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Still yet another cunning plan to stop Trump, part the XIX

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The GOP is making yet another effort to save the presidential nomination from a blustering bigot named Trump … and hand it over to a yet-to-be named blustering bigot.

TBA 2016!

Dozens of Republican convention delegates are hatching a new plan to block Donald Trump at this summer’s party meetings, in what has become the most organized effort so far to stop the businessman from becoming the GOP nominee.

The delegates are angered by Trump’s recent comments on gun control, his racial attacks on a federal judge and his sinking poll numbers. They are convinced that Trump is an insufficiently conservative candidate and believe they will find enough like-minded Republicans within the next month to change party rules and allow delegates to vote for whomever they want, regardless of who won their state caucus or primary.

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“This literally is an ‘Anybody but Trump’ movement,” said Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado who is leading the campaign. “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just doing that job to make sure that he’s not the face of our party.”

It is also an “Anybody willing to face the hostile, violence-prone hordes that the GOP has been cultivating for a few decades and have thrown in with the guy you’re trying to push off the stage” movement. Good luck!

In a statement Friday, Trump dismissed the plots against him.

“I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries,” Trump said. “I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying.”

Did I say good luck? I meant, duck!

The article outlines a number of hurdles to the Great Delegate Switcherooni, including Rience Priebus (who probably guzzles Pepto-Bismol like there’s no yesterday), does not approve. To which some other GOPeratives replied “You’re not the boss of the delegates!” and dumped some more money on the problem.

Another potential complication is that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and other top leaders have said delegates are required to reflect the results of state contests.

In response, a group of veteran Republican operatives is planning to raise up to $2.5 million to run an advertising campaign asserting that delegates can do whatever they want. The Citizens in Charge Foundation plans to bankroll the outreach campaign. It already paid for the publication of a book by Curly Haugland, a GOP delegate from North Dakota who wrote a book explaining why delegates are unbound.

No one has asked, but here’s my advice to any liberals who are thinking of protesting the RNC this year: Don’t bother. You’ll have to set the Cuyahoga on fire before anyone notices anything but the massive dumpster burning in the convention center.

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  • Warren Terra

    “Don’t blame me … I voted for A Player To Be Named Later!”

    • Ken

      You can’t really blame them. “Generic Republican Candidate” sometimes out-polls Hillary, but Hillary out-polls every named Republican.

  • twbb

    I think a lot of liberals might show up not to protest but to gawk at the chaos.

    http://www.thepopcornfactory.com/wholesale-home

    Though whatever their other incompetencies, the RNC is typically very good at tightly managing their conventions. I hope they aren’t this time, but we’ll see.

    • so-in-so

      Not tight enough to keep out Clint and his chair…

      • Derelict

        Nor tight enough to keep out Trump and his hair . . .

        • eh

          Nor tight enough to keep out Palin and her prayer…

      • CP

        Maybe they could make the empty chair the nominee instead of Trump.

        • Isn’t that exactly the #nevertrumpers plan?

        • DrDick

          I thought Trump was an empty chair?!

          • Charlie S

            Rubio is clearly the empty suit.

            • Warren Terra

              No – Rubio is the comically oversized suit. Jeb? is the empty suit. Cruz is the fancy Wall Street Lawyer’s suit with cowboy boots, dripping slime. Trump is red overalls, striped shirt, and a slingshot.

              • efgoldman

                Do we vote for woven hair?
                Do we love the empty chair?
                I do not love Trump in a suit
                They just want some poor guy to shoot
                I do not love Trump on a stage
                I do not love Trump in a rage
                I’d rather not see Trump at all
                It’s fun to see him make Reince crawl

                etc

  • Anon21

    It probably will not happen. But:

    a) It should happen. Trump remains a much more dangerous figure than any conventional GOP politician (yes, even including shitheads like Ted Cruz), and stripping him of the nomination will limit his influence by allowing Republicans in elected office to completely break with him and denounce him.

    b) If it is going to happen, it’s better not to have a specific replacement candidate at this point. Anti-Trump is a more powerful force than support for any specific candidate. Unite the delegates around dumping Trump, leave the difficult question of who will be the nominee for a mess floor fight, acknowledge you won’t win the presidency anyway. (But they won’t win with Trump, either.)

    • If it is going to happen, it’s better not to have a specific replacement candidate at this point. Anti-Trump is a more powerful force than support for any specific candidate.

      Such blatant disrespect for David French.

      • Brad Nailer

        Who happens to be Lawrence O’Donnell’s new commentator pal.

      • Warren Terra

        There is this theory that the Republicans almost always nominate the runner-up or the veep nominee from the previous contest. Obviously, this didn’t happen in 2016 (Santorum underwhelmed, Ryan didn’t run). Still, I just want to point out for 2020 that David French was, for a weekend, the last non-Trump to arise, making him arguably the runner-up and so the favorite in 2020.

    • CP

      (yes, even including shitheads like Ted Cruz)

      Whoa now!

    • Yankee

      You can realize how anti-democratic that would be? Trump is the legit winner by the pre-established process, unloveable as it may be. If Trump runs and fails it will be bad enough … remember Mitt really really thought he was winning the whole time. If Trump doesn’t even get to run it will be far worse. Recall that these people are heavily armed for the express purpose of defending themselves agains the tyrannical state and all its minions, and other categories of people.

      If Rs had sense & morals, they would take their lumps and say he’s got our button but please vote for somebody else. And then go another way. Anything else tends to undermine to legitimacy of basic political institutions, which are already in sad condition. That is, THE TERRORISTS WIN.

    • twbb

      I don’t believe it; Cruz would have been even worse.

  • sharculese

    Kendal Unruh, a Republican delegate from Colorado

    Please tell me she’s not related to Leslee Unruh. I don’t want there to be two of them.

    • At least she isn’t related to Jesse Unruh.

    • Gee Suss

      Funny enough, “unruhe” is German for “unrest” or “anxiety”. I only know it because of the X-Files.

  • CaptainBringdown

    Rience Priebus (who probably guzzles Pepto-Bismol like there’s no yesterday)

    I’m guessing Pepto-Bismol and vodka cocktails. No ice.

    • Moondog

      I’m still laughing at Obama’s ribbing at the correspondents dinner — “I see you think you’ve earned the night off”

  • so-in-so

    Is this further evidence that conservatism cannot fail, only BE failed?

    “”We cannot lose, find a way to replace this Trump fool with a WINNING candidate!”

  • Colin Day

    No one has asked, but here’s my advice to any liberals who are thinking of protesting the RNC this year: Don’t bother. You’ll have to set the Cuyahoga on fire before anyone notices anything but the massive dumpster burning in the convention center.

    This isn’t the 70s. The Cuyahoga doesn’t burn anymore.

  • Hogan

    In response, a group of veteran Republican operatives is planning to raise up to $2.5 million to run an advertising campaign asserting that delegates can do whatever they want.

    So, like pretty much every advertising campaign ever.

    • Captain Oblivious

      Shorter Trump Dumpers: “Fuck democracy.”

      • CP

        “We’re a republic not a democracy.”

        • so-in-so

          Yet the Republicans are failing miserably. Go figure.

      • so-in-so

        Didn’t they already say that with the voter suppression?

        Not really to white people, I guess.

  • NeonTrotsky

    “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that.” Which is exactly why Trump became the nominee in the first place

  • lizzie

    In response, a group of veteran Republican operatives is planning to raise up to $2.5 million to run an advertising campaign asserting that delegates can do whatever they want. The Citizens in Charge Foundation plans to bankroll the outreach campaign.

    Citizens in Charge, Citizens in Charge, now what does that remind me of… Oh yeah, Citizens United. Looks like the end result of that case is Republicans stabbing each other to death, with dollars. Give ’em enough rope, indeed.

    • catclub

      Are there ANY anti-Clinton ads running now?

      I know that Clinton is running anti-Trump ads.

  • The Temporary Name

    Burn on, big river, burn on.

    • Michael Cain

      Oh, thanks loads. Because now I’ve got

      The Lord can make you tumble and
      The Lord can make you turn.
      The Lord can make you overflow,
      But the Lord can’t make you burn.

      Stuck in my head for the rest of the damned day.

  • Paul Chillman

    Dozens of Republican convention delegates are hatching a new plan to block Donald Trump at this summer’s party meetings, in what has become the most organized effort so far to stop the businessman from becoming the GOP nominee.

    “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that.”

    Pretty much says it all right there.

  • Alex.S

    “I won almost 14 million votes, which is by far more votes than any candidate in the history of the Republican primaries,” Trump said. “I have tremendous support and get the biggest crowds by far and any such move would not only be totally illegal but also a rebuke of the millions of people who feel so strongly about what I am saying.”

    I’m not a legal-type person, but I don’t believe there are any state or federal laws forcing delegates to match a party’s primary results.

    There are rules, but the party sets those rules. And this plan is built around the idea that the rules can be (and frequently are) changed a week or two before the convention.

  • Owlbear1

    I think Obama needs to come out and declare this a really bad idea.

  • Warren Terra

    You’ll have to set the Cuyahoga on fire before anyone notices anything but the massive dumpster burning in the convention center.

    Actually, with the Republican National Convention hemorrhaging corporate sponsors afraid to be associated with said dumpster fire, do we even know if they can make the rent on the convention center?

  • EBT

    Do many states still have faithless elector laws on the books even?

    • Redwood Rhiadra

      Most states still have such laws. But they only apply to the Electoral College, not the party conventions.

    • efgoldman

      Do many states still have faithless elector laws on the books

      Electors =/= party convention delegates. Not at all.

  • rdennist

    Nobody tell Bill Kristol!!! If he gets wind of this plot and endorses it, it’ll be doomed

  • Chuchundra

    I’d like to renew my call for the GOP to strongly affirm the second amendment rights of all Americans by allowing and encouraging open carry in all areas of the 2016 Republican Convention.

    • catclub

      Heck, Kevin Drum is still waiting for Trump Properties to allow guns.

      Also, Trump’s tax returns.

  • sleepyirv

    It’s incredible to watch the GOP continually fail at outsmarting Trump. Like Wile E. Coyote failing to trick Elmer Fudd.

    • so-in-so

      Gotta stop buying from Acme corporation.

      • N__B

        But I love browsing their catalog.

        • so-in-so

          On second look, Wiley’s nemesis was, of course, Road Runner (Meep, meep).

          • efgoldman

            Wiley’s nemesis was, of course, Road Runner

            And Bugs, I think, in a couple of ‘toons. But maybe not.

            • rachelmap

              Yes, I think there was one where he came to Bug’s rabbit hole posing as… I don’t remember, but his business card said ‘Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius’ on it.

    • CP

      There aren’t enough likes in the world for this.

      (Or any likes at all, this being LGM :( )

    • Hogan

      Bill Kristol, SUPER-GENIUS.

  • JustRuss

    I’ll borrow a page from the Republican playbook, and send them my hopes and prayers for a smooth, congenial convention.

  • tsam

    “Nobody has any idea who is going to step in and be the nominee, but we’re not worried about that.

    Heh. Not that I’m worried for you, but you might consider worrying about that.

  • deptfordx

    Does anyone actually like OK goes music?

    I admire their lunatic videos as much as everyone else does, but I find the accompanying songs utterly bland and instantly forgettable.

    • DavidtheK

      True Fact: OK Go’s impresario is Jamie Kitman who is the son of 60s political humorist Marvin Kitman. He sometimes appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Newsday and the short-lived Monocle Magazine.

      • DW

        For a minute there I was trying to parse it as Tyler Brule’s (excuse me, Brûlé’s) Monocle Magazine.

    • wjts

      I saw them open for They Might Be Giants in Chicago about 15 years ago. My thought at the time was, “These guys kind of suck” and nothing I’ve heard since has prompted me to reconsider that assessment.

    • Gabriel Ratchet

      I honestly couldn’t say whether I like them or not. To me they’re sort of the musical equivalent of The Silence from Doctor Who — unless I’m actually listening to them, I can’t for the life of me remember what any of their songs sound like.

  • Brad Nailer

    Keep Reince Priebus! Keep Reince Priebus!

    • efgoldman

      Keep Reince Priebus!

      The new wiki entry has his picture next to “irrelevant.”

  • ohplease173

    I don’t want to pretend that I know what it feels like to be in a group that is being maligned by Trump, but I wish anybody who has a desire to protest would do something else instead. Registering voters, handing out campaign literature, or phone-banking — anything like that would work. Hell, walk a dog at a shelter or something.

    Protesting doesn’t seem to have any positive effect here. In fact, it might be helping Trump.

    I’d say the same thing about the Clinton campaign. They shouldn’t let the blizzard of lies go by without a response, but they shouldn’t be active. Let them hang themselves…or get stomped on by an elephant.

    • tsam

      You handle all that. I’ll do the flaming dogshit on porches.

  • Moondog

    The name is AWESOME. (We are the) Citizens in Charge.

  • KendalUnruh4Cruz

    Boyz… it’s not ‘Anybody but Trump”

    It’s “Nobody but Cruz!”

    Cruz is the one selected to take a dive this year just like Mitt did four years ago.

    Cruz, my Canadian born ineligible candidate, is the real purpose for my efforts to take the nomination and give it to the one candidate that can really lose to Hillary.

    We really want Hillary to win the White House and with your help Hillary will be able to Make America Dead.

    I want the delegates free so they will vote for Cruz to lose to Hillary.

    Even deleted all of my 2015 posts so that you do not find out that I am really just a no name Cruz supporter looking to manipulate you:
    https://www.facebook.com/kendal.unruh

    Did you really think I cared about your stupid GOP?

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