The GOP Does Love Their Safe Spaces



You’ll always have Rasmussen to lift your spirits, Republicans.

Please Proceed, Republicans

More of this please:

The scene on the floor was chaotic when the vote on the convention’s rules was called. The anti-Trump delegates, many of them clustered around the Virginia delegation, began chanting “Dump Trump,” only to be met by chants of “USA, USA.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) made a motion for a roll call vote, but it was announced that the movement had lost the three of the nine delegations it needed to force a vote. [via Tierney Sneed at TPM]


A little more detail from Hunter over at DKos:

After the initial uproar, the Colorado and Iowa delegations walking out, the chair left the podium for 5 or 10 minutes. Meanwhile, there was a lot of lobbying happening apparently. The Chair came back, declared that three of the 9 states that had petitioned for a roll call vote on the rules—their chance to basically “vote their conscience” on Trump—had withdrawn their petitions, and the minimum number of states is six. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah disputes that. He says he heard there are 10 or 11 states with petitions, so there should still be enough states to order the roll call.


Open Thread: Florida Woman, New NRA Poster Child

From that Jacksonville Ledger article:

[Jamie] Gilt, a 31-year-old Jacksonville resident, spoke to In-Gauge, a Winter Haven non-profit National Rifle Association training organization, Tuesday night about what happened to her on March 8 that made national news and sparked a conversation about gun safety…

Gilt said she left her Jacksonville home that day the same way she always does.

She grabbed her loaded .45-caliber handgun and brought her 4-year-old son, Lane, along with her to go look at a horse at her cousin’s home for her 10-year-old stepson.

She said she usually wore her gun in a holster on her hip, but that day she decided to put it under her driver’s seat…

While driving down the road, Gilt’s son had unbuckled himself to get a toy on the floorboard, Gilt said that is how he got his hands on the handgun.

Soon after, she heard a loud bang and saw something hit her windshield. It wasn’t until she looked down and saw herself covered in blood that she realized she had been shot.

Her son had picked up the handgun and shot through her seat, hitting her in the back…

Her name and what happened were all over the news, and she was condemned for being a, “bad mother,” she said.

“People post things and they absolutely destroy anyone they think is in the wrong,” she said. “And that’s what they did to me.”

But Gilt isn’t focused on that. She is focused on showing others how important it is to be safe with a gun…

Now, Gilt is on the road to becoming a NRA firearm instructor and will be certified at the end of this month. She plans to teach classes and show people that the unexpected can always happen…

Originally the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office considered charging Gilt with a second-degree misdemeanor, allowing a minor access to a firearm, but the State Attorney’s Office in Sanford offered her a deal.

She had to complete a gun safety course, install a mounted holster in her vehicle, provide proof of safe storage of her firearms in her home and give 10 speeches on the incident and what she learned from it.

Gilt said Tuesday night she had already completed her 10 required speeches and that she was speaking at In-Gauge because she wanted to…

When I was growing up, a lot of the little old Irish and Italian ladies in the neighborhood never went further than their mailboxes without their rosary beads, which provided them with a powerful feeling of spiritual protection and a focus for meditation during idle moments. But when those beads accidentally fell out of their purses in the grocery checkout lane, or got left behind on the bus, I don’t remember that the emergency services ever had to be called out.

Friday Morning Open Thread

President Obama began his scheduled meeting with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission — running some fifteen minutes late, at about 5:15am EDT — with a quick update on what little is known at the moment about the snipers at the peaceful protest in Dallas. Summary as I understand it: Right now all we know for certain is that five police officers have been killed, three suspects are in custody and a fourth one dead. Gonna be a busy, horrible day in another week whose chieftest virtue is that it’s almost over.

Apart from trying to ride the chaos rather than letting it ride us, what’s on the agenda for the day?

Got to kill em to civilize em

Or asshole of the week award nomination:

Hmm, isn’t he supposed to be a conservative with a respect for institutions that work even if they don’t work well and a healthy suscipian of outsider experts smashing a system and imposing externally solutions that don’t have internal stakeholder buy-in.

Nope, just Col. Blimp at work.

Long Read: “SAD! Campaign gurus for Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio…”

Sam Stein, at HuffPo, on three of the individuals at the forefront of those responsible for getting us (and the GOP) into the current predicament…

It’s been roughly 40 days since Donald Trump became the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party, and the mere fact of it hasn’t come to feel any less weird, or any less scary. It also means that the three people I had coffee and pastries with last Wednesday morning—Danny Diaz (Jeb Bush’s campaign manager), Jeff Roe (Ted Cruz’s campaign manager) and Alex Conant (Marco Rubio’s communications director)—have been able to process what the hell happened.

Well-compensated, highly intelligent and very publicly defeated, each one of them is still angry, both at Trump and at the media. Each one of them has theories about how we got to this very disconcerting place in American political history. And not one of them is prepared to vote for Trump.

The stories they told me over a 90-minute conversation at a bar called Black Jack in Washington DC provided an entirely different view of the campaign and of elite Republican thinking. They spoke with unusual candor about which strategies they pushed that they now regret, how they believe network executives conspired against their candidates, what a disaster the Republican convention will be and why a Hillary Clinton blowout may be upon us. This is what it’s like to lose to Donald Trump….

There were a bunch of times when people were like, “Well, this is going to do him in.” Like when he said John McCain wasn’t a war hero, or the Megyn Kelly menstruating comment, or making fun of a disabled reporter. Which one made you say, “This guy is smoked”?

Jeff Roe [Cruz]: All of the above. There was a time when you wondered if the bug was going to meet the windshield or not. But everything was brand-consistent. His brand was being politically incorrect: He’s saying everything that you’ve always wanted to say. You might not like it, but he’s speaking for you. He’s the billionaire blue-collar guy. That’s why this Mexican judge thing is different. That’s him looking out for himself, instead of him looking out for you.

Danny Diaz [Bush]: What’s different now is the electorate. He’s playing to a much broader field of people than he was in the primaries…

Let’s be nice to each other for a minute. What was a strategic decision that a rival campaign made that impressed you?

Jeff Roe [Cruz]: Bush’s manhandling of Romney was pretty impressive. I think Mitt was a big question mark at that point in the race. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, was flirting with the idea of entering the race in January 2015 but ultimately decided against it. He would have walked in with a ton of credibility, a ton of dough, a ton of institutional support, and really swamped that lane. It was interesting to watch how Bush was making donors saddle up. It was very clearly aimed at one dude.

Alex Conant [Rubio]: I would agree. I thought the early days with Jeb’s campaign, when he was able to lock down the Florida establishment and the Florida donor base—not only did that continue to be a long-term problem for us, it was very effectively done. And then I think the Cruz campaign showed an amazing amount of discipline through the summer. Partnering with Trump at the Iran rally was a really smart move. Our campaign manager said last fall that he thought the Cruz campaign was the best-run campaign in the race, and I think that held throughout…
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Internet Pile-On Open Thread: Frying French

Roy Edroso, of Alicublog, casts a cold eye on David French:

I have followed French’s career at National Review for years and will just quickly tell you that he’s not only against gay marriage, he’s also against Griswold v Connecticut, the decision that invalidated laws against contraception (“Is there a single legal doctrine that can stand against the quest for personal sexual fulfillment?” French thundered); that he denounced the widespread mourning of Prince’s death on the grounds that “Prince was ultimately just another talented and decadent voice in a hedonistic culture… notable mainly because he was particularly effective at communicating that decadence to an eager and willing audience”; that he has compared Kim Davis, that crazy clerk who refused to sign gay marriage licenses, to “men like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox — the men who first put the ‘protest’ in ‘Protestant'”; that he — well, I’m out of time for the moment, but you can peruse the archive for more if you can stand it. The point is, he makes Trump look like Eisenhower…

So, even if this brief moment of pixellated notoriety has faded by evening (the Washington Post has a dutiful synopsis on an interior page, while the NYTimes settled for reprinting a couple of paragraphs from Reuters), Mr. French seems to have earned his stint as a chew toy…

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