ELDER PATRIOT – As though you needed any additional proof that your elected officials couldn’t give a shit about what you want Curly Haugland went on CNBC yesterday and confirmed the contempt that Washington’s Republican insiders hold you in.
“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, declared. He went on to question why primaries and caucuses are held at all.
Another unbound delegate, also from North Dakota, Gary Emineth said, “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 Mike Huckabee Rick Santorum. All those people could eventually become candidates on the floor.”
Haugland explained, “The rules haven’t kept up. 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.”
But Haugland also submitted a rule change that would allow any candidate who won even a single delegate during the primary process to have his or her name entered into nomination. That’s a complete departure from the rule that this game started with that only allowed the names of candidates who had secured the majority of delegates in at least eight states to be entered in to nomination. To date only Donald Trump has met that threshold.
Emineth warned, “You have groups of people who are going to try to take over the rules committee and 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 [regarding any rules changes] going into the convention and what happens in the convention because of all the votes that have been cast in caucuses and primaries. Don’t disenfranchise those voters.”
This raises the question as to why North Dakota, with a population of approximately 740,000, has 28 delegates that are all unbound while a state such as Florida with a population 27 times larger, and absolutely crucial to the Republicans in November, only gets 99 delegates? The answer? Florida’s delegates are all awarded according to the vote of the people while North Dakota’s delegates are completely under party control.
Every day it becomes more evident that if the Republican Party chooses suicide over Donald Trump we should help put it out of its misery.