Republican Rules Committee Member: "Democracy is pretty popular, but it's simply not the way we do it." A Contested Convention Denying the Will of the GOPeople?

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    Mar 18, 2016 4:02 PM GMT
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    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/rnc-rules-insiders-speak-out-contested-convention-n541146
    If no presidential candidate wins a majority of delegates and Republicans face a contested convention this summer, a small group of party insiders will have huge sway over who wins...

    After all the campaigning, debates and primaries, the GOP's presidential nomination could hinge on what these insiders decide.

    Those rules are crucial. They decide which candidates are on the ballot: They could pass a rule allowing only Donald Trump to run in Cleveland, or a rule enabling new candidates to challenge him. They can decide how delegates vote — and when delegates can switch teams to support rival candidates. These are the kind of restrictions that could make the difference between a coronation or chaos in Cleveland.

    ...Some say delegates have every right to overrule the preferences of Republican primary voters....

    ..."I've heard people say, 'If one candidate — whether it's Trump or Cruz — goes in with a plurality, your duty is to vote for the one with a plurality,'" said one committee member, incredulously.

    "The hell it is! You've got to win a majority — if you don't have a majority, let's chat," said this insider, conjuring negotiations with the campaigns...

    ..."Democracy is pretty popular," he added, "but it's simply not the way we do it." Haugland has long advocated for the party to play a bigger role than public primaries in selecting the nominee...

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    Mar 18, 2016 5:18 PM GMT
    Well, this idea is contagious. Bernie Sanders and his supporters have recently intimated that they might push for a contested Democratic convention and ask the delegates to switch their votes in favor of Sanders even if Clinton has the plurality of votes. Of course this is wishful thinking on Sanders' part because it's very likely that Clinton will reach the requisite votes. But this idea is something else coming from Sanders and his supporters.
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    Mar 18, 2016 5:37 PM GMT
    You know what the Republican Party really is? It's a money laundering organization for morons and fools.

    They take the votes and the money from the idiots, then do the same thing the Democrats do lol.
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    Mar 18, 2016 6:45 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidWell, this idea is contagious. Bernie Sanders and his supporters have recently intimated that they might push for a contested Democratic convention and ask the delegates to switch their votes in favor of Sanders even if Clinton has the plurality of votes. Of course this is wishful thinking on Sanders' part because it's very likely that Clinton will reach the requisite votes. But this idea is something else coming from Sanders and his supporters.


    No. He's not saying that. He's saying what he's said all along @1:25: "We think if we come into the Convention...having won a whole lot of delegates...and...being the candidate which is most likely to defeat Donald Trump, we think that some of these superdelegates...can come over to us."

    That's not intimating anything, that's saying outright what he's always said, particularly when people complained about superdelegates (and he's one by his position).

    Further he says @ 3:38: "..it is probably the case that the candidate who has the most pledged delegates is going to be the candidate...but there are other factors."

    And indeed, the superdelegates are set up so that if, say some flimflam man came in to scam the electorate and run away with the party, there'd be mechanism to stop that.

    Something the Republicans are now struggling with, though it seems mostly floundering about.

    So that actually is the proper role of the superdelegate, at least as I understand it, to prevent someone from trumping your party's hand and to keep the finger on the pulse of the nation up to the last moment of Convention, such that if he's definitely the one who will stop Trump, if Clinton would have a chance of losing to Trump, then even though she might have gotten some more non-superdelegates, that the superdelegates can switch vote to Bernie, protecting the Democratic candidacy to have the best chance of preventing Trump from branding the Whitehouse.

    Seems more than what so far the Republicans are doing.