The first thing to observe, if I was the Republican Party Chairman, is that the war is over and WE The People won. It means that Cold Warrior’s Precinct Committeeman Project has yielded the necessary results so that Republican grassroots conservatives ARE now the establishment. It also means that the worry the old establishment had about getting the NYT, WaPO, NBC, CBS, and ABC to treat them favorably, will have vanished. Our new establishment will use the internet and make use of the phenomena of social media, thus avoiding the tired old media.
The states are having fights again (as they always do), leading up to the Presidential Primary and Caucus calendar. There are calls from New Hampshire for candidates to boycott Nevada, and they want the Republican Chairman to do something to Nevada for not showing New Hampshire enough respect. I believe if I was the chairman I would do my best impersonation of Roberto Duran’s “No mas!”
I don’t believe the Republican Party Chairman has the power to force states to schedule their primary or caucus on a particular day. A Republican Party Chairman hasn’t the power to force candidates for President to not campaign in a state. I would not even set a calendar. Instead of trying the stick of force I would try the carrot of incentive.
For me the most important activity of every state and local Republican Party is to recruit excellent candidates who are nominated by registered Republicans and elected in the General Election. This ought to be a friendly competition by the states so that the state who performs the best in getting Republicans elected are rewarded with being first to have their delegates for the Presidential candidates officially received by the RNC. In other words, no matter what day any state has their primary or caucus is of no consequence as to when the RNC makes the delegate result number official. This tally of official delegates by the RNC can be important for investors who care about who the Republicans are voting for in the primary or caucus.
There is a great need for the Republicans to pick the nominee for the Republican Party instead of letting the Independents and Democrats choose. I created a table below that ranks how presently I, as RNC Chairman, would determine which result from which state I would make official. I say presently, because every four years before a Presidential election, the rankings change. The rankings are not based on any traditions or sentimental favoritism; they’re based upon how well the state performs at holding closed primaries and caucuses, and how successful they are in getting Republicans elected.
States don’t need to worry that the big bad RNC Chairman can force them to do anything they don’t want to do. They also need to realize that they can’t force the RNC Chairman to stop favoring the most Republican of the states. The job is meant to be one that favors Republicans or why even have a Republican Party?
|8||South Dakota||Closed Primary||28|
|13||North Dakota||Closed Caucus||28|
|18||New Mexico||Closed Primary||23|
|23||New York||Closed Primary||95|
|29||Utah||Party members and Independents||40|
|30||Georgia||Party members and Independents||76|
|31||New Hampshire||Party members and Independents||23|
|32||Nebraska||Party members and Independents||35|
|33||Massachusetts||Party members and Independents||41|
|34||North Carolina||Party members and Independents||55|
|35||Ohio||Party members and Independents||66|
|36||Rhode Island||Party members and Independents||19|
|37||West Virginia||Party members and Independents||31|
|38||New Jersey||Party members and Independents||50|
|41||South Carolina||Open Primary||50|
|51||District of Columbia||Closed Primary||19|
|52||Northern Marianas||Closed Caucus||9|
|53||Virgin Islands||Closed Caucus||9|
|55||American Samoa||Open Caucus||9|
|56||Puerto Rico||Open Primary||23|