by Doctor Science
Ever since it became clear that Donald Trump would have enough delegates for the Republican Presidential nomination, various desperate Republicans have been talking about the possibility of a "coup" at the convention, where the cooler heads of party stalwarts might install someone more generally-acceptable as the nominee.
I've been laughing at these ideas, because A) the second-place finisher in the primaries should be the logical choice, but that's Ted Cruz, and the party stalwarts hate him as much as they hate Trump. More importantly, B) the GOP base chose Trump, and, to quote Republican strategist Anna Navarro:
A brokered convention would be the equivalent of the political "Hunger Games". And I am not exaggerating. Take a look at what's going on at Donald Trump events. Take a look at what happens to protesters. They get basically assaulted. If you think people aren't going to get clubbed like baby seals on the floor of the convention you haven't been watching what's been happening.
But now I'm starting to wonder if I should change my mind. The May FEC filings dropped Monday night, and Trump's campaign is in worse financial shape than anyone expected. Well, almost everyone: Josh Marshall has been saying for a while that Trump is probably broke, or has so little liquidity it amounts to the same thing. Remember, Trump hasn't released his tax returns, and some people have wondered all along if they'd show that Trump is really only millionaire-rich, not billionaire-rich.
So my question is: if Trump turns out to *not* be a billionaire, but to be a typically over-extended real estate developer (lawyer Thomas H. Crown, who's seen a lot of it, has a really informative set of tweets on how "Donald Trump is basically a walking cliche"), will his supporters at the convention desert him as a "loser"? Or will they double down, and just figure this means he was stabbed in the back, deprived of the billions that were rightfully his?