An RNC official puts us all in our place, telling us that we don’t elect the nominee but the Party appoints him.
An RNC official just admitted that two corporations determine who will be the major nominees without any choice on the part of the people.
Here is the original story with the interview footage at CNBC.com (interview embedded below).
“The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. He even questioned why primaries and caucuses are held.
The media created the perception? Haugland, who is a member of the RNC Standing Rules Committee, is being totally dishonest. He is portraying the Republican Party as the innocent victim of inaccurate media reporting. But the Republican Party has taken the lead in crafting the deception that the state primaries and caucuses are intended to reflect the will of the people in choosing a candidate.
That’s not the purpose of the primary system. The purpose of the system is to foster the illusion that we are in control. Now that it looks like an “unacceptable” candidate might get more delegates, that deception is being dispensed with. But it is not a deception that “the media” is solely responsible for. It was a deception that the RNC encouraged and benefitted from.
Was Haugland, as an RNC official, told to reveal all on national television? Or did he go off script and give away a secret? The Republican Party’s legitimacy has depended on the widespread idea that they reflect the desires of the people. Without belief in that myth, how long can the GOP last? The Democrat Party is probably no better and faces the same credibility crisis.
No civics textbook teaches school children that the major nominees are chosen by unaccountable corporations. You can’t now admit that and expect no consequences.
This CNBC interview certainly makes John Kasich’s extreme arrogance and confidence seem more understandable. If he is ready to be imposed on an unwilling population, then arrogance and a messianic belief in himself as a “unifier” are job requirements.
Since the whole reason we are facing this situation is due to the rise of Donald Trump, I suppose it might be relevant to reveal that I am not an advocate for Trump. I voted for another candidate.
But you don’t have to be a Trump supporter to realize that the Republican establishment is crossing a line that is going to hurt the country more than Trump.