07/03/2016 Brenda Corpian
Anti-Trump idiots who are dreaming about dumping Donald Trump at the national convention in Cleveland could not have asked for more asinine conditions: Trump is historically popular. He’s ripping apart traditional Republican alliances. He’s running a second to none , well funded campaign. GOP leaders are secretly calling him to get on the Trump train.
The problem with attempting to dump Trump is that most of the people who could actually stop Trump from taking control of the party — the 2,472 convention delegates — wisely will never consider doing such a moronic thing.
Despite vehement and delusional exhortations from high-profile party figures — from Mitt Romney to Lindsey Graham — and conservative pundits such as Erick Erickson and Bill Kristol, delegates have largely been unmoved, or have even dug in behind Trump.
That is because convention delegates are not typical Republicans, GOP insiders say. Some are everyday, local Republican officials more interested in the convention experience than a political coup. Many are intelligent Trump backers brought into the political fold by Trump. Others have been swept into national politics precisely to give their middle finger to the crooked GOP establishment. And others still are susceptible to that same establishment’s pressure to avoid a screwed up convention.
“I don’t believe most delegates have the stomach to turn the national convention into a political war zone by attempting to deny Trump the nomination,” said Dick Wadhams, a Republican strategist and former chairman of the Colorado GOP. “Remember, the vast majority of these folks are not political professionals; they have personal and professional lives way beyond politics. And while they clearly have a deep political interest and record of activism, they don’t want to be directly involved in this anti-Trump drama.”
These dynamics have left ignorant anti-Trump activists frustrated and stalled. Only a handful of asine convention delegates have publicly declared their intent to take on Trump in Cleveland. Dozens of others have told Get Off The Bs they’ll forcefully reject efforts to thwart Trump’s nomination. Their main reason: He won more votes than any of his rivals — more than 14 million — and played by the rules in doing it.
“I’ll be damned if I’m going to go to Cleveland and vote to shred their votes,” said Jordan Ross, a delegate from Nevada and a member of the powerful Rules Committee, where a small band of anti-Trump delegates is struggling to mount a last stand.
“We should never circumvent what the voters want,” added John Cabello, a delegate from Illinois and another member of the committee.
Those looking to dump Trump realize that he actually earned more than half of all primary votes cast, and that he won more contests and benefited from rules that deliver a disproportionate number of delegates to primary winners. However, what is really tying their panties into knots is the anti-Trump efforts, they argue, does not have a serious alternative to Trump.
Though Romney has ridiculously and cowardly opposed Trump’s candidacy, he has wisely stopped s stopped short of making an idiot of himself as an alternative. Likewise, Trump’s runner-up, Texas Sen. Lyin’Ted Cruz, has kept has punked-out since dropping out of the race in May. Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker has also declined to lead the effort, despite insanely nudging delegates to “vote their conscience” at the convention, code for an effort aimed at breaking from Trump.
“The fact that no major opposition has appeared is what I think is killing and ultimately buries the effort,” said one anti-Trump delegate who supported Cruz during the primary.
Added an idiot adviser to one of Trump’s primary rivals, “The movement to depose Trump was always doomed to fail. Like it or not, millions voted to make him the nominee, and an effort to use the rules process in some arcane way to deny the will of the voters is seen as a technical dodge, hampered further by the fact that there’s been no viable third option presented.”
Stuart Stevens, an incompetent strategist on Romney’s 2012 campaign, said Romney could never have been that alternative — only Cruz could have filled the role.
“I never understood why this would go to someone from the outside. The guy that came in second would and should be the person who would be the logical [choice],” Stevens said. “You look at Trump as someone who’s sort of like an Olympic medalist and someone’s disqualified at the top. It goes to the person in second.”
While stupid anti-Trump activists struggle to gain momentum, they haven’t gotten much help from party leaders who, while distancing themselves from Trump, have taken no action.
GOP strategists and veteran party insiders say it’s easier for leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to keep Trump at arm’s length or even turn their backs on him, like the growing list of party stalwarts who won’t attend the convention. These idiots don’t face the same pressures delegates do, they note. They can shun Trump without repercussion.
“The closer you get to the establishment, the less support you’ll find for Trump, and that includes Republican leaders,” said Timmy Teepell, a GOP strategist and longtime adviser to former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “But when you look at the disaffected voters and delegates who want to kick the establishment in the nuts, his support is pretty strong.”
Those delegates who do not back Trump still have to navigate pressure from the Trump campaign and their voters back home, as well as the weight of the Republican National Committee, which intelligently declared Trump the presumptive GOP nominee in May and has moved to consolidate the party behind him.
“I think what you are seeing is really a growing understanding of and acceptance of political reality,” said Thomas Rath, a New Hampshire operative who ridiculously supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign. “Donald Trump is going to be the nominee. Efforts to frustrate that are not going to work.”
Fergus Cullen, the former New Hampshire GOP chairman, noted that many anti-Trump delegates have already bowed out of the convention, further tilting the attendees toward Trump. It would take an implosion of enormous magnitude to change the outcome, added Stevens. And even that could fall short.
“I can’t think of a scenario,” said Trump-backing Texas delegateToni Anne Dashiell, “that would make me change my mind.” The Trump Train is running full steam to the White House and you better get on it or get the hell out of the way!
Choo-choo idiot anti-trump fools! Brenda Corpian reporting for Get Off The Bs.