During an interview with RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, Sean Hannity asks him point-blank why Kasich is staying in the race. Priebus does his typical song and dance about how this is not really all about a contested convention and semi-assures us that the nominee with the most delegates will get the nomination. Here are some quotes:
Hannity: "Kasich mathematically has no chance to get to 1237. You are the chairman of the party...all he is doing is preventing anybody from getting the the magic number. Do you think that good for the party"
Priebus: "If someone gets to the majority of delegates before the convention, they are going to be the nominee...there is no doubt about that...if someone doesn't get the majority by the time you get to Cleveland. the explanation is very good....it is fair, it is very fair. You have to get a majority to become the nominee..."
Hannity "If somebody falls short between now and then....if Kasich picks off 200 delegates, and that prevents Trump or Cruz from getting it...they have served the position of spoils...if the establishment comes in and says 'lets get a consensus candidate and we will take it away'...they are going to walk out so angry and so frustrated and feel so disenfranchised. Doesn't that create a disaster?"
Priebus: "The truth is, if a candidate were to drop out, those delegates would become unbound, so it is still up to the candidate themselves to accumulate a number of bound delegates before the convention...to your point, that is why it is really important for the party to play it straight..."
Hannity: "I gotta tell you, it is getting a little scary to me...."
Hannity played a clip from North Dakota, Carly Hagland, saying:
"The rules says that it is a vote on the delegates at the convention, not the primary vote...Political parties choose the nominee, not the general public, contrary to popular belief."
Well, that clears it up. Voting is a big waste? Primaries mean nothing? Wait...
Hannity: "What is the point of anyone voting then?"
Priebus: "I can assure you that if you have the majority of bound delegates, you will be the nominee...there is a lot of word playing here..."
So there you have it. Trump is the nominee but maybe not but maybe so. Who knows.