A rules fight could decide the 2016 nomination, and the future of the nation.
Quick harsh summary: It’s the delegates – not the voters – who choose the eventual nominee. The delegates who are part of the rules committee are the “gatekeepers” to the scores of delegates that could shift the power in any direction. The rules committee makes the rules… and the rules are made to be changed.
One lone committee of delegates – the Rules Committee – at the 2016 Republican National Convention will determine whether Donald Trump and Ted Cruz supporters – or the GOP leadership – has the advantage in choosing the next presidential nominee.
Curly Haugland, a 2016 rules committee member from ND, received a lot of backlash when he made the statement recently that the Republican Party will pick the next nominee – not the voters. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Haugland argued that there, “can be no presumptive nominee before the convention” this summer because the delegates do not know who is eligible. The media is trying to convince us, the cable networks are trying to convince us that it’s based on the primary vote and that’s a whole different animal. The primary votes are not solid,” Haugland said.
The rules committee established rules at the 2012 convention that they now regret. They did it in order to stop Ron Paul, and ensure that Mitt Romney receive the nomination. Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, the chair of the 2012 rules committee, told CNN in a recent interview that the ties that bind delegates to a particular candidate may be negligible by the time the party hits the convention floor this summer. “Even in the first round, many delegates can vote for anyone,” Sununu insisted. “And not every delegate is firmly bound.” Sununu insisted that “delegates can start voting for [House Speaker] Paul Ryan at any time.”
The RNC has already confirmed that the rules which will guide the 2016 convention could change before the convention even begins, as the 2012 rules were only “temporary”. However, both Trump and Cruz have campaigned based on the 2012 rules, and altering the rules could anger voters from both sides and completely splinter the party. “If the RNC fires the opening shot, chaos will ensue,” writes the Washington Examiner.
Reagan biographer Craig Shirley said, “You are going to see something dramatic and historic in Cleveland, because power as we speak are being drained away from Washington. For the first time in a long time, the consultants are not going to be running this thing.”
Source: The Washington Examiner
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