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  • Absences at convention by establishment leaders won't harm Trump

    05/31/2016 10:10:01 AM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2016 | Rick Moran
    GOP convention planners are trying to deal with the fact that few governors, Senators, and senatorial candidates will be attending the gathering in July. Along with dozens of House members likely to skip the conclave, the absence of establishment Republicans may undercut Trump's call for party unity, say some analysts. But other say that Trump doesn't need these politicians anyway - he won without them and will go on without their support if necessary.
  • North Carolina police pulls out of Republican National Convention (NAACP same week Cincinnati)

    05/29/2016 9:23:29 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28 2016 | Staff
    A North Carolina police department backed out of sending 50 police officers to the Republican presidential convention in Cleveland in June over concerns about whether the city is prepared to host an event that is expected to bring at least 50,000 visitors to northeast Ohio. Greensboro police made the decision earlier this week to pull its officers from the event, saying the city isn’t providing workers’ compensation for coverage for out-of-town officers and is requiring them to get physical exams they’d have to pay for themselves. Deputy Police Chief Brian James wrote in a memo to the city’s police chief...
  • Cleveland police in riot gear won't wear body cameras during RNC

    05/29/2016 5:23:31 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 55 replies
    al.com news ^ | May 27, 2016 | Cory Schaffer
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Many Cleveland police officers will not be wearing body cameras if protests turn violent during the Republican National Convention, officials said. Police officials have told officers that a host of logistical issues, including an inability to attach the cameras to police riot gear, means officers will not be able to wear the devices. The department says officers will use other methods to record police interactions with protesters and the public during the convention. But the head of a police union and the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio expressed concern that the officers...
  • Trump campaign eyeing big stadium for acceptance speech (Cleveland's football or baseball stadiums)

    05/28/2016 1:20:09 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 87 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 12:38 PM ET, Sat May 28, 2016 | Jim Acosta
    Donald Trump's campaign is considering booking one of Cleveland's big sports venues for his acceptance speech in July, two GOP sources familiar with the planning of the upcoming GOP convention say. The sources said First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, and Progressive Field, home of the city's Indians baseball team, are the two sites under consideration for Trump's acceptance speech on the final night of the convention. One of the sources said the campaign is closing in on signing a contract for use of one of the two venues, with the football stadium currently the favorite for Trump's...
  • Democrats sweat next convention blowup

    05/28/2016 10:43:21 AM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/27/2016 | Daniel Strauss
    In the wake of a recent Nevada state party convention that descended into chaos, Democrats are sweating out a similar event in Wyoming on Saturday. When Democrats meet in Cheyenne to select delegates to the July national convention, the same elements that created such a volatile mix in Nevada will be present: anger and frustration over Bernie Sanders’ delegate haul, superdelegates who backed Hillary Clinton before the state caucuses took place, and threats to state party officials. Story Continued Below At a gathering of state Democratic chairmen in Philadelphia last week, Wyoming was identified as one of the upcoming states...
  • Marco Rubio Willing to Speak for Donald Trump at Convention (And Release his Delegates )

    05/26/2016 5:26:20 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 May 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Marco Rubio is not only going to go to the Republican convention that will nominate Donald Trump as the presidential nominee, he would be willing to speak for his former rival and release his delegates to him. “My sense is I’m going to go to the convention,” Rubio said in an interview with Jake Tapper aired on Thursday. Rubio admitted that he would he “honored” to speak for the Republican nominee if Trump asked him to speak at the convention. ... Rubio said that if his campaign hadn’t released his delegates to Trump for the convention, he would be...
  • Trump hasn't closed the deal—WE still decide who the nominee will be

    05/26/2016 1:09:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 118 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 26, 2016 | Curly Haugland and Sean Parnell
    Delegates to the Republican National Convention will gather in less than two months and are expected by most to nominate businessman Donald Trump for president. But it's not quite so simple or certain – Trump will still have one last sales job ahead of him, persuading the delegates to choose him at the convention before he can claim the nomination. This is because each and every delegate has complete freedom to vote their conscience at the convention, including who the party's nominee should be. This may come as a surprise to many, particularly those who are reading about Trump's recent...
  • Feinstein cites '68 chaos in warning against Sanders convention plan

    05/20/2016 3:12:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | May 18, 2016 | Eugene Scott and Eric Bradner
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein warned that Bernie Sanders' intention to take his candidacy to the Democratic convention in July could spark unrest similar to the chaotic 1968 convention in Chicago and the riots surrounding it. "It worries me a great deal," Feinstein told CNN's Manu Raju. "You know, I don't want to go back to the '68 convention, because I worry about what it does to the electorate as a whole -- and he should, too." Her comments were the latest evidence that Democrats are increasingly fretting that the divide between supporters of Sanders and backers of Hillary Clinton will...
  • Washington state GOP convention backs Cruz over Trump

    05/22/2016 9:05:37 AM PDT · by Flick Lives · 98 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Jim Brunner
    PASCO — Donald Trump has all but sewn up the GOP presidential nomination. But as thousands of Washington Republicans converged on a rodeo arena for their state convention over the weekend, the gathering didn’t look like a political party yet united behind a Trump-led ticket. Red Ted Cruz T-shirts outnumbered Trump ball caps on the convention floor at the TRAC Center, and supporters of the Texas senator won 40 of the 41 elected delegate slots for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer — even though Cruz has dropped out of the race. ...snip... Amid talk of Republican unity,...
  • GEORGE P. BUSH: A BUSH CAN SURVIVE IN TRUMP POLITICAL WORLD

    05/21/2016 3:49:32 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 66 replies
    AP ^ | May 21, 2:40 AM EDT | WILL WEISSERT
    DALLAS (AP) -- George P. Bush was talking about his future political plans - and how Donald Trump wouldn't reshape them - when two women approached, giddy with excitement. Eighteen months after he was elected Texas land commissioner and a few weeks past his 40th birthday, Bush is quietly continuing his family's legacy. The grandson of one former president and nephew of another, he remains a rising star in America's largest conservative state and is keeping alive the possibility that a political dynasty declared dead by many when his dad flamed out of the presidential race could yet again return...
  • David Koch Pledges Millions To Gary Johnson’s Presidential Bid

    05/19/2016 10:20:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 19, 2016 | Drew Johnson
    Billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Koch has pledged “tens of millions of dollars” to help bankroll the campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, according to a source within Johnson’s campaign. Koch’s money will be made available should Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, secure his second consecutive Libertarian Party presidential nomination, the source said. The Libertarians will select their presidential ticket during the party’s national convention later this month in Orlando.
  • Democrats Fear Violence At Convention: "Don't Want To Go Back To '68 Riots"

    05/19/2016 6:09:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 5/19/16 | tyler durden
    Any way you slice it, the Democratic National Convention coming up in Philadelphia in late July promise to be tumultuous.Though Hillary Clinton and the party insiders long ago expected the 2016 primary to be a formality (which conspicuously few hopefuls in the race), the grassroots voters are feverishly demanding Bernie, and vehemently against the establishment candidate who is widely known for her duplicity and dishonesty.As California Senator Diane Feinstein makes clear in this short and sweet video below, the establishment fears the riots and backlash that could come from a contested, or at least highly protested, convention as Sen. Sanders...
  • Dems' new fear: Sanders revolt could upend Democratic convention (major Rat spat alert)

    05/17/2016 2:31:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | May 16, 2016 | Manu Raju
    Sen. Barbara Boxer, a veteran of Democratic politics, says she never saw anything quite like this before. Loud cursing, shouting, obscene gestures and vile insults, including crude comments about the female anatomy. It was all on display over the weekend as supporters of Bernie Sanders turned the Nevada State Democratic Convention into chaos. "I was not able to stop these people for doing what they did," Boxer, a Hillary Clinton supporter, told CNN. "Apparently they've done it before. .... This group of about 100 were very vocal, and I can't describe it -- disrespectful doesn't even explain it, it was...
  • Boehner's scenario: Clinton may drop out, clear way for Biden

    05/16/2016 6:07:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 57 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 5/15/2016 | John T. Bennett
    Boehner's scenario: Clinton may drop out, clear way for Biden The Daily Briefing By John T. Bennett CQ-Roll Call • Sunday May 15, 2016 8:53 PM Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner share a moment as they take the stage for the University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony. Both were on hand Sunday to receive the Laetare Medal. Out with Hillary Clinton. In with Vice President Joe Biden. At least that’s what former House Speaker John A. Boehner thinks could happen should federal prosecutors opt to slap criminal charges on the former secretary of state over...
  • Chaos at the Nevada Democratic convention, Sanders supporters boo Barbara Boxer

    05/15/2016 2:36:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 15, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    The violence and incivility at these Republican political events is simply intolerable. I don’t understand why voters would put up with such rudeness and the fundamental breakdown of what is supposed to be the proud tradition of our great American experiment. If the GOP continues on this path, the voters will surely reject them in November and… Wait. What? This was the Democrats? (Daily Caller) Upset Bernie Sanders supporters booed California Sen. Barbara Boxer , a Hillary Clinton supporter, during a contentious Nevada Democratic Convention Saturday.“We need civility in the Democratic Party, civility,” Boxer said as Sanders supporters booed the...
  • Nevada Dem convention devolves into chaos (RAT Boxer booed)

    05/14/2016 4:07:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/14/16 | JESSIE HELLMANN
    Tensions were high at the Democratic convention in Nevada Saturday, with Bernie Sanders supporters demanding delegate recounts, booing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and causing other disruptions, according to local media reports. Sanders supporters were angry over a voice vote that adopted a set of temporary convention rules as the permanent rules, according to the Las Vegas Sun. And supporters also reacted angrily to the count of delegates attending the convention, which put Clinton at an advantage. Final numbers announced later in the day showed 1,693 Clinton supporters in attendance to Sanders's 1,662. Boxer, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said among booing...
  • Nude-bombing GOP convention: 100 naked women sought

    05/13/2016 7:53:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 73 replies
    My News LA ^ | May 13, 2016 | Ken Stone
    New York photographer Spencer Tunick is calling for 100 women to stand naked with mirrors outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Donald Trump might appreciate it. Photo from Spencer Tunick's Instagram account. Photo from Spencer Tunick’s Instagram account. As the Daily Kos noted Friday: “Tunick is known worldwide for his unique art installations where gets hundreds or even thousands of volunteers to strip totally nude and pose in thoughtfully placed positions.”
  • (Trump) Primary results and predictions

    05/10/2016 1:47:10 PM PDT · by GilGil · 31 replies
    Bing ^ | 5/10/2016 | Bing staff
    Currently Bing is projecting that Trump gets 1471 delegates going into the convention or roughly 60% of the delegates. There is that pesky problem that Trump cannot get above 50% again.
  • Gov. Nikki Haley undecided on whether she’ll attend GOP Convention in July

    05/10/2016 8:17:22 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 53 replies
    COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley, one of the most popular figures in the Republican Party, hasn’t decided if she will attend the Republican National Convention in July. Haley said Monday she’s waiting until South Carolina’s 2016 legislative session ends four weeks from now before she decides whether she’ll take part July 18 to 21 in Cleveland. “We’ve got time,” Haley said. “That’s not until July.” If she skips the convention, Haley would be joining a growing list of Republican leaders who are opting out of attending — accentuating the deepening divide within the GOP as New York billionaire Donald Trump...
  • Donald Trump Should Take Up Paul Ryan on Offer To Resign From Convention

    05/10/2016 4:03:36 AM PDT · by detective · 34 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 10, 2016 | Sundance
    Considering the long history of legislative abuse carried out by the insufferable GOPe, and knowing the only way to rid the apparatus of the corrupting infection is to cut out clear margins, Donald Trump would be well advised to take Paul Ryan up on his offer to resign his chairmanship at the national convention. In addition, and considering the patriotic bench available for immediate dispatch, Donald Trump could request Reince Preibus resign from his post as RNC head and immediately replace him with a more favorable and competent executive.
  • Who promoted Private Ryan?

    05/09/2016 4:31:10 PM PDT · by fireman15 · 54 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | May 9, 2016 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Forty-eight hours after Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican nomination with a smashing victory in the Indiana primary, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he could not yet support Trump. In millennial teen-talk, Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.” “[T]he bulk of the burden of unifying the party” falls on Trump, added Ryan. Trump must unify “all wings of the Republican Party, and the conservative movement.” Trump must run a campaign that we can “be proud to support and proud to be a part of.” Then,...
  • Ted Cruz Backers Seek to Control Convention Platform

    05/09/2016 1:05:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 180 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 9, 2016 | Jonathan Martin
    Senator Ted Cruz’s supporters are mounting an effort to seize control of the Republican platform and the rules governing the party’s July convention, the first indication that Mr. Cruz will not simply hand his delegates over to Donald J. Trump. In an email sent Sunday to pro-Cruz convention delegates, a top aide to the Texas senator wrote that it was “still possible to advance a conservative agenda at the convention.” “To do that, it is imperative that we fill the Rules and Platform Committees with strong conservative voices like yours,” wrote Ken Cuccinelli, who was the campaign’s former delegate wrangler...
  • Jeb Bush: I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

    05/06/2016 1:43:58 PM PDT · by bushwon · 261 replies
    Facebook via Drudge Report ^ | May 6, 2916 | Jeb Bush
    I congratulate Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. There is no doubt that he successfully tapped into the deep sense of anger and frustration so many Americans around the country rightfully feel today. The tremendous anger of the current U.S. electorate – whether Republican, Democrat or independent – is a result of people fearful about the future, concerned with the direction of our country and tremendously frustrated by the abject failure and inability of leaders in Washington, D.C. to make anything better. American voters have made it clear that Washington is broken, but I’m...
  • How Ryan decided to ditch Trump (Ryan was counting on brokered convention)

    05/06/2016 7:12:46 AM PDT · by quesney · 85 replies
    Ryan never expected Trump to lock up the nomination so quickly. He didn't think Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would drop out of the race in May. In fact, Ryan's orbit was preparing for a contested convention in Cleveland, where he is slated to serve as chairman, effectively the emcee of the Trump coronation. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/paul-ryan-donald-trump-222870#ixzz47svnCs9j Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
  • Trump says he’ll name running mate at convention

    05/05/2016 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 127 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 5, 2016 | Terry Spencer and Jonathan Lemire | AP
    Donald Trump said Thursday that he will name his vice presidential pick at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July. Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Trump said that it was still early in the process to select a running mate, but that he would soon form a committee to begin vetting running mates. “It is early — we just won yesterday,” Trump said. “I will announce it at the convention. A lot of people are interested.” Trump has said he intends to pick a Republican with prior government experience. Trump has not yet reached the number...
  • The Day Paul Manafort Put The Fear Of God Into The Hearts & Minds Of The GOP Establishment

    05/05/2016 12:40:51 PM PDT · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 50 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | 5/5/2016 | DC Whispers
    Some are still stunned with the speed at which Donald Trump suddenly elevated himself from front-runner to presumptive nominee following Mr. Trump’s landslide victory in Indiana on Tuesday. Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign supervisor, a man who has navigated the often turbulent waters of national politics for several decades, is likely not a bit surprised, for it was Manafort who just a few short weeks ago put the fear of God into a collection of anti-Trump GOP Establishment figures during a posh resort retreat in Florida – a meeting which it can now be said altered the trajectory of the...
  • The Latest: Romney not going to GOP convention

    05/05/2016 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 118 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 05/05/2016
    Don't expect to see Mitt Romney at the Republican Party's national convention this summer. An aide to the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee confirms that Romney isn't planning to attend the convention where Donald Trump is expected to become the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nominee. The aide spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions.
  • How Donald Trump Becomes the GOP Nominee: The Path to 1,237 Delegates

    05/04/2016 6:42:30 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2016 | By Lauren Pearle and RYAN STRUYK ·
    While the Republican field has now been cleared for Donald Trump, the road ahead is still messy for the front-runner to become the official nominee at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, in July. Currently, Trump has 1,012 bound delegates, plus an additional 43 unbound delegates who are free agents -- though they have told ABC News they support Trump. Most likely, Trump will hit and far surpass the needed 1,237 in total delegates on June 7, when delegate-rich states like New Jersey and California cast their ballots. He is predicted to take most of the 228 delegates up for...
  • George W. Bush to skip convention

    05/04/2016 3:43:41 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2016
    President George W. Bush will not attend this summer's Republican convention, his spokesman confirmed to The Hill. The spokesman, Freddy Ford, told The Hill in an email that the most recent Republican president "does not intend to attend" the convention in Cleveland. Ford also told The Associated Press that Bush does "not plan to participate in or comment on" the presidential race.
  • Trump backers yell foul over GOP delegate loss Former Gov. Jan Brewer: “I got cheated!”

    05/02/2016 6:39:20 AM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    PHOENIX — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory at the Arizona Republican Party convention, nailing down a large majority of delegates to the national convention amid cheating accusations from backers of businessman Donald Trump. The Cruz slate won virtually all of the 28 at-large national delegates and roughly split the 27 delegates selected by congressional district.
  • Cruz denies an Indiana loss would end campaign

    05/01/2016 1:44:48 PM PDT · by Mariner · 137 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 1st, 2016 | By Jessie Hellmann
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said on Sunday he would continue his campaign if he lost the critical Indiana primary on Tuesday. "If you don't win in Indiana under these circumstances, is this race over?" asked "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. "Of course not," Cruz said. "It's going to be a battle to see who can earn a majority of the delegates elected by the people at the convention. And the reason Donald is so frantic to say the race is over ... is because Donald knows he cannot earn a majority of the delegates that were elected by...
  • Ted Cruz’s Support Softens Among the Delegates He Courted

    05/01/2016 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Innovative · 101 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 1, 2016 | JEREMY W. PETERSMAY
    Even as Donald J. Trump trounced him from New Hampshire to Florida to Arizona, Senator Ted Cruz could reassure himself with one crucial advantage: He was beating Mr. Trump in the obscure, internecine delegate fights that could end up deciding the Republican nomination for president. “This is how elections are won in America,” Mr. Cruz gloated after walking away with the most delegates in Wyoming. But it turns out that delegates — like ordinary voters — are susceptible to shifts in public opinion. And as the gravitational pull of Mr. Trump’s recent primary landslides draws more Republicans toward him, Mr....
  • Az GOP Convention- Delegate Lists

    04/30/2016 10:50:49 PM PDT · by AZHSer · 17 replies
    AzGop ^ | 4/30/2016 | AZHSer
    I had the privledge today of serving as a Arizona State Convention Delegate. The meeting was long and disorganized but we got the job done. I promised on a previous thread to post names of Delegates and who they support or which slate they appeared on if known. The following lists are taken from the AzGOP website and my notes. If I am not sure who they support, I will leave that spot blank. Please feel free to post corrections. Follow the link to view the lists in an easier to read format. National Committeeman - Bruce Ash National Committeewoman...
  • ANTI-Donald TRUMP Protest Erupt Near Republican Convention near Burlingame (embed video)

    04/30/2016 3:05:06 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 69 replies
    ABC -eyewitness news 7 ^ | April 30,2016
    BURLINGAME, Calif. -- Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protesters crowded the streets near the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame as the presidential candidate arrived for the Republican convention. A man wearing a Trump campaign "Make America Great Again" red hat was struck while being jostled by a group of shouting protesters. "It went gangbusters. They attacked me," said Chris Conway, who identified himself as mortgage broker from San Mateo. A dozen protesters linked arms to block the road in front of the hotel near San Francisco International Airport, but no one was using the street because police had already closed it to...
  • GOP Washington establishment begins warming to Trump

    04/28/2016 8:57:01 AM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 28, 2016 | Manu Raju and Deirdre Walsh
    House and Senate Republicans are reluctantly coming to terms with the reality that the real estate mogul -- a man many feared given his unpredictability, questionable policy positions and lack of discipline on the campaign trail -- will likely be their party's standard bearer. Rather than fight it, a number of Republicans say, it may be time to embrace it.
  • The Republican Convention Will Not Be Contested

    04/26/2016 12:32:46 PM PDT · by astrat7 · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/25/2016 | Roger L Simon
    Apologies to those who still don't accept the inevitability of a Donald Trump candidacy in the Republican Party -- I feel your pain, as a famous prevaricator/predator once said -- but, disappointing as it may be to Fox and CNN executives, not to mention the millions or hundreds of thousands of voters loyal to Messrs. Cruz and Kasich, it's all over but the shouting and the backbiting. Cleveland in July may not be Christmas in July, but it's not going to be the second coming of the 1992 L.A. riots or the 1968 Chicago convention either.
  • New Web Ad: "Convention"

    04/26/2016 10:07:05 AM PDT · by LesDowrey · 10 replies
    New Day for America YouTube Channel ^ | April 26, 2016 | New Day For America
    This is the single most delusional thing you will ever see. Doesn't matter if you're for Trump or Cruz. Atleast you're not for Kasich.
  • Kasich: "We believe that an open convention is the best way for the Republican Party to win"

    04/25/2016 5:54:41 PM PDT · by maggief · 129 replies
    Kasich: "We believe that an open convention is the best way for the Republican Party to win" http://cnn.it/1pzz0Ig
  • Donald Trump’s path to 1,237 delegates

    04/25/2016 2:47:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 40 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Apr. 22, 2016 | Steve Kornacki
    Donald Trump currently has at least 846 delegates, according to the NBC News tally, and he can still clear the magic number of 1,237 during the primary season. Doing so would prevent the open convention that Ted Cruz and the Stop Trump movement are banking on. Here’s what it would take:
  • Why There WILL Be a Contested Convention.

    04/24/2016 9:27:12 AM PDT · by ziravan · 75 replies
    FreeRepublic | 4/24/16 | Ziravan
    Donald Trump will not reach 1237 delegates before the GOP July Cleveland Convention and there will be a floor fight for the Nomination. For the purposes of this analysis, both Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are peripheral characters. Both will continue to pursue their best strategy to the nomination, Trump on first ballot, Cruz on 2nd or 3rd (most likely 4th after Florida delegates are released). There will be a contested convention because the media will push for it. 1. Blood in the streets in Cleveland? Damn, that's a generational story. Somebody's gonna win a Pulitzer here. 2. Permanent...
  • Riots, Guns, Bribes: TR's Contested Convention

    04/23/2016 1:07:01 PM PDT · by John W · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 23, 2016 | Geoffrey Cowan
    Would a candidate for president of the United States ever officially condone a riot on the floor of a national convention? Would a candidate actually ever seek to provoke one? Should delegates at a convention be permitted to carry guns? Can supporters of a candidate try to buy delegate votes? Could any of these things happen at a contested Republican Convention this year in Cleveland? It seems unlikely, but there would be precedents. Amazingly, in 1912, when Theodore Roosevelt tried to wrest the nomination from William Howard Taft, there were plans for riots, plenty of guns, and more than a...
  • The Convention Could Very Well Prove to Be a RUN-OFF Election That Trump Could Very Well LOSE

    04/22/2016 1:24:48 PM PDT · by the_doc · 207 replies
    self | 04/22/16 | the_doc
    I have heard that a lot of Republicans, ESPECIALLY Trump supporters, have said that the candidate who comes into the Cleveland convention with the most delegates should be (automatically?) awarded the nomination even if he cannot get 1237 votes on the first ballot. I just want to go on record as saying that this widespread notion is politically stupid--even politically monstrous. The Republican Party's rules since the very birth of the Party have specified that a prospective nominee must achieve a majority of Convention votes to become the nominee. As most FReepers already know, this longstanding fact is not disputed....
  • Donald Trump's Delegate Savior ("The Count")

    04/22/2016 6:20:36 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 34 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | 4/21/16 | David Catanese
    On the Friday before Easter, Donald Trump was sitting inside his Mar-a-Lago oceanside resort in Palm Beach, Florida, stewing over the headlines he kept reading about the growing likelihood of a contested Republican National Convention in July. In need of instant advice, Trump picked up the phone and did what he's often done for the last 30 years: He dialed up his longtime political confidant, Roger Stone. "Can they really f--- me on this convention?" Trump asked, somewhat incredulously. "If I have the most votes, can they really take this away from me?"
  • Pat Buchanan Points Out The Absurdity of Continued GOPe Attempts To Deny The Voter…

    04/21/2016 5:16:08 AM PDT · by McGruff · 44 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 21, 2016 | Sundance
    Pat Buchanan was interviewed by Sean Hannity last night and raises some good fundamental points regarding the ridiculous positions espoused by professional punditry and political elites. Lots of plain common sense: [video] 1. Trump is holding rallies of 20,000 – 30,000+ IN A PRIMARY. This is a historic point that most seemingly overlook. No-one ever before has gathered such crowd sizes in “primary races“. Supportive crowds the size of Trump (and yes, Sanders) have only before been witnessed in “general elections”, and only one candidate on the republican side is capable of generating this much enthusiasm. 2. The talking point...
  • Can Donald Trump really hit 1,237 before Cleveland?

    04/21/2016 9:00:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 84 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 21, 2016 | MJ Lee and Gregory Krieg, CNN
    Donald Trump is now the only Republican presidential candidate with a realistic chance of winning the 1,237 votes to clinch the nomination before the national convention this summer. But getting there will be a tough undertaking, and one that leaves little room for error. Trump's commanding victory in New York, where he won more than 60% of the vote and the vast majority of the 95 delegates up for grabs, marked a turning point in the delegate race. The Manhattan real estate mogul now has improved his chances of winning the nomination outright, while his chief rival, Ted Cruz, would...
  • Ted Cruz Now Risks Destroying The Relevancy of His Own Conservative Base…

    04/21/2016 7:01:20 AM PDT · by GilGil · 32 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 4/21/2016 | Sundance
    There’s an old saying referenced at times when a person refuses to move based on principle: “At what cost are you willing to win”? cruz and heidiThe essential meaning behind the question is: how far are you willing to go -in the elimination of a coalition- in order to prove your own standing is most righteous? …and does the internal sense of victory overcome the desperate isolation at the end of your arguments? Do the ‘ends‘ justify the ‘means‘? Eventually the questions require pause, and eventually lead the recipient to ask themselves to reconsider their motives. Are pride and/or ego...
  • Hickenlooper: Switch To Primaries Would Be A 'Worthy Expense' [Colorado]

    04/20/2016 7:21:15 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 16 replies
    Colorado Public Radio ^ | April 20, 2016 | Rachel Estabrook
    Colorado would go back to holding a presidential primary under a bill that's expected to be introduced this week, after Democrat and Republican voters complained that caucuses, held in March, left them out of the nominating process. The idea has Gov. John Hickenlooper's support, even though it might mean the state picks up the cost.
  • RNC Rules Member: Nominee Doesn’t Need To Win 8 Primaries

    04/20/2016 12:50:15 PM PDT · by maggief · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 20, 2016 | Kerry Picket
    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Republican National Committee’s eight state convention threshold rule could be interpreted differently than anyone expects this summer in Cleveland. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz  97% argue that Ohio Gov. John Kasich could never become the nominee, because Kasich cannot win eight primary contests to be eligible. However, RNC Standing Rules Committee member Randy Evans told The Daily Caller at the Spring RNC Meeting Wednesday that a nominee does not need to “win” eight state primary contests to qualify to be put into contention — only the support of eight delegations at the convention. “You do...
  • Shepard Smith: Former NY Senator D’Amato Told Me RNC Will Change Rules to Give Kasich a Shot

    04/20/2016 10:32:32 AM PDT · by detective · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Apr 20, 2016 | Aaron Klein
    On his Fox News program last night, Shepard Smith revealed a conversation he said he had with former New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato in which D’Amato was quoted as saying that the Republican National Committee will change the rules to give Gov. John Kasich a shot at the nomination.
  • A Call to Reality and Cruz's Chances EVEN On a Second Ballot

    04/20/2016 8:54:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 98 replies
    Opinion ^ | 20 Apr 16 | Xzins
    Most news services are reporting that Ted Cruz currently has 559 delegates after gaining zero in yesterday's New York primary. With 1237 the goal, it is clear that Ted Cruz can no longer win on the first ballot at the Republican Convention. He would need 678 delegates to reach 1237 and only 620 delegates remain. Obviously, that is impossible. That would be 109% of what remains, and that is a mathematical impossibility. A good guess of how many additional delegates Cruz will gain between now and June 8 is 209. That would give him a total of 768 going into...