Early Primary States Receive Their Punishments

You states have been very, very naughty.

RNC Chairman Reince Prebius has handed down the official punishment for early caucus and primary states, and Florida, New Hampshire, Michigan, Arizona and South Carolina will all be losing half of their delegates because of the calendar brouhaha, even though Florida was the one who officially started it all.

Via The Hill, Prebius stated, “Iím not going to lock [Florida] out of the convention, but they, by rule, will automatically lose half of their delegates. There is no discretion. There is no coming back. There is no kumbaya thatís going to happen in a few months, and the nominee isnít going to be able to do anything about it. Theyíre going to lose half of their delegates, and thatís a pretty serious penalty.Ē

Still, many think that the order is merely a slap on the wrist, and that by the time the actual voting at the convention comes, the party will be unified behind one candidate, making the punishment meaningless.† “Josh Putnam, a visiting professor at Davidson College and an elections expert, said that the issue was how the penalties would be enforced. In a conversation in September, he speculated that if there was a presumptive nominee by the time the convention rolled around, that person was likely to allow all the states to have their full number of delegates ‘to unify the party behind him.’Ē

If the penalty ends up not affecting the nomination at all, expect the 2016 calendar to be even more frantic and early than 2012.


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Brian M.
Past Member 6 years ago

The Republican Party is purging so much this year that one might think it bulimic.

Wayne M.
Wayne M6 years ago

If all citizens are going to have the right to have a meaningful choice in their party's nominee for President,then it seems to me that all primaries should be held on the same day or within a reasonable time of each other and that the results of the votes should not be revealed until all primaries are complete. As it stands now, the party nominees for President are essentially chosen by a very few voters in a few states with early primaries.

Amie K.
Amie K6 years ago

What - no Steve R rant on Robin? Is the Earth still spinning?


Jean W.
Jean Wall6 years ago

Given the overwhelming level of distrust and dissatisfaction with government that is expressed by the populace, it almost seems that we wish we had a Parlimentary system and could vote "no confidence" and call new elections. The closest we can get with our system is to have interminable "election seasons" and vye for earlier and earlier influence on candidate selection. "Presidential hopefuls" are increasingly becoming de facto representatves of public opinion in the face of an atmosphere wherein many people feel unrepresented in the belt way.

Jimmy Spyder
J Spyder6 years ago

Ha,Ha,ha!!! Only Fools rush in!

Louise D.
Louise D6 years ago

Well, they do have to keep out Florida as everyone knows Florida is America's Wang and well their impression of the GOP Elephant is just so tasteless it is no wonder they locked them out.

cal shummon
cal Shummon6 years ago

Ms.Ellie Font'e wrote for the GOP let's all do the pachederm shuffle
while Mr, Jack a. Ass wrote let's all do the doubletalk,forked tongue Romble.
I just want to Stomple the Romble!