John R. Phillippe Jr. said that while his letter is not binding, "I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates, thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevada’s entire delegation to the National Convention."
Clearly, the RNC fears that mischief at the Sparks convention this weekend could result in Ron Paul delegates taking Mitt Romney slots and then not abiding by GOP rules to vote for the presumptive nominee on the first ballot in Tampa. So they are trying to force McDonald to ensure that actual Romney delegates fill 20 of the 28 national convention slots, thus removing any mystery of who they will vote for.
This could be even more fun on Saturday because — and I may be wrong — I don't think these Paul folks respect authority too much. And now the new chairman, who is close to some of the Paul folks, has to be the enforcer.
Ralston brings up a good point here. As we had discussed last Friday, Nevada Republican Party Chair Michael McDonald largely owes his new gig to the Ron Paul contingent. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney's campaign declined to endorse anyone for Chair. Is anyone ready to guess where Michael McDonald sees his loyal fans? And does anyone want to guess who McDonald thinks should be rewarded for their loyalty this weekend?
Even though the RNC is now making threats, I doubt the Ron Paul fan club cares. Now that they have a sympathetic ear at the reigns of the state party, they probably have license to conduct their hostile takeover.
I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out what's likely to occur in Sparks on Saturday. Mitt Romney's campaign think they won the Nevada GOP Caucus fair and square. And Ron Paul's campaign think they're winning the Nevada GOP Caucus fair and square. So get ready for the epic showdown at the G-O-TEA Corral.