Ted Cruz Goes Rogue At GOP Convention – Refuses To Endorse Trump

It was several minutes into his speech that the convention floor delegates began to get restless.

Then that restlessness turned to outright hostility as Ted Cruz, who in total only mentioned Donald Trump’s name once at the very beginning of his lengthy appearance, refused to endorse the GOP candidate for president.

In the end, he was literally booed off the stage as Trump, who by then realized no endorsement was coming, walked into the arena prior to Cruz finishing, effectively upstaging the Texas senator who then made a hasty retreat backstage. Here is video of the senator’s less-than-finest moment:

Some are already suggesting the senator might very well pay a very heavy political price back in Texas come re-election time.

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Why Ted Cruz Finally Pulled The Plug On His Embattled Presidential Campaign

For weeks, Team Cruz did not wish to recognize the increasingly daunting numbers that were stacking up against them. The candidate himself was said to have refused to allow discussions of quitting until just the last few days prior to the Indiana primary this past Tuesday.

And it was Indiana that delivered the final kick to the gut of the Texas senator’s hopes for the White House. The numbers could no longer be ignored, and those numbers made it abundantly clear the voters were not aligning with Ted Cruz and it was only going to get worse after Indiana.

Trump’s Indiana win gave the New York billionaire seven decisive primary victories in a row. He has also won 86% of all state primary battles, a remarkable number.

Perhaps even more important, in a field that once contained multiple GOP candidates, Donald Trump has amassed nearly 60% of ALL primary votes cast.

Trump’s momentum was undeniable, and in politics, momentum is king.

And so with the deep pocket donors who had kept his campaign afloat for the last few months indicating they were withdrawing their support, Ted Cruz could no longer ignore the political reality forming all around him. He and his affiliated Super PACS had spent some 400% more in Indiana than Donald Trump – and still lost by over 20 points.

Mr. Cruz is not entirely removing himself from the GOP primary battle, though. He has over five hundred delegates who he likely intends to use as leverage to grant him significant influence in the upcoming convention that will no doubt include a nationally televised speech. 

The only question that remains then is how supportive of Donald Trump will that speech be. There is but a handful of weeks that yet remain for time to heal some very deep wounds that developed between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz. Trump already appears ready to shake hands and move on. Such a thing comes much easier for the winner. Ted Cruz’s willingness to do so will likely take much longer.

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RELATED STORYCruz Preparing To Suspend Campaign This Week?

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D.C. Whispers CONFIRMED: Pressure Mounts For Cruz To Quit After Indiana

And the pressure is coming in part via influential figures from the senator’s home state of Texas.

Here is quote today from an Austin-based newspaper regarding the ongoing presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz. The article was titled:  Indiana Last Stand for Cruz

“If Trump wins by five points or more I think you’re going to see a lot of pressure on Cruz to drop out,” said GOP consultant, Matt Mackowiak.

A quote like that from one of the more influential Texas-based political consultants is a direct shot across the bow of the Cruz campaign. In political-speak, its a marker, a somewhat kinder and gentler way of letting a candidate know they would do well to step aside or risk alienating the very people who put them in power in the first place.

The question now is if Ted Cruz is willing to listen, or, despite dwindling resources and no viable path to victory, persist in utilizing his remaining campaign to act as a foil against the Trump nomination.

Regardless, the above quote is direct confirmation of an earlier D.C. Whispers report on the now developing scenario:

Cruz Preparing To Suspend Campaign This Week?

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D.C. Whispers Confirmed: Trump Opens Up 15-Point Lead Over Ted Cruz In Indiana

Early yesterday, D.C. Whispers shared information pertaining to on-the-ground reports of a collapsing Ted Cruz primary campaign in Indiana. That report now appears confirmed by a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll that has Donald Trump surging to a 15-point lead over the Texas senator as that state’s primary election is just 48 hours away.

Here is how D.C. Whispers outlines the situation for both candidates in Indiana via a report out yesterday:

The Fiorina bump appears to be more akin to a disinterested shrug among Indiana voters as both Cruz and Fiorina travel the state to speak to diminishing crowds.

Meanwhile in the land of the Trump campaign, rally stops are large-scale events that number in the thousands and the enthusiasm gap among voters between Trump and Cruz has turned into an ever-widening chasm.

And here is the news regarding the latest polling via the Wall Street Journal:

Donald Trump holds a 15-point lead in the Republican presidential primary in Indiana, and a majority of GOP voters disapprove of the effort by underdogs Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich to coordinate a strategy to block him, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll finds.

The new poll also has Trump at 49% of total support in the Hoosier state, giving him the opportunity to once again break the 50% barrier political pundits just a few weeks earlier were saying he could never do. Trump has since broken 50% in the last four out of five primary elections.

Momentum appears to be currently favoring Team Trump and has him poised to secure the majority of delegates needed to lock up the GOP nomination.

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After Tonight, California Prepares To Crush The Cruz-Kasich Sideshow…

Polling indicates Donald Trump will have another big night in what is generally called the Northeast Super Tuesday primary. His delegate lead will extend yet further, and his momentum will prove that much stronger as the Trump Train begins to point itself directly at the path of Hillary Clinton and her dreams of returning once again to the White House.

Adding to tonight’s victory for Mr. Trump is information now emerging from California that shows Team Trump making certain that if need be, California will wash away the last vestiges of any remaining primary challenge from either Ted Cruz or John Kasich.

Internal polling by the Cruz campaign approximately a week earlier in the Golden State is said to have been a heartburn-inducing affair for the Texas senator due to Trump making inroads among a wide swath of voters, from conservatives to moderates, the middle class – including minorities, to legal immigrants.

If these numbers hold, when it comes to California, Donald Trump is said to be nearly as strong as he was in New York which in turn will leave Cruz and Kasich mere pretenders on the outside looking in as the GOP prepares to head to its convention this summer.

It is said California was one of the first big items on newly-arrived Trump campaign supervisor Paul Manafort’s to do list, and in the span of just a couple weeks, the longtime political operative has made significant inroads among the state’s vast and complicated political structure. While Manafort was willing to momentarily concede some of the smaller ground to Cruz in places like Colorado, he was very quick to shore up the Trump campaign’s momentum and defenses in California and the result now is a very effective 172-delegate stop-gap to any further challenge to the Trump nomination.

And to make things even more interesting regarding Donald Trump and California, are whispers from some within the Hillary campaign that they will actually have to spend time and resources to defend California from Trump in the General Election, similar to what they already concede will have to be done in New York.

A Democrat presidential candidate has not had to worry over New York or California in the General Election since the Reagan-era, some thirty years ago. Donald Trump is poised to alter the entirety of the General Election map should he win the Republican nomination.

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Trump Surging After Cruz-Kasich Backroom Collusion Enrages Voters…

Desperate times often make for desperate politicians, and it appears the Cruz-Kasich alliance to try and halt Donald Trump’s ascent to the GOP nomination is proving both desperate and stupid.

Voters are not happy to hear about two Establishment politicians colluding to try and stop a political rival, and now both the Cruz and Kasich campaigns are scrambling to minimize the damage.

In an election cycle that values the outsider candidate, the backroom machinations of Teams Cruz & Kasich reeks of the very thing voters have come to despise, and each campaign is being made weaker for it.

Former Mayor Rudy Guliani called the Cruz-Kasich collusion a “devastating” and if current polling trends continue, the former New York Mayor’s assessment will be proven all too accurate:

“The fact that Cruz and Kasich had to get together in this backroom deal, is devastating. The American people on both the Republican side and Democratic side are telling us something. They’re telling us they don’t like these backroom deals anymore. They don’t like these Washington shenanigans. They don’t like these sneaky things are done and people pass bills they don’t read. Trump represents something very fresh and very different for them… What Cruz and Kasich just demonstrated is they can’t beat him without making a backroom deal.”

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Donald Trump: The Most Fiscally Successful Campaign In The History Of Modern-American Politics

In the biz of a political race, it’s called a campaign’s “burn rate” – the amount of many being raised vs the amount being spent to secure votes. Since-departed GOP candidate Jeb Bush had an astronomical burn rate that saw him spending tens of thousands of dollars for a single vote. Of the remaining five presidential candidates of both political parties, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Ted Cruz are atop the burn-rate stats, followed by John Kasich, and then in what is proving to perhaps be the single most efficient burn-rate in the history of modern-era American politics is Donald Trump.

When it comes to spending the least and generating the most votes, it’s not even close. The New York billionaire has a per-vote lead of over 2.5 million votes over his closest competitor, Ted Cruz, and yet has done so by spending just a third of what the Cruz campaign has. 

That disparity is unprecedented and has placed Trump as the single most frugal national campaigner of this generation – a fact he often reminds voters of when he tells them that it’s that kind of business-minded way of thinking that is so badly needed in the deficit-spending madness that is the federal government.

Some suggest that the reason Mr. Trump is so frugal is because of all the candidates currently running for President, he’s the only one spending his own money to do so. Hillary Clinton has taken $76 million in Super PAC/special interest dollars, while Ted Cruz is not for behind in second with $62 million in Super PAC/special interest funding. In fact, some of the very same Wall Street dollars going to Mrs. Clinton are also going to Ted Cruz despite both candidates stating publicly they intend to, “reign in Wall Street.”

Ted Cruz Now Begging Wall Street For Cash…

Trump’s ability to squeeze the absolute most out of per-vote spending would quite possibly make him the single most formidable General Election candidate if he were to win the GOP nomination and thus, be granted the use of the GOP’s likely almost half-billion dollar presidential campaign war-chest.

Insiders have suggested the Hillary campaign will spend around a billion dollars during the General Election, but based upon Trump’s remarkable primary-race vote acquisition numbers, he might very well crush her in the General Election with a budget of half that amount.

DEVELOPING…

Ted Cruz & John Kasich Condemned An Innocent Man…

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was shredded by liberal media for having placed a hand on a female reporter who then claimed he assaulted her. Michelle Fields loudly proclaimed she had almost been thrown to the ground by Lewandowski – claims that were later proven to be false.

Ted Cruz and John Kasich were all too happy to join the liberal media bandwagon and denounced both Lewandowski AND Donald Trump for the alleged incident and claimed they would have fired Mr. Lewandowski after Fields made her initial complaint – evidence be damned.

They condemned an innocent man for nothing more than personal political advantage while Trump stood by his embattled campaign manager, claiming he reviewed the video of the alleged assault and found “nothing was there.”

Media figure after media figure declared Trump was condoning violence, particularly violence against women. Trump countered that he would not destroy a man’s life over something that didn’t happen, a man who had a wife and two beautiful children.

Now with a Florida prosecutor effectively announcing there was in fact, nothing to the charges, Donald Trump is being proven a man of character and Ted Cruz and John Kasich have been exposed as political opportunists willing to happily step on the reputations of others if it furthers themselves.

 

 

Will Mr. Cruz and Mr. Kasich offer public apologies to Mr. Lewandowski? 

Not likely. 

Such incidences help to reveal the true character of a political candidate. Of the three remaining GOP candidates for President of the United States, Donald Trump, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz, only one proved himself a stand-up guy who remained loyal and willing to absorb the incoming from those who would see an innocent man’s life destroyed for something he did not do.

Let us hope voters are paying attention.

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Denver Post Blasts GOP/Cruz Campaign “Anti-Democracy” Tactics

The Denver Post Editorial Board published a scathing rebuke of what transpired last week that had state GOP party elites dominating the process of selecting who would and would not be representing Colorado at the GOP convention this summer.

Colorado Republicans were denied their chance to vote and as news of what took place spreads, people are both stunned and upset over the extent of just how far the Republican Establishment is willing to go to control the nomination outcome.

Check out this excerpt from the just-published Denver Post editorial:

Republicans made big mistake in abandoning presidential tally

GOP leaders have never provided a satisfactory reason for forgoing a presidential preference poll, although party chairman Steve House suggested on radio at one point that too many Republicans would otherwise flock to their local caucus.

Imagine that: party officials fearing that an interesting race might propel thousands of additional citizens to participate. But of course that might dilute the influence of elites and insiders. You can see why that could upset the faint-hearted.

…the fact that the Republican leadership then took matters a step further and deprived even that narrow slice of voters a voice in one of the most competitive, consequential political nominations in memory – and perhaps in history – is mindboggling.

Mind-boggling indeed. Colorado GOP party leaders, working in conjunction with the RNC, took measures to avoid an influx of new Republican voters from potentially altering the party’s own approved delegate outcome by effectively banning Donald Trump supporters from being part of the process.

And just as concerning, it appears the Ted Cruz campaign was an all too-willing participant in this highly biased selection process for no other reason than the GOP Machine decided he would be the most effective wedge to block Donald Trump from securing Colorado delegates. 

The Denver Post deserves some kudos for breaking from the Establishment Media pack and actually raising a voice of protest against what took place in Colorado last week.

Whatever that state’s GOP Machine was practicing, it certainly wasn’t democracy and it now has potentially millions of longtime Republican voters literally burning their party registration cards and declaring, NEVER  AGAIN:

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RELATED: Colorado GOP blundered on 2016 presidential caucus

Lifelong Republican &Trump Supporter Burns Registration Card: “I WILL NEVER BE A REPUBLICAN AGAIN”

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OH MY: Team Trump Preparing “Political Punch to the Face” Against Cruz Campaign?

Will these whispers turn to shouts?

The word behind the word is that Paul Manafort is already earning his keep BIG TIME as he moves to deliver a stunning blow to the Cruz campaign a source describes as a potential “punch to the face” that involves the number 172.

(Sounds like the Trump campaign is about to play some hardball of its own)

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Here is a brief summary of what will simply be called the “172 Plan” :

**Talks are ongoing and more numerous between Team Trump and a second party over the last 48-hours.

**If these talks lead to an agreement, it will be a game-changer in the 2016 Republican nomination process.

**Manafort is said to be personally leading the negotiations with Donald Trump’s full approval. In fact, it’s believed Manafort was the first to suggest this scenario last month but did so then more as an observer of the campaign. Now he is a top-ranking operative/adviser for Team Trump.

**This ongoing negotiation has sent the Cruz campaign scrambling to block further negotiation from materializing and getting a considerable assist from powerful GOP forces. 

DEVELOPING…

 

Trump Blows Doors Off At New York Rally While Cruz Crowd #s Less Than A Hundred

“We’re not in Wisconsin anymore.”

Donald Trump hit the stage with a glimmer in his eyes as he was engulfed for the first time in a long time with the adulation of a hometown New York crowd that was estimated to number 10,000 inside the venue with another few thousand standing outside. Meanwhile just a few miles away, Ted Cruz was unable to attract a hundred supporters at his own New York rally less than 24-hours after his primary victory in Wisconsin. 

“AMERICA FIRST!”

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Team Trump is more determined than ever to flex his New York muscle to utterly halt whatever momentum the Cruz campaign might have had coming out of his decisive Wisconsin win. If the opening day of the New York primary is measured in numbers of supporters, that first day no doubt went to Donald Trump – decisively. 

Where Cruz’s visit was met with indifference, Trump’s rally was a raucous event filled with New Yorkers who were loudly opposed to Ted Cruz and even more loudly supportive of Donald Trump.

Trump covered familiar ground which included his stance in trade and immigration, the Second Amendment, Common Core, and Obamacare, but also added an especially aggressive refrain that it was long overdue that the federal government finally take on an America First approach. 

It also didn’t go unnoticed that Mr. Trump’s rally speech was more concise, absent the moments of verbal drifting that has become commonplace with his previous campaign stops. (He does not use teleprompters) This has already led to some observers to call it the “Trump Hour of Power” as the entire speech was short of sixty minutes. The shortened time also made certain the crowd’s energy never lessened.

They arrived as they left – pumped for Trump.

Game on, Mr. Cruz.

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GOP Officially Puts Convention Gun To The Heads Of Cruz & Trump Supporters (VIDEO)

It’s all “out in the open” now.

The Establishment assassin has put it into the form of a smiling lesson set to the tune of happy music which explains the “no big deal” process of eliminating millions of primary votes and putting in place a candidate that is then Establishment-approved.

(See video at bottom of page)

Some thought this would never happen.

Well, never is about to be can and will happen unless the only candidate with any hope of stopping it earns enough primary votes to do just that – Donald Trump.

The Trump campaign has been nervously eyeing these developments for weeks.

The Cruz camp is now engaged in a flurry of “don’t you dare change the rules” machinations as the RNC prepares to void the current rule that states a candidate must have won at least eight states during the primary season, thus allowing ANYONE to emerge on a second ballot vote on the convention floor.

Mitt Romney? Yes.

Paul Ryan? Yes.

John Kasich? Yes.

Lucifer? Yes.

As you watch the GOP video, note how right off the narrator pushes away the more apt terms of “contested” and “brokered” in favor of the far more positive phrase, “open” convention. (Word is they poll-tested this prior to the video’s creation.)

Of course there is nothing “open” about this process. It’s already happening, and it’s all backroom, state party/RNC loyalists who are manipulating the delegate concentrations at this time. The Ted Cruz campaign has been working to be a part of this manipulation, hoping to obtain loyalty pledges from the hundreds more delegates needed to get to win a third or fourth ballot vote while now the campaign is also fighting to prevent anyone else from emerging as a possible convention floor candidate.

Mr. Cruz made a deal with the Establishment devil to come this far, and now that devil is doing what the devil always does, happily devouring his soul and doing what it intended to do all along – nominate one of its own.

Here’s the just-released, smiling-devil GOP video explaining how they intend to void your primary election vote:


 

RNC Poised To Crush Cruz & Trump At Convention With “Secret” Delegate Army

Ted Cruz is clearly pinning his hopes on winning the GOP presidential nomination via a contested/brokered convention this summer in Cleveland. Drifting slowly beneath the Establishment swamp though is a small army of RNC-devoted delegates who are poised to quickly alter the nomination outcome upon the second and third votes, and neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz are likely to survive that outcome.

Why Mr. Cruz continues to allow himself to be used so openly by the GOP Establishment as a wedge to prevent Donald Trump from reaching the majority of delegates necessary to lock up the nomination remains unclear to even some of Cruz’s supporters. Cruz has embraced the Republican Establishment in recent weeks, turning his campaign over to the very forces he once railed against as the “DC Cabal.”

Watch the following video to see what the RNC has already planned in order to overtake the nomination process during a brokered convention. It comes in the form of 168 RNC-loyal delegates who will quickly break away from Trump once voting begins, and then likely do the same to Cruz and finally coalesce behind a candidate who might not have even won a single vote during the primary race – a “fresh face” as GOP Establishment strategist Karl Rove recently declared could emerge.

It’s hard to imagine a man as intelligent as Ted Cruz is unaware of this, which would suggest he’s a willing accomplice in the willful disenfranchisement of millions of GOP primary votes, and if that is in fact true, the remaining question then is WHY?

The fix is clearly in, and this video outlines exactly how the Establishment intends for it to play out at the GOP convention…

 

DEVELOPING…

 

Wisconsin GOP Machine Confident It Will Embarrass Trump With Landslide Defeat

A lot of chatter coming out of Wisconsin today, and most of it has to do with Republican state operatives crowing among themselves over how badly Donald Trump is going to find himself beaten during next week’s Tuesday primary.

“We’re gonna embarrass him.”

The chatter began in earnest following the overtly positive endorsement of Ted Cruz by current Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, a former GOP candidate for president who dropped out months earlier. The endorsement was the sounding call for the formidable Wisconsin Republican machine to fall in line and commence to make certain Cruz wins the Tuesday vote.

Recent polling data suggests that is what will in fact happen as Trump now trails Cruz by double-digits, though some Trump supporters have suggested that poll is an outlier and does not take into account Mr. Trump’s significant cross-over appeal among Independents and Democrats.

For Donald Trump it isn’t merely himself versus Ted Cruz in Wisconsin so much as Trump versus Ted Cruz and the entirety of the Wisconsin Republican Machine.

Trump is set to  make several appearances in Wisconsin right up until Tuesday voting, but watchers of his campaign have noted he appears more subdued of late, and somewhat less confident and effusive, perhaps sensing victory slipping away from him. The Cruz ground game is once again out in force in Wisconsin, aided greatly by state GOP operatives who are now working to ensure Mr. Cruz emerges the winner on Tuesday night.

Wisconsin won’t give Ted Cruz the nomination, but it will further his hopes of ultimately emerging victorious at a contested/brokered convention come this summer. GOP party bosses are already making inroads to have current Trump delegates defect following the first vote and from there, it will be all out war on the convention floor.

If Mr. Trump manages to outperform current Wisconsin polling though and somehow manage a victory next week, those chances for a contested convention will be reduced considerably, meaning Tuesday is shaping up to be a very big deal.

DEVELOPING…

Bizarre Ted Cruz & Carly Fiorina Media Scrum Only Worsens Scandal Allegations

It was an odd thing to see the second-leading GOP candidate for the President of the United States stand mute, tight-lipped, and flinching as a former candidate for that same position appeared to be the one in charge.

Add to that the troubling matter of a still-unexplained $500,000 donation that went from a Cruz campaign Super PAC to a Fiorina campaign Super PAC last summer when both were aggressively fighting to win the GOP nomination and it makes this most recent display that much more bizarre.

(NOTE: scroll to bottom for video)

For those who have yet to see this performance, you are either in for a treat if you are not a supporter of Ted Cruz for president, or will likely be more than a bit uncomfortable watching just how strained Mr. Cruz appears as he willfully ignores answering a question regarding his fidelity and then has Carly Fiorina effectively take over speaking on his behalf.

This video is now circulating as even more rumors begin to mount regarding the allegations of multiple affairs with other women involving Senator Cruz. Add to that Heidi Cruz having abruptly cancelled previously scheduled campaign stops in New Jersey this week and these speculations are only intensifying.

It should be noted that no-one has yet come forward to corroborate the rumors of infidelity surrounding Mr. Cruz, and though he appears hesitant to give an outright denial of those rumors, he has called them “garbage” on more than one occasion and does so again here. (While also once again blaming Donald Trump for the National Enquirer story although that allegation has already been proven to be without merit.)

Here’s the video that is now on the brink of going viral:

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BUSTED! Ted Cruz Super PAC Has Same Address As Fiorina Campaign…

Check out this bit of Internet information regarding the recently established MAKE AMERICA AWESOME Ted Cruz Super PAC that infamously used a sixteen year old GQ modeling photo of Donald Trump’s wife to sway Mormon voters in Utah to not vote for Trump. (implying that Mrs. Trump is cheap/of questionable character.)

Make America Awesome was formed almost immediately after Carly Fiorina endorsed Ted Cruz. It is headed by a former Fiorina staffer. 

And now this:

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Add to the above information the fact that during the summer months a Ted Cruz Super PAC “donated” $500,000 to a Carly Fiorina Super PAC – a donation that has yet to be explained by either campaign. That unexplained $500,000 has received renewed interest following yesterday’s National Enquirer report alleging Senator Cruz has been involved in multiple extra-marital affairs. It should be noted that no proof of those affairs has yet been made public, though one of the women said to be involved was working for Carly Fiorina at the time of the Cruz to Fiorina $500,000 donation this past summer.

And now the same address used by the now-defunct Fiorina campaign is the address for the pro Tex Cruz, anti-Donald Trump Super PAC, MAKE AMERICA AWESOME.

It should also be noted that a benefit of Super PACs is the fact they are subject to far less stringent campaign finance oversight than are the individual candidate campaign operations.

Hmmmm…

The Anti-Trump Shadow Campaign Begins As Cruz & Kasich Lobby For Contested Convention

Just weeks earlier, Ted Cruz declared he wasn’t in favor of a contested GOP convention. Today, Cruz campaign operatives are directly involved in an effort to shift delegates away from Donald Trump – at a contested GOP convention.

Cruz is being aided by similar tactics employed by Ohio Governor John Kasich, who sees a contested convention as his only way of winning the nomination given Kasich has won but one primary state – his own.

It is a cut-throat political endeavor unlike any seen for decades in American politics – a clear GOP frontrunner who finds himself being attacked from all sides by his own political party.

Politico reports today that operatives for the Kasich and Cruz campaign have been flying out to state delegate meetings to implore those delegates to prepare for second and third ballot voting, and to then shift their support for the remaining candidates not named Donald Trump.

Such open attempts to influence delegates so far removed from the convention floor are not illegal, though highly unusual, a sign of both desperation by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns, but also proof that the GOP Establishment continues to implore those same campaigns to fully prepare for a contested convention outcome that the party is now so actively attempting to ensure takes place.

That too is highly unusual.

As of today, Donald Trump dominates the GOP delegate count, but if he fails to secure a majority of delegates, all of that dominance could quickly vanish at the convention. Again, to have a candidate with the largest delegate count suddenly being pushed aside by the party machine would be highly unusual.

Highly unusual appears to be a consistent theme in the 2016 Republican race for the White House where the will of the voters is being willfully disregarded by the desire of the party machine.

It is also interesting to note how conservatives are yet again being given promises by the Republican Establishment that it might support Ted Cruz at a contested convention. This is made more interesting given how often this same Republican Establishment has used conservative voters time and time again to win elections in the House and Senate, only to turn away from those conservatives once they reach Washington D.C.

Conservatives would do well to remember who is quietly making those same promises to them now:

Beware politicians bearing gifts…

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Utah Voter Tells Troubling Tale Of Sham Caucus

It is uncertain if these issues have been reported to authorities by those who observed them, though given the likelihood that if such widespread abuse took place yesterday, it had the blessing of the state’s Mormon-dominated political machine which in turn is directly linked to Utah’s legislative and legal authority, so it likely would do no good regardless. 

The Trump campaign appears to have known it had little hope of winning the Utah caucus, though Mr. Cruz’s considerable showing over the 50% threshold might have raised some eyebrows. 

Read one Utah voter’s troubling account of what took place during last night’s Utah caucus below:

The above photo, according to a post on the  GodlikeProductions message board, is of a stack of caucus ballots given to that individual by the precinct chair. These ballots were given to everyone in the room – there was no check of voter ID or credentials, a most unusual situation to be sure:

“…We elected Precinct Officers, State Delegates, and County Delegates – the typical incompetence and ignorance of the rules you’d expect to see from volunteers, but all went somewhat smooth.

Then came the Presidential Ballot.

Someone shows up with a stack of probably 250 ballots. The precinct chair splits them up, and starts handing stacks of them out and tells people “take one and pass it down”.

No checking credentials, IDs, NOTHING.

I’m sitting at the end of a row and people start handing me stacks of extras. I literally had over 50 ballots in my hand.”

Now this kind of unsupervised ballot disbursement is a big no-no. Those who have experience helping with any kind of election know this to be true, and yet if the above description is accurate, it appears to have been the rule rather than the exception in Utah yesterday.

The observer’s concerns only get worse as the caucus “voting” continued:

“…I cast ONE vote, then stuck around to see what would happen with the votes.

About 15 minutes later, with only about 10 or so people milling around, someone walks in the room with an envelopes STUFFED full of “absentee” ballots – some envelopes having 2-5+ ballots.

I raised a question and said, “isn’t there an absentee process already in place? Didn’t people have to register for that last week?” and was told “Oh no, this is completely normal”.

As I’ve mentioned in other threads, I was in Party leadership for 6 years and no, this is absolutely not normal.

I then asked if I could observe the vote count, and I was told my observations where not needed and to leave the area while the ballots were being counted.

I left the room (things were already a complete Charlie Foxtrot at this point) and wandered over to my friends precinct caucus to see if it was just as much a cluster.

His caucus was just getting to the presidential ballot, and as I walked in the door I was handed ANOTHER BALLOT.

Again, no credential check, no ID check, NOTHING.

No, I didn’t vote again…

I went back to my precinct and they had the results:
74% Cruz
14% Trump
11% Kasich

Now just imagine this kind of outright incompetence/manipulation happening in 2000 precincts across the state.”

Was fraud necessary to secure what the GOP Establishment sorely wanted in Utah – namely a victory for Ted Cruz? That is difficult to say with certainty but again, if the above is in fact true, fraud is what took place. It is the greatest weakness of the caucus process itself, a low-turnout process which heavily favors the party machine over the actual votes of the people and is far more susceptible to fraud and one which Ted Cruz has used to amass the vast majority of his primary victories.

What is more known is that from here on out, the GOP primary battles will be just that – statewide primary elections, not party-establishment-dominated, low turnout, caucus contests. It should also be noted that Donald Trump extended his delegate lead over Ted Cruz last night due to his resounding victory over Cruz in the Arizona primary.

Those higher turnout primaries, which mirror what a General Election outcome could be, have so far overwhelmingly favored Donald Trump. It will be up to the Trump campaign to work to ensure that trend continues as they hope to amass the 1237 delegates needed to lock up the nomination.

The current delegate count following last night’s results between Republican candidates currently stands as follows:

TRUMP:  739

CRUZ:  465

KASICH: 143

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Romney Urges Voters NOT To Support John Kasich One Week After Campaigning FOR Kasich

Apparently if you now look up the term “Political Whiplash” you’ll have the two faces of Mitt Romney staring back at you…

Last week just before the Ohio primary, Mitt Romney strode side by side with that state’s governor and presidential hopeful John Kasich and declared Kasich to be the only candidate in the GOP race with a “real track record” of success. Mr. Romney implored Ohio voters to “do the right thing” and help to send Kasich to Washington D.C. as the next American president.

Now today according to a just released NBC report, the very same Mitt Romney is singing an entirely different tune via recorded robo-calls for the Ted Cruz campaign that have Mr. Romney warning Utah and Arizona voters that a vote for Kasich is a vote for Donald Trump and that Ted Cruz, “…is the only candidate who can defeat Donald Trump.”

Let the record show Mitt Romney was for John Kasich before he was against him just days later.

And the GOP Establishment wonders why voters are so sick and tired of them?

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Rubio Campaign Set To Release Delegates To Cruz At GOP Convention

The Cruz campaign knows it has little hope of winning the majority of delegates prior to the GOP convention and so is hoping for a longshot Republican convention victory that will include obtaining a majority of the 164 delegates won by Marco Rubio during previous primary elections.

Apparently, both Rubio and Cruz camps are negotiating the terms of that deal right now which will include, but is not limited to, a high-profile endorsement from the Florida senator to the Texas senator in the coming days.

Prior to suspending his campaign (which allows him to keep his delegates “bound” to him) Marco Rubio amassed 164 total delegates. Should the Republican convention be contested/open/brokered, that 164 figure could prove pivotal in allowing Ted Cruz a path, however narrow and unlikely, to the nomination.

Some of those delegates will be bound by state rules requiring they remain with Rubio, but a majority of those delegates, particularly after a first vote on the convention floor, will be free to switch to another candidate and if Senator Rubio formally releases them, he can also during that process, direct them to then choose Ted Cruz. (negotiations between the Cruz and Rubio camps, along with involvement of state party leaders working in conjunction with this plan will expedite the process)

It is a scenario that Cruz told the media he was opposed to just two weeks earlier but is now actively seeking to see play out as it is the only likely remaining hope he has to be the Republican nominee.

As for Donald Trump, he is presently more than halfway to the required 1,237 total, and is poised to win some sizable delegate battles in the coming weeks via currently Trump-favored states like New York and New Jersey. If he fails to reach that 1237 mark though, the New York billionaire and author of The Art of the Deal might very well find himself the victim of a Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio negotiation intended to keep the GOP establishment power structure intact.

Ironic.

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