When Winning isn’t Winning

By | 4/11/2016 Leave a Comment
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Donald Trump is currently in full attack mode against the GOP’s arcane delegate selection rules and regulations, calling the system “rigged” and “crooked.” In response, the latest spin from the Ted Cruz camp is that Trump is always “Whining when he isn’t winning.”

But the truth is he is winning – or rather has won – in many states whose delegates are now being cajoled, reshuffled, bribed influenced with gifts and all manner of other ploys in order to stuff their slates with supporters of Cruz. As a result of this internecine, backdoor maneuvering, if a contested convention comes to pass, any unbound second round ballot will be stacked with Cruz-friendly voters.

In that scenario, of course, many of those convention attendees currently obligated to represent Trump, once unbound, will no longer be reflecting the will of the people who voted in their states, but rather the will of the party establishment. And so dies democracy.

In states that Trump won, such as South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisiana among others, Cruz operatives are busily working behind the scenes to fill as many delegate spots with their candidate’s cronies as possible. But what makes this subversion of the democratic process all the more shocking is that it’s perfectly legitimate to do so under the various states party rules.

And the poor voters of Colorado were never even given a chance to have their votes usurped – because they were never given a chance to vote in the first place. The Centennial State’s Republican Party officials decide among themselves who their delegates will represent come convention time. And with the Cruz campaign having spent the past year there working the system behind the scenes, they walked away with all of its 34 delegates.

So yes indeed, the people of Colorado have spoken – a select, elite few of them, that is.

Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee spokesman, told Fox News that the process for choosing delegates was not in any way secret and had been put in place by states for more than a year.

“Not understanding that is one thing, but it's hardly rigged when it's done right out in the open,” Spicer said.

Fair enough - but by that same token, if a dictator opts to alter his country’s constitution in order to keep himself in power, it’s perfectly acceptable for him to do so as long as it’s done in full public view.

The upshot:

Whoever coined the phrase “Winning isn’t everything” didn’t know the half of it.

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