“We are literally about halfway through,” Mr. Weaver said. Mr. Devine echoed those sentiments. “We agree we are behind, but we also think we are going to win this game,” he said. “We are just not intimidated by the numbers.” [New York Times]
IT IS counterproductive that President Obama told donors recently that “the party must soon come together to back” Hillary Clinton. I remember very well how Hillary’s supporter reacted in 2008 to those chants when she had no way to win on delegates at the time against Obama.
Come together cries to beat Trump are gathering in Democratic circles. Worries that Bernie Sanders hitting Clinton could hurt her in the general election.
Whatever Sanders will say about Clinton pales in comparison to the asymmetrical war Donald Trump will wage.
And there’s nothing wrong with pitching superdelegates in a state that you won, whether it’s Clinton or Sanders. Sanders will just have less luck than Hillary because the math for him now is very stark.
But it is also evident that, in the past ten months, Sanders has defied the pundits, alarmed the comfortable, and inspired the young. He has turned what looked to be a political coronation into a lively and hard-fought contest, forcing his opponent to modify her positions and raise her game. He has demonstrated that Presidential campaigns don’t have to be beholden to big donors. And he has shown that, surprisingly enough, there is still a place in American politics for an independent-minded speaker of uncomfortable truths. What’s more, he isn’t done yet. – John Cassidy [The New Yorker]
There is even more edginess on the Republican side over Trump but the GOP is handling the situation much worse.
“Rule 40,” aka the Romney Rule used to freeze out a “symbolic” vote by Ron Paul supporters, provides a guide but the GOP wants to change it to freeze out Donald Trump. This Red State diary from Morton Blackwell explains 2012.
MSNBC legal eagle Ari Melber on the GOP contested convention hype.
If Rule 40 were applied, Trump is the only candidate who would currently qualify for a convention ballot right now — candidates need to have a majority of delegates in eight states.
Current and former RNC officials stress, however, that Rule 40 was drafted only for the 2012 convention — when the nominee was known — while this year, a fair rule for getting on the ballot would be written differently.
While the rules are made for each convention, some Rules Committee members say changing the ballot threshold now could look like a bid to shape who wins. For a rule listed as “temporary” in the RNC Rulebook, Rule 40 might cast a long shadow.
The establishment GOP says new rules will be written for the 2016 convention, according to Melber.
And in case you don’t understand the foundation of the #NeverTrump breed
“The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Haugland told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. “The rules haven’t kept up,” Haugland said. “The rules are still designed to have a political party choose its nominee at a convention. That’s just the way it is. I can’t help it. Don’t hate me because I love the rules.” [Real Clear Politics]
Donald Trump is headed for something altogether different because Republicans have a sketchy relationship with small “d” democracy when it comes to voting. No one should be surprised they would tinker with convention rules to put the candidate they prefer in place. Ignoring voters is not something new for the grand old party.
R turnout highest since 1980 but still only 17% of total voters. Non-voters could've stopped Trump had they shown up pic.twitter.com/TUD8UdPJFc
— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) March 18, 2016