Uh, Oh, New GOP Primary, New Rules


Image: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

The GOP put the now infamous Rule 40 into effect in 2012 to keep candidates like Ron or Rand Paul from winning the nomination. The rule says the candidate must have the support of a majority of delegates in eight states to win the nomination.

The rules will be changed for 2016 according to Reince Priebus during an interview with Dana Bash.

“The rules committee for the 2016 convention will decide what that rule is,” Priebus said. “So now — and there’s nothing mysterious about that. You know, I tend to be a person who likes to keep things the way they are. But that’s not my decision, though, Dana. I’m not the person that gets to decide. The delegates that get elected in each of these states make the decisions for what the rules for the 2016 convention will say. And I’m not saying anything nefarious. This is just the way it is.”

PRIEBUS: “So you could be voting at the (INAUDIBLE) — go ahead.”

Ms. Bash asked Priebus about changing the rules in this environment.

Mr. Priebus said,

“Well, I mean — There is (sic) always risks to every decision that you make. But there will always be a perception problem if people continue to miss — to not explain the process properly. So the 2012 rules committee writes the rules for the 2012 convention. The 2016 rules committee writes the rules for the 2016 convention.

Are you trying to say that the rules committee that was made up of Romney delegates should write — should enforce the rules for the 2016 convention which will largely be made up of Trump/Cruz delegates? I mean, that wouldn’t make any sense, would it? I mean, that’s what I don’t understand. This is very simple. The delegates get elected. The delegates fill the slots on these different committees, and there’s many committees. There’s platform, rules, credentials. Those delegates make the decisions on the governance of the convention that they’re a part of. That’s really simple to me.”

So, will they change the rules to say you have to have been the governor of Ohio, must finish lower than 30% in the majority of the primaries and be unkempt to have your name put into nomination? That should get Kasich in.



  1. TO CLARIFY: Rule 40 says the winning nominee has to
    win A MAJORITY* OF DELEGATES in at least eight states or territories.

    * …as in “50% +1 of all available delegates”, as opposed to a plurality (more delegates than the others).

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