Diary

Delegates: How to Stop Trump

There are rumblings and stirrings in the Republican Party and the electorate at large which are infecting the elected Convention delegates. Trump has not become more “Presidential” since his nomination is now presumptive. In fact, he makes misstep after misstep and is driving away the very Party loyalists he needs to unite behind him. The polls show him sinking, Hillary up to 12 points ahead, his negatives skyrocketing.

It is now clear: Trump is going to be Trump, not the reformed and respectable personage he promised he could become once nominated. His campaign is disorganized, more a reality show than a serious election effort. He expects the RNC to do the heavy lifting and funding to get him elected, and resists reaching out to donors — most of whom remain aloof. His earlier bragging that he is self-funding and thus beholden to none is, like many of his promises, mere debris in his wake.

He is sucking all the energy out of the general election campaign, leaving down-ballot races gasping for air and attention.

It becomes more apparent every day that, with Trump as nominee, the GOP will go down to historic defeat and lose not just the Presidency, but the Senate as well and perhaps even the House.

Panic has set in. Those with clear heads are urging the delegates to make rules changes to prevent a Trump win on the first ballot and to introduce other candidates in successive ballots. Delegates are exploring possibilities.

Ted Cruz has remained out of the loop, as it won’t do for him to be seen as leading the charge; but since most of the Rules Committee and a goodly number, probably over half of all delegates, are favorable toward Cruz, they will surely put his name into nomination, if it comes to that.   I can see the Ohio delegation putting Kasich’s name up as a favored son — if the rules allow.

I think the Rules Committee should speak plainly in presenting the reasons for their changes.

  1. Many states have open primaries allowing Democrats and Independents to help select our nominee. This rules change would in future cut number of delegates in half for any state conducting an open primary.
  2. Many states were “winner take all,” which disadvantages other candidates who garner substantial support. This rules change would in future cut number of delegates in half for any state not awarding delegates proportionately for all candidates receiving at least 15% of the vote.
  3. This primary was unduly influenced by factors which were not strictly against Party rules, but must be deemed disqualifying in the interest of fairness and ethical standards. One, the deplorable antics of Donald Trump led to his receiving a level of free media coverage, most of it favorable, heretofore not seen, and amounting to many times what his opponents received. Two, those antics included Trump’s nasty campaign tactics against his competitors involving outrageous lies, slander and libel that media repeated and voters believed, causing them to turn from their otherwise favorite candidates and vote for Trump. This should not be allowed to stand. This rules change will apply a penalty for such behavior by unbinding all delegates pledged to Trump.

The delegates could go a step farther and require, as further penalty, that Trump must receive 60% of votes of Convention delegates in order to become the nominee, while other candidates still have the majority (half + 1) threshold.

Donald Trump’s deplorable campaign tactics must not be allowed to stand, and he surely mustn’t be rewarded with the party nomination.