Tick…Tick…Tick… The Sound Of A Countdown To The Exploding Nomination Of Trump

“One of Virginia’s delegates to the Republican National Convention has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to avoid voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the party convention next month.
 
The delegate, Carroll Correll Jr of Winchester, Virginia, argued in the suit that being forced to vote against his conscience was a violation of his constitutional rights.”
 
See Republican delegate sues to avoid voting for Donald Trump at convention
There’s a problem being an insurgent. If a groundswell of support doesn’t arise, sooner or later the target of the surprise attack can’t sustain a determined counter-attack. It doesn’t get much more sustained than prying the delegates to the convention away from supporting Trump on the first ballot.

There’s still the problem of figuring out what to do next but when the grenade lands close you don’t have time for reflection. I don’t have a strong opinion on the outcome of this suit but it’s quite likely not to arrive in time and there could be a lot of contention between “states’ rights” and freedom of conscience/belief/speech for the individual. There might also be a conflict between standing for a state to legislate about the inner workings of a political party (freedom of association). While the US Constitution set up all kinds of checks and balances, it did little to divide powers cleanly… (Canada tried an enumerated list but created a black hole by allowing the federal government to have all “new” powers. Guess what? Whenever the feds want to increase their power, they invent a new thing, like firearms-safety…) With judges being political and even SCOTUS dividing along party-lines. There isn’t much hope of salvation from the courts.

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8 Responses to Tick…Tick…Tick… The Sound Of A Countdown To The Exploding Nomination Of Trump

  1. dougman wrote, ” A delegate represents the will of the voters in his state or district not his person preference.”
    That campaign was months long. The electorate may well have been disgusted enough with Trump’s antics to change their vote but did not have a chance. A proper delegate could well be in touch with electors and reflect their change in mood. Trump won with ~40% of the voters support in some states. That means ~60% were opposed yet Trump is the imminent nominee. There’s nothing wrong with fighting that outcome any way possible. It’s just crazy to go to the election after choosing the only candidate who cannot beat Clinton.

  2. kurkosdr wrote, “The fair election system has been replaced by whatever rigged “internal” election system the two major parties have.”

    Well, the “winner takes all” states certainly were unfair to the other candidates who normally got over 50% of the vote yet counted for nothing in the end. So, Trump won unfairly. The Ds had a much more fair system so Bernie lasted much longer. If not for “winner takes all”, Trump would have ended up with ~40% of the Rs and the last opponent to drop out would have taken the nomination with others coalescing around him. Trump did not make those rules, the Rs did but it worked against them. They don’t mind being unfair if their guy won and he didn’t. Now the Rs have a candidate from Hell who may as well have entered the race to sabotage the Rs. Trump’s a long time Clinton supporter.

  3. kurkosdr wrote, “Trump for bad or worse (can’t bring myself to say for better or worse) has immense groundswell support”

    That’s just not true. He handily defeated competitors in the Republican race but that’s just a small sample of the electorate. Even there, he only made less than half the votes before everyone dropped out. He’s not that popular with the mainstream. See this poll“Democrat Hillary Clinton tops Republican Donald Trump by a 47% to 42% margin in the race for the presidency, according to a CNN/ORC Poll”

    Clinton is a rather weak candidate IMHO so Trump is very weak. 42% after all the free publicity he’s had is not a ground-swell.

  4. dougman says:

    “It shows much rigged the two-party system is. The fair election system has been replaced by whatever rigged “internal” election system the two major parties have.”

    The election process as been subverted for a VERY long time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q

  5. kurkosdr says:

    If a groundswell of support doesn’t arise, sooner or later the target of the surprise attack can’t sustain a determined counter-attack.

    Trump for bad or worse (can’t bring myself to say for better or worse) has immense groundswell support, that’s why the establishment is thinking of going from rigging the rules to unilaterally seizing power.

  6. kurkosdr says:

    The fact the Republican Establishment is willing to do every legal and not legal thing possible to deny Trump the nomination he won under their own rules is annoying the least.

    It shows much rigged the two-party system is. The fair election system has been replaced by whatever rigged “internal” election system the two major parties have. BTW is it even illegal if the primary results are rigged? They are not federal elections after all?

    Back on topic, Trump is an a-hole, but an a-hole with the most votes, and for that he should receive the nomination.

    This is what I hate with all those “progressive intellectuals” (like the ones that man the ranks of The Guardian). They are in favor of democracy as long as the people vote from a selection of candidates they find “acceptable”, otherwise they are not in favor of democracy and artificial roadblocks must be placed in front of elected nominees.

  7. dougman says:

    Also, The Guardian is a British national daily newspaper with a liberal slant.

    After thinking about this a bit further, he can stop being a delegate . Just resign! A delegate represents the will of the voters in his state or district not his person preference. Once elected he is sworn in, his refusal to abide by the rules of his office is akin to a sheriff refusing to arrest drug dealers and wife beaters because they ain’t really doing anything wrong.

    This idiot has a right to resign, so as not to defy his oath. There, simple, problem solved.

  8. dougman says:

    Anyone, that prefers to vote for a liar is a POS.

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