“A coalition of delegates, lawyers, rules experts and PACs has formed in what participants say is the most coordinated effort to date to dump Trump from the Republican ticket.” Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate, is organizing at the Rules Committee, trying to drum up support to include a “conscience” clause allowing delegates to withhold votes for Trump on the first ballot. She is far from the only one:
“Colorado conservative activist Regina Thomson, who runs a PAC called Free the Delegates, is organizing a floor fight irrespective of the Rules Committee’s decision. . . . Another group called Delegates Unbound, led by GOP strategist Dane Waters, is overseeing a national lobbying campaign focused on contacting delegates before they arrive in Cleveland to urge them to vote their conscience.
His group has raised $2.5 million and has already run a $150,000 spot on Fox News Channel. Waters said he will have a staff of 15 regional and state directors manning his national whip operation.
Those three groups [Unruh, Thomson and Waters] are now strategizing together and sharing data. They claim to have secured enough money to launch a legal defense fund and invest in communications technologies that will keep them in contact with one another on the convention floor.
Thomson says 350 to 400 delegates and alternates have already inquired about how they can help. An organizing conference call on Sunday night hit maximum capacity of 2,000 participants.”)
The RNC is placing faith in Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort (!) — who is supposed to be experienced in such matters. In fact, he has not had a substantial role in presidential campaigns for decades. Manafort, of course, has yet to organize competent fundraising, data collection and ground game operations so the RNC’s reliance on him seems foolish. The RNC’s arrogance and dismissive tone toward its own delegates only increase the latter’s feistiness and determination. It is they who now are battling the party “establishment.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s acolytes are engaging naysayers in an intellectual debate on Twitter:
And you thought that calling a political opponent stupid was reserved for the left.