One of the serious problems (among many) with the Republican Party and the nomination process, is that the party allows “open primaries,” meaning that registered Democrats are allowed to vote in Republican primaries.
This gives the opposition party the ability to nominate the candidate who is either the furthest to the political left and/or the candidate who will be the most unelectable against the Democrat nominee in the following general election.
It’s always been perplexing why Republicans would want Democrats to choose their presidential nominee, or even influence it in any way, but that is that case and it had a major impact this election cycle, with Donald Trump, a lifelong New York liberal winning most primaries that allowed Democrat participation, and Ted Cruz winning most that only allowed Republican voters.
In a secret meeting in Cleveland on Thursday during a Republican National Convention Rules Committee meeting interrupted by a “computer printer failure” (wink, wink, nod, nod), Ken Cuccinelli reportedly tried to broker a “deal” with RNC chairman Reince Priebus on behalf of #NeverTrump delegates that would make “the first four nominating contests in 2020 be closed — meaning only registered Republicans could participate — and Priebus balked at the idea.”
Uh, hello? He “balked” at the idea?!
Mike Lee "We will cease to be a party if we allow others to vote in our elections and determine our candidates who don't share our values"
— Heather 2472 UNBOUND (@WaverSox) July 15, 2016
This should be a slam dunk decision. Democrats shouldn’t be able to taint the election of Republican candidates in any state — including the first four states and all others.
Priebus’s decision stinks and it adds evidence that America really doesn’t have two political parties — it has one party with two departments.
We have Big Government Party #1, and Big Government Party #2, which allows Big Government Party #1 to choose its presidential nominees.
It’s no wonder that since Ronald Reagan, there has been no thoroughbred conservative nominee. We had a chance this go-around with brilliant, principled constitutional conservative Ted Cruz , but the elites in both parties, with an assist from the media, couldn’t allow that to happen.
America needs a third-party anyway — a real conservative party — because the Republican Party stands for nothing and fights for nothing, with the exception of stopping the conservative principles that made America great in the first place.
There is NO good reason for Priebus to want Democrats to influence the selection of the Republican Party. He has some explaining to do.