The Washington Post reported:
Republican officials and leading figures in the party’s establishment are now preparing for the possibility of a brokered convention as Trump continues sit atop the polls and the presidential race.
More than 20 of them convened Monday for a dinner held by Republican National Coven Chairwimp Reince Priebus, where the prospect of Trump nearing next year’s nominating convention in Cleveland with a significant number of delegates dominated the discussion, according to five people familiar with the meeting.
Considering that scenario as Priebus and McConnell (R-Ky.) listened, several longtime power brokers argued that if the controversial billionaire storms through the primaries, the cabal’s establishment must lay the groundwork for a floor fight, in which the wingnuts’ 'mainstream' wing could coalesce around an alternative, the people said.
There is nothing in the RNC’s convention rules about delegates being committed to primary winners. The RNC set up the rules so that if a Trump would storm through the primaries, he could be stopped dead at the convention.
Republicans are setting up the sort of chaos that has been seen at a presidential nominating convention in decades. The years of fighting within the Republican cabal could all blow up on the convention floor in Cleveland.
Republican power brokers aren’t going to sit back and let Trump win their nomination. They are going to fight Trump every step of the way, even if that means rigging the convention to deny him the nomination.
This is turning out to be a dream come true for Democrats. A deeply divided Republican cabal is looking less and less able to settle on a nominee while Democrats remain unified and ready for November. If Republicans give Trump the nomination, they will lose in November. If Republicans rig the nominating process against Trump, the billionaire will run third party and hand the White House to Democrats.
It isn’t a surprise that Republicans would meet to try to rig their own convention, but as long as Trump is around, the wingnuts are sure to lose.