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Shaw: Trumpism not recipe for winning

FARGOIf the Republicans want to win the presidency ...They should hope for a contested national convention. In other words, they should hope that Donald Trump falls short of the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination. If Tru...

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If the Republicans want to win the presidency …
They should hope for a contested national convention. In other words, they should hope that Donald Trump falls short of the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination. If Trump fails to get 1,237 on the first ballot, then there will be a second ballot.
On the second ballot, and any other ballot, delegates can vote for whomever they want. Delegates pledged to Trump can jump ship. Of course delegates pledged to Ted Cruz and John Kasich can do the same.
Nominating Donald Trump would be a disaster for the Republicans in November. Trump can’t beat Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or even Colonel Sanders.
The very positions that launched Trump to the front of the Republican pack will destroy him in a general election. Positions such as rounding up millions of people living in America, banning Muslims, ordering torture, and building a wall along the Mexican border (which Mexico will never pay for). Trump’s nasty comments about Mexicans, women, Arizona Sen. John McCain, and his lame response to the endorsement of the KKK’s David Duke will come back to haunt him.
A Trump nomination could also turn the U.S. Senate back to Democratic control, and assure a majority of liberals on the Supreme Court. All of this could end up as a blown opportunity for the Republicans. Hillary Clinton, the certain Democratic Party nominee, is very beatable. Millions of Americans don’t like her and don’t trust her. Many have questions about her emails. The trouble for Republicans is that more people have a negative feeling about Trump than about Clinton.
A contested convention is a very real possibility. In order for Trump to be assured of the nomination, he needs to win 55 percent of the remaining delegates, a very tall order. The Republicans have other people who can beat Clinton in November. They include Kasich, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. The challenge is to nominate one of them, without a damaging rebellion by Donald Trump and his avid followers. Trump is not exactly a good loser.
Republicans need to stop this foolish talk of supporting the nominee, whoever it is. Donald Trump is not fit to be president and commander in chief. Republicans need to do what’s best for the country, if not for themselves.

  • Not a fan of the Democratic Party’s system of hundreds of superdelegates. Those superdelegates can vote for anybody they want on the first ballot, despite how voting went in their state’s primaries or caucuses. The superdelegates are members of the party’s elite, such as governors and senators. They are in place to try to prevent a doomed candidate such as George McGovern in 1972 from being nominated and trounced. The Republicans need superdelegates.

Got to run now, my Trump steak is burning.  

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