Comment: yes the GOP is a private club

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yes the GOP is a private club

you are missing the point. The GOP doesn't even have to have primaries or caucuses or delegate conventions - they simply could name thier nominee if they wish - all the nominating hoopla is just a show, its there to control the outcome, nothing more. George Washington warned the citizens against political parties.

If there was no show, few people would be involved and thus you would have something similar to just a national committee just deciding who the nominee is.