Still, I must deal with the intellectual dishonesty of those who pushing for brokered convention.
The Inside Washington argument for the brokered convention is that it is more democratic than giving the election to the guy with the most votes.
I am serious. This is the lie they are peddling. Charlie Spies served as election law counsel for the Republican National Committee, CFO and counsel for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, and counsel to Restore Our Future in 2012, the largest super PAC in history. Spies is the leader of Clark Hill’s national Political Law practice. Spies wrote this:
In other words, just as winning the Iowa Caucus or the Puerto Rico Primary doesn’t make a candidate the Republican nominee, neither does having a plurality of the delegates going into the convention. Rules have meaning, and the drafters of the rules determined that a majority of delegates was required to become the Republican nominee, not a mere plurality. In fact, Rule 40(b), which requires that a candidate have a majority of eight state delegations prior to being voted upon, was intended as a democratic check and balance that made sure the delegates, and not party insiders, had control of the process.
As a prominent attorney at Trump’s law firm has explained, party leaders won’t have the ability to steal or broker a convention because there are no “brokers” left in the Republican Party. A fair and transparent process is critical, but there is no principled threshold for an insurmountable lead other than the 1,237 delegates proscribed in the party rules. If neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz possesses a majority of delegates going into the convention, but are close, their supporters should rest assured that the democratic process will persevere in Cleveland.
While Donald’s latest delegate haul may send thrills up the legs of MSNBC pundits, Les Moonves, and Trumpian apologists, they would be wise to think twice before popping the latest vintage of Trump wine. A vigorously contested convention among candidates below the 1,237 delegate threshold will be democratic and leave selection of the party’s nominee in the hands of the people — just as the rules intended.The nerve. Elections are decided by the people. Any way you look at it, Trump is winning. He has more votes than anyone else, and he has won more states than anyone else.
The idea that you can deny him and his supporters the nomination because he got "only" half the votes in a 17-candidate race is foolish.
The argument that he has only a plurality is ludicrous. None of the other candidates has a majority. Not one.
Historically, delegates decided, but primaries long ago replaced state party bosses selecting the nominee in smoke-filled back rooms.
As far as Trump saying there will be riots if they try to steal the nomination from the people, he is correct. In 1968, liberals felt Democrats swiped the Chicago convention and rioted.
But I have more faith in the rank-and-file than I do the leadership.