'Dump Trump' will die an ignoble death in the convention rules committee

The "dump Trump" movement has been scurrying around raising money and trying to raise support among the delegates to deny the candidate who won the most votes in the primaries the nomination.

They have only one problem: the rules committtee, which has the final say-so in altering the procedure to nominate a candidate, is not on board with their plan, and many are actively opposing them.

Politico:

POLITICO reached out to all 112 members of the committee that will write the rules of the national GOP convention. This is the panel that anti-Trump activists hope to jam a proposal through to free convention delegates to spurn Trump and select another candidate instead.

What emerged from the survey, though, is a portrait of a committee with little interest in the dump Trump crowd. In fact, most members may be eager to stop them.

“I support DJT 100%,” said Alabama rules committee member Laura Payne in an email. “I ran to support … Trump & to represent the voters of Alabama. It may or may not be an attempt, but the voters will prevail.”

"Trying to change the rules in mid-game because you don't like the outcome is tantamount to saying you are going to take your ball and go home because you are losing," said Christine Serrano-Glassner, a Rules Committee delegate from New Jersey. "I will be supporting our Nominee, Donald J. Trump."

It was a common sentiment. Among the 32 committee members who responded, 25 said they would fight efforts to stop Trump’s nomination. . Another 33 members of the panel have been previously on record as endorsing Trump or rejecting efforts to rip the nomination away from him at the convention.

That means at least half of the Rules Committee is publicly committed to helping Trump win the party’s nod at the convention, enough to defeat any insurgent proposal. In addition, of the 47 who haven’t publicly endorsed Trump and didn’t respond to a POLITICO inquiry, 33 hail from states and territories where Trump won the popular vote or local conventions.

Four indicated they were still deciding what they’d do about the proposals.

So what has always appeared to be a hopeless endeavor is now an embarrassment for the dump Trumpers.  If they had shown this much energy and commitment during the primaries, maybe Trump could have been stopped.  But the GOP is now stuck with the candidate, and efforts to deny him his rightful victory are just sour grapes.

The "dump Trump" movement has been scurrying around raising money and trying to raise support among the delegates to deny the candidate who won the most votes in the primaries the nomination.

They have only one problem: the rules committtee, which has the final say-so in altering the procedure to nominate a candidate, is not on board with their plan, and many are actively opposing them.

Politico:

POLITICO reached out to all 112 members of the committee that will write the rules of the national GOP convention. This is the panel that anti-Trump activists hope to jam a proposal through to free convention delegates to spurn Trump and select another candidate instead.

What emerged from the survey, though, is a portrait of a committee with little interest in the dump Trump crowd. In fact, most members may be eager to stop them.

“I support DJT 100%,” said Alabama rules committee member Laura Payne in an email. “I ran to support … Trump & to represent the voters of Alabama. It may or may not be an attempt, but the voters will prevail.”

"Trying to change the rules in mid-game because you don't like the outcome is tantamount to saying you are going to take your ball and go home because you are losing," said Christine Serrano-Glassner, a Rules Committee delegate from New Jersey. "I will be supporting our Nominee, Donald J. Trump."

It was a common sentiment. Among the 32 committee members who responded, 25 said they would fight efforts to stop Trump’s nomination. . Another 33 members of the panel have been previously on record as endorsing Trump or rejecting efforts to rip the nomination away from him at the convention.

That means at least half of the Rules Committee is publicly committed to helping Trump win the party’s nod at the convention, enough to defeat any insurgent proposal. In addition, of the 47 who haven’t publicly endorsed Trump and didn’t respond to a POLITICO inquiry, 33 hail from states and territories where Trump won the popular vote or local conventions.

Four indicated they were still deciding what they’d do about the proposals.

So what has always appeared to be a hopeless endeavor is now an embarrassment for the dump Trumpers.  If they had shown this much energy and commitment during the primaries, maybe Trump could have been stopped.  But the GOP is now stuck with the candidate, and efforts to deny him his rightful victory are just sour grapes.