By winning the Northern Marianas on Tuesday, Donald Trump became the first – and only – GOP candidate to win the majority of delegates in eight primaries, meeting the requirements of the GOP’s Rule 40.
Rule 40, which governs how the GOP nomination process works, states that a candidate must “demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states [including territories], severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.”
To meet the standards of Rule 40, Ted Cruz needs to win the majority of delegates in four more primaries, Rubio six more, and Kasich eight – and it’s likely none of them will be able to do so.
Interestingly, the Republican National Committee set up Rule 40 back in 2012 to ensure that establishment favorite Mitt Romney pulled ahead of Ron Paul, and now Rule 40 is backfiring on them.
So much, in fact, that they may attempt to rewrite the rules during the convention to sabotage Trump.
“Think of it like an NFL game: as the clock runs out on the voting, we think we know the winner, but before a winner is announced, the referees get to discuss how the rules will be applied,” Philip Bump of The Fix reported. “Maybe they decide that what constitutes winning is ‘most yardage gained by passing’ — but that one of the team’s quarterbacks is ineligible for consideration.”
“It’s a ridiculous example, but it’s not entirely inaccurate: The Rules Committee could make the nomination rules into nearly anything they wish.”
That, of course, will backfire on the establishment as well; what’s the point of having any rules at all if they aren’t followed?
Why even have a political party at that point if the convention is no different than Calvinball?
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