Life is unfair.
In the United States of America, the presidential primary season is comparable to Major League Baseball (MLB). Both can be viewed as contests between opposing teams. Under the Official Rules in the MLB, there is a particularly interesting and relevant official rule, that addresses stolen bases. It can be found under Official Rules in the MLB: 10.00 The Official Scorer. Official Rule 10.07, addresses stolen bases, or more appropriately the subject(s) of "Stolen Bases And Caught Stealing." MLB addresses how "The official scorer shall credit a stolen base to a runner whenever the runner..."
In a party, presidential primary, there are official, party rules that govern how party delegates are selected. In a memo put out by the RNC, they state their commitment to the "freedom of the states to make decisions about how they will select delegates to the National Convention." The memo makes a point that for "decades," a "democratic process" has been "grassroots-driven," as well as "transparent and effective." The RNC also goes on to state the claim that, during this current election cycle (2015/2016), there has been no difference in how 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia, have been free to decide "how they will select delegates to the National Convention." Which brings us around to Stealing Delegates For Dummies.
Stealing Delegates Explained For Dummies And Trumpeteers
The RNC does not really exist during the time/years in between the conventions. A Republican party standing rules committee keeps things legal by meeting a few times every year. When the convention starts up, a rules committee of the convention meets to deliberate and vote on rules for THAT particular convention. The new rules committee will also consider anything deliberated and put forward by the standing committee. The delegates selected and credentialed who get to be seated at the convention, get to vote on the rules. And the convention moves forward.
Some grown-ups over at Campaign Trump, need to tell the celebrity formerly know as The Donald, that the American political system has yet to evolve into ceding the election process over to a self-professed fabulous whiner, and member of the Lucky Sperm Club, simply because he insults the most loudest and most often, and he whines fabulously. The Donald embraced being labeled a Fabulous Whiner with these words “I am the most fabulous whiner. I do whine. Because I want to win. And I’m not happy about not winning. And I am a whiner. And I’m a whiner. And I keep whining and whining until I win.” Maybe that is how life worked in the Trump homestead, when Donald was growing up back in Queens, but he is highly mistaken if he believes he can insult and whine his way into the GOP nomination, let alone the Oval Office.
It's called the Art of Deal Making
Elections are like baseball. They are contests between opposing teams. One has to know the rules, but they are also political. One has to be great at deal making in order to win. Insults and whining will not suffice. Presidential Politics is the <strong>Big Time</strong>. It's called the Art of Deal Making. While not against the official rules in most contests, insults and whining are considered bad from, and the signs of a fabulous sore loser. Unless of course, one looks at politics as just another game like Faux Pro Wrestling, or celebrity driven, fake Reality TV shows.
Disputes in party presidential primaries and caucuses are ruled on by umpires (dedicated party workers) -- the very people Trump keeps denigrating. The party insiders who toil year after year, because they believe in their party, and try to influence party platforms and process, should be recognized as hard working citizens they are. We should be thanking them, not denigrating them. Those people, the true party insiders in all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia, work for change and earn any influence they have. The overwhelming majority of party insiders are not born into privilege. They are the people who struggle in anonymity, without celebrity, and often without recognition for the great service they do, delving into the messy business of keeping a republic together. Legend has it that a woman asked Benjamin Franklin 'Well Doctor what have we got a republic or A monarchy' Franklin replied 'a republic if you can keep it.' The thin-skinned, short-fingered, vulgarian billionaire who threatened to sue Senator Ted Cruz, and spoke about how he'd like to change the libel laws so he could sue Senator Marco Rubio, is an America Il Duce in the making.
Memo to The Donald: It is how the system is set up. And winning elections involve the Art of Deal Making, not the Art of Whine Making.
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