Now that Trump has disposed of his rivals and wrested the nomination from the Bush dynasty and other establishment camps; Trump is wondering where that loyalty pledge went, for the candidates who are pledging to undermine the Trump bid for the White House. I have my substantive criticisms of Trump on several issues, but I fully agree with the Trump Campaign that these turncoats should never hold either elective or appointive office in any GOP administration.
The RNC would be correct to call upon state GOP officials and politicians and expect them to also bar these unfaithful men from state elective or appointive office. Will Florida Governor, Rick Scott, cooperate? That might not be expected. After all, Gov. Scott was never a party to the contract Jeb, Donald, and other candidates signed.
This has happened before. In 1964, Liberty Republican, Barry Goldwater, was abandoned by the liberal establishment candidate, Nelson Rockefeller. Ten years later, President Gerald Ford appointed Rockefeller to the office of Vice President.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan expected the same demise and decided to appoint George HW Bush as his designate running mate, to avert the possibility of a replay of 1964.
The well-funded establishment of the GOP are harsh to demand the insurgent candidates pledge loyalty to them, but they have a very poor record of reciprocation.
Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are openly cheering for Libertarian, Gary Johnson's candidacy. Not because they are fond of the Johnson message; but because they want Trump's failure and their return to the prominent seats of party power.
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