At my own little web site yesterday, I broke the news that Dr. Tom Coburn, the solidly conservative and almost universally liked (even by Dems and the media) former U.S. senator from Oklahoma, would accept a draft from Republican convention delegates, if offered, to be the GOP nominee for president.
For a couple of months in the spring, Dr. Coburn was the subject of serious recruitment efforts to run as an independent candidate, and he strongly considered running. Ultimately, though, Coburn declined to run. Accepting the Republican nomination obviously would not cause the same perceived problem of splitting the right-leaning vote. Coburn, a solid conservative with a long-established reputation for probity and personal decency, reportedly is appalled by many aspects of Trump’s candidacy.
But, one may ask, how could this happen? Didn’t the convention Rules Committee just put the kibosh on remaining hopes for a delegate revolt? Not really, as I explained in a follow-up column.
Two steps: 1) Delegate petitions to put his name in nomination. 2) Delegate abstentions on the first ballot. . . .Read the rest of this op-ed HERE.
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