The GOP’s Washington insiders have been taking it on the chin in the 2016 primaries and local caucuses, but there has always been a justifiable fear that they might bounce back in the delegate selection at state and congressional district conventions.
Nearly two months after the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, establishment Republican kingpin and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remains steadfast in his resistance to taking any action on confirming federal judge Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia. What’s more, U.S.
It has been exactly half a century since Alan Drury’s novel, Capable of Honor, described a national convention in which the delegates upset expectations by defying the orders of party bosses and the pressure of the news media.
Republican insiders were shocked in 2014 when conservative college professor Dave Brat upset House Majority Leader and establishment mainstay Eric Cantor in Virginia’s 7th congressional district Republican primary. Brat’s victory marked the first time a sitting Majority Leader was defeated by a primary challenger since the position was created in 1899.
The scene four years ago at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida, was just about everything a Washington Republican insider could hope for. Establishment darling Mitt Romney came to Tampa having wrapped up the GOP presidential nomination well before the convention.