The last ride of the #NeverTrump immortals (updated)

For the dump Trump forces, it's the Alamo, Waterloo, and Little Bighorn all rolled into one.  With virtually no one giving them a shot at defeating the nominee on the convention floor, the small, delusional cadre of bitter enders are unsheathing their swords and girding their loins to go down fighting.

We should call them the King Canute Caucus – standing at the door of the convention hall and commanding delegates to ignore reality and the democratic process to give them what they want, a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Washington Times:

“Now is the time to stand united as Republicans,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told delegates Wednesday as he kicked off the Republican National Committee’s final meeting ahead of the convention. “Now is the time to stop Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump.”

Anti-Trump forces will try to defy Mr. Priebus with a last-ditch effort to unbind delegates won by Mr. Trump in the primaries, freeing them to vote their “conscience” — in other words, for someone other than Mr. Trump.

They have little hope of changing the rules in the Rules Committee this week, but if they can get 28 of the panel’s 112 members to support them, they can write a “minority report” that would go to the full convention floor next week, giving all 2,472 delegates a chance to vote on the proposal.

“The minority report will pass,” Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate leading the anti-Trump effort, told The Washington Times.

But Bruce Ash, chairman of the Rules Committee, said he suspects Ms. Unruh has only a dozen supporters, or far less than she’ll need.

Mr. Ash was once highly skeptical about Mr. Priebus‘ commitment to protecting Mr. Trump’s claim to the nomination, but now says he thinks Mr. Priebus is “100 percent behind Trump.”

Delegates say the New York billionaire also has helped his cause by stringing together a few controversy-free days, and could further placate his critics by tapping an appealing running mate.

Donald Trump has secured the convention.  He has his own people running things.  He's got the chairman of the RNC fully behind him.  It's going to be his show.

The most prominent anti-Trumpers have already given up.  The only people left are minor politicians and pundits – hardly the crew to overthrow the convention and nominate someone else besides Trump.

I suspect that once the Rules Committee votes, the #NeverTrump supporters will melt away, never to be heard from again.  This doesn't mean there aren't any potential clashes on the floor.  There is still some grumbling about the platform.  But considering where Trump stood just two months ago, his team has done a good job of at least giving the appearance of unity at the convention.

Deputy Editor Drew Belsky adds: Poor King Canute gets a bad rap.  He knew exactly what he was doing; “commanding the waves” was, in fact, a lesson to his obsequious courtiers that it’s God, not man, who rules.

[W]ith the greatest vigor he commanded that his chair should be set on the shore, when the tide began to rise. And then he spoke to the rising sea saying “You are part of my dominion, and the ground that I am seated upon is mine, nor has anyone disobeyed my orders with impunity. Therefore, I order you not to rise onto my land, nor to wet the clothes or body of your Lord”. But the sea carried on rising as usual without any reverence for his person, and soaked his feet and legs.

Then he moving away said: “All the inhabitants of the world should know that the power of kings is vain and trivial, and that none is worthy the name of king but He whose command the heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws”. Therefore King Cnut never afterwards placed the crown on his head, but above a picture of the Lord nailed to the cross, turning it forever into a means to praise God, the great king.

“All the inhabitants of the world should know that the power of kings is vain and trivial, and that none is worthy the name of king but He whose command the heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws.”  That’s not exactly a model for foolish arrogance – quite the opposite.

For the dump Trump forces, it's the Alamo, Waterloo, and Little Bighorn all rolled into one.  With virtually no one giving them a shot at defeating the nominee on the convention floor, the small, delusional cadre of bitter enders are unsheathing their swords and girding their loins to go down fighting.

We should call them the King Canute Caucus – standing at the door of the convention hall and commanding delegates to ignore reality and the democratic process to give them what they want, a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Washington Times:

“Now is the time to stand united as Republicans,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told delegates Wednesday as he kicked off the Republican National Committee’s final meeting ahead of the convention. “Now is the time to stop Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump.”

Anti-Trump forces will try to defy Mr. Priebus with a last-ditch effort to unbind delegates won by Mr. Trump in the primaries, freeing them to vote their “conscience” — in other words, for someone other than Mr. Trump.

They have little hope of changing the rules in the Rules Committee this week, but if they can get 28 of the panel’s 112 members to support them, they can write a “minority report” that would go to the full convention floor next week, giving all 2,472 delegates a chance to vote on the proposal.

“The minority report will pass,” Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate leading the anti-Trump effort, told The Washington Times.

But Bruce Ash, chairman of the Rules Committee, said he suspects Ms. Unruh has only a dozen supporters, or far less than she’ll need.

Mr. Ash was once highly skeptical about Mr. Priebus‘ commitment to protecting Mr. Trump’s claim to the nomination, but now says he thinks Mr. Priebus is “100 percent behind Trump.”

Delegates say the New York billionaire also has helped his cause by stringing together a few controversy-free days, and could further placate his critics by tapping an appealing running mate.

Donald Trump has secured the convention.  He has his own people running things.  He's got the chairman of the RNC fully behind him.  It's going to be his show.

The most prominent anti-Trumpers have already given up.  The only people left are minor politicians and pundits – hardly the crew to overthrow the convention and nominate someone else besides Trump.

I suspect that once the Rules Committee votes, the #NeverTrump supporters will melt away, never to be heard from again.  This doesn't mean there aren't any potential clashes on the floor.  There is still some grumbling about the platform.  But considering where Trump stood just two months ago, his team has done a good job of at least giving the appearance of unity at the convention.

Deputy Editor Drew Belsky adds: Poor King Canute gets a bad rap.  He knew exactly what he was doing; “commanding the waves” was, in fact, a lesson to his obsequious courtiers that it’s God, not man, who rules.

[W]ith the greatest vigor he commanded that his chair should be set on the shore, when the tide began to rise. And then he spoke to the rising sea saying “You are part of my dominion, and the ground that I am seated upon is mine, nor has anyone disobeyed my orders with impunity. Therefore, I order you not to rise onto my land, nor to wet the clothes or body of your Lord”. But the sea carried on rising as usual without any reverence for his person, and soaked his feet and legs.

Then he moving away said: “All the inhabitants of the world should know that the power of kings is vain and trivial, and that none is worthy the name of king but He whose command the heaven, earth and sea obey by eternal laws”. Therefore King Cnut never afterwards placed the crown on his head, but above a picture of the Lord nailed to the cross, turning it forever into a means to praise God, the great king.

“All the inhabitants of the world should know that the power of kings is vain and trivial, and that none is worthy the name of king but He whose command the heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws.”  That’s not exactly a model for foolish arrogance – quite the opposite.