GOP CONVENTION: Trump Fans FURIOUS After Learning Truth About Delegate Identities
If GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump fails to reach the delegate cutoff during the ongoing primary elections, expect there to be a brokered GOP convention — one where the power of ‘kingmaker’ will ultimately lie with the dreaded GOP establishment.
The Washington Post explained that during a brokered convention, the delegates become untied from the candidates chosen for them by the people and must themselves decide which candidate to support.
“Nearly all will be required to vote for a specific candidate on the first ballot, based on the results of the primaries and caucuses in their states,” the paper wrote. “But if no candidate wins enough delegates to clinch the nomination, there will be subsequent rounds of voting.”
And during those subsequent rounds, the delegates would be free to choose whomever they like.
What makes this age-old system so scandalous is that members of the GOP establishment — namely governors, elected officials, donors and other insiders — get to pick the delegates and thus shape the potential trajectory of the convention.
As such, it rests on the shoulders of the candidates to curry favor with GOP officials, so as to ensure that only people who support them get elected to be delegates.
If it's a brokered convention, can we assume that the establishment candidates will throw their delegates to Kasich after the first vote?— Jeremy Gold (@chicagoterp) March 16, 2016
“The campaigns have to be sure their people and people who are loyal to them are elected as delegates,” GOP campaign lawyer Ben Ginsberg explained. “That is a complicated process and requires on-the-ground organizing.”
However, according to Trump senior adviser Ed Brookever, those who suspect that this process might lead to the unraveling of his boss’s potential nomination are engaging in “wishful thinking.”
Are they really, though? Trump has never been a friend of the GOP establishment, and if he fails to garner a victory during the primary elections, he would very well wind up being at the establishment’s mercy — and that might not be a good thing.