The Republican National Committee (RNC) is in a panic and seems to be violating its own rules presuming Mitt Romney will be the nominee. However, even with the efforts of both the RNC and Mitt Romney, it is Texas Congressman Ron Paul who is cleaning up in terms of delegates at the state level.
As brought out by Fox News affiliate reporter Ben Swann, not only is the national media content with the idea that Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee, but so is the RNC. But there is still a primary going on and Romney does not yet have the nomination.
According to Rule 11, Section A The Rules of the Republican Party states:
The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from 14 of 41 the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office. In those states where state law establishes a nonpartisan primary in which Republican candidates could participate, but in which the general election may not include a Republican candidate, the candidate endorsed by a convention held under the authority of the state Republican Party shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the Republican nominee.
The RNC is doing the exact opposite. The RNC chairman announced just last week, "Governor Romney's strong performance and delegate count at this stage of the primary process has made him our party's presumptive nominee. In order to maximize our efforts I have directed my staff at the RNC to open lines of communication with the Romney campaign."
The RNC is not supposed to be doing this until they have a nominee and have "prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from 14 of 41 the state involved."
Romney demonstrates the violation of the rule as well on his website. The screenshot was taken today and if you will notice it says in the lower right hand corner, "Already hit your limit? If you’ve given the maximum of $2,500 for the primary and $2,500 for the general election to Romney for President, you can still give to the Romney Victory fund, our joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee by clicking here."
So if you have hit your limit of $2500 in contributions to the Romney campaign, you can still give to Romney via the Republican National Committee. This is in direct violation of RNC Rule 11, Section A as they are not to, "contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office."
Furthermore, the reason they don't have a nominee yet, is because there is still a race for the GOP presidential nominee. It is, despite what the media has been saying, still a two man race. Texas Congressman Ron Paul is still running, has millions to spend, and is actually winning the delegates in the states. Paul has not only won Iowa and Minnesota with a majority of delegates and he is expected to do incredibly well in Maine, Washington State, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Nevada, but this past week, some incredible things took place.
In Louisiana there were a 150 delegates at the district level who will move on to the state level where they will elect 46 delegates to the national convention. Louisiana has bound delegates. On Saturday 111 of the 150 district delegates were for Ron Paul.
Also on Saturday in Mitt Romney's home state of Massachusetts had its own Congressional delegate caucus. They chose 19 delegates to go to the convention. Sixteen of those nineteen are Ron Paul supporters.
Now the conventional wisdom has been that the bound delegates are to vote for the winner of the state in the first round of voting. Should a nominee not be selected, they are then free to vote from whomever they wish.
However, the thing the Ron Paul campaign has picked up on is Rule 38 of the Republican National Convention Rules for 2008 and 2010.
"No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the unit rule."
This allows for all those delegates to vote for Ron Paul and this is what his campaign has been pushing for the entire time. It is also the reason the GOP establishment has gone after him from the very beginning. Paul's campaign is a true blue grassroots effort.
Someone needs to tell this to the GOP strategists though. Taylor Griffin, a GOP strategist at the Washington, D.C.-based Hamilton Place Strategies said, “The bottom line is any attempt to gather more delegates (for Paul) is not likely to yield success. The only person it’s going to help is Barack Obama.” Apparently Mr. Griffin is unaware of Rule 38 and the fact that Paul is picking up the majority of delegates.
Mitt Romney is not as close to having the delegates needed to be the nominee as the media or the GOP would have us believe. In fact, he may be losing the race for the nomination. Since last week Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have possibly lost 62 combined delegates.
Apparently all this has the RNC alarmed as it seems they are wanting to stop the Paul campaign from getting delegates in Nevada on Saturday, according to a report.
With the mainstream media reporting "bound" delegate numbers only and not dealing with Rule 38 and Ron Paul picking up a majority of delegates, there is no doubt that the nominee will be determined at the convention and not before, unless the RNC starts changing its rules mid-game and it seems they are willing to ignore some already.
So what does all of this mean? It means the GOP primary really just started!