The Bush, Cruz, Rubio, Romney, Ryan, McConnell faction has united and is moving into high gear to steal the nomination from Trump. The immediate plan is an all out bid to deprive Donald Trump of victory – and the delegates – in Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker, long reliant on Koch money, will endorse Cruz. A victory in Wisconsin for Cruz makes the big steal possible. A loss there makes the big steal much more difficult.
The power-brokers’ short term game is clear; stall Trump just short of the magic number of delegates needed to be nominated on the first ballot with the knowledge that many delegates bound on the first ballot by Trump primary and caucus victories would be unbound on a second ballot. Much in the way the RNC stacked the galleries with anti-Trump partisans in the last two debates, anti-Trump quislings are being planted in various delegations that will be free to betray Trump on subsequent ballots.
Some Republican state chairmen, for example, in Texas, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Connecticut, North Dakota, and other states, are planting“Trojan Horse” delegates into slots won by Trump on the first ballot.
The second part of their audacious plan is to use procedural votes to adopt rules for the convention as recommended by the Rules Committee and the seating of the delegates as recommended by the Credentials Committee, neither of which will favor Donald Trump in any way. Those key committees are made up of two members from each state and the conspirators have been quietly placing their establishment stooges in these positions. This poses the gravest danger to Trump.
Trouble in Texas
Rick Perry has visions of a Vice Presidential nomination and has joined with forces loyal to George P. Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner and Ted Cruz to pack the Texas delegation – including the 40% delegates pledged to Trump who will be hard-core Trump opponents free to vote for rules that make the Big Steal from Trump possible or to unseat Trump delegates to help the big steal in Cleveland.
Lubbock County Chairman Carl Tepper, the respected chairman of theTexas Republican County Chairmen’s Association has been shut down in his demand for Trump supporters in the delegation. There will be no Trump delegates from Texas even though party rules require 40 delegates vote for him on the first ballot.
Stealing New Orleans style
Trump won Louisiana’s Republican presidential primary by almost 4% points, but Cruz is trying to grab 10 more delegates from the state than Trump. Mr. Cruz’s supporters also seized five of Louisiana’s six slots on the three most important committees that will adopt the rules and platform at the Convention and decide who gets to vote this summer in Cleveland.
Trump and Cruz each won 18 delegates apiece based on the Louisiana results in the primary on March 5. But the five delegates awarded to Rubio are now free agents because he dropped out and they will swing behind Mr. Cruz. The state’s five unbound delegates—who are free to back the candidates of their choice—are “regulars” who will vote for Cruz, GOP insiders told me.
The kingmakers snuffed the Trump people easily delegates met to decide who will represent Louisiana on the three important convention committees gathered at a March 12 state convention to elect two members to each panel. Five of the six-committee members are Mr. Cruz backers and the sixth is uncommitted to a presidential candidate. Louisiana is the first state to name delegates to serve on the three committees.
Palmetto State Problems
The big steal is in full swing against Donald Trump in South Carolina where Trump won the primary last month. Bush, Cruz, and Rubio forces are aggressively mobilizing allies to recruit and elect their own stooges to the Republican National Convention — scheduled for late July in Cleveland.
South Carolina’s potential delegates may be drawn only from the 925 party insiders who attended the state’s GOP convention in 2015. It’s a pool of party veterans with few Trump supporters. The South Carolina delegation may have no Trump supporters. The GOP bosses plan to use their majority to elect Trump hostiles to the crucial rules and credential’s committees as well.
New York Rumble
Trump has problems in his back yard where GOP state chairman Ed Cox has declined to endorse Trump who has the backing of more than 36 of the state’s 62 county leaders and expects to release a list of endorsements today. Trump is killing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the New York primary by 64-12 percent, according to a March 17 Emerson College poll. Trumpites and GOP Insiders are already fighting to grab the state’s 95 delegates. The primary is a month away and delegates are selected in two months.
Buffalo developer Carl Paladino who routed the GOP Primary in 2014 and Trump staffer Mike Caputo have networked with GOP county leaders, who ultimately name the delegates. The Trump team boasts commitments from more than 36 of the state’s 62 county leaders and expects to release a list of endorsements in the coming days. ‘We need some kind of loyalty oath by these delegates that they will reflect the will of the voters” Paladino told me. Even party leaders who lean toward Trump today are loose “I have no deals with anybody and I’m not married to anyone,” said Nassau County GOP chair Joe Mondello. “I think Mr. Trump right now is the guy.”
The Big Steal will shift into high gear when more states, including Arizona, Colorado and North Dakota, begin selecting their convention delegates, using methods including statewide and congressional district conventions, meetings of state party leaders and county-level votes or caucuses.
Badger State Show Down
Wisconsin appears to be the battleground for the GOP cabal to take Trump down. Sources tell me $25 million from Cruz and Cruz related superPACSas well as three different anti-Trump PACS funded by Romney backers will flood the state. Trump himself told me he won’t be out-campaigned in the Badger State.
This is ground zero for Cruz. He must win it to have any shot of stalling Trump. Trump can sustain a loss but it will be costly.
The Bush Connection
Those who were surprised Jeb backed Cruz despite George W. Bush’s intense dislike for his former issues man shouldn’t be.
When Neil Bush signed up as Co-Finance Chairman with Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush added his endorsement, which I predicted on Infowars, it had been clear that the GOP establishment has swallowed hard to back their prickly fellow globalist, Ted Cruz. You see it’s not really politics of Ted Cruz the elites dislike. It’s his personality.
Ted and Heidi have both worked for Bush 41. Ted and Heidi have been on board for the Globalist agenda. She worked in the NSA with Condi and then with the neocon warlord Robert Zoellick, a modern day Dr. Evil ( World Bank, CFR and Goldman Sachs).
Ted was Bush’s Issues guy for his 2012 campaign for President and in the White House. He went to Harvard and Princeton. He recruited John Roberts to the Bush legal team. He game-planned Bush v. Gore for Bush in the 2000 recount. He supports TPP. He’s a globalist .
Enter Phil Gramm
Even worse Cruz named Phil Gramm as his economic guru. This guy virtually crashed the US economy. Gramm is largely responsible for two bills which led to the speculative bubble which popped in September 2008. First was his Gramm-Leach-Bliley bill repealed Glass Steagall, which separated investment banking from commercial banking. Its repeal — which was signed into law by President Clinton, with the backing of Robert Rubin and Larry Summers — opened the door for a flood of money, from commercial banks, to flow into mortgage-backed securities and other funny-money schemes, which blew up in 2008.
The second bill was the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (CFMA), which totally freed derivative trading from any regulatory oversight. This was another Phil Gramm bill, and was central to the bubble creation from 2000 to 2008, and then again today.
Following the crash of 2008, the Dodd Frank bill was backed by Obama and teams of Wall Street lobbyists, who mobilized to make sure that Glass Steagall was not restored, and that the CFMA was kept in place. As a result, when combined with bailouts and Quantitative Easing, a new bubble has grown, allowing Wall Street speculators to continue the Ponzi scheme, while depriving the real economy of credit.
Phil Gramm is now an official at UBS, the Swiss bank which has been under fire for its protection of tax-cheating U.S. corporations and the upper echelon of financial speculators. Gramm would be the architect of the Cruz economic model.
God help us.
The end game
This is the insiders pulling strings illustration of power politics that will be played in Cleveland. While Mr. Trump leads in winning primary and caucus elections, and has won more delegates, the Establishment will stack the delegations to the convention, where the votes on the rules and seating of delegates could ultimately choose the nominee.
Stacking the convention and its committees with supporters is the last option for Cruz, because a contested convention is his only viable path to the nomination. The Texas Senator must win 85% of the remaining delegates to win outright, a highly unlikely scenario with many states awarding delegates proportionally.
The Kingmakers aren’t wedded to Cruz but the long shot nomination of a Romney or Ryan may be a reach too far. What the Kingmakers must do first is stop Trump.
Don’t underestimate the establishment’s desperation to overthrow the democratically expressed wishes of the people with a rigged convention. This time the conspirators are banking on the fact that the nomination will not be decided on the first ballot, but in a series of procedural votes by the entire convention. This will be the tell.
At the same time the Bosses are furious at Governor John Kasich and his handler John Weaver. He hasn’t a hope of winning anything, but if he dropped out of the race the 66 delegates he picked up for winning Ohio would then go to Trump, who placed second. Kasich is playing for a Vice Presidential slot on somebody’s ticket.
The establishment elite will do anything and everything they can to disregard the democratically expressed wishes of the American people. They will claim they are trying to strengthen the Republican Party for the general election. The truth is that if they succeed it will tear the GOP apart and make the nomination worthless.
All the establishment elite are really interested in is keeping their grip on power within the party and maintaining their influence peddling businesses. I know. I was once one of the highest paid lobbyists in Washington. They really could care less who wins the general election. Most in the GOP lobbyist class derive their livelihood from the Republican majorities in Congress and they see Hillary Clinton as transactional, someone you can rent if not buy.
The establishment have been running the Republican Party for so long, and wring the game for so long, that they haven’t realized things have changed. The rise of Trump is a tidal wave. In their deluded minds their plan to steal the nomination from Donald Trump will work just the same as it did with Ron Paul in 2012. But Trump has a constituency that will not stand for it.
Trump has managed to awaken the silent majority of Americans who previously either did not bother to vote or just shrugged their shoulders and accepted that the system is rigged and the little man cannot have an impact. Today Trump has become a leader for the non-elites. He is an alternative to doing the bidding of Bushs and Clintons and their ilk who have become richer and richer while the ordinary people have become poorer and poorer and America itself turned into a debt-ridden shadow of its once great self.
Unfortunately, because of establishment propaganda –that the MSM has been only too willing and eager to promulgate – many are still biased by their irrational hatred of Donald Trump – and the ham handed efforts by the Soros crowd to smear him as a racist – to even notice that the democratic foundation of their Nation and American Sovereignty is being destroyed by the very people who are conspiring to stop Trump’s nomination as they ease us towards the New World Order.
Roger Stone (StoneZone.com) served as an advisor to the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump and remains a close confidante of the Republican frontrunner.