The Republican Race Becomes The People vs. The Delegates

Now that Donald Trump has won his big victory in the New York primary, the crucial conflict on the Republican side is The People versus The Delegates. (On the Democratic side, that's not a problem. The Delegates won long ago.)

Trump has been in the middle of this debate -- isn't he always -- taking the position that The People have primacy over The Delegates (or party elites). In New York at least, the people seem to agree with him. About seventy percent of the state's Republican voters, in an exit poll, said that the candidate with the most votes in the primaries should be the party nominee. Results were only slightly lower in Wisconsin.

Trump's position is clearly the small-d democratic one, but he can be faulted for not knowing, or at least not caring, about the delegate rules in advance (states like Colorado and Wyoming not needing a primary or even a caucus before nominating delegates, etc.) and then complaining. This does not speak well of his preparation for the presidency.

But truth and the American way is on Donald's side in this debate, if I may be so bold. Yes, we are a republic, but it is in the best tradition of a republic that the citizens of each state get to choose their state's favorite democratically, preferably by secret ballot. They do in the general election.

That Ted Cruz did so poorly in the New York primary, coming in a distant third to Kasich, can be ascribed to his ill-conceived remarks about "New York values," but also to a reaction to his backroom delegate hunting approach to the nomination.

That may not be fair to Cruz, who is following the rules, such as they are. But the rules do not look good. Few of us were aware of them, because it has been so long since they were even remotely at play in the nominating process. They are now and they look in sore need of changing.

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In the vast majority of states the rules have been established for many years.  To get any rule changed or to add new rules is a difficult process.  Then comes all of these crossover Democrats and Trump that everything is wrong and rigged, hogwash.  I'v been a Precinct Judge, chairman and a County Chairman, so I do know a little about the way the system and rules are handled.  We have lived and went by these rules for years and they have worked quite well, and, Trump can and should take all of Trumpettes back to the Democratic Party, where they really belong.

What State and County were you a Judge in! I want to look it up to see if listed in The ACRU's list for Voter Fraud! If you don't mind.

Or by the way, I only voted DemocRat once, in Operation Chaos! 

Have a nice day!! 

Sorry fella it is your idiotic rules that have us in this mess. They scream protect the insider, the result has been mediocre candidates for the last 3 decades and a congress stuffed with pathetic rhinos patiently waiting for promotion to K Street. If you feel every thing is great you are definitely a big part of the problem. I was a life long republican until idiot Rove and Bush tried to force through an amnesty

Hey Ray I have read yours several retorts defending the indefensible now I would like you to defend the Miss runoff primary election for GOP Senator where democrats admitted being paid to vote for the establishment candidate. The Teaparty candidate beat him with republican votes both times.

When people start talking about Cruz stealing delegates or lying only tells me you have no knowledge of the system and are ignoring the very Democrat and Liberal life of Trump, who is lying about that?

cruz's underhanded theft of votes from Dr. Carson and Marco Rubio turned me OFF of cruz, and his wifes position with the one worlders is another RED FLAG! Trump 2016, let's FINALLY clean house!

Fifteen minutes before the caucuses begin there is this statement by the Carson campaign he is returning to Florida.  It is amazing how you would take this as stealing the election and not look at the results of the election.  What were the figures, can't disclose them, that would be par for all of the Trumpettes, are you wearing your TooToo today?  Where does it not say that a man can work anywhere, she is working and regardless of where she would still be some part of this underground society.  

Why haven't you vetted the Liberalism of Donald Trump for he qualifies right up there with Hillary and Bernie.  This is 2008 all over again where there is a segment of the electorate prefers putting their heads in the sand and don't want to find out the facts.

You're a perfect example of what this article is talking about...

It seems that many on tea party are willing to accept the corruption that G.O.P. has put into rules. Can anyone explain why one man one vote rule is not enough? The system they have in place means our votes during primary are worthless votes. Why have primary if a handful decides who wins?  If anyone agrees with the G.O.P. rules than they are just as crooked. We used to put crooks in jail, I guess that rules that made USA great are just useless like some voters.

Lawrence, you seem to be a reasonable and knowledgeable man, how are the election of delegates determined, and that also applies to all of you who keeps talking about stealing delegates.  In what capacity have you occupied that will confirm your knowledge to how your own state establishes it election rules and the delegates.   I dare say that none of the Trumpettes know.  How many of you have ever been a state delegate and attended your state convention, probably none but you can damn well criticize it. 

Ray,

Please explain to them that the Republican Party is a "PRIVATE" owned brand and they establish their own rules from County to State to RNC. 

Some seem to think that the people own the parties and government controls voting laws inside party structures - that is not so in either party.

The rules are well established and have been used over 100 years so they will not soon change. JMHO

Mangus, do you see any similarity between Obama's attitude about our constitution and Trumps view of the election laws.  In each case they should be able to reverse their purpose and totally disregard except what would be personally beneficial to each"s desire. 

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YIKES!!! Chelsea Clinton Emphatically States A Person With A Beard And A Penis Can ‘Absolutely’ Identify As A Woman

  • The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification
  • In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons about transgender self-identification
  • Chelsea Clinton replied ‘yes’ emphatically when asked if someone with a beard and penis can ever be a woman
  • ‘It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently,’ Hillary said
  • Aitkenhead said Hillary became ‘uneasy’ when the question was asked while Chelsea shot a ‘furious stare’ at the journalist as her mother answered
  • Hillary added: ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw’

(Daily Mail) – It may appear Hillary and Chelsea Clinton always see eye-to-eye, but in a recent interview one topic cracked the facade of the like-minded mother-daughter power duo.

The one issue Hillary and Chelsea don’t appear to agree on entirely is transgender self-identification.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, journalist Decca Aitkenhead asked the Clintons if someone with a beard and a penis can ever be a woman, to which Chelsea replied emphatically, ‘Yes.’

However, as Aitkenhead describes it, Hillary looked ‘uneasy’, and blamed generational gaps for being less accepting.

‘Errr. I’m just learning about this,’ Hillary responded. ‘It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.’

The Clintons sat sown with Aitkenhead to promote the book they co-authored, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

The book features Danica Roem, the first trans woman elected to a U.S. state legislature.

According Aitkenhead’s account, she tells Hillary during the interview that many British feminists of Hillary’s generation have a problem with the idea that a ‘lesbian who doesn’t want to sleep with someone who has a penis is transphobic.’

Hillary nods in agreement, while Chelsea ‘stiffens and stares at me’, according to Aitkenhead.

The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary’s generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women’s bathrooms.

‘I would say that, absolutely,’ Hillary nods firmly. ‘Absolutely. Yes.’

That’s when Chelsea begins shooting a ‘furious stare’ at Aitkenhead, who points it out to her.

‘I’m a terrible actor’, Chelsea laughs.

Chelsea then says she is thrilled with the National Health Service’s decision to assign patients to single-sex wards according to the gender they identify as, instead of their biological make up.

‘How can you treat someone if you don’t recognize who they feel and know in their core they are?’ Chelsea says.

‘And I strongly support children being able to play on the sports teams that match their own gender identity,’ she adds. ‘I think we need to be doing everything we can to support kids in being whoever they know themselves to be and discovering who they are.’

At this point Hillary looks conflicted.

‘I think you’ve got to be sensitive to how difficult this is,’ Hillary says. ‘There are women who’d say [to a trans woman], ”You know what, you’ve never had the kind of life experiences that I’ve had. So I respect who you are, but don’t tell me you’re the same as me.” I hear that conversation all the time.’

Despite the clear tension in the room, the pair say they don’t argue about this topic.

But according to Aitkenhead, ‘I get the impression they don’t like to present anything less than a united front to the world.’

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