Bernie Sanders, the anti-Capitalist, won Wyoming and Ted Cruz won 21 delegates – a majority – in Colorado but the most interesting race is the one in Indiana where the delegates will select 27 delegates to the national convention on Saturday, delegates who plan to shut out Trump. It doesn’t stop there. They want to draft someone for the presidency who isn’t even running.
Not only are the GOP leaders picking anti-Trump delegates, several delegate candidates said they’re even likely to support an effort to draft their former governor, Mitch Daniels, as an alternative candidate before giving Trump a look, Politico reported.
“I am supporting the Draft Mitch Daniels for President at the convention,” said Nick Barbknecht, a candidate for alternate from the state’s 2nd District, who is also the district GOP vice chairman. Two others agreed that they’d support a Daniels candidacy if it emerged.
“I am supporting the Draft Mitch Daniels for President at the convention,” said Nick Barbknecht, a candidate for alternate from the state’s 2nd District, who is also the district GOP vice chairman.
GOP Chairman Chuck Williams is on a mission to draft Daniels at the convention. “We need to start it nationally,” he said.
These people are delusional, they really are.
Last November, Karl Rove thought Daniels would be a great VP nominee and the GOP pundits like George Will and Rove tried to push him as a presidential candidate in 2011.
They’re going to nominate someone with Establishment credentials from Karl Rove that no one has voted for?
Party leaders choose the delegates and in Indiana, Trump is heartily disliked.
“If Satan had the lead on him and was one delegate away from being nominated as our candidate, and Donald Trump was the alternative, I might vote for Donald Trump,” said Craig Dunn, a local GOP leader who is running to represent Indiana’s 4th Congressional District at the national convention in Cleveland. “I’ve always wanted to own a casino, but he couldn’t give me a casino and have me vote for him.”
Trump is weak on manipulating delegates but hostility in Indiana is homegrown. Trump wins more votes and primaries than his rivals but he fails dramatically to win separate delegate selection battles to his better-organized rivals.
If Trump doesn’t win the nomination outright or on the first ballot, these delegates will be free to vote as they want.
“I believe we need a candidate that is likable, and I believe we need a candidate that is electable. And at this point, I have not seen any evidence for a general election that Donald Trump is electable,” said Kyle Babcock, a veteran Indiana GOP insider who’s on the 3rd Congressional District delegate slate. He’s leaning towards – ugh – Kasich.
Pete Seat, an Indiana GOP consultant whose firm was recently retained by the Kasich campaign, said very few support Trump – maybe a handful.
People apply as delegates and GOP district leaders select.
“One of my criteria for filtering out folks was whether or not they support Donald Trump,” said one district GOP leader. “I didn’t care whether they supported Ted Cruz or John Kasich.”
Trump’s Indiana chairman, Rex Early, a former state party chairman who just signed on to Trump’s team last weekend, said this is all news to him and he’s sure there will be Trump backers.
It is Politico reporting this and they aren’t the most trustworthy when it comes to Republicans or anything.
If Trump shows he can win in November, sentiment will change quickly said one GOP leader, John Hammond, the Indiana national committeeman.