot most can vote for who every they like.
Rule 40 prevents most games. To change it requires a vote of the candidates delegates and then the entire convention - that will not happen.
Very true that they are pushing Ryan, whom nobody out here voted for in the first place. He was the last pick for speaker yet he got it even though he didn't really want it. Wow, he started right away talking out his ass and his mouth at the same time.
I guess we have 3 choices;
1) Stage a Humongous WRITE-IN
2) Don't VOTE
3) Vote the establishments choice NOT
Gene no you have a 4) elect Hillary or Bernie.
You can't not vote.
At the very least, old Senators and House members can be thrown out.
Flush the bastards out!
Go and read rule 40 of the Convention rules there will be no games except if the entire convention votes.
Those rules can be changed the morning of the convention....read the rules.
If there in a Brokered Convention, where the establishment picks who we get to vote for, it will prove to me that we have two Communist Party's running this country under the guise of Democracy. They are the Democrat Communist Party and the Republican Communist Party, with the help of the News Med's, pick your poison. This has been going on way to long, WE The People have a right to vote for the person that we pick. If the establishment gets to pick who ever they want for us to vote for, why would anyone in their right mind bother to go vote.
The total convention must vote to change rules. Read the rules.
Ray, the two parties could care less whether we vote or not.