How the GOP Insiders Plan to Steal the Nod From Trump

“…The Republican nomination process was already rigged: the campaigns of the four early states (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada) have been traditionally controlled by high paid consultants and party leaders who convince candidates to spend hundreds of millions on media, staff and early state “necessities.” The big money needed has to come from somewhere–namely from special interests who demand loyalty on key issues: government handouts/bailouts, open borders, and especially big government. The demands of early big money usually clear the field of anyone unacceptable to the Republican Racketeers: when Newt or Santorum didn’t play along in 2012, they were swamped under by big money.”

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  • G

    I’m certain the GOP comfortable set will try something. I’m also pretty sure they will be successful.

    They pushed out Palin. They co-opted and marginalized the Tea Party. Now they are going to destroy Trump despite his success.

    Could we skip all the preamble and just jump right to the shooting part of the civil war or do we still have to pretend that this whole thing can be settled with mere voting?

    • Xavier

      Crap. Everything my fingers type will provoke Mamba.

    • Xavier

      The GOP is trying to walk a path between having their balls cut off and being annihilated, and they’re going to end up with both.

    • If that happens then a 3rd party is in order.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        The history of third-party candidacies is that if they raise issues that prove popular with voters, one or both of the major parties will co-opt them. Thus, Ross Perot ran on balancing budgets and denouncing fiscal irresponsibility. The upshot was that Bill Clinton set his sights on controlling spending and the Republicans produced the Contract with America.

  • V10_Rob

    Literally last-minute chicanery with changing the nomination rules sounds about par the course.

    “So what if the Republican Party permanently splits? There’s still Hillary. THAT’S why we donate to both parties, so as to make sure that no matter what, it’s our guy that gets in.”

  • G

    Be ready for it.
    Soon you will might very well see left wing media outlets gushing over some Republican candidate. This will be the chosen one. The “anti-Trump”, the nice, SAFE conservative that the media can influence.

    We saw this in Canada when Harper came to prominence. Suddenly the media was gushing like love-sick schoolgirls all over that pathetic, left wing loser Joe Clark, a man they had FORMERLY persecuted mercilessly all his life. Why? Because he was the nice, safe, “pet conservative”. Clark was a loser and was terrified of the press. So he was the best “conservative” to have as a leader.

    The press in the U.S. want a “pet conservative” that will kiss their asses and act in a way they consider acceptable (like losing elections for example).

  • Xavier

    I honestly hope they do it, because it will utterly destroy the GOP and set off a revolution that will change the political landscape forever.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      How can they stop him if he has a majority of the delegates?

      • Xavier

        At the convention, delegates cast votes for candidates based on the primaries; they’re voting as their districts have instructed. However, if no candidate receives more than 50% – for instance, if the delegate votes are split 40/30/30 – then the delegates are released from their responsibility to vote as instructed and they may vote for anyone. They vote again and keep voting until someone gets over 50%, and that person becomes the nominee. Anyone can win – not just campaigning candidates, anyone. This is called a brokered convention, sometimes called open or contested convention. There are a lot of GOP delegates (supposedly) who do not support Trump but are currently bound to vote for him in the convention. Presumably those delegates would nominate a GOP puppet candidate like Rubio or iJeb!.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          It sounds similar to Canadian leadership conventions.
          But, if Trump has the most delegates going in, how can he lose?
          Not a plurality but a majority.

          • Xavier

            There are some other requirements, as mentioned in the article. Bottom line: if he has a yuge lead, he will be the nominee. But don’t underestimate the chicanery of the GOP. They’re conniving weasels.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Well, we see a clearer trend line tonight with over five hundred delegates up for grabs. Trump already has Georgia.

          • Xavier

            You can see that limiting the delegates the winner takes away from a state has effects at the convention. Some states are winner-take-all, and some divide the delegates by who won which districts.

            I honestly think the GOP is going to be forced into some desperate action before the convention. This is potentially the end of the road for them. At the very least, it’s a 4-8 year loss of Uniparty control.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I was reading somewhere today that the Republican establishment changed many states’ rules to game the system for Jeb Bush.
            And it didn’t work out too well.

          • Xavier

            They aren’t nearly as smart as they think they are, but that doesn’t stop them from trying.

          • V10_Rob

            And it doesn’t matter how transparent they are. They can change the rules to disqualify everyone with the initials D.T., and say “What are you going to do about?”

            Hey, it’s worked for Obama and Hillary.

          • Xavier

            Right, because it’s a GOP internal event. The Federal Election Commission has no authority.

        • V10_Rob

          Hence the sudden interest in Trump’s pledge to back the ‘official’ GOP candidate. If they can somehow shut Donald out, but keep the groundswell of voter interest he’s caused by slapping ‘Trump Approved’ on their anointed puppet, it would be a win-win.

          • Xavier

            If the GOP turns on Trump he won’t abide by that pledge – he’s already signaled that.

          • V10_Rob

            And rightly so if they intend to deliberately rig the game against him.

            But they’re desperate, and pinning their hopes on either taking him out with media assassination or contriving a way to co-opt his support.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Whatever happens will change the Republican Party for better or worse. If Trump pulls it off, he may effect a revolution not unlike Reagan, who was also highly feared as a radical. If the nomination gets stolen from him, the GOP will end up on life support. While Trump pledged to support the nominee if it isn’t him, he left the door open to changing his mind if he feels he is being treated unfairly.

    • G

      “Pledged to support the nominee” means nothing.

      “Yep, I’d probably vote for him before I’d vote for Jack the Ripper’s meaner, retarded brother. – there! I supported him. Now I’m going on a year long private vacation bye!”

  • Brett_McS

    Whether they steal the nomination or Trump is nominated the Federal Republican Party is screwed. And it’s their own damn fault.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Is it any wonder the Republican party is known as the Stupid party?

  • Minicapt

    One of the article’s author is Roger Stone, who was DonJohn’s political advisor for several years, and continues to lobby for him.

    Cheers

  • lolwut?

    Trump LIVE Press Conference
    The channel “Right Side Broadcasting” has all of Trumps rallies and press interviews.

    Starts roughly at 6:40PM PST

    UPDATE: STARTED

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WCUtqw4rAs