Who will spark the delegate revolt?


On Thursday, conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin – a key voice in the #NeverTrump movement – posted the above and linked to this Jonathan Easley story in The Hill:

“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.”)

Well.

Rubin adds:

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.”

Big media outlets are beginning to murmur about the efforts including The Seattle Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, CNN and Newsweek 

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.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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