Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, momentarily roused from his stupor, decided to defend the party he is supposed to be leading. Politico reports:
Priebus said that while most states have primaries or caucuses, a few states like Colorado have convention systems, “and that’s perfectly OK,” he told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher. . . .
“Whoever doesn’t win, you wanna make sure that it’s not because of some rules committee change or something like that, that happens,” Priebus said. “It has to be only because I didn’t get the votes I needed on the floor. If we can get this thing all about who has the votes to make this happen, either before Cleveland or at Cleveland, we’re gonna be in a much better place.”
He also maintained that whoever notches the necessary 1,237 delegates to win the GOP nomination will become the presumptive nominee.
“There won’t be any games in Cleveland,” he said. “If someone’s at 1,237, they’re going to be the presumptive nominee. No one can get talked out of it. Nobody can be promised something to make that not happen.”
Unfortunately, Priebus adopted the “You must have been misinformed” tone, rather than one that conveys how noxious is Donald Trump’s effort to delegitimize anyone other than himself who might win.