Priebus: The Party Is Choosing The Nominee

Personally I am outraged beyond belief. I guess I always had this mistaken notion that it was the people who chose the President through their votes not the Grand Old Party Bosses. I guess I was wrong. The Washington Examiner reports:

“Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cautioned supporters of Donald Trump who vocally disapprove of the GOP’s delegate allocation and selection process. “By the way, this is a nomination for the Republican Party,” Priebus told 620 WTMJ in Wisconsin. “If you don’t like the party, then sit down. The party is choosing a nominee.”

Priebus said he does not think Trump will run as a third-party candidate, and added that he expects all remaining Republican candidates to support the party’s nominee. Asked by radio host Charlie Sykes whether the nominating rules would change from those set at the previous convention, Priebus sounded disgruntled.”

Poor Reince had his peacock feathers ruffled. Even if you are not paying a great deal of attention to the election it would be hard not to have heard about the GOP pushing a contested convention. Yesterday the GOP tweeted a video explanation of how it would work to help convince you.

“But maybe you still don’t understand why’s all this necessary? Why can’t the rules stay the same for each convention? Listen, if you were a delegate you wouldn’t want to be governed by the rules of past conventions. There’s no reason that the rules that governed Romney’s delegates should be used to govern you. After all, this is a new convention for new candidates.”


Coincidentally (sarcasm) Paul Ryno said yesterday a win for Cruz in Wisconsin could trigger a contested convention. They also set up a website dedicated to explaining how a contested convention would work. The current rule 40b states that a candidate must have won the popular vote in 8 states to be considered for nomination. They must also have won a majority of pledged delegates. Right now the only person who meets that requirement is Donald Trump.

Notice the mention of Romney? When those rules were enacted Romney was against a contested convention.

“I’m concerned that there’s an effort on the part of some to move toward caucuses or conventions to select nominees,” Romney said. “I think that’s a mistake.”

“Romney has been actively campaigning against GOP front-runner Donald Trump. He has encouraged voters in each state to support whichever nominee has the best chance to beat him. “That would lead to an open convention, where you’d see the delegates selected make the final decision,” the former governor said early this March.”

Romney has given his support to Ted Cruz and has called for an open convention to deny Trump the nomination.

The Washington Examiner reports that GOP insiders plan to change rule 40b, which btw was pushed to block Ron Paul. Maybe I’m just overly suspicious since we gave them the majority and they stabbed us in the back with CRomnibus. But, it sure seems like they’ll do anything to nullify the people’s votes for Donald Trump. Then again maybe not since Priebus is the same Cuckservative who just the other day said he wouldn’t turn the party over to Donald Trump.