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Reince Priebus And The Entire Republican National Committee Need To Resign Over Convention Day 1 Clown Show

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Today was the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and the first order of business was for the entire Republican National Committee and Donald Trump supporters to turn it into a clown show, by repeatedly denying a roll call vote on the convention floor over the convention rules.

As RedState has been reporting all day; First the Secretary of the convention went into hiding to keep #NeverTrump forces from filing petitions seeking to force a roll call floor vote on the convention rules.

Then one of Priebus’ underlings, Steve Womack, attempted to rubber stamp the rules that the RNC and Trump’s team forced out of the rules committee late last week with a voice vote.

When it became clear in the ensuing chaos that there was more support for a roll call than rubber stamping, Womack attempted a second voice vote, declaring the Yea’s have it.

Only one problem as the audio and video clearly show, the Nay’s, those wanting a roll call, were in the majority(at least vocally).

From there things ended up back at the petition to force a roll call vote, where CNN’s Dana Bash reported Trump and RNC officials twisted the arms of state delegations backing the roll call vote forcing 3 states to drop out(as the RNC puts it), leaving the roll call forces 1 state short of the number needed to press the issue.

All of this led Virginia delegate, and Cruz supporter, Ken Cuccinelli, toss throw down his credentials and storm out of the Quicken Loans arena. Reports are that the Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia delegations have all walked out of this clown show.

Reince Priebus, Steve Womack, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and the rest of the RNC and Trump teams have since the rules committee meet last week been actively working to suppress all possible opposition to Trump nomination just as feverishly as Turkey’s Islamist Fascist Erdogan has been purge his country of opposition.

This clown show of a convention(and its only Monday), the way the RNC and its leadership have been acting and behaving, and the long-standing goon and bully tactics of the Trump campaign team, should be reason enough for every Republican leaning voter to demand that Reince and every one else at the RNC must resign immediately.

If this debacle of a convention continues on its current pace by Thursday night there won’t be a Republican Party; we’ll have the Trumpsters, the GOP establishment, and conservatives all splintering off into their own parties/camps, and there will probably never be any reconciliation in any of our lifetimes.

Congratulations Reince and the RNC, your protectionism of Trump, and Trump himself, is going to kill the GOP long before we ever get to November.

God, deliver us from this hellish nightmare and bless Ted Cruz with the GOP presidential nomination; this country can’t take much more Trump.

Iowa GOP Chair: Delegation To Go For Trump At Convention Despite Cruz Winning Iowa, And State Being Proportional

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

On Friday during a taping for Iowa Public Television Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann announced that he has apparently rewritten Iowa’s delegate rules and that the whole of Iowa’s delegation to the GOP convention in Cleveland will all vote for Donald Trump.

From the Quad Cities Times:

Kaufmann conceded that Iowa Republicans are in “various degrees” in their support for Trump. Some are thrilled, some are accepting, and “we have people who are in the process.”

The “never Trump” movement, however, is a “tiny, tiny little minority of people with large megaphones,” he said.

Suggestions that the Iowa delegation will cast some of its votes for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was the caucus winner, or some other candidate is “hypocritical … nonsensical, and it’s not going to happen,” he said. “Donald Trump is our nominee.”

This is news to Iowa delegates and alternates given that Iowa is a proportional delegation state, and Donald Trump did not win its February 1st caucus, that was won by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

Kaufmann went on to say that the Iowa delegation would only be broken down by caucus results if the convention in Cleveland follows the rules at acknowledges that delegates are bound on the 1st ballot to Sen. Cruz, Gov. Kasich, and Sen. Rubio.

Mr. Kaufmann was also very dismissive of the #NeverTrump movement:

People who “feel the need to have that internal, heartfelt, passionate conversation in front of cameras and in front of journalists (are) bent on self-promotion and could care less about our first-in-the-nation status and the integrity of our process,” Kaufmann said Friday after taping Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program

Delegates to the GOP convention in Cleveland that Mr. Kaufmann is apparently forcing to vote for Trump regardless of the Iowa caucus and its rules include Cecil Stinemetz who wrote an op-ed recently that explained why he would never, ever give his support to Donald Trump and he wrote in part, “Delegates have a huge responsibility and we are the only ones that can stop a disaster that will happen to our party and our nation if Republicans nominate Donald Trump.”

Iowa’s delegation is supposed to be 8 for Ted Cruz, 7 each for Marco Rubio and Donald Trump and 1 for John Kasich, that is what should happen under the rules Mr. Kaufmann. Donald Trump doesn’t need protecting.  You don’t have the right to suffocate  the conscience of those who are #NeverTrump, And you certainly should not be allowed to make up the rules as you go.

To Stop Hillary And Save The Republic A Conservative Coup D’etat Needs To Happen In Cleveland

never-trump-copyHillary Clinton cannot be allowed to become President of the United States.

Protecting the Bill of Rights, growing the economy, defeating the Islamo-Nazis, dealing with the nations nearly $20 trillion national debt and $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities for entitlement programs requires a strong leader.

Defeating the Clinton Crime Family, the liberal media, the unions, and the advocates of amnesty and open borders(plus the pro abort) takes money, organization, grassroots support.

As the evidence is showing it is a tall mountain to climb for Donald Trump to accomplish that all important objective of defeating Hillary.

Internal data from a new CNN poll shows that 48% of Republican voters want someone other than Trump with less than a month to go until the GOP convention in Cleveland.

This comes after reports of how absolutely little money the Trump campaign has, and its complete lack of any fundraising capability.  Making matters worse for Trump is that expenditure reports show he gives a lot of what money his campaign is spending on Trump brand companies and on Trump himself and his family. Yes Trump is paying himself a salary from his campaign to run for President.  It is so bad for Trump that in the month of May Ted Cruz, who dropped out of the race following the Indiana primary at the start of the month, out raised him substantially and still has more cash on hand than Trump does.

It is enough to rekindle the talk Hugh Hewitt started of the delegates and alternate delegates to the convention in some way dumping Trump and selecting someone else.

On Tuesday Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said that delegates should vote their conscience at the convention:

I think historically, not just this year, delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit. … We’ll see how things go between now and the convention as to what the next steps are. I’m not going to speculate now only because you all know the situation may change by this afternoon, let alone between now and the convention.

Walker is currently bound to back Ted Cruz at the convention as a Wisconsin delegate due to Cruz’s big win in that state in early April.

Any effort at a coup d’etat at the convention is likely to have a good deal of support given a recent teleconference between delegates and alts opposed to Trump had several hundred members.

Let us not forget that Ted Cruz was sweeping up the delegates prior to his dropping out of the race, meaning that the convention floor is going to be filled with a large number of conservatives and Tea Partiers who would be receptive to any effort that might seek to replace Trump with a much better candidate, like say Ted Cruz.

We know Hillary Clinton as President will be a disaster for our country and would cement the damage done to our Republic by Barack Obama. We also know Donald Trump is Herbert Hoover on steroids. Something called the Great Depression happened in large part because of the policies of Hoover, who was a protectionist like Trump, what will happen if Trump’s trade war with China happens, are we going to have the Yuge Depression coming out of the Obama malaise.

The American people are hurting. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights hang by a thread. The Republic is in grave peril.

For the love of God; delegates please bring sanity back and do whatever it takes to give the Republican Party nomination to Ted Cruz(or some other solid conservative, none of this Bill Kristol garbage, or Mitt Romney talk.)

 

Conservatives Save ILGOP(Platform) From Pat Brady’s Gay Marriage Agenda

Pat Brady

Pat Brady

Friday disgraced former Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady orchestrated an attempt by the 2016 ILGOP conventions platform committee to rewrite the marriage portion of the Party’s platform to make it more friendly and inclusive of gay marriage.  Brady was aided in this effort by platform committee was Ryan Higgins the Schaumburg GOP committeeman.

After a narrow victory in the platform committee conservatives organized instantly to launch a floor fight to block the pro gay marriage changes and to keep the platform, as it respects marriage, as it is from 2012.

Even before the need for a floor fight Republican congressmen John Shimkus, Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Darin LaHood, and Mike Bost were urging convention delegates and members of the platform committee to not change the marriage language.

During the day Friday the Illinois Family Institutes Laure Higgins messaged Brady and urged him not to change the platforms marriage language, that simple and polite message was answered with a “F*uck You” by Brady.

Well the F-U on Saturday was directed at Brady, who helped to usher in the ILGOP’s super-minority status in Springfield, as nearly 80 percent of convention delegates voted to keep the marriage plank as is; a through rebuking by conservatives of the pale pastels, Dem-lite, ignore/abandon the social issues moderates led by Pat Brady.

Well done Illinois conservatives, in the end job well done.

Now will someone please stop giving Pat Brady a say in anything involving the Illinois Republican Party.

Kinzinger: People Scared To Go To Convention Because Of Trump Threats Of Violence

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Speaking with 890 WLS’ John Howell Tuesday Illinois RINO congressman Adam Kinzinger said that some people are scared to go to the Convention in Cleveland this July because of the threats of violence coming from Donald Trump and his surrogates.

Kinzinger said, “The thing I worry about is if you take Trump’s own words about violence and repeatedly talking about violence at the convention…And that’s why I think some people are being scared and staying away.”

Threat have been threats of riots, planned harassment and intimidation of delegates at their hotels, and more all from the Trump team, namely hatchet-man Roger Stone, with Trump himself egging it all on with complaints about a rigged system and stolen delegates, and the right to vote being denied.

Delegates in Indiana have reported to police death threats they have received.

And the Trumpsters wonder why there is such a thing as #NeverTrump or why so many keep trying to point out how much Trump resembles William Seward.

Save Me Plurality-Wan-Kenobi, Your Trumpertantrums Only Hope

hqdefaultAfter Tuesday’s primary in Wisconsin, which is shaping up to be a win for Ted Cruz in the GOP presidential contest, it is all but guaranteed that the convention in Cleveland will be a contested one.

Donald Trump and his campaign are well aware of that. As is Ted Cruz and the differences between the two couldn’t be starker.

Cruz has been masterfully working the age-old method of winning, or at least trying to win, the GOP nomination at a contested convention by way of working the delegates so that on 2nd and subsequent ballots more and more delegate votes go your way.  It is a strategy that worked to great success in 1860 for Abraham Lincoln, who like Cruz, headed into that convention in 2nd place, behind a front-runner no one liked, but assumed he had the nomination wrapped up.  It is a strategy that almost got Ronald Reagan the nomination in 1976 over Gerald Ford.  Many a delegates it is said following that convention admitted they made a mistake that day in not nomination Reagan.

So far Cruz has managed to secure 18-20 of North Dakota’s 25 delegates, by way of artfully working within the Republican Party rules and delegate selection processes in each state and territory, where Trump is going to come up with zero delegates.

Arizona, which went for Trump in its recent primary, could see many of its 58 delegates be Cruz supporters or otherwise be inclined to not vote for Trump.  As has been widely reported Cruz, working within the party rules in Louisiana, picked up what could be 10 more delegates than Trump, and those delegates hold key positions on key committees at the convention.

Ted Cruz is playing this campaign to win it on the 2nd ballot.

Donald Trump on the other hand is playing the role of a bad spoof parody of Princess Leia asking Obi-wan-Kenobi to save him, only Trump is hoping for Plurality to save him.

Plurality, for those with a public education, is being in the lead of say a field of 17 people all trying to get votes, but not having an outright majority.

Trump and his campaign, Roger Stone included, know that The Donald will not walk into Cleveland with the 1237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright.

They are also realizing right now, that come a 2nd ballot at the convention their candidate is going to shed delegates like crazy, with next to no hope of corralling new ones.

So Team Trump is going to the leftist playbook to try and keep the convention from turning into another shellacking of Trump with Trump campaign hatchet-man Roger Stone saying anywhere and everywhere that he’s planning a Days of Rage, right out history of the Weather Underground and the SDS, to try and turn the convention and possibly all of Cleveland into Chaos central.

Grasping at that straw probably means that they have no faith in their savior play, getting the majority of delegates, plus one, equals being the nominee rule changed to being a plurality wins.

As Trump told CNN a couple weeks ago on the topic:
I think we’ll win before getting to the convention, but if we didn’t and we’re 20 votes short, or we’re, you know, a hundred short, and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400, ’cause we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say we don’t get it automatically. I think you’d have riots.” Trump added that “if you disenfranchise those people . . . I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before.

The Trump spokes-morons have been echoing those same sentiments.

Even the Trumpist loyalist who were elected as his delegates in Illinois are scrambling because they have no idea what the campaign needs or wants them to do at the convention in July, and this comes after the Trump campaign in Illinois imploded the last two weeks before the March 15th primary.

This is a campaign about to fall flat on its face, on the biggest stage imaginable, right before the finish line. And everyone can see it coming.

 

How Ted Cruz Easily Wins The Nomination On The 2nd Ballot

Ted Cruz at NW GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, photo by Mark Weyermuller

Ted Cruz at NW GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, photo by Mark Weyermuller

In 1860 William H. Seward and the other GOP presidential candidates who had amassed delegates gathered for the 2nd ever Republican Party National Convention.

Seward and his campaign were cocky and confident that they would easily walk  out with the GOP’s presidential nomination, they had nearly 1/3 of the total delegates needed just from New York alone.

But something happened that year, something monumental, and the nation and the Republican Party have never been the same since.

As Gordon Leidner wrote after the first ballot Seward had 173 of the 233 delegates needed to win the nomination. The man in second place with 102 delegates was a one term congressman from Illinois, who gained national attention for a series of debates in a losing effort to be named US Senator, Abraham Lincoln.

After working the delegates state by state, unifying a stop Seward movement that had existed throughout the campaign, and finally getting other candidates to release their delegates to him Lincoln won the nomination after the conclusion of the third ballot.

The 2016 GOP convention to be held this Summer in Cleveland, Ohio is shaping up to be a lot like the 1860 convention, only thing is Ted Cruz is very likely to secure the Presidential nomination on the second ballot, and like Lincoln will almost certainly change the course of human events.

Like Seward, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has a major faction of the Party actively opposed to him being the nominee. Like Seward Trump is going to be close but short of the delegates needed to get the nomination of the first ballot. And like Seward his main rival is nipping at his heels and is displaying a more savoy ground game and intricate knowledge of the sausage making that is the actual nomination of the GOP’s nominee.

Pundits and the media have noted nearly the whole primary election cycle that Ted Cruz has built up the ground forces and money needed to compete deep into the process and that superior organization is paying off as things progress towards a contested convention.

In Louisiana last week Cruz’s organization helped him net what could end up being 10 extra delegates and most importantly he got his people secured to top post on key committees.  Cruz’s organization advantage, and clear plan to work delegates in every state possible, is also likely going to gain him more delegates in Georgia.

And given his comments during the CNN town hall this week that , I won’t support the nominee, South Carolina’s delegation is working on trying to get out of having to be committed to Trump.

If Cruz can keep this up and continue to secure delegates in key states we are very likely going to see a situation where Trump comes out of the first ballot with 1100 delegates and Cruz around 1000, 1237 is needed to win.  As things progress to a second ballot is when Trump really gets into trouble.

Why?

Because many of the states where his delegates are bound to him, but the actual delegates are not Trump supporters, are free to vote for whoever they want on additional ballots Trump is going to see massive defections from his delegate camp and is going to see very few freed from Cruz or the other candidates(Kasish, Rubio) coming over to his side.

With that we start to see the delegate numbers move to Cruz having the 1100 and Trump barely able to have one thousand.

From there all Cruz needs to do is talk, persuade, and convince the Rubio delegates plus the #NeverTrump and #StopTrump free agent delegates to unify behind him and not get sucked into the GOPe’s fantasy notion of parachuting in Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Kasich, or Jeb and boom Ted Cruz is at and then over the 1237 threshold and our nominee to take on and beat Hillary Clinton.

The Trump supporters will whine and complain, like Trumpertantrum himself will do, that the nomination would be stolen from him should this scenario play at.

Let them, learn the hard reality that it takes more than giving speeches and dominating the media coverage to win the modern day GOP nomination, it actually takes work and effort, especially when the nomination won’t be settled until the convention.