Delegate distribution...uhm...huh?Submitted by tonym on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 05:21
If anyone can translate what the heck this means that'd be great. It sounds to me like rules are made out of thin air. The requirement to follow them - optional. The penalties for not - *might* be enforced, but maybe not. Brokered convention means all this was for nothing, and a bunch of strangers in a room "negotiate" over who gets to be the next prez. I'm fighting slipping into to cynical conspiratorial mode contemplating whether the PTB have designed this to be so complicated to make it impossible to learn the game was never even winnable in the first place. Tell me I'm wrong, please! Here you go.
"Hagle said another factor that makes the delegate count more interesting is that according to Republican National Committee rules, the states New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida should lose half of their delegates from moving their state primaries up ahead after previously being warned not to do so by the party.
Still, Hagle said he is unsure if these penalties will be enforced, especially since Florida is hosting the convention this year.
Other political writers are working out scenarios for how a brokered convention could occur this fall.
A brokered convention occurs when no candidate wins enough delegates on the first ballot at the national convention.
At this point, another ballot is held, and delegates can vote for whomever they want, including candidates who hadn't even been in the race before the convention. It is called a brokered convention, because different sides are then forced to broker deals to reach a majority."