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.

#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,

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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 #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

obama the frightening disaster: US central command twitter & youtube accounts hacked by #isis

The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command has been hacked, and is carrying messages promoting the Islamic State — including one that says, “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.”

Another page shows what appears to be an image from a computer web cam in a military facility. An accompanying tweet says, “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.”

Central Command officials say they are “aware” of the issue and are “addressing” it.

“This is bad,” one Central Command source told Fox News.

The Twitter account now carries an image identifying the page as “CyberCaliphate,” with a message that says, “I love you ISIS.”

The page has started posting screen shots of information about military commanders, including phone numbers and email addresses.

The same image at the top of the hacked Twitter page has also been emblazoned atop Central Command’s YouTube page.

Fox News:

gov #palin: “noticeable absence – man who promised in ’08 to restore america’s image…nominated for #nobelpeaceprize 2wks into this failed presidency”

After the atrocious attacks of September 11th, the world unified behind our great nation, stiffened its collective spine, and took a stand against Islamic terrorism. Following last week’s brutal attacks in Paris by Muslims with the same evil terroristic beliefs as the 9/11 savages, today the world came together again against the death cult that is the radical Islamic “faith.” The largest crowd in Paris’ history just proclaimed “Je Suis Charlie” as Germany’s Prime Minister locked arms with the President of France and marched the streets that her country had occupied generations ago. The heroic Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the King and Queen of Jordan, the UK’s Prime Minister, the President of Mali, the Palestinian President, and so many others all put differences aside to proclaim, “Enough is enough! Evil shall not triumph!”

There was one noticeable absence – the man who promised in 2008 to restore America’s image around the world…the man nominated for the Nobel Peace prize just two weeks into this failed Presidency…the man who would seek to destroy those who effectively question what he is doing to America and her allies. Where was President Obama? Or even, in his stead, Vice President Biden? Secretary Kerry? I’ve no idea what took precedence on our President’s schedule this weekend, but America was MIA as the rest of the civilized world unified against Islamic fundamentalism.

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I humbly dare speak for many concerned Americans tonight in asking, “Good God, Mr. President, we were once known as the leader of the free world, standing for what is right! You must not let America’s sacrifices be in vain. When will you learn that actions speak louder than your words?”

To the people of France, please know that we, the American people, stand with you in this fight against the insanity that is Islamic fundamentalism. Americans love our fellow man seeking peace, so we cry with you, “Je suis Charlie!”

There are more of us than there are of them. Barack Hussein Obama, do not give an inch to this evil.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/America-snubs-historic-Paris-r…

– Sarah Palin

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dec #jobsreport: record 55,807,000 women unemployed; labor participation rate 26yr Low

A record 55,807,000 women 16 years and older did not participate in the labor force in December, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This means that 55,807,000 women in the United States did not have a job and did not actively seek one in the past four weeks.

The number of women not in the labor force increased from 55,195,000 in November to 55,807,000 in December, an increase of 612,000.

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The participation rate for women hit a record low for this year of 56.6 percent, which also matches the 56.6 percent seen in September 1988, a 26-year low. The labor force participation rate, as calculated by the BLS, is the percentage of this population that either has a job or actively sought one in the last four weeks.

The number of employed women decreased from 69,247,000 in November to 69,042,000 in December, a decline of 205,000. However, the number of unemployed women also declined from 4,195,000 in November to 3,878,000 in December, which means there were 317,000 less unemployed women in September.

The unemployment rate for women declined from 5.7 percent in November to 5.3 in December.

CNS News: Dec #JobsReport: Record 55,807,000 women unemployed; Labor Participation Rate 26yr

holy crap: 93 million adults not working or real unemployment is 37.3% @drudge @sarahpalinu

A record 92,898,000 Americans 16 years and older did not participate in the labor force last month, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS defines people not in the work force as people 16 years and up who are not employed and haven’t “made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week.” The labor force participation rate — or the “The labor force as a percent of the civilian noninstitutional population” — also dipped back down to 62.7 percent, from 62.9 percent in November.

September also saw a labor force participation rate of 62.7 percent, however prior to then, the last time the rate hit 62.7 percent was in February of 1978.

While the level of labor force participation declined — due not only to potentially discouraged workers but also baby boomers hitting retirement age — the BLS reported Friday that in December the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent, payroll jobs increased by 252,000 but 456,000 dropped out in November.

“Today’s solid employment report caps off a strong year for the U.S. labor market, which achieved a number of important milestones in 2014,” Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in a statement. “Total job growth last year was the strongest since 1999, while the unemployment rate fell at the fastest pace in three decades.”

“Although nominal wages fell in December, inflation-adjusted wages have generally been rising, and job growth has picked up in sectors that traditionally provide good, middle-class jobs,” he added.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reacted to the labor news by touting the jobs bills the new Republican Congress have been pushing, including the Keystone pipeline.

“It’s always welcome news when more Americans find work,” he said. “Yet while the economy is showing some signs of improvement, far too many middle-class families are struggling to bridge the gap between rising costs and stubbornly flat paychecks.”

RECORD 92,898,000 AMERICANS NOT IN THE WORKFORCE