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Rules of the road:
- Don’t tug on Superman’s cape.
- Don’t spit into the wind.
- Don’t poke the mask off the old Lone Ranger.
- Don’t try to rationalize with a Trump supporter on Twitter*.
The Twittersphere is ablaze this morning with Trump supporters crying about the “stolen” election in Colorado, the “disenfranchisement” of a million Republicans and the general “not cool” factor surrounding their candidates inability to secure delegates to the national convention.
On both sides of the aisle the march to the conventions is a hot mess. The reason is that it is not a single process. Counting both parties it is a set of over 100 processes. Each state and territory has its own rules and its own way of selecting delegates.
In 1968 there were but 12 states that held primaries. The riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago led both parties to “democratize” the selection process. But because it’s not really one system it’s grown more like a patch of weeds than grown like a garden. It has failed multiple times in the past and managed to nominate the unlikable and the unelectable, but it has never happened to both parties at the same time the way it has in 2016.
Trump, according to The Denver Post, didn’t even have a paid staffer on the ground in Colorado until last week. The man who promises to hire the best staff didn’t. Ted Cruz’s organization is running rings around him, particularly in states where the selection process is more fluid.
Unfortunately this tells us a lot about both The Donald and ourselves.
What is says about Trump is that he is totally unprepared. Somewhere along the line he decided that he could Tweet his way to the White House, that if he stamped and stomped and cried about “unfairness” he could alter the facts on the ground to suit him. This doesn’t work in politics and it sure doesn’t work in the dirty business of governing. If you’re not prepared to take on the Colorado GOP you’re not prepared to take on Putin, China or a flood of immigrants.
What is says about us is that we can’t have a majority of citizens come to the table only once every four years. The crowds of Bernie supporters and Trump supporters haven’t become armed mobs yet. But the operative word is “yet.”