According to the Associated Press, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants to give Republican delegates the power to vote for anyone at the convention:
“I think his comments are legitimate,” Walker said. “I think historically, not just this year, delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit. … We’ll see how things go between now and the convention as to what the next steps are. I’m not going to speculate now only because you all know the situation may change by this afternoon, let alone between now and the convention.”
Let’s be clear: Walker definitely did not come out and say GOP delegates should oppose Donald Trump, but his call for giving GOP delegates the ability to “vote their conscience,” which is code for “allowing delegates who hate Trump to vote for someone else,” is gaining steam in the only circles that actually matter (amongst the delegates themselves) and could ultimately play an important role in determining the final roles for the Republican convention.
Walker’s comments come on the heels of recent reports indicating “hundreds” of Republican delegates support voting against Trump at the convention, even if they are “bound” to do so by current rules. This is unquestionably the way forward for anti-Trump conservatives, and this election year has been so crazy, this plan just might work.
Photo: Scott Walker at CPAC 2015. Photo by Gage Skidmore.