GOP leaders, conservatives end bargaining at convention

It's hard to actually say what will happen, who will say what, but you can probably predict that the proceedings will at least partly be a quasi-official convention, that will try to anoint a man whom numerous GOP's high-profile leaders have disdained to be their standard bearer.

Most of Minnesota's delegates will cast their ballots for Marco Rubio at next week's National Republican Convention in Cleveland. Ditto some young Republicans considered rising stars in the party. It's also likely to have the shouting-match flavor of nearly any number of popular television reality shows, not excluding the "Housewives" franchises, "American Ninjas", "Duck Dynasty", "The Voice" and, of course, Trump's own "The Apprentice", a version of which we saw this week with the visitations of potential VP candidates to Trump's side. None of the state's congressional Republicans will be in Cleveland, including Sen. The full convention could wind up voting on their plan next week, but the chances of succeeding are dim. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, said Thursday he's not anxious. Not for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who suffered broken bones and internal injuries from years of torture, whose heroism Trump can not bring himself to acknowledge. "There's going to be some level of contention because individuals have supported various candidates over time", McNeely said.

It's not uncommon for certain senators who are up for reelection to utilize the time to campaign in their states. Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, replied to the question of whether he was going simply with, "Nope".

Heller has openly criticized Trump and has refused to endorse him to date.

That's not to say some Nevada Republicans aren't attending. He is supporting Trump, but refusing to speak for him at the convention. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks.

"It feels fabulous!" said Sheri Auclair, an exuberant Minnesota Trump delegate.

Knecht said he wasn't surprised by the lack of elected officials from Nevada attending the event.

Trump offered Cruz a speaking slot earlier in the month, an attempt to unite a divided party, even after Cruz assailed Trump as a "pathological liar" and "a narcissist at a level I don't think this country has ever seen" during the presidential primary season.

Schwartz and Gustavson did not respond to requests for comment.

Voces de la Frontera (Voices from the Border) typically includes children in its marches, seeking to humanize the debate over immigration policy, but opted against that in Cleveland because "things can escalate", group member Daniel Gutierrez said.

McMorris Rodgers was a Washington delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention as a member of a unity slate behind nominee John McCain.

The living former Republican presidents are skipping it. Absent is the entire galaxy of Bush stars, two presidents and low-energy Jeb, a presumptive favorite in the presidential race before Trump trumped and trampled on everyone.

The choice means that Trump went with a balancing choice - an experienced and less bombastic figure who can try to unify the party and woo Trump's GOP skeptics - rather than a pick that would reinforce his larger-than-life personality and dismissal of party orthodoxy.

That poses a problem for Trump because without those establishment types, Trump loses organizational and fundraising structure, Herzik said.

Others, led by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a backer of former Trump rival Ted Cruz, were inching away from the NeverTrump movement, instead reportedly trying to craft a deal that would make the 2020 GOP primaries easier for a conservative such as Cruz to win. This may account for the fact that he was forgiven sins ranging from wild exaggeration, outright lies, cruel insults and sexism to not revealing tax information, that other candidates - How do you like them emails, Mrs. Clinton? - would not be forgiven for.

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