“Listen, I’ve said what my position is,” Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said with slight exasperation during an interview at a campaign stop in her hometown of Nashua to help volunteers stuff care packages for overseas military troops.
Convention organizers plot tightly scripted, carefully choreographed exercises in promoting their candidates. They want party insiders to depart as enthusiastic workers for the would-be president, and they hope to enlist millions of television viewers in the cause. But something will go horribly wrong.
#NeverTrump delegates will have as many as two shots at it: First at the convention rules committee meeting beginning Thursday, and then at the convention itself the following week.
On Sunday, the Libertarian Party chose its presidential nominee, former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson. Also on Sunday, Bill Kristol — the neoconservative editor of The Weekly Standard and the most vocal proponent of the #NeverTrump movement — promised “There will be an independent candidate.”
The real money is in the anti-Trump super PACs that have lost their mission. Right to Rise, the super PAC that supported Jeb Bush’s candidacy until he dropped out in late February, closed out March with $17.3 million on hand.
As conservatives all over the country come to terms with Donald Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party, a cohort of conservative media personalities are actively fighting against him. Here’s what they have said about the racist billionaire’s ascension to the party nomination.
Some of the most principled members of the conservative movement woke up Wednesday morning to an unrecognizable party — what had been an organization advocating fiscal and social conservatism has turned into something else entirely: a cult of personality. Populists. Know Nothings.