Everyone hugged each other and they all got along FABULOUSLY.
...nah, I kid. They basically threw the best public conniption at a party convetnion since 1968.
To wit (via Salon.com):
Before the Republican National Convention officially began on Monday, #NeverTrump forces attempted to force the Republican National Committee into allowing a roll-call vote on Donald Trump’s nomination as the GOP candidate for president.
They failed, according to the presiding official, Representative Steve Womack, who asked those in attendance to voice an “aye” or a “nay” and declared that the “ayes” won and that the rules would not changed — meaning that there would be no roll-call, despite 9 states having challenged the rules.
Womack returned to the stage minutes later, amid shouts of “U-S-A” and “SOUR GRAPES” by Trump supporters, and said that it was possible he misheard the results — but announced after the second voice vote that the “ayes” had won again.
He also informed the assembled masses that three of the states that had challenged the rules had withdrawn their appeals. According to unconfirmed reports from Fox News, they did so after being personally lobbied by Paul Ryan or members his staff.
Utah Senator Mike Lee told CNN that “I have never in all my life, certainly in six years in the United States Senate, prior to that as a lifelong Republican, never seen anything like this — there is no precedent for this in parliamentary procedure. There is no precedent for this in the rules of the Republican National Convention. We are now in uncharted territory. Somebody owes us an explanation. I have never seen the chair abandoned like that. They vacated the stage entirely.”
“It is,” he added, “coercion masking as unity.”
That doesn't even cover the reports that during the kerfuffle that two of the state delegate groups - Colorado definitely, maybe Virginia or Pennsylvania I'm not sure - simply walked off the floor in disgust.
This is how they're opening the day, folks.
There's still the evening speeches and presentations, and there's three more days of delegates attempting other acts of disruption and disunity.
Who's to say if more state delegates join Colorado in walking away? Utah has to be thinking about it (that state went entirely for Cruz, and the Mormons have NO LOVE for Trump). The other state delegates trying to force a rule change to free themselves from nominating the tiny-fingered Cheeto(tm)-faced ferret-wearing sh-tgibbon (thank you Hamish McBunVendor you not-Scottish genius) may stage a public walk out as well.
The Party leadership may want to present to the world a face of unity, but they're not giving the dissidents any reason to buy into that plan.
And the Party has no one else they can blame (although they'll try): they were the ones who made these rules, and allowed this morally and financially bankrupt con-artist play their game. And now they're stuck with him.
We're stuck with him.
If it wasn't for the fact that our entire nation's safety is at stake here, I'd be enjoying the schadenfreude so much more.
And don't even get me started on that racist SOB from Iowa. I hope to GOD Steve King gets voted the f-ck out of whatever gerrymandered shelter he's in. Here, Kim Weaver is running against him, please help out.