I turn on the news today, and there is Donald Trump whining away about having gotten NONE of the 34 delegates in Colorado, claiming their process is “un-democratic.” Yes, the Donald is essentially claiming he is being cheated by Sen. Cruz , who is doing the unthinkable: following the rules.
Yes, once more, Trump is spewing his sour grapes because, once more, he lost a state in which he didn’t bother to appreciate their peculiarities. Now he is crying that the process is “corrupt,” and more, because,w ell, he didn’t win. Had he won, I doubt we’d be hearing a word about any of this. Each state has its own way of doing their Primaries, and it is up to each state to decide, whether The Donald likes it or not. He was just outplayed, is the problem – again – and he doesn’t like it.
But you know that doesn’t stop him from crying foul. From The Blaze:
“What they’re trying to do is subvert the movement with crooked shenanigans,” said Trump, comparing his woes to those of Bernie Sanders, who is winning states but still far behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race for delegates that decide party nominations.
“We should have won it a long time ago,” Trump said. “But, you know, we keep losing where we’re winning.”
Trump was coming to terms with the political reality of candidates chasing delegates ahead of their nominating convention, and now he’s shifting his focus to developing a strategy akin to the one rival Ted Cruz has been pursuing for months. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Here’s a little newsflash for you, Trump: this is how the nomination is done. The rules are the rules whether you like them or not. Just because Ted Cruz is smart enough to make sure he knows what the rules are in the state does not mean it is a flawed process, just that you are an inept campaigner for NOT making sure you knew the rules.
Sheesh. PEOPLE. Grow up already. And that means not sending out Trumps surrogates who claim Cruz is engaging in “Gestapo tactics” for FOLLOWING THE RULES. That move to demonize a candidate for doing things the right way just because your candidate wasn’t smart enough to check out how delegates are apportioned is childish at best, and dangerous at worst.
It isn’t just Trump being a big baby about the nominating process, oh no. We have been hearing Socialists complain for weeks about the Democratic Superdelegates, and how they determine the nomination. Heck, even the conservative “Mallard Fillmore” comic strip has been going on and on about Superdelegates. But that is PRECISELY how President Obama got the nomination – the Superdelegates. And if you recall, Obama got some of Clinton’s Superdelegates to flip to the Obama camp through blackmail and bullying.
That said, it seems the Sanders camp is trying to have it both ways (shocker) as this Yahootech article highlights:
Late last month, Sanders said on CNN that he hopes superdelegates “rethink their position with Hillary Clinton” because some polls show Sanders does better in a hypothetical matchup against Donald Trump than she does. His argument seems to be that superdelegates should back the most “electable” candidate, no matter how many votes he or she got in the state.
But in an apparent case of trying to have his cake and eat it too, in the same interview Sanders said he was entitled to the backing of superdelegates in the states he won — the populist argument of his supporters. “And then you have got superdelegates who are in states where we win by 40 or 50 points,” he added. “I think their own constituents are going to say to them, ‘Hey, why don’t you support the people of our state, vote for Sanders?’”
What’s behind this tactical shift? One possibility is that the Sanders camp realized they would need the votes of at least some superdelegates even in the states he didn’t carry. As the Washington Post points out, caucus states, where Sanders has done the best, tend to have fewer superdelegates to award, so Clinton would still lead Sanders by several hundred superdelegates, even if you gave Sanders all of them in the states he won. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
The article went on to say his people think he should be the nominee even if he doesn’t get the votes or delegates because – well, because, that’s why!
Along those lines, all the people in this country supporting a Socialist, I want to recommend a good opinion piece by Judd Gregg in The Hill about Sanders and Socialism. Gregg nails it.
But there is one more group of whiners I just have to mention today. That would be the “LGBT Mafia,” as as Daniel Payne notes in The Federalist, currently blowing a gasket over bathrooms. No doubt you have heard all about the new law in my home state of North Carolina which, essentially, says men use the men’s room, and women use the women’s room. This is apparently the HEIGHT of intolerance on the part of the Tar Heel state, with all kinds of businesses and entertainers flipping out over this cruel offense to the LGBT community.
Are you KIDDING me with this?? Let me say, right up front that I have ZERO problem with this law. Personally, I do not want a man coming into the Women’s room, no matter HOW he might see himself in his head. If that makes me intolerant, so be it. Like a dear friend of mine said, I do not want to take my young grand-niece into the women’s room with men in it. The likelihood of real “shenanigans” (unlike the fake Trump claim above) occurring is too great, and I just do not want men in the Women’s room.
Not that I am insensitive to possible bullying of transgendered people, but surely there are other options available than declaring everyone as intolerant if they don’t want men in the women’s room. These days, there are often “family/handicapped” bathrooms that would surely fit the bill and offer the protection the (very few number of) trangendered people in this country might want.
And honest to God, I cannot BELIEVE that with all the SERIOUS issues facing this nation, THIS is the issue that is dominating right now. Just because people like Bruce Springsteen (whom I have never liked) is canceling a concert in NC, and PayPal has now decided not to build in Charlotte all because of of a law about BATHROOMS. Wow.
We have major, serious, problems in this country, and in the scheme of things, this is not a major problem. It just isn’t. So stop with the whining already, and grow the hell up. That goes for Trump and Sanders, too.
That’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.