Former Virginia Governor and failed GOP presidential candidate Jim Gilmoreā€”also known as failed Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb, a similarly tragic and square-faced man for whom I nearly always confuse himā€”assumed, incorrectly, that he would be selected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. Please join me in being absolutely devastated on his behalf.

According to the Washington Post, Gilmore said he had been ā€œinformally assuredā€ that he would be a delegateā€”failing, as ever, to take into account the radical populist upheaval that has marked this election at literally every turn. When delegates were chosen at Virginiaā€™s state convention this past weekend, Gilmore, who has not endorsed a candidate, was forced out by what he referred to as ā€œstrong-arm tacticsā€:

The nominations committee largely tossed out the tradition of rewarding old guard statesmen such as Gilmore and instead paid deference to grass-roots activists who have steadily taken over party leadership in Virginia, observers said.

Cruz ā€œis trying to take a state where the people went and voted in an open primary for Donald Trump and convert that into a Ted Cruz state,ā€ Gilmore added. ā€œIt was a very ruthless display.ā€

Gilmore, who dropped out of the GOP primary in February, for some reason noted to the Post that ā€œtechnically, Iā€™m still a candidate for president.ā€ Although, The Hill reports, he has appeared to make peace with the fact that absolutely no one would ever consider him, or perhaps even remember to consider him, in a contested convention:

ā€œI donā€™t expect to be the nominee,ā€ he said last month on CNN. ā€œBut I do hope that I have a chance to go to Cleveland with the Virginia delegation so that I can play a constructive role.ā€

My entire body aches in sorrow. A moment of silence, please, for Jim Gilmoreā€™s shattered, extremely achievable dreams.


Image via Associated Press.