Republican Pressure to Modify the Nomination Process

I suggested in my recent Washington Post piece on the history of the Presidential nomination process, here, that after the fall election there is likely going to be significant pressure to reconsider the post-1960s process that has developed for choosing presidential nominees.   As I said there, that pressure would probably be greatest on the Republican side, if Donald Trump loses badly in the fall.

We are now already seeing the first signs of that push emerging:  in today’s Washington Post, important senior figures in the Republican Party, Tom Korologos and Richard Allen, first concede that Trump will lose and then identify reform of the primary process as one of the key items Republicans should focus on to rebuild their party for subsequent elections:

Fourth, move quickly to clean house at the Republican National Committee and change the primary rules that allowed Trump to win the nomination.

The RNC must share major responsibility for the outcome on Nov. 8. Having allowed Trump to gain the upper hand over a very good crop of Republican candidates would be Exhibit A of its political malpractice.

For the party chairman to declare that the “primary campaign is over” after Indiana (while Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas were still in the race) was a major blunder.

Reforms are needed now for the delegate selection process for 2020. All options, including creating superdelegates, finding ways to limit the number of candidates and setting later primary dates, should be on the table.

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