OK, I was wrong. Tom Knapp was right.
Last month I posted my humble legal opinion that a Dump Trump advocate from Virginia was hallucinating when he filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down a state law binding him to vote on the first ballot at the GOP convention for the winner of the Virginia primary – Donald Trump.
Tom challenged my assessment. I offered to make a wager that the lawsuit was frivolous and would be dismissed. I lose. Congratulations! You should have bet me, Tom.
U.S. District Judge Robert Payne in Richmond said the Virginia state law creates “a severe burden” on First Amendment rights. That’s right. A judicial pig grew wings and took to the sky in Richmond. Virginia cannot require GOP convention delegates to do what they were delegated to do; honor their pledge to primary voters who elected Donald Trump, said Payne.
The GOP Virginia primary voters apparently have no First Amendment rights – their votes don’t count -- but the delegates who promised to do their will in the primary election enjoy a First Amendment right to stiff them and do as they please. The result of the primary election sponsored by the State of Virginia is meaningless. The winner, Trump, has won nothing. The primary was a sham according to Judge Payne.
Why even conduct a primary election at all if the delegates aren’t really delegates, but rather free agents who can simply disregard the election results and vote at the convention for anyone they like? This judge just gave the delegates a judicial license to defraud the Virginia Republican primary voters.
I don’t know if there is enough time left to appeal this bizarre decision, but for the sake of justice I hope it is appealed. For now, however a federal judicial pig has grown wings and flies in Richmond.