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Draft Romney? The Republican Establishment Made Their Own Plan Impossible

In the latest Real Clear Politics average of the polls Trump, Carson and Cruz together hold a solid 58.8 percent of the GOP primary vote. Add outsider candidates Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina to the mix and the vote for the outsider candidates jumps to a super majority of 64.8 percent of the Republican primary electorate. 

As Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and Senator Ted Cruz have dominated the Republican debates and polls – especially in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – the Republican establishment has begun to panic that their hold on the GOP is about to be broken by a wave of populist outrage at the feckless leadership of the Party’s Capitol Hill Barons. 

Mitt RomneyThe most recent signs of just how deep the panic in the Washington Cartel is are the articles promoting the idea that GOP leaders could somehow “draft” Mitt Romney to step in and replace Jeb Bush as the establishment horse in the 2016 race – and that with their blessing Romney would magically become the Republican Party’s 2016 nominee. 

This talk of drafting Romney is absurd for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that there’s absolutely no evidence that Trump, Carson and Cruz voters would abandon their preferred candidate and rush headlong to support the failed 2012 candidate who was universally judged to have run an incompetent content-free campaign that was devoid of any mention of the issues that concern those voters. 

But there’s another more subtle reason that the media hasn’t – and probably won’t – talk about, because it goes against the narrative they wish to promote. 

And that is that in 2012 the establishment Republican oligarchs changed the Republican Party rules to make it almost impossible for a candidate who did not compete in, and win, Republican primary elections to mount a challenge at the Republican National Convention. 

Many Republican primaries that had previously awarded delegates on a proportional basis were changed to award delegates on a “winner take all” basis, thus stripping second and third place finishers of any delegates that might go to the Floor of the Convention and agitate for their candidate. 

The Party rules were also changed – at the behest of the Romney campaign’s insider lawyer Ben Ginsberg – to strip delegates of any discretion in who they voted for at the Convention. 

Prior to 2012, Convention delegates who were elected by Republican primary voters had (at least in theory) the discretion to vote for whomever they wished; they were not necessarily bound to vote for the winner of their state’s Republican Primary. 

The Romney campaign, fearing that Ron Paul supporters in many state delegations would vote for Dr. Paul rather than Romney, sent Ginsburg to the meeting of the Rules Committee to demand that these so-called “faithless delegates” be stripped of their office if they refused to support the winner of their state’s primary. 

Virginia’s Morton Blackwell, a member of the Republican National Committee’s Standing Committee on Rules and on the National Convention's Committee on Rules and Order of Business said these are “rules changes that could fundamentally change our Republican Party -- and not for the better.” 

Ultimately, the GOP establishment prevailed and the Party Rules were changed to allow presidential campaigns to, in essence, “fire” duly elected delegates they don’t like and replace them with individuals of their own choosing – thereby eliminating any opportunity for so-called faithless delegates to cast a vote contrary to the results of their state’s primary election. 

At the same time the GOP Party Rules were changed to make the Convention less democratic, the primary election calendar was also changed – it was front-loaded. It was thought at the time that front-loading the calendar would advantage the candidate with the most money and establishment support, and avoid a long drawn out primary season.  

There was of course no way Dr. Paul was going to defeat Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention, no matter what a handful of delegates did.  

The concern of the Romney campaign and the Republican insiders who manipulated the process at its bidding was that Romney’s carefully choreographed coronation would somehow be spoiled if a dozen grassroots activists voted for Ron Paul, thereby dispelling the phony party unity they were trying to enforce. 

But being only focused on granting the whims of their latest paymasters, the establishment Republican insiders who ran the 2012 Convention couldn’t foresee the rise of an entire class of outsider candidates dominating the pre-primary news and polls in 2016. 

Much as the media likes to promote the idea of a "brokered Convention," those Party rules changes mean the that to compete at the Convention a candidate must run in and win Republican primary elections and caucuses that are now less than three months away,

The rules changes demanded by Romney in 2012 have now come back to haunt the Republican establishment, and make it virtually impossible to put together a successful “Draft Romney” campaign at the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

Winston Churchill is alleged to have said that “democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried.” 

In the ludicrous idea of drafting Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate it looks like the Republican establishment plans to give oligarchy one more try, before democracy, in the form of the populist tide of 2016, swamps them by handing the Republican presidential nomination to Trump, Carson or Cruz.

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Romney

You guys are determined to shoot yourselves in the foot...he cannot win...you tried that already!!!

We didn't want Romney in 2012 & we certainly oppose the idea now

We hope the reader understands that we are adamantly opposed to the idea of drafting Romney.

To quote the article:

This talk of drafting Romney is absurd for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that there’s absolutely no evidence that Trump, Carson and Cruz voters would abandon their preferred candidate and rush headlong to support the failed 2012 candidate who was universally judged to have run an incompetent content-free campaign that was devoid of any mention of the issues that concern those voters.

Romney and the Establishment trickery

It is truly amazing to see just how far the Republican establishment is willing to go, even to the point of destroying what is left of the party by pulling such "Machiavellian" stunts. Being too afraid of taking a "Principled" stand and attacking those who desire substance with a lot of "moderate" drivel is completely incomprehensible to me based upon recent history!

Haven't these "Beltway" clowns and RINOs learned anything from previous runs by such painfully "moderate" candidates whose runs only ensured the loss of elections and a further erosion of our sovereignty, not to mention, the embarrassment such stupid losses remind us of!? Apparently not!!

This gambit (if they chose to even attempt it) is doomed to fail and, will be the final straw for a good many of us who are (and I stress, ARE!) the base of the party. Can it be that this many people can be so out of touch with the mood of the electorate (both parties)?

With this being said, I will not support or continence any candidate "chosen" in some smoke-filled, back room by the "anointed" Establishment, Beltway leadership. Of that! You can take to the bank and, I can assure you that there are a great many us out there who will not vote for the "lesser of two evils" just because they call themselves "Republicans".

Who remembers the Whig party and what happened to it?! For what its worth!

Romney

The GOP lost with Romney. Does it want to lose again? I voted for him because there wasn't anyone else but we lost! Romney won't get the votes. I will NOT vote for any professional politician - they all lie! The GOP can't even get the Republican Congress & Senate to stand up against Obama. The professional politicians promise anything & everything & then do as they please.

And you're doing the same thing - you are NOT listening the Country; you're still trying to do it your way! Well, you keep losing too & you will continue to do that if you put Romney in again!

If you all haven't figured that out with whats been going on in the last six months, Lord help you because our Great Country is going down the drain to the Socialists & terrorists!

Candyce Clanton

Romney

Leave us alone. We have our candidates already.