There’s no question the GOP will go to great lengths to stop the momentum of front-runner Donald Trump, but they’re becoming less secretive about doing so.
Apparently, they plan on changing a vital rule that will all but guarantee Trump won’t get the nomination, but that won’t be the only consequence of their actions.
Back in 2012, as Ron Paul gained serious momentum going into the convention, the GOP had to act fast to ensure their darling Mitt Romney was the eventual nominee, so they changed Rule 40(b) to require that candidate get a majority of delegates in eight states to be able to get on the ballot.
Rule 40-B used to require a majority in six states but when Congressman Ron Paul met that goal it was quickly cha… https://t.co/5SD0h14TT4
— Diana West (@diana_west_) March 21, 2016
There is no "Rule 40(b)" https://t.co/KeIKIxtjsb
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) March 21, 2016
The Washington Examiner has more on this enraging move by party elites:
Party officials and knowledgeable sources have confirmed over the past few days that Rule 40(b) doesn’t exist for the purposes of the upcoming convention. That means at this point, the three candidates left in the race, front-runner Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, are all eligible for the nomination, as, possibly, are the Republican contenders who have since suspended their campaigns.
Just recently, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tried to reassure voters that they ultimately decide who will become the nominee, but actions often speak louder than words. While party elites try to tell us our votes count, they’re more than willing to change the rules as they go so that their boy can get in.
To put it in laymen’s terms – what they’re doing would be like changing the rules of the Super Bowl once the game entered the fourth quarter, and it’s like allowing the coach of the losing team to decide what they’ll be. If they follow through with denying Trump the eventual nomination, they’re going to have millions of angry voters on their hands, which could very well end the Republican Party as they know it.
Then again, maybe that’s exactly what they want. After all, they’re pressing full-steam ahead knowing that they’re going to alienate a large portion of their base, and they really don’t seem to care. So maybe they are trying to merge into one party.