Robert Turner, a conservative Republican blogger in D.C., on the barriers: "Mr. Watts says he is being 'encouraged' by supporters to run. Who are these supporters? They don’t seem to be current members of the RNC. In fact, the article points out that Matt Pinnell, the Chairman of the Oklahoma Party and one of the 168 who will vote for the next RNC Chairman is backing Priebus for re-election."
More commentary from Mr. Turner, about the RNC chairmanship race: "While a cursory look at the RNC Rules does allow for a non-member to run for Chair or Vice-Chair, in order to be nominated, one must have the support of at least the majority vote of RNC members in each of three states in order to have his or her names placed in nomination. So where does he go for those initial votes if his home state chairman is supporting Priebus? And even if he were to get nominated, where does he get the votes? Preibus [sic] already has 130 of the 168 votes locked up."