Anybody But Trump

Source: CNN, June 19

A coalition of Republican delegates is mounting a last-ditch effort to block Donald Trump from obtaining the GOP nomination by pushing for a “conscience clause” that would allow delegates to vote against the presumptive nominee.

Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate, organized a call with dozens of other delegates Thursday night to discuss ways to block Trump at the convention. The group, Unruh says, marks the coalescing of disparate “pockets of resistance” – including backers of Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich – which had been opposing Trump with little success.


6 responses to “Anybody But Trump

  1. Changing a rule prospectively so that it applies to future campaigns is quite acceptable. But is it reasonable to expect a rule change to affect a current campaign merely because the result of its progress is not to the liking of party leaders? Rejecting the will of the majority of party members is hard to reconcile with democratic process. Is German history a true analogy?

    • Yes, after their respective coups Napoleon and Hitler changed the rules fundamentally. But one could argue that changing the rules of the convention along the lines suggested is a non-fundamental, miniature coup. Since ends justify means, I would argue — for once — that this can be justified.

  2. Henry Lotin

    Will not speculate on rebels success with Republican rules committee. However, success or not America’s second Civil War could start at Cleveland convention. Trump supporters anger may be misdirected and misplaced, but it is widespread and deep. We have reason to be fearful of echo of the Summer of 1968. Battle lines may be different, but Republican Party tearing itself apart could trigger wave of violence with grave political repercussions.

  3. Styra Avins

    Has anyone brought up the question of just how many Republican voters actually voted for Trump in the primaries? I believe it was far from a majority of registered Republicans because most people don’t bother to vote in a primary. 67% of a small number doesn’t tell the story it seems to tell —
    It seems to me that sitting around and letting Trump become the nominee on the basis of the delegate count particularly from the early primaries and caucuses is a mistake. The caucus system is flawed, the delegate system is flawed, and to have qualms over a feeling of fairness that Mr. Trump surely does not share himself, is also a mistake. It really is time for centrist Republicans to show some backbone and guts. They haven’t so far — hence the pickle they are in.
    Whatever the battles after 1968 were, I don’t think they will come close to our problems should Trump take the White House. Of course on the other hand, many people feel (and I’m one of them) that Cruz would be far worse …

    • Henry Lotin

      Reality that Primary voters represent a small share of Republican voters in Presidential campaigns is irrelevant. Tens of millions of angry Americans who view themselves as dis-enfranchised by the mainstream (voting in primary or not), will see a discredited Republican establishment — see as hypocrites and self interested elites — trying to deny their guy the nomination. While tens of millions of others see Trump as a demagogue who must be stopped at all costs. What will be left of American global leadership and credibility by the time Hillary inherits the mess. Getting to November scares me. The growing Republican divisions, barring scandal or other unforeseen disaster, make November result increasingly predictable. Likely retaking Senate and making House a lot more balanced.

  4. mike holliday

    Republicans, by inertia or design, have created this problem.
    They can just as easily solve it by inertia or design.
    At the presidential election they can stay home or vote Democrat.