RNC committee adopts ‘atom bomb’ rule for 2016 calendar

States that jump to the front of the line in the 2016 GOP race for president will be subject to even harsher penalties, according to changes adopted Friday by the rules committee of the Republican National Convention.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a member of that body, just called from Tampa with news.

We all know that Florida agreed to sacrifice half of its 99 delegates this year in order to hold its presidential primary in the calendar space reserved for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

If it tries the same thing next time, Florida – and any other state – will lose all but 12 of its delegates. Nine at-large delegates, plus three members of the Republican National Committee.

Call it the atom-bomb rule. “If you only have 12 delegates to the convention – it makes you wonder if candidates would go to Florida and spend five to ten million dollars to try to win that state for 12 delegates. I think it’s going to make people think long and hard about breaking the rules,” Kemp said.

Republican delegates must approve the rule change during their convention.

Another change to the 2016 calendar: This year, states that held their primaries between March 1 and April 1 were required to award their delegates proportionally – based on a candidate’s performance in the contest.

Georgia was one of them.

Only states that had primaries after April 1 were allowed to hold winner-take-all contests. The distinctions were intended to prevent an early winner – allowing more states to weigh in on the nomination.

In 2016, states will be allowed to hold winner-take-all contests after March 1. Kemp likes that idea. “It simplifies our process, plus it can give us a lot of early influence. We’re a big state,” he said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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25 comments Add your comment


August 24th, 2012
7:39 pm

Each election cycle, the “starting” nominating states should be rotated around. Why is it that the folks of Iowa and New Hampshire always get to select the final few candidates? I say to the Republican (and Democratic) party, “Let us all get a turn in making the early decisions.” Perhaps in 2016, it should be Kansas and Hawaii — anybody but the two states that have had more than their fair share of dictating to the rest of us who will still be on the ballot when it is our turn to vote.


August 24th, 2012
7:40 pm

If I lived in Florida I would have my water hose in hand to tell those damned repub-clowns get the hell off my lawn!


August 24th, 2012
7:57 pm

The GOP is going to adopt the tactics of the EPA:
Don’t fight smog no water recourse funds.
Or the federal highway administration:
Seat belt laws or less road funding.
Or FEMA disaster assistance:
Adopt flood maps or no grants or small business administration loans…


August 24th, 2012
7:58 pm

Trish I think he was born into that sect


August 24th, 2012
7:59 pm

“Many (Tampa) clubs have taken out ads inviting GOP delegates “to party like a liberal” in a city where the “poles are open all night.” City officials say the convention, expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors, could be Tampa’s biggest party ever. Imagine all those rainmakers.

…Republicans are likely to outspend Democrats heavily at topless bars and strip clubs, says Angelina Spencer. She heads the Association of Club Executives, an organization for the nation’s 4,000 “gentleman’s club” owners. The group talked to members in the host cities of past conventions.”

“When we compared spending,” Spencer notes, “the average showed Republicans spending $150 per person at an adult club, versus Democrats, who averaged $50 a person.”



August 24th, 2012
8:10 pm

What is considered a dish in Alabama – a woman with all of her teeth, or just most of them?


August 24th, 2012
8:45 pm

Ahhhh! the touching of the nerves….Mitt can make Birth certificate Jokes…But no mentioning of His MAGIC Underwear……There is something amiss here, JIM!


August 24th, 2012
8:56 pm

Who cares? States may as well jump to the front of the line, seeing as how RNC officials are just going to rewrite their own rules and re-slate duly elected delegates from their per-approved lists anyways. 12 Delegates, 99 Delegates… It doesn’t matter when it’s all scripted behind the scenes by a bunch of RINO hacks.

Look before I leap...

August 24th, 2012
9:19 pm

Want to make the conventions relevant again? Have a single primary day for all the states.
Make it in late June. 180 days to campaign in all 50 states. 5 debates from Jan 1 to Jun 15.
4 top vote getters go to the convention. Leaves 60 days for the potential nominees to craft a message, deliver it and slug it out on the convention floor. The plank gets crafted and the party chooses the candidate who best represents the plank position.

I’d rather see a real convention than a coronation.


August 24th, 2012
9:46 pm

I wonder if all of the Republicans and Fox News talking heads will wear the MAGIC Bloomers in solidarity with the ROMNEY”S or even “Little Horn’s” clan? They will ALL look so CUTE, All down UNDER! :)

How about the POLE DANCERS too in Tampa? Karl Rove is going to P’od! about that one!


August 24th, 2012
10:20 pm

Just dropped by to see if Bernie had broken any major news scoops. He was quoting “Gawker’ this morning!

Talk about someone tuned in to the real world . . .\


August 24th, 2012
10:27 pm

It is not going to matter in 2016 because Romney will be running for re election.


August 24th, 2012
10:29 pm

They went with the “Atom Bomb” rule because none of them can pronounce nuclear.


August 24th, 2012
10:32 pm

@Look before I leap…

I agree with you 100% – at least on hold them all on one day. It made sense pre-mass communications, but now there is no reason why you can’t get the message out via cable and the internet.

This goes for the GOP as well as the Democrats.


August 24th, 2012
10:35 pm

*********BREAKING NEWS*********************

Arkansas Sends Medical Marijuana Law to the Ballot

If voters approve the measure in November, Arkansas would become the first medical pot state in the South.

“Medical marijuana took one step closer to hitting the South on Wednesday, when Arkansas’ Secretary of State office confirmed that the issue will be on the ballot there this November. Arkansans for Compassionate Care handed in 69,000 valid signatures – well over the necessary 62,507 – for the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act, which would set up non-profit organizations to cultivate and sell pot, while allowing patients who live more than five miles from a dispensary to grow their own. The November vote will mark the first time that voters in a Southern state can decide whether to legalize medical pot, and could make Arkansas the U.S.’ 18th medical weed state.”

Rest of article: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/arkansas-sends-medical-marijuana-law-to-the-ballot-20120824

A medical marijuana bill has been introduced in almost every state in the south except Georgia. But Arkansas is the first southern state to allow the people to vote on it. This is an issue that gets NO ATTENTION from the AJC or our state legislature. People in Georgia should have access to medical marijuana just like they do in other states. Why does Georgia have to be last on everything? Seriously, we just got Sunday alcohol.


August 24th, 2012
11:35 pm

A good read, written by a career Washington Republican insider:

“The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted” Mike Lofgren

“As we embark on the second decade of the 21st century, the commanding heights of corporate America–the banks, the military-industrial complex, corporate interests benefiting from huge subsidies like Big Pharma and Big Oil–largely have the government they want. They have the tax structure they desire. Under Bush appointee Chris Cox, the SEC’s regulatory function was wrecked. The military has been so outsourced that the Army can no longer feed itself, while a policy of permanent war assures a perpetual cash flow to contractors. Federal law guarantees pharmaceutical companies the kind of collusive and monopolistic profiteering that antitrust laws were intended to prevent. Corporate America has posted record profits even amid the most protracted period of joblessness in post-World War II history. It is corporate nirvana. Under these circumstances, who needs an activist government? Now that the commanding heights have achieved their objectives, a gridlocked government will work just fine, regardless of who is in charge.”


August 25th, 2012
12:21 am

Lofgren, a budget wonk and republican for 28 years, also wrote an great article that was published a couple of weeks ago. It’s called “GOP Insider: How Religion Destroyed My Party”.

Paddy O

August 25th, 2012
2:57 am

a lot of folks on here with no power pretending thier opinion has some impact. schlep liberals.

Paddy O

August 25th, 2012
2:58 am

pssst, Tim: that won’t happen. If you want faux access, move.


August 25th, 2012
5:55 am

What I want to know is why the state’s taxpayers are hvaing to cough up money to pay for primary presidential elections? That’s why the political partys have conventions, to select their nominee for President. I say let all of the candidates who want to run stay in until the conventions and if they can win the fight there, then and only then can they put out any advertising!


August 25th, 2012
6:32 am

The democrat version of the atom bomb strategy is that any state that moves up their primary without authorization has to babysit Joe Biden for a month.

Attack Dog

August 25th, 2012
6:38 am

Get real, we all know that the Dixiecrats hate the electoral college. We have also see how the Dixiecrats have mucked up their primaries. Like, who won Iowa?

Buckhead Boy

August 25th, 2012
6:56 am

Why not refer to it as the “suppress the delegate” rule for consistency’s sake — that is, to complement “suppress the vote, suppress access to the media, suppress workers’ rights, suppress women’s rights, suppress regulation of the banksters, polluters, etc.” — suppress anything that might inhibit the monied interests from suppressing you.

Uncle Billy

August 25th, 2012
8:21 am

If Brian Kemp thinks that candidates will not go to Florida because of the number of delegates involved, he is not very smart. If a candidates wins a large state like Florida it carries momentum into those that follow. I doubt that many voters consult the number of delegates in a state before voting.–I watched a lot of the last convention to go beyond the first ballot. That was the Democratic National Convention in 1952. Conventions decide nothing which is why the major networks do not telecast much of them. They are productions like Broadway plays.

Frederick Douglass

August 25th, 2012
8:33 am

hiram @ 7:59

The extra $100.00 that Republicans pay at strip clubs is for locker fees to safeguard their bibles.