Even if the rebels are able to convince hundreds of delegates to ignore the results of the months-long primary contest — won handily by Trump — there are processes in place that could ensure the New York mogul becomes the nominee.
“They’ve laid down the dried leaves to start the fire but they need lightning to strike,” said one prominent conservative lawyer who requested anonymity. “It is really tough to organize the kind of whip operation you need at something as sprawling as Republican National Convention. Really, really tough.”
Still, the effort appears more organized than any of the failed “Never Trump” movements that came before it.
Conservative media figures Erick Erickson, Steve Deace, and Bill Kristol have begun joining the conference calls for the coalition and are fanning the flames in editorials and on the airwaves.