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The Hill has published a list of 61 Republican lawmakers, operatives, donors and pundits who have vowed never, ever to vote for Donald Trump, ever. Never.

No matter how many lights it takes to write their names, even this most luminous concentration of anti-Trump fervor (vows by the dozen!) is unlikely to affect the final GOP delegate count too terribly much. 

Not surprisingly, there is overlap between "Never Trump" and the "contributors" of my ever-growing, ever-oozing Right's Anti-Trump Lexicon. This merits a salute: selected quotations to commemorate the expert insights and always elevated -- yea, rarified -- tone of #NeverTrump.

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Extremely distressing news from the Guardian by Luke Harding about the great Vladimir Bukovsky (above): 

The Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky has been on hunger strike at his home in Cambridge for more than a week in protest at what he calls the “Kafkaesque” British judicial system.

Bukovsky was charged last year with child pornography offences. He strenuously denies the allegations. In August he took the unusual step of suing the Crown Prosecution Service for libel: he is seeking £100,000 in damages and claims the CPS has “falsely and maliciously” hurt his reputation.

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Maxing out maudlin to a pinnacle of banal that overshadows even audacious theft and exploitation, behold Ronald Reagan as heavenly sock puppet of #NeverTrump, breaking his own 11th commandment not to speak ill of other Republicans with a whopper straight from "Jimmy's World," brimming over with a tear too gaudy for Bambi. 

I think what they meant to say was: Congratulations to the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump, on his outstanding sweep of five states yesterday. Yuge! It's time for conservatives and populists in the Republican Party to come together and unify and defeat Hillary Clinton in the fall.

Laura Ingraham put it beautifully last night:



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Part 18 of the "Post-Constitutional Election" series is here.

Curly Haugland is an unbound RNC delegate from Bismarck, North Dakota, and a member of the national convention rules committee. He is also something of a regular on cable, especially CNBC, where, in the calmest of tones, Curly will explain that ours is a nation of delegates, not voters -- at least as far as the GOP presidential nominating process goes.

To be sure, Curly doesn't know why his party even bothers to hold primaries. It's not that the contests are completely irrelevant -- the delegates "use the primaries to get some kind of an indication of the preference of the population" -- but, as Curly puts it, "the delegates at the convention choose the nominee, not the voters."

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Pt. 17 of the "Post Constitutional Election" series is here.

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This is getting interesting.

Donald Trump is now the only candidate running for president of the United States to call for the release of the 28 redacted pages in the 9/11 commission report. These pages, which are believed to implicate Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks, were hidden away by the Bush administration, and continue to be withheld from public view by the Obama administration.

Sen. Rand Paul also supports releasing the 28 pages. While still a presidential candidate, Paul introduced a Senate amendment in June 2015 to declassify the 28 pages. 

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