The GOP can still get a “true” Republican elected … here’s how.

Let’s start with some basic assumptions:

(1) Trump hijacks the GOP and wins the nomination … much to the dismay of the GOP “establishment”.

(2) Trump and Hillary fight a tightly contested toss-up race.

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So, how can the establishment get a “true” – or at least “truer” Republican elected.

It wouldn’t be easy, but it’s possible.

Let’s connect a couple of dots.

Dot #1: Politico is reporting that some big GOP donors are researching ballot-access requirements for independent candidates in case Trump wraps up the GOP nomination.

Dot #2: The electoral map and the quirks of the electoral college process.

There’s an out-of-the box way to make a “true” Republican president … really.

 

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Electoral Map

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You won’t hear this any place else, so let me explain …

 

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Here’s my scheme

Imagine that the GOP establishment bolts the RNC and puts together a program laser-aimed at 3 states: Texas, Ohio and Florida.

The goal isn’t to win 270 or more electoral votes …. the goal is to win at least 2 of Texas, Ohio and Florida.

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How to do it ….

First, pick a ticket with specific appeal to those 3 states …. say, Perry or Cruz (for Texas), Kasich (for Ohio), and maybe Marco or Jeb (for Florida).

Let’s assume that it’s a Cruz – Kasich ticket.

Second,  don’t even try to compete in states other than Texas, Ohio and Florida.  I mean laser focus.

Hit those states with state-specific candidates, unbeatable GOTV infrastructures, and shock & awe levels of ads.

Third, “encourage” the RNC to direct all of its support to Congressional and Senate contests — more the former than the latter.

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Here’s what could happen

Let’s pretend that a Cruz-Kasich ticket wins Texas and Ohio … 54 electoral votes.

That may be enough to deprive either Trump or Hillary of the magic 270 electoral votes required to win the prize.

For argument, say they split the electoral votes for states other than Texas & Ohio … each would be at 242 electoral votes … not enough for an outright win.

In that case, what happens?

The election gets thrown into the GOP-controlled House of Representatives with each state delegation getting 1 vote. (Currently, the GOP controls 33 states).

There’s no law or rule – written or non-written – that they have to vote for the candidate who amassed the biggest popular vote count or the most electoral votes.

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Here’s the way it works:

If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each State delegation has one vote.

The Senate would elect the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most electoral votes, with each Senator casting one vote for Vice President.

Note that the candidate set is the top 3 electoral vote-getters.  The 3rd place finisher doesn’t have to be close to the top 2 … he just has to be third.

So, the House could vote the Presidency to, say, Cruz … as long as he wins some electoral votes … just so he spoils Trump and Hillary from getting to 270.

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Some finishing touches ….

Conceivably, the scheme would work by just taking Texas … but that doesn’t leave much margin for error.

Obviously, the candidate doesn’t have to be Cruz.   It could be Perry or Jeb or anybody who could carry Texas.

Would there be political chaos?

Of course there would be.

But, in the year of Trump and Sanders, don’t rule anything out.

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4 Responses to “The GOP can still get a “true” Republican elected … here’s how.”

  1. John Carpenter Says:

    Why would anyone think Donald Trump was not a “True” Republican”? As far as I can see he is going to be nominated through the time-tested Republican primary process. It appears to me that he is the inevitable end result of a decade of Republican politics. While electing a Republican who is not the choice of a majority of voters is also a past Republican tactic Trump is without question the new face of the Republican Party. Congrats Republicans. You have violated an important rule, “Don’t sh*% where you eat.”

  2. Bernardo Cabrera Y Zárate Says:

    Mr. Carpenter: Brave to say that considering that no-money, no-name, no-job, soviet-vacationing Bernie can be a threat to HRC.

    Bernie is the new face of the proto-marxist democratic party who has, by the way, strong support from young people.

  3. John Carpenter Says:

    Even if that were true, and no one is saying Bernie is going to win the Democratic Party nomination, so no new faces there yet, it does not change a thing about the Republicans. Your quick transfer of criticism of the Republican Party is symptomatic of what they have been doing for years. All Criticism, no program. It continues right up to this moment as they transparently refuse to participate in filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

    Also, I would not be so quick to dismiss the value of a Russian vacation. I have done it an came back even more convinced that as a citizen of the US I am in a much better situation. Motivational really.

  4. Bernardo Cabrera Y Zárate Says:

    There is a very simple program:

    Restore the constitutional republic w/ limited government!

    Getting another Obama justice on the court will block that goal for generations to come.

    Cruz 2016

    The democratic establishment is blocking Bernie, while the republican one is blocking the only viable competition to Trump, Cruz.

    PS: it was not a “Russian” vacation, it was a Soviet (1988) honey moon. Even with that he looks better than HRC.

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