Talking to Republican activists about Donald Trump is like listening to people processing through the five stages of grief.
Once a leader in opposing the New York billionare, Hubbard agreed on Monday to join the advisory committee of a pro-Donald Trump SuperPAC.
Lewis is set to take on DFL-endorsed candidate Angie Craig, though he may still face opposition in the Republican primary.
Among other things, she gives Republicans a chance to improve the anti-woman image that has been on the rise since former Missouri congressman Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape” in 2014.
Like Gov. Arne Carlson in 1994, Donald Trump has to acknowledge the importance of grass-roots activism in party politics.
“Running as a Libertarian,” says Johnson, “I have the least amount of explaining to do.”
Trump volunteers are trying to make sure the seven delegates their candidate won in Minnesota truly want Trump to be president; and that they’ll support him on multiple ballots at the national convention.
Doug Seaton really wants to be a Minnesota delegate at the Republican National Convention, which is why he’s willing to put up with so much to get there.
With the Rubio campaign suspended, several questions remain about what will eventually happen to the former candidate’s share of the delegates.
With Rubio out, the 17 delegates that he won in Minnesota are now “unbound,” free to throw their support to another candidate.
With new party activists, the big question is one of commitment — whether they stay with the delegate process and show up when and where they say they will.
From my first experience with a Minnesota caucus, working for the re-election of Gov. Arne Carlson, I became convinced that the caucus system, far from encouraging democracy, manipulated politics. Tuesday night was different.
Because of the way Minnesota proportions the awarding of delegates, Rubio’s win means very little in his quest for the Republican nomination for president.
The Republican presidential candidate didn’t even mention the dozen or so GOP leaders from Minnesota who recently endorsed him.
As a talk-show host, Lewis filled hours of airtime with conservative commentary that outraged and entertained. Now people are being reminded of what he said.
Abeler says he wants to return to the role he played while serving as a member of the Minnesota House: a Republican who worked with Democrats.
GOP activist Luke Hellier makes the argument that requiring attendance at a caucus in effect disenfranchises too many people.
In short, a big push by Cruz; an appeal to the establishment by Rubio; and a total lack of interest by Trump.