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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Republicans, move your convention to DC

If Republicans are going to steal the convention from Donald Trump, could they do me a favor and move the convention to DC as well?

Because Cleveland has enough problem of its own without having its good name associated with political larceny.

If the Republican Party is going to be of the Washington insiders, by the Washington insiders, and for the Washington insiders, hold the convention in Washington.

Cleveland is a beautiful city with a fine history. The American petroleum industry rose there, as Ohio rests on a sea of oil underground. Rockefeller entered the business in 1870. Within 15 years he controlled the industry through efficiency as he drove the price of kerosene down from 25 cents a gallon to 8.5 cents in 1885. The only people "hurt" were his competitors. They didn't teach you that in school, but it is true. He was a devout Baptist who created a foundation to do good works.

The rationale behind denying Trump the nomination is that most Republicans did not vote for him in the primaries and caucuses. Indeed, the polls (such as they are) show he has 43 percent support, Cruz has 30 percent, and Kasich has 19 percent.

This means 57 percent did not vote for Trump -- 70 percent did not vote for Cruz and 81 percent did not vote for Kasich.

But this is not about democracy. This is about the non-profit conservatives and the Conservative Commentariat in Washington (and New York) keeping their relevance. Trump threatens the Donor Class, which just happens to underwrite the tax-exempt foundations and publications that employs most of the Never Trump crowd. They do not want us, with our Tea Party ways and expectations that Congress actually stand up to the president.

I cannot stop the Republican National Committee and its friends from wrecking the Republican Party and turning America into a one-party state -- Democratic.

But I can ask them to move their political suicide to Washington, where it belongs. Cleveland does not deserve this shame.


  1. You've really nailed it with the talk about foundation conservatives. It has become a self serving bureaucracy unto itself complete with rent-seeking like you see in all forms of businesses and NGO's that rely on some relationship with government for their existence. I hadn't thought of it before, but O'Sullivan's law and Conquests laws apply to them as well as the concepts in Public Choice economics. It gets hard to justify having a massive presence with buildings and research offices dedicated to small government when government actually gets small, therefore a lot of lip service to shrinking government and a lot of bluster when it never "happens". One of my sons spent a year at a conservative think tank, and while he admired the old venerable staff, he had nothing but disgust for the careerism and self-promotion of his peers that were there. I used to be a big supporter of these things but now give lukewarm small amounts just to keep in touch. The best way to kill a just cause is to institutionalize it.

  2. What do they think happens if the people run out of peaceful options?

  3. The GOP establishment should know that if they "steal" the party's nomination for the sake of a Dole-Bush-McCain-Romney candidate, the Republican Party will be abandoned by yuuuge numbers of nominal Conservatives, which will guarantee a win for the Democrats in November. The conservative non-profits and commentariat will get no support from those of us who leave the party. The few supplicants who are favored with handouts from Big Donors will be slaves to their masters; the many who are not will be out of work. From a tactical point of view, the smarter move for them would be to get behind Trump, say, help to ensure his victory in November, and then try to game the system down the road in order to survive.

  4. You can't sell influence if you don't have any. So if they remove Trump so they can keep on peddling influence, then it is the voters' job to put them all out of office. But I don't think it will come to that. After the other shoe drops in the Cuban Mistress Crisis, Trump will easily get to the 1237, and sooner than expected.

  5. If anybody thinks that Trump will sit still while they steal the nomination from him .... they haven't been paying attention.

    If there is one thing that Trump is not, it's a meek, weak fighter. I suspect that he is making that point to them behind the scenes. One way or another, most of Trump's supporters will be voting for him. Repub candidate, 3rd party, or write-in.

  6. In this article about Trump's campaign, Fred Barnes actually quoted Bob Dole's old campaign manager:

    --But general elections are different. As nominee, Trump won't be concentrating on states one at a time. A national effort requires "a professional apparatus that's a complement to the campaign behind his performances," says Scott Reed, the chief political adviser to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Reed was campaign manager for nominee Bob Dole in 1996. Trump may view the Republican consultant class skeptically, but he'll need to tap into it for a field operation and policy development team.--

  7. The problem that the Trump denialists are facing is that their enemy doesn't advance on an objective, he charges it. And he doesn't strategise a path to victory, his strategy tree is devised so that all its paths lead to victory, one way or another.

    I rather think that Trump knows precisely what he's going to do when that pack of curs try to deny him what he, more than any other contender, has earned.