Is the Republican establishment going to change the convention rules to give John Kasich a shot?
John Kasich is staying in the Republican primary although he has no shot of being awarded enough delegates before the convention to secure the nomination. He still has fewer delegates than Marco Rubio and how long ago did he drop out of the race?
So why is he staying in the race? It is clear to me that he is in the race to stop both Ted Cruz and Donald Trump from reaching the 1,237 mark and I have been of the belief that he has struck some sort of deal with the Republican establishment.
Back at the beginning of April John Kasich predicted a brokered convention which would “be so much fun” and he went on to claim he would win the nomination at this point even though very few people have voted for him. I speculated at that time that it sounded like John Kasich and the Republican establishment had reached some type of quid pro quo agreement if he were to stay in the race and usher in a brokered convention.
We know the first thing the Republican establishment will do will be to meet and vote on the rules for the Republican convention and now Senator Alfonse D’Amato might have let the cat out of the bag.
Here is what Shep Smith is reporting the Senator told him:
I saw Al D’Amato in the lobby today. Um, Senator Alfonse D’Amato. I saw him down there. And he said they will change the rules. He said, “Shepard, they will change the rules and it will give Kasich a shot.” Now he’s a Kasich supporter. And I told him, I said, “I’m going to quote you on this.” And he goes, “Go right ahead.” They are going to change the rules.
At this point I think the likelihood of a deal moves beyond speculation and I am fairly certain the two sides have come to some sort of agreement: neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz are going to be the party’s nominee. The only question I have at this point is will it be John Kasich or will it be a person who is not in the race yet such as Paull Ryan or Mitt Romney?
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