Colorado Controversy Might Be the Final Straw
According to the mainstream media, the conservative media, the Republican leadership, and the Ted Cruz campaign, what happened this weekend is proof of the weakness of Donald Trump. He failed to develop a well-rounded nomination strategy. He was outmaneuvered by a cunning political foe. He prides himself on being the master of the deal, but he doesn’t understand what he needs to do to secure the win. He can’t complain about it; the rules are the rules.
The controversy stems from Colorado. While Trump was in New York building an enormous lead over Cruz and John Kasich, Cruz was in Colorado shoring up delegates in a state that did not hold traditional primaries. Colorado’s Republican Party scrapped their scheduled March 1st primaries last summer, a protest decision based on how little influence the state’s delegates have had in prior nominations. By leaving their delegates unbound, state party leaders hoped to give Colorado more away at the national convention in July.
The delegate-selection process took place this weekend at Colorado’s convention, and the Cruz campaign worked the room masterfully. By the end of the day, Cruz – who was the only one of the three candidates to show up in person – had wrapped up all 34 Colorado delegates. In a race that has become more about keeping Trump from 1,237 than actually winning on the first ballot, every single delegate counts.
Factually, there was nothing shady about what Cruz did. This wasn’t the Colorado GOP changing the rules at the last minute to stop Trump. The delegates were up for grabs in a decidedly non-democratic system, and the candidates knew what they had to do to get them. You can’t blame Cruz for doing what he had to do.
This is the narrative being used by all of the anti-Trump forces. No one cheated, they say. This is the game. Don’t blame us because you were ignorant of the primary process.
When you listen to these people, it’s like they’re preparing to go to trial. They don’t seem to understand that voters aren’t questioning the legality of the system; they’re angry about the spirit of the rules. At heart, isn’t this supposed to be about democracy?
At one point, there were those who hoped that if Cruz could legitimately get to 1,237 – or at least go into Cleveland with more pledged delegates than Trump – that the voters would unify around the nominee. That dream may have died this weekend. Trump supporters are crying foul. We may be at the point now where Trump and Trump alone can win in November. If he is not the nominee – no matter how it happens – his hardcore supporters are going to revolt.