Stopping Trump on the First Ballot

In a Daily Caller article from March, delegate at large and rules committee member Curly Haugland has made it very clear that delegates at the July convention should not be bound to any candidate on the first ballot. In the article, he explains in detail why this is so.

Mr. Haugland sent a letter to the RNC membership saying: All Republican delegates who participate in the 2016 Republican National Convention are unbound on each ballot round, including the first. In the letter, he writes:

“In 1976, the Ford campaign, afraid of losing “pledged” delegates to Reagan forces and having the strength of delegate numbers needed, forced the adoption of the “Justice Resolu­tion” which amended the conven­tion rules to bind the delegates to cast their conven­tion votes accord­ing to the results of binding primaries. This historic event was the first conven­tion in the history of the Repub­li­can Party where the delegates were denied the freedom to vote as they wished in the nomina­tion vote for Presi­dent… the 1980 conven­tion rescinded the Justice Resolu­tion entirely restor­ing the prohi­bi­tion of binding.”

From the Counsel’s Office:

“One of the important rules changes over the last 50 years has been the unit rule prohibited…that change was made so that an individual delegate can vote his or her conscience.” (transcript, RNC Standing Committee on the Rules, January 19, 2006 pp 93-94)”

“This history has huge impli­ca­tions for 2016, since it calls atten­tion to the fact that the conven­tion rules of the Repub­li­can Party do not bind delegates to cast their votes accord­ing to the results of binding primaries.” [Emphasis added.]

Haugland concluded, “every delegate at the 2016 GOP convention is a Super delegate.”

“Super delegates at the GOP convention are afforded the privilege of choosing which candidate they can cast their ballot for in the first round of voting, unlike regular delegates from states with binding primaries who must adhere to their state contests’ results, until the second round of balloting.”

State rules are not binding

Haugland responded to an accusation that his claim is wrong from a legal stand point and the RNC rules are not the relevant rules guiding the issue of binding delegates to their primary election result, but that different state statutes are the primary authority.

“The United States Supreme Court has held several times that political parties enjoy protection from both the First and Fourteenth Amendments as they pursue their political objectives. The Republican Party is free to choose whether or not they want to be governed by state laws,” Haugland argued in a written statement.

He writes, “The case in point is the 1976 Republican National Convention that voted to bind the delegates to cast their convention votes according to the results of binding primaries. (State laws)The 1980 Republican National Convention voted to rescind the 1976 action based on testimony, stated in part, “The Supreme Court has spoken to this…they stated that party rules are supreme over state law. (Transcript of 1980 Convention Rules Committee, Page 67)”

He adds, “The Rules of the Republican Party prohibiting the binding of delegates have not been changed since the 1980 convention.”

As such, I think that all Cruz supporters should declare that, even though the RNC is trying to make nice to Trump, we will NOT support him. (We can always do so in November, if need be.) We can see by the unprecedented number of candidates who were running—17—that the GOP’s object all along was to dilute the votes, so that Jeb Bush could win with a lower percentage. Instead, Trump stepped in and took advantage of the setup. The GOP’s mission was, and remains, to stop Ted Cruz from being nominated.

Adding up DT’s calls to beat up protesters at rallies, constant complaints that the system is “crooked,” which incited supporters to issue death threats to delegates; DT ally Roger Stone’s threat to make public delegates’ hotel rooms at the convention—all unanswered by Priebus! And finally, Trump’s deranged accusation that Cruz’s father was somehow involved with Lee Harvey Oswald, all make it obvious Trump is hardly presidential material.

But the GOP is OK with Trump, though not really comfortable with his numerous shortcomings. That’s because he’s made it clear he WILL make deals. That’s all they want.

I believe it’s more obvious than ever that many people have been swayed by a massive media assault and Internet assault, with hundreds of fake smear sites. The plan was to give them a distorted view of the two candidates. This has been wildly successful. At a recent Indiana focus group, all but two participants had adopted the Trump smears of Cruz.

Therefore, those who’ve voted for Trump have demonstrated they were not competent to choose the nominee.

At most half or less of the GOP has voted for Trump: Remember: the total electorate is made up of 26% GOP; 29% Dems and 43% Independents. So, that amounts to only 13% of the electorate.

The Trumpers are not the only ones who can threaten to walk. If the GOP thinks they can win the general election without us Cruz supporters, then let them try. I wager they’ll think twice about supporting Trump, and if the delegates do consider themselves unbound on the first ballot, it could be a way forward.

Published in: on May 6, 2016 at 3:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

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