Saipan, North Mariana Islands

By Mary B. Blair @Skifflegirl

Today, the country woke to find that a tiny group of islands on the other side of the world and dateline had marked a threshold in the Republican primary cycle.

Little North Mariana Islands, over near Fiji and Australia, site of the famous World War II battle of Saipan – U.S. Marines taking the beachhead and meeting terrible enemy resistance is a parallel to the fight now going on for America that is literally breathtaking  – is a victory for Donald Trump’s campaign that is receiving little notice today.

Republican National Committee Rule #40 changed in 2014 from previously five needed state wins, to a newer threshold of eight (8):

Officially, it’s Rule 40 in the RNC handbook and it states that any candidate for president “shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states” before their name is presented for nomination at the national convention.

By the way, territories count as states according to Rule 1.

Although Donald Trump has won in New Hampshire, Nevada, Arkansas, Vermont, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan — he had only a plurality of delegates.

Today made it official that Mr. Trump has satisfied his own party rules for nomination by winning Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Northern Mariana Islands, South Carolina and Tennessee with a majority of delegates.

HOWEVER…never let it be said that the RNC ever made anything easy for the Trump campaign or his millions of supporters.  It is not enough that he has won the majority of delegates in eight states – the last being the nine won outright last night across the dateline – shenanigans are brewing because, well, when did they not?  Have you heard of this milestone on the mainstream media today?  Other than a mere mention or an article in the Washington Post, nope. Nada.

RNC former counsel and establishment gofer Ben Ginsberg  – who is responsible in large part for the 2014 party rule changes meant to limit an insurgent, grassroots candidate, i.e. anyone other than Jeb Bush (at the time the rules were written) and now Mitt Romney – said last week that “Rule 40 is not a hard-and-fast rule for the convention. The convention will have a Rules Committee in which 112 representatives will battle over the final guidelines for eligibility to receive the nomination. Rule 40’s eight-state boundary could become 25 states or two states.”

How convenient.

In an article today by Philip Bump at the Washington Post, the whole of the primary cycle could be thrown out  by party elites.  If they want to invite the fury of the American electorate, that is.  Bump explains:

“Think of it like an NFL game. As the clock runs out on the voting, we think we know the winner. But before a winner is announced, the referees get to discuss how the rules will be applied. Maybe they decide that what constitutes winning is “most yardage gained by passing” — but that one of the team’s quarterbacks is ineligible for consideration. It’s a ridiculous example, but it’s not entirely inaccurate: The Rules Committee could make the nomination rules into nearly anything they wish.”

Saipan+Group+Shot+by+Sgt+Theo+Hios+1200As in World War II, the little islands that proved so crucially important in beginning to take down the imperialist tyrants waging war in the Pacific theater, our territorial compatriots have done their duty and turned in a victory and hit a milestone in the 2016 Presidential election.

On July 9, 1944 the U.S. flag was raised in victory over Saipan.   On July 18, 2016 the flag will be raised in Cleveland, Ohio at the Republican National Convention.


The loss of Saipan stunned the political establishment in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. Political leaders came to understand the devastating power of the long-range U.S. bombers. Furthermore, many of Saipan’s citizens were Japanese, and the loss of Saipan marked the first defeat in Japanese territory that had not been added during Japan’s aggressive expansion by invasion in 1941 and 1942. Worse still, General Hideki Tojo (1884-1948), Japan’s militaristic prime minister, had publicly promised that the United States would never take Saipan. He was forced to resign a week after the U.S. conquest of the island.

Remind you of anything?