By Roger F. Gay
Fed up with lack of support for their Chosen One, “establishment” operatives have decided to bypass the Nevada Republican Party apparatus in favor their own “shadow state party.” In other words, they've dropped out of the official Republican race and are launching a new highly exclusive minority party in support of Mitt Romney.
This is the first overwhelming public display we've seen that the establishment believes Romney is losing the nomination race and the first ever indication that he would consider running through a third party. The short term problem however, is an extension of the longer term problem that has plagued the entire Republican nomination process; “establishment” cheating.
Indications are that they will want the new third party in Nevada recognized by the RNC as a replacement for the existing Republican Party. Things didn't go their way so they want to construct a fake body with fake results and just drop it in place of the real thing. It's a very strange and extremely public attempt at stuffing the ballot box. Just bring your own box, complete with whatever you want inside and set it down in place of the real one.
The move may actually get RNC support. It occurs amidst calls for RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to resign for treating Romney as the “presumptive nominee,” violating party rules against supporting any individual candidate who has not yet secured nomination.
The third party approach is obviously extraordinary on its face. It's something that couldn't possibly work for Romney without this extra dimension of overt fraud. You look at the enormous support that Ron Paul has and can naturally wonder if he'd run third party if he doesn't get the Republican nomination. He's a strong enough candidate that it could make sense. In contrast, Romney doesn't have any real support except from some of the people who have been allowed to count the votes.