A major obstacle to the Dump Trump movement is not necessarily drumming up opposition to Donald Trump — he makes that easy — it’s finding a “compromise candidate” that can act as a replacement to the bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor.
Various names have been floated about and none thus far have caught fire, either because of a lack of name I.D., in the case of David French, or because the candidate has refused to run, in the case of Mitt Romney and others.
Even as the momentum for a delegate revolt at the convention continues to build, eventually a replacement candidate will have to be agreed upon by the delegates at the upcoming GOP convention in Cleveland, which will be held July 18-21.
On Tuesday, the Courageous Conservatives PAC, a political action committee that supported Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the GOP primary, floated the name of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as being “someone who can unite all factions of the Republican Party.”
“Governor Walker’s name is the only one being mentioned seriously as someone who can unite all factions of the Republican Party and we’re urging him to step forward and agree to accept a draft,” said Courageous Conservatives PAC spokesman Steve Lonegan, who strongly supported Ted Cruz in the primary.
Lonegan made it clear that he is not urging Scott Walker, or any other candidate for that matter, to run as a third-party candidate, but wants delegates, the last firewall to stopping the unbridled temporary passions of party voters from nominating a narcissistic sociopath with totalitarian tendencies, to vote their conscience at the Republican Party Convention.
“We do not support a Third Party candidacy under any circumstances,” Lonegan said. “We want to defeat Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump just isn’t going to do it. Scott Walker will.”
Donald Trump has had precisely two months to unify the Republican party since Ted Cruz suspended his campaign on May 4, and it’s not even clear if he’s trying to earn the votes of conservatives, other than the campaign’s unofficial slogan that “At Least He’s Possibly Not Quite as Bad as Hillary.”
Instead, Trump has been reaching out to socialist Bernie Sanders’ supporters, believing that his depression-causing trade policies are more aligned with the Soviet-styled socialist.
The Courageous Conservatives PAC is leading a petition drive urging the GOP convention Rules Committee to make it official and clear that delegates are allowed to vote their consciences.
You can read the full petition at a website established for the organization at Free the GOP.
Late last month, Scott Walker made a statement in which he encouraged GOP delegates to vote their consciences at the convention:
“I think historically, not just this year, delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit. … We’ll see how things go between now and the convention as to what the next steps are. I’m not going to speculate now only because you all know the situation may change by this afternoon, let alone between now and the convention.”
Scott Walker, who endorsed Ted Cruz prior to the suspension of his campaign, has previously said that he intended to support the eventual GOP nominee. Maybe that nominee could end up being himself.