gop “rule 40b” makes brokered convention impossible, only @realdonaldtrump qualifies to be nominee

A little know GOP rule was put into place in 2011, to help Mitt Romney secure the nomination and prevent an outsider like Ron Paul from using delegate tricks to become the nominee or force a brokered convention: Rule 40b.

The rule is now haunting the GOP establishment as they watch their party apparatus getting dominated by Trump, and Trump beating them with their own rules to prevent such an occurrence from happening.
In Layman’s terms:

The Rule prevents a candidate who does not meet a qualifying threshold (which only Trump has reached) from being considered on the Second Ballot.

In short: The establishment cannot stop Trump. It’s over.

Even John Boehner admits this. (LINK)

Breitbart:

Technically, most of the analysts citing Rule 40 are referring to the current version of Rule 40(b), which sets a certain minimum threshold for candidates at the Republican National Convention. According to this rule, candidates must arrive at the convention with a majority of the delegates from eight states or territories, or else they are disqualified from the first round. In most elections, this is a mere formality because the clear winner of the nomination is well-known before the convention begins, making the convention an extended infomercial for the party and its nominee.

Of course, there is good reason to suspect the Republican convention will be rather more exciting this year. Gidley noted there is apprehension among front-runner Donald Trump’s supporters that the GOP Establishment will use some “shenanigans” to “steal” the nomination from him at the convention. Among those shenanigans could be changing Rule 40 to bring candidates who don’t meet the established minimum threshold into the game.

There are two ghosts from the 2012 election haunting the Shakespearean drama of the 2016 primary, and Gidley invoked them both in a single breath: Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.

“This is actually called the ‘Ron Paul Rule.’ The Romney people put this in place,” Gidley explained. “The Establishment hurt Ron Paul, but I think this Establishment rule will actually help Donald Trump.”

ule 40 “was an effort to stop the Ron Paul faction from gaining traction at the convention,” Gidley recalled. “And now we see the fruits of that rule, which was designed to stop Ron Paul, could effectively stop the Establishment.”

“The second part of the rule is, you can’t even count votes for anybody else who doesn’t meet that threshold,” he pointed out. “So people can try to submit votes for other people — like Kasich, or like Rubio, or like Romney — but if you haven’t won a majority of the delegates in eight states, you can’t be on any ballot, at any time. First, second, third, fourth, fifth — it doesn’t matter.”

It has been suggested that the Rules Committee will simply change Rule 40 to arrange whatever outcome is necessary to block Trump, but Gidley was skeptical of this idea. Normally, a presumptive candidate who has reached the “magic number” of bound delegates needed to secure the nomination can control the rules. If Trump is held below that 1,237-delegate threshold this year, the Rules Committee could theoretically rewrite the rules to hurt him, but Gidley anticipated sheer chaos if such tactics were employed.

Breaking: GOP “rule 40b” makes brokered convention impossible, only Trump qualifies to be nominee.

global terror (#islam) spiked 81% in 2014 (@barackobama’s islam killed 32,727)

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) — The State Department said the number of terrorist attacks and people killed by terrorists worldwide spiked in 2014, largely due to the rise in Islamic State extremists in the Middle East and the Boko Haram in Africa.

The annual Country Report on Terrorism found terror groups have ramped up their ability to inflict mass casualties, saying the total number of terrorist-attack-related fatalities jumped 81 percent to 32,727 in 2014. The total number of attacks increased by 35 percent to 13,463. Pakistan and India terrorist activities also contributed to the increase, the report said. More than 9,400 people were taken hostage or kidnapped, three times more than in 2013.

The report stated the IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has replaced al-Qaida as a major extremist group.

“The prominence of the threat once posed by core al-Qaida diminished in 2014, largely as a result of continued leadership losses suffered by the AQ core in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the report said. “AQ leadership also appeared to lose momentum as the self-styled leader of a global movement in the face of ISIL’s rapid expansion and proclamation of a Caliphate.”

When asked by reporters at a State Department briefing Friday about the effectiveness of the U.S. in combating terrorism globally, Tina Kaidanow, the department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said “the numbers don’t tell the whole story.”

“They’re geographically very much in conflict areas and the lethality of those attacks have really gone up because of the savagery of them,” she said.

The report blamed weak and failed governments, especially in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for offering an “enabling environment” for such groups.

State Department: Global terror-attack fatalities spiked 81 percent in 2014

#trump: i’d ‘love’ to have #palin in my admin in an official capacity (#palin2016)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would “love” to have former Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in his campaign in an official capacity on Monday’s broadcast of “The Palin Update” on Mama Grizzly Radio.

Trump said of Palin being “along in some official capacity, “I’d love that.” He continued, “Because she really is somebody that knows what’s happening, and she’s a special person, she’s really a special person, and I think people know that. And she’s got a following that’s unbelievable. … Everybody loves her.”

He added that the other GOP candidates are “weak” and “ineffective,” and “the Sarah Palin kind of strength, you just don’t see very much of it anymore.”

(h/t Right Wing Watch)

TRUMP: I’D ‘LOVE’ TO HAVE PALIN IN MY ADMIN IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY

Donald Trump Would Consider Tapping Sarah Palin For Future Trump Administration

#trump interview: ‘admire #palin’ political media ‘amazingly dishonest’ (#palin2016)

In the Palin Update radio program released Monday, host Kevin Scholla interviews 2016 Presidential candidate and American success story Donald Trump, offers his admiration for Governor Palin.

In addition, Trump gave his take on the “amazingly dishonest” political media, taking on “weak, ineffective” politicians in both major political parties, the pathetic treatment of veterans, “nuclear climate change,” his run for the White House, and how he plans to make America great again.

Scholla opened by noting the massive media attacks against Trump, reminiscent of severe attacks on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

“One of the things I most admire about her (Palin) is that she took so much nonsense, lies and disgusting lies. She handles it so well. She’s tough and smart and just a great woman so it’s an honor to be with you today,” Trump said. “I still have people saying, get Sarah’s support, get Sarah’s support, no matter where I go…everybody loves her.”

Scholla recalled that Palin and Trump have had several meetings, including one during Palin’s Monument Tour, when they sat down for pizza in New York City.

Scholla asked Trump whether he would seek out Palin’s counsel or might he bring her along in an “official capacity” in the event of a Trump administration.

“I’d love that because she really is somebody that knows what’s happening,” Trump responded. He noted that her “following that is unbelievable,” calling those supporters a “tremendously loyal group of people out there for her. I think now maybe more so than ever.” He continued, “I’m looking at some of these candidates, they’re weak, they’re ineffective.”

Trump referenced the volumes of Americans that “like the Sarah Palin kind of strength. You just don’t see very much of it anymore.”

Scholla asked Trump about calling out weak politicians such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as Jeb Bush,

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

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, and Lindsay Graham.

“That’s right they’re not doing their job,” Trump responded. “You look at what’s happening with the veterans. The veterans are being treated like third class citizens. It’s horrible what’s going on and John McCain is so involved with the veterans, but nothing happens because they’re politicians ultimately.”

Trump then went after selective media reporting. “It’s interesting, cause I know the same thing would happen to Sarah a lot. When somebody attacks me viciously, you know they call me names, horrible names, then I attack them (attackers), they (media) don’t report what they other people said so it looks like I’m just, out of nowhere making things up about like a Lindsay Graham or this character Rick Perry. That’s another beauty, all of a sudden he attacks and you attack back and you say something very rational, but they (media) don’t show that you aren’t the one that started it.”

“The political media is amazingly dishonest,” Trump told the listening audience.

Last week Palin commented on McCain and Trump based on her relationship with each of the two men. “Both men have more in common than the today’s media hype would have you believe.” She noted McCain’s heroic service to the country as well as Trump’s heroism “in another arena.”

Trump is the candidate giving voice to untold millions of fed-up Americans witnessing a purposeful destruction of our economy and the equal opportunity for success that made America exceptional. We’re watching career politicians throw away our kids’ future through bankrupting public budgets and ripping open our porous borders which, obvious to all us non-politicians, puts us at great risk. Everywhere I go, hard-working patriotic Americans – not “crazies” or “wacko birds” – ask me to pass on to Mr. Trump encouragement to keep educating the masses about true ramifications of illegal immigration, and in general the real state of our union.

Trump referenced a recent poll out of Nevada, which he commented on during his trip to the U.S.-Mexico border last week as well. The poll puts him significantly in the lead of the GOP field of 2016 Presidential candidates and shows considerable Hispanic support. Trump said this is because he will bring back jobs, and that is what resonates with Americans. His campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

“The real climate change is going to be nuclear climate change if we’re not smart and tough and very, very careful cause that’s a big danger and that’s a real danger,” Trump then commented regarding Obama’s climate change agenda. “We have people chopping off heads and he’s (Obama) talking about climate change.”

The 2016 candidate recalled some early work on former President Ronald Reagan’s campaign.

Trump and Scholla discussed recent events involving Planned Parenthood, the Chattanooga attack, and the Iran deal. They noted the proclivity of many candidates today to check polling data before issuing their opinions on issues instead of speaking with conviction from the heart.

Trump noted Bush’s apprehension in answering with his position onwhether going into Iraq was a good idea. “You have to say what’s in your heart, what’s in your brain and you have to be honest. I mean these guys go back, they don’t want to give an answer until they have it polled and that’s not government in my opinion.”

Both Palin and Trump have stared down aggressive media attacks. Palin commented on June 17, “Mr. Trump should know he’s doing something right when the malcontents go ballistic in the press! There is no denying Donald J. Trump‘s accomplishments and drive to create opportunity for every willing American to succeed.”

Trump called Palin revered, saying she, “is somebody that people respect and admire and she speaks to so many people. I don’t think even think she knows how important she is and maybe that’s part of the beauty of Sarah Palin.”

Trump closed, “Right now this country’s going down and its going down badly and quickly and Sarah understood that maybe earlier than most, but our country’s going down and we have to make it great again.”

Scholla told Breitbart News following the interview, “Mr. Trump is a good man who cares deeply for our veterans and America as a whole. Just like Sarah Palin he’s not afraid to call out politicians from either side of the aisle if they are doing harm to our nation. In talking to Mr. Trump I get the sense that he is genuine. His admiration for Governor Palin is undeniable and there’s no doubt he loves our exceptional country.”

You can listen to the program and interview in its entirety at Mama Grizzly Radio.

TRUMP INTERVIEW: ‘ADMIRE PALIN,’ POLITICAL MEDIA ‘AMAZINGLY DISHONEST,’ REAL CLIMATE CHANGE ‘NUCLEAR’

governor sarah #palin accomplishments #palin2016

Yes, a candidate should have a record. I challenge all potential candidates to match this. To be fair and give other candidates a fair chance, I did not include her achievements as a Council woman or Mayor, though these achievements must be duly noted by all.  Besides, I was getting tired from typing.

Here’s our Candidate’s Record…Governor Sarah Palin

You will notice she serves for the people; she prioritizes, cutting taxes, building surpluses and savings, then appropriates to programs that help education, seniors, and children with special needs!

  • 93% Historic High approval rating
  • Cut State Spending 9.5% 2007 to 2010
  • Reduced Federal Earmarks 80%
  • Invested $5 billion dollars State Savings
  • Overhauled Education Funding
  • Implemented Senior Benefits Program
  • Used her authority to Line item VETO to cut superfluous spending in 2007
  • Used her authority in 2008 to VETO 361 line items to reduce $80.3 million in proposed spending in 2009
  • Cut SPENDING more than 33% in FY 2010 from FY 2009’s Budget
  • Signed energy legislation suspending the state motor fuel tax
  • Signed legislation opposing a Federal Aviation fuel tax
  • Lowered unemployment insurance tax rates (2 years in a row)
  • Reformed State Pension program resulting in decreasing debt liabilities by 34%
  • Her fiscal policies were responsible for Credit upgrade from AA to AA+ in April 2008 (Standard and Poor)
  • Her fiscal policies were responsible for Credit upgrade from AA+ to AAA in November 2010 (Moody’s)
  • Accumulation of multiple budget reserves equal to more than 200% of the general fund budget due to Legislation like ACES
  • $12 Billion dollars in savings due to ACES and a $5 Billion dollar surplus
  • Spent less on travel expenses than her two predecessors despite having a larger family. $913 Thousand less her first two years than Murkowski did his last two years
  • She rejected a gubernatorial pay raise
  • Signed ACES, a net tax on oil profits passed in a bipartisan manner and transparency. Constituents had 17 days to read a draft of the bill before legislators discussed it
  • Record number of oil jobs in each year from 2007, when ACES was implemented, to 2009
  • Number of Oil companies filling taxes with the state doubled between 2006 and 2009 due to ACES
  • Natural resources and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palins tenure
  • Introduced the Alaska Gasoline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. Passed the Legislature in huge bipartisan manner by a vote of 57-1 in May 2007
  • Served as Vice Chair of the National Governors Association
  • Served as the Natural Resource Committee and Chairman of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission
  • Chair, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
  • Alaska was 2nd in job growth compared to all other states during her leadership
  • Alaska was 3rd in the nation in terms of change in the unemployment rate relative to the national average
  • Alaska saw record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009.
  • Cut business license fees in half during her tenure
  • Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax friendly state to the 3rd most business
  • friendly state during her tenure
  • Signed legislation allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as our of state businesses, within Alaska
  • Alaska’s exports grew to a record high $4 Billion in 2006, a 12.6% increase
  • Alaska’s exports for 2007 reached $3.9 Billion, the second best year for exports
  • Fought for and signed sweeping BIPARTISAN Ethics legislation which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws
  • In the face of corruption Gov. Palin took on her own party
  • Gov. Palin opened up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties
  • Gov. Palin DID NOT ALLOW lobbyists in her office
  • Forward funded EDUCATION to allow districts greater flexibility.
  • Supported increased vocational training and early education funding
  • Offered to PERSONALLY TALK to students considering dropping out of school
  • Opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical school
  • Increased overall funding for SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION 175%
  • Increased funding for the Alaska Youth Challenge Academy 18.8% in her first year in office
  • Gov. Palin’s FY 2008 Capital budget included $2.5 Million for special needs housing which included $250 Thousand for SPECIAL OLYMPICS facility upgrades
  • Introduced health care TRANSPARENCY LEGISLATION to provide consumers factual information on QUALITY and COST to make better informed decisions
  • Recognized that healthcare must be MARKET AND BUSINESS driven, rather than RESTRICTED by Government
  • Proposed repeal of Certificate of Need- A layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development
  • ESTABLISHED the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council in the Office of the Governor
  • REDUCED Medicaid assessments for Seniors, those who are disabled and those who are ill by 83% of her predecessor
  • EXPANDED Alaska’s Senior benefits program even signing emergency authorization between the legislatures general and special sessions
  • Joined multi-state amicus brief authored by the state of Texas in support of the 2nd Amendment right of individual Americans to bear arms
  • Life member of the National Rifle Association
  • Chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education noting state and local standards and accountability are better
  • Transitioned responsibility for the quality of Alaska water resources from Federal to STATE CONTROL
  • Commander in chief of National Guard and also the Alaska State Defense Force
  • Shared STRATGIC COMMAND over the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaskan National Guard which is on permanent duty
  • Gov. Palin was briefed on highly classified military issues, Homeland Security, and Counterterrorism
  • Supports both parental notification and parental consent laws for abortion
  • Supported state constitutional amendments or legislation that would have stated abortion is not a right & made coerced abortion a crime
  • Signed the “Safe Haven” bill into law
  • Extended the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Made it Mandatory that the governor and the Board of Parole to work together to ensure any decision on clemency is based on a thorough review of the case and made in deference to victims and their families
  • Expanded Alaska Homeless Council
  • Directed multi departmental effort to improve aviation safety
  • Signed aviation, consumer protection legislation

By Wayne Mazza: Full List Governor Palin Accomplishments & Views on Issues

sarah palin is one of us, not one of them. #palin2016

The Thursday, February 5, article “Not Sarah Palin — not again,” by Jerry Shenk, struck me as dead wrong on all counts.

1st, Sarah Palin is one of us, not one of them.

2nd, the country needs a healer – someone who can rise above the mass media’s hate-fueled attacks while working to bring sanity back to government and ideological balance back to both major parties.  Sarah Palin can do this: she’s a deeply committed conservative who has consistently shown, and not just as governor and McCain’s running mate, but throughout her personal and political life, both an ability to work with the other side and a willingness to listen to others.

3rd, Palin is electable – whether she takes Scott Walker, Michele Bachmann, or Newt Gingrich along doesn’t really matter.  With her at the top of the ticket, the media will go berserk, and the same four million Tea Party voters who stayed home in 2012 will put her into the White House with a massive majority.

Palin excites where Democrats organize.  It almost doesn’t matter which dino you look at, the differences between a Palin rally and one of theirs are striking.  Even Warren (who I think will head up the ticket if for no other reason than the fact that following a faux American with a faux Pocahontas seems natural) can only marshal, not excite, her voters.  Look at Palin campaign videos posted on blogs and other non-major media sites, and you’ll see people getting emotionally involved, feeling the energy, talking to strangers, and expressing hope.  None of that happens when Clinton, Warren, or Obama speaks.  There you see the unmistakable signs of the few manipulating the many: people standing silently or in small groups that came together and will leave together, people throwing garbage on the floors, “spontaneous” demonstrators waving professionally made signs, and carefully cued cheering.

4th, she’s right much more often than most.  Almost every time she’s said something since 2007, the media have jumped all over how stupid she is, and later remembered only their own vitriol when time proved her right.

5th, the woman’s character is unimpeachable.  For eight years now she’s been the primary target for every liberal fascist from MSNBC and the New York Times to the Daily Kos – and none of them have found a thing.  As Romney discovered, it doesn’t matter whom the GOP puts up; the same campaign machine that can dedicate man-months of FBI time to Bridgegate but is unable to find even a smidgen of corruption at the IRS will go after even the most liberal candidate with all guns blazing.

So, bottom line?  Yes, Sarah, finally – because she’s what the country needs: hope, warmth, engagement, honesty; the kind of real Americanness that can come from only a true conservative: one who can make tough decisions, values contrary opinion, and never loses her moral compass.

Paul Murphy: Finally: Sarah Palin, yes

 

governor #palin: highest favorability in gop 2016 field #palin2016

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Though former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not included in a Public Policy Polling survey of potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders, she was still overwhelmingly the most liked person among Republican primary voters.

According to Public Policy Polling:

The best liked person we tested on this poll with Republican primary voters is actually Sarah Palin who has a 70/20 favorability rating. She’s followed by Huckabee at 64/18, Ryan at 58/18, Paul at 58/21, Bush at 56/18, Cruz at 45/20, and Christie at 40/38. Most of those numbers are similar to what they were a month ago but Christie’s seen a substantial drop from +18 at 47/29 a month ago to his new +2 net favorability.

The left-leaning polling outfit asked Republican primary voters, “Given the choices of Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Scott Walker, who would you most like to see as the GOP candidate for President in 2016?”

Huckabee led among the group with 16% to 14% for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; 13% for Chris Christie; 11% for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); 8% each for Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Paul Ryan (R-WI); 6% for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; and 5% for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Ten percent of respondents either wanted someone else or were unsure of their preference.

The poll asked respondents how they viewed Palin in a separate question at the conclusion of the poll, and Palin’s favorability numbers show why former South Carolina Senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said that Palin’s endorsement was the most influential in a Republican primary. The poll was conducted January 23 to 26 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.

Breitbart’s Tony Lee: POLL: SARAH PALIN HAS HIGHEST FAVORABILITY RATING AMONG GOP PRIMARY VOTERS