Day 1: GOP Convention

Even before the Republican Convention had really started, it had its first (mini)-scandal:

“It is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry for Power Games! […] I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but let’s be honest, neither is Donald Trump.” – Stephen Colbert

But things got really juicy when the #NeverTrump movement appeared to secure enough signatures to force a vote on a rule change that would “unbind” delegates, so they could vote regardless of their state’s primary results. (A similar attempt failed last week at the rules committee level.)

Chaos broke out at the convention floor, when party leaders refused the vote and went on with business as usual.

While the last-minute attempt had little chance of being successful, it does show that the Republican party is far from united in their acceptance of Donald Trump.

Later tonight, possible first lady in spe, Melania Trump, will address the delegates. And this is what you can expect for the next couple of days:

Events: GOP Convention Watch Party

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Starting Monday, the political reality-tv show that is this year’s election cycle will find its (preliminary) culmination  – with the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Last week, the rules committee voted against unbinding delegates (so that they can vote who they want, no matter the primary results) which effectively stopped the #NeverTrump movement.

This leaves the stage open for the coronation of controversial real estate developer Donald Trump.

If you want to watch the finale together with friends, there are two Watch Parties here in New York.

Metropolitan Club

Thursday, July 21, 6:00 PM
122 E 83rd St., New York City

“Be with your fellow Republicans as we watch this event live from Cleveland, Ohio. They say when it comes to politics, to expect the unexpected and 2016 has proven that to be true. Watch as Donald Trump articulates his vision to,  Make America Great Again! “

Free Pizza to be served  Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks are also available.
Members: $10
Nonmembers $20

RSVP to Mail@metclubnyc.org or call 212 -288-8606

The NYC Political Forum

Thursday, July 21, 7:00 PM
Murray Hill / Kips Bay area – address after RSVP

“The suspence is now finally over!  As the shroud of “smoke-filled” rooms, the “conscience voting” by the delegates, the massive protest walkouts, and the boy-cotters trumpetting #NeverTrump will ultimately succumb and be trumped by the anti-climatic crowning of Trump.”

“The NYCPF does not endorse any candidates or parties.  This event is NOT intended to be a “Get Out The Vote” drive, or voter registration or an advocacy / petition effort. Rather, this meetup is intended solely for casual, social purposes only.”

RSVP via Meetup

Grim Day for Rubio as Trump and Clinton Win Big

Marco Rubio has suspended his presidential campaign after he lost big time to Donald Trump in his home state Florida. The charismatic senator was seen by many as the last chance to build an establishment coalition against Trump.

Ohio governor John Kasich managed to win his home state tonight, which might slow down Trump, because it’s a winner-takes-all-state, but doesn’t do Kasich himself much good (he has even less delegates than Rubio).

So once again, Donald Trump was the big winner of the night: He won Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri (each with 40+ %).

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton managed to cement her lead over Bernie Sanders. Clinton won all five contest: Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois  and North Carolina. Afterwards, she shifted her focus to the general election  by attacking Trump in her victory speech.

[New York Times]

And Yet Another Super Tuesday

It’s match day in primary politics tomorrow, with yet another Tuesday full of voting. And while this isn’t officially Super Tuesday, it sure feels like it – especially for Republicans.

Five states are voting tomorrow, and two of them – Ohio and Florida – are GOP winner-take-all states.  Together they are worth 165 delegates and are seen by many as one of the last resorts to stop Donald Trump. Both Marco Rubio and John Kasich are playing their homeboy-cards, but polls are predicting an uphill battle.

Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and the North Marina Islands (only GOP) are also voting tomorrow. Let’s see what the day brings.