Historically, political parties in this country had an important check on raw majority rule. If one faction tried to ram through a nominee or platform that didn’t represent the whole party, and offered no form of compromise, then the rest could bolt. That is, they could leave the convention, withdraw their support, and put their own nominees on the ballot in their states. Honorable Republican | Read More »
Earlier today, we reported on the New Hampshire GOP’s attempts to vote Republican National Convention leadership slots via e-mail vote. The controversy stemmed from the fact that the list of candidates for state delegate leadership included no Donald Trump supporters, despite the fact that Trump won the state. Word has now come out that the NHGOP, caving to pressure from Trump supporters, has decided to cancel | Read More »
Over the weekend, an e-mail went out to the New Hampshire delegation to the Republican National Convention. In it, the state’s GOP director said a vote for leaders and committee positions will take place via e-mail. Attached was a slate of delegates to be appointed – none of them were Trump supporters. More from New Hampshire Public Radio: Trump got 35 percent of the vote | Read More »
This tweet by Patrick Ruffini highlights something important, I think: Only way Kasich is getting on a ticket is as Cruz VP. Doubt Cruz delegates would allow him as Trump VP. — Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) April 24, 2016 …which is to say: Donald Trump will enter the Republican convention this summer as the single weakest primary front-runner in my, or very possibly anybody’s, living memory. | Read More »
This time he is super duper serious. He was also serious before, but people keep forcing his hand. So today, he made it absotively posolutely clear. “Count me out,” said Speaker Ryan. “Let me be clear, I do not want, nor will I accept, the nomination for our party. SO let me speak directly to the delegates on this. If no candidate has a majority | Read More »
Donald Trump and his surrogates and his spokespeople and his supporters and his fans and his, I don’t know … his dog, they are all, everyone aboard the Trump train, professing a fear or an outrage that the election is being “stolen” from Trump. This fear/outrage is based on two things: 1) Some people haven’t yet knelt before their god-king, which is very unacceptable to | Read More »
The only way Gov. John Kasich finds himself as the Republican nominee this year is through the convention. Which means his only chance at getting the nomination relies entirely on Trump not getting it first. His only reasonable, logical move is to try to prevent Donald Trump from getting enough delegates before the convention. It is an unavoidable fact that Kasich is totally avoiding. In | Read More »
There is a lot of talk lately about so-and-so being denied a spot at the convention or the convention being used to “steal” something from whoever, but of course it’s all bunk. There are rules set down, and they are set down for a reason, and if you can’t hack it then, well, you just can’t hack it pal. That doesn’t just apply to Trump, | Read More »
In Connecticut, in order to win the Lieutenant Governor nomination, a candidate has to make it out of the party convention with at least 15% of the vote. Then, the candidate has to win a primary. Currently, there are three candidates in contention for the Lieutenant Governor nomination heading into the convention, which will take place on May 17: Penny Bacchiochi, Heather Somers and David | Read More »
That is such a foreign concept. To me Saying you belong to the government is like saying you are a subject of some monarch, or worse enslaved.
You can’t say it any better than Mitt Romney did:
“We don’t belong to government, the government belongs to us.”
It is not surprising to me that the Obama campaign is already trying to distance itself from the ill-conceived tag line by claiming it was neither an OFA nor a DNC video.
What is surprising is that Democrats actually do believe we all belong to the government. Watch the following video put together by the good folks at Revealing Politics after Caleb Bonham and Kelly Maher interviewed convention-goers about the we belong to the government tag line.
I thought that I’d be useful and walk the slave’s flatteries and child’s imitations that are the modern Left protest movement through what’s expected of them this week at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, as well as what their betters will tolerate from said protesters. I know, I know: some of the folks on my side feel that one should not give those people any | Read More »
Alternative title: Main campaign team for an allegedly likeable President who won the general election with 53% of the popular vote and 365-173 in the Electoral College issues statement that the President will be able to fill a 74,000 seat stadium on the night of his convention speech. Which is, of course, far too long.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention. Workers were trying Saturday afternoon to reform the base of the sculpture, built from sand brought in from Myrtle Beach, S.C., pounding and smoothing out the sand that had washed off the | Read More »
Maybe it’s the policy junkie in me, but I found much of last night’s Republican convention to be vapid and devoid of substance. There wasn’t a lot of discussion of specific conservative principles and how they contrast boldly to Obama’s policies. There wasn’t a lot of red meat missiles aimed at Obama either, even though his presidency has offered a plethora of opportunities. I’m not | Read More »