Why even have the primaries?
(From The Washington Examiner)
Without doubt, Republican Party leaders — Reince Priebus and his lieutenants — have the power to handpick the nominee, regardless of how the voting turns out. They can change the eligibility rules for delegates. They can unbind delegates. They can change the rules on which candidates can be put up for nomination, and they probably will: GOP leaders told my colleague David Drucker that they don’t consider the 2012 candidate rules binding in the least.
And the party leadership can pass any of these rule changes over the objections of a majority of delegates, as that 2012 performance indicated.