Focus is Now on the First Republican Debate Coming Up this Thursday.
Focus is now on the first Republican debate coming up this Thursday. At this point, Trump is still leading in the polls, but some in the NRC would like to figure a way to exclude him from the debates.
Whether you think Trump is an apolitical, self-promoting blowhard that should not be taken seriously or you think he is a conservative champion who has the guts to stand up and fight back against the establishment, it would be foolish to support any move by the RNC to exclude him from the debates. Right or wrong, if a majority of Republican voters believe in any candidate enough to put him in the top ten, then their opinions should “trump” the NRC opinion. We have all seen how the heavy-handed RNC abuses its power and disregards the wishes of voters, so we should never support such actions, regardless of our opinion on the candidate.
I personally think Trump’s seat at the top of the hill will be short lived and expect a lot of changes in ranking after the first debate, but at this point in time he deserves a seat at the table. The better the questions will be, then the better the answers will be, and the more significant the changes will be in the ranking of the various presidential candidates.
Due to changes made in 2012 by the RNC attempting to crush the Ron Paul Challenge to Romney, it will be much more difficult though to finalize the candidate selection process in 2016. The party bosses were terrified that the people’s choice, Ron Paul, would oust the choice of the party bosses, Mitt Romney. So the RNC made changes in the rules that would make it extremely difficult—if not completely impossible—for an intra-party challenge to be mounted against a President Romney in 2016.
Although there is no candidate Romney in 2016, we are still stuck with the 2012 rules designed to override the will of the people. Those rules cannot be changed until 2016.
Before the RNC changes, Republican National Committee Rule No. 40(b) said, “Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.”
That meant that any candidate for the GOP presidential nomination who had a plurality of delegates in five states was entitled to have his or her name placed in nomination at the convention.
The new RNC rule says, rather than only requiring a candidate to have a plurality of the delegates from five states in order to have one’s name placed into nomination, a candidate is required to have a majority of delegate votes in at least eight states as a prerequisite to nomination.
With so many candidates running for the 2016 election, it will be nearly impossible to get a true majority in any state. The RNC should have left the old rule in place requiring only a plurality of votes in 5 states. But as usual, the RNC was thinking short term and failed to consider the long-term consequences of their actions.
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