A Republican Party official shocked the political world when he said the Republican and Democratic Parties determine presidential nominees, and not the voters, according to a recent CNBC program. Of course it was President George Washington who first warned of the danger of allowing political parties to control the election process. How could he have known?
Curly Haugland, an uncommitted GOP delegate from North Dakota, gave his opinion on the “Squawk Box” which is a CNBC program recently. He further questioned why primaries and caucuses are even held since the voters don’t matter. Haugland is one of 112 Republican delegates who are not required to support any particular candidate because their states and territories don’t hold primaries or caucuses.
Haugland’s controversial, but possibly true, comments are bound to light a match on the anger that is already building among the millions of people who voted for businessman Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primaries this year. If the nomination is stolen from whoever has the most delegates at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July, 2016, the anger that has already been seen among voters this year might just explode. There has already been talk of party powerbrokers holding “secret” meetings at Seal Island to figure out a way to deprive Trump and Cruz of the nomination.
Reports are that Mitt Romney’s sudden participation in the campaign as an “all knowing critic” indicate he may be the alternative person the powerbrokers have selected to be the Republican Party nominee, regardless of how many citizens cast their ballots for Trump and Cruz. Romney, who has not entered a single primary in this bloody political season, fired his opening salvo recently in a 20-minute diatribe in which he called Trump everything but a Communist and a serial murderer and declared him unfit to be President. Mitt, who has already lost two attempts at the presidency, then campaigned in Ohio with John Kasich against Trump. Simultaneously, Mitt campaigned for Marco Rubio (not Kasich) in Florida against Trump. In Utah he is supporting Ted Cruz against Trump.
Sean Hannity pondered on his Fox News Show how Romney could support three different candidates for president all at the same time and said he didn’t like it. Hannity said, “What Romney is doing is legal, but I don’t like it.” Reports from inside the Beltway are that the Republican powerbrokers would love to see a two-time loser Romney receive the party’s nomination yet again. Many political insiders wonder about Romney these days. Is he trying to become the next Harold Stassen? For those of us who don’t remember or weren’t even alive during the day, Stassen unsuccessfully attempted to become the Republican presidential nominee nine different times. Stassen, who started his political career off well as governor of Minnesota at age 31, proceeded to run for president in 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1988. Stassen later became sort of a cultural figure who was good-naturedly referred to as the “perennial candidate.”
When Romney was asked if he was running for the nomination he replied that he was not. However, when he was asked if the powerbrokers of the Party asked him to be the nominee, he refused to say he would decline it. There is already a great deal of anger felt toward Romney by many Republican voters who feel he had the 2012 election won against President Barack Obama after the first debate. However, after his “Candy Crowley” moment in the second debate when she backed him down in the middle of the debate, his campaign appeared to deteriorate. He was roundly criticized for his third debate performance in which he failed to attack Obama on the Benghazi incident.
Hannity said the Republican establishment (powerbrokers) wants to see a brokered convention where the “boys in the smoke-filled rooms” can anoint someone they can control like Romney as the Party’s nominee, and ignore the wishes of the millions of GOP faithful who have already voted for Trump and Cruz.
The arrogance of the Party’s powerbrokers is exemplified by Haugland, who further said, “The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here.” He even went on to question why the political parties hold primaries and caucuses.
Just in case anyone isn’t taking Haugland’s comments seriously, Gary Emineth said, “It (establishment) 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 such as Mike Huckabee or Rick Santorum. All those people could eventually become candidates on the floor (of the convention).” Emineth is another one of those uncommitted delegates of North Dakota.
Hannity and others have mentioned that party powerbrokers couldn’t even do something as disturbing as change many of the rules of the convention. An example would be that 1,237 delegates are now required to win the Republican nomination. However, the powerbrokers could before the convention decide that Trump or Cruz would have to win 1400 delegates to win the nomination. Such a move would probably would result in the splitting of the Republican Party or possibly even its end as a political party. How can the Party turn its back on the millions of people who have cast their votes believing they meant something and expect those people to remain loyal to the GOP?
Many political observers have commented the Republicans are creating a “circular firing squad” in which they will kill all their own candidates off, allowing Hillary Clinton to become the next President with betrayed Republican voters sitting at home on election day in November of 2016. It was former Republican President Ronald Reagan who once said, “The Eleventh Commandment is that no Republican should ever speak ill of another Republican.”
Pastor Robert Jeffress, of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said the other candidates should be ashamed of themselves for not condemning the co-ordinated protest by Black Lives Matter and MoveOn.Org which shut down the Donald Trump rally in Chicago a week ago. The protest was of course unconstitutional in that it denied the First Amendment rights of Trump to even speak.
The commentator asked Haugland, “Then why are we having the primaries if they don’t matter?”
Haughland replied, “That’s a good question.”
And many wonder why the American people are angry at the powerbrokers inside the Washington D.C. system which has lied to them so many times. Maybe it’s time for the citizens of this country to listen to George Washington’s advice and do away with the party system in future elections if they are going to ignore the will of the voters.
The Democratic Party’s process also does not respect the voters. Hillary Clinton will win the nomination based on all the super delegates she has in her corner. None of the superdelegates were even voted on. This year may be a watershed year in U.S. politics when enough people become disgusted with the two-party system that it is done away with.