I think you came up with a good attempt at a great post.
I havent read it all. I understand the premise for this. I remain opposed, but if it does proceed I wont be entirely surprised by a pleasant outcome. I wouldnt be surprised if it goes South either, and thats my problem with it,
1. Elect More Republicans - Failed due to RINO/Uni-party confluence.
Why is it that some folks can grasp this problem so clearly at the federal level, and yet fail to recognize the problem at the state level?
Are we really going to kid ourselves that RINOs only exist in Washington, D.C.?
Do terms like Country Club Republicans and Chamber of Commerce Republicans ring any bells?
Arent these the Bush acolytes that support open borders?
Arent these the friends of Rove, the GOPe, and the globalist movement?
These are state level and lower wonks, that oppose us on many issues.
Do I have confidence that state level people made up from this group will do the right thing?
Does anyone here remember how the caucuses were run in 2016?
I rest my case.
As others have mentioned, a lot of the state legislators are private business people and they tend to have a different take on things. Hopefully, there would be enough of them that would do the right thing. If we don't at least attempt it, then it's status quo and progression as mentioned above.
Sometimes I just default to the fact that most people are good people, know right from wrong and want to do the right thing. To not pursue the Article V process that our wise Founders provided is tantamount to malpractice of the citizenry. I think they, given what we know, (and I'm sure we don't know the half of it), would say, "Go for it! What do you have to lose. You're near full on tyranny already."
I am reminded of a pic I saw recently:
My other default when I used to worry about this is what nathanbedford said: "It requires only 13 statehouse legislatures from 13 different states out of 99 legislatures in 50 states to block an amendment. The problem is not a runaway convention, the problem is getting any amendment through."