If the RNC rules apply to all candidates, and not just some candidates, and the RNC’s very own precedence is applied equally – then Donald J. Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for 2016. It’s a done deal. Game over.
But, do the RNC rules apply to all candidates, and not just some candidates, will the RNC’s very own precedence be applied equally in 2016?
“…the Republican National Committee (RNC) declared Romney the presumptive nominee on April 25 and put its resources behind him….On May 29, Romney reached the nominating threshold of 1,144 delegates…and was congratulated by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for “securing the delegates needed to be our party’s official nominee at our convention…”
NOTE: Obviously the 2016 rules were changed to require 1,237 delegates this time to win the nomination – instead of only 1,144 delegates like last time.
There is a whole lot to look at, a whole lot to think about, and a whole lot to contemplate in the 2012 GOP presidential nominee timeline shown above. The mathematically eliminated Ted Cruz, and his devoted followers, continue to screech: rules are rules. But when we take a look at the 2012 timeline above, some glaring rules are rules contradictions take center stage.
In 2012 the RNC declared Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee 34 days before Romney secured the delegates needed to win the nomination. In 2012 the GOP presidential primary voting continued until June 26th. In other words, Mitt Romney was declared the presumptive nominee by the RNC 63 days before the end of all GOP presidential primary voting.
Today is April 30th, 2016. GOP presidential primary voting continues until June 7th. That is 39 days from now. So…Let’s review. In 2012 the RNC declared Mitt Romney the presumptive nominee 34 days before Romney secured the delegates needed to win the nomination, the RNC declared Romney the presumptive nominee 63 days before the end of all GOP presidential primary voting.
Today, we only have 39 more days of primary voting, and both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have been mathematically eliminated. WTF?
According to the RNC’s own rules and precedence: Donald J. Trump is the 2016 GOP presumptive nominee.
Rules are rules?