“One of Virginiaâ€™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 conventionThere’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.