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Monday, April 18, 2016

Cruz goes Gore in Florida

The rule was simple: Whoever got the most votes in the Florida primary received all 99 delegates. Donald Trump received 1,077,221 -- 400,000+ more than his closest rival, Marco Rubio. Now the Republican Party is giving more than half the votes to loser Ted Cruz who received about one-sixth of the overall vote.

But Ted Cruz is going Al Gore in Florida, trying to take what is not his. Unlike his theft in other states, this one cannot stand. Political parties may govern themselves, but when they screw with an election, it is go to jail time. The arcane rules of the party do not protect the party or party officials in this case because it was an official election sanctioned by the state. As such, breaking their promise amounts to election fraud. At a caucus where the party pays for the vote tabulation, party officials can screw over whoever they want. But in an election, the state is in charge.

The Republican nomination process is three-card monte.

The glee with which liberals -- including Hillary Clinton's new ally, Never Trump -- celebrate this theft is nauseating.

From Politico:
In Georgia. In Wyoming. In South Carolina. In Kansas. In Florida. Ted Cruz put on a clinic, mobilizing his GOP activist base to capture at least 50 delegates on Saturday while Trump came away with about a dozen in another bruising defeat that undermines his chances to become the Republican presidential nominee.
If Trump fails to clinch the nomination by the end of primary season on June 7, the nomination will likely be decided at a contested convention in July. And Cruz, after picking up scores of loyal delegates who he expects stick with him if the convention takes multiple votes to resolve, is radiating confidence about his ability to prevail in that scenario.
Days like Saturday explain why.
Local and statewide Republican party organizations around the country held about about 20 conventions and caucuses to elect national delegates, with more than 90 slots up for grabs in a shadow primary process that Trump has blasted as “rigged” against him. The contests, open only to registered Republican voters — and in some cases, only to party insiders — identify individuals to fill delegate slots earned by candidates in state primaries and caucuses. Who these delegates are is crucial: Though party rules require them to vote according to the will of their states' voters at first, most are able to vote freely if the convention deadlocks and it requires multiple rounds of balloting to pick a nominee.
But it was rigged. Cruz had no business slating delegates. Trump won them by getting three times as many votes in Florida as Cruz. The delegation belongs to Trump. Those delegates are Trump's, not Cruz's. A credential fight at the convention may be futile because the RNC will have packed the convention with Cruz supporters disguised as Trump delegates.

We are seeing the real Ted Cruz. He cannot defeat Trump one on one, and so Cruz cheats. Cruz is as corrupt as the Family Clinton.

He gets Goldman Sachs money just like them, too.


  1. WTF? How can they believe they'll get away with something like this? I'm beginning to believe that the GOP Establishment is intentionally trying to split the party into Establishment and Trump wings. Sure, they'll lose the election, but then they can go into permanent "opposition party" mode. They'll never win another election but they'll rake in money for faking opposition while retaining the real power of being the power behind the legislative throne. No Democrat legislation will pass without Republicans' surreptitious backing. Not that the GOP is any different from the democrats these days. Disgusting. - Elric

  2. This is what happens when you're Anointed.

  3. At the upcoming GOP Convention, when they take the first ballot, how many votes will Trump get from Florida? Will it be 99, or fewer? Will he have 99 Florida votes counting towards the 1,237 needed to secure the nomination?

    1. Yes, he will. But on later ballots, under long-standing rules, the delegates become free agents.

      In other words, no one is stealing anything.

  4. Hmm, I missed which part in any of those states was "theft". Trump's definition of theft seems to include "knowing and following the rules".

    Apparently his supporters feel the same way.

  5. At one point I would have been happy with either Cruz or Trump as the candidate. If the hope is successful with stealing the nomination, I will either vote for Trump as a 3rd party candidate or a write-in. Then I will hope for the demise of the dem lite party.

  6. Wrong. Anyone can be a delegate, and is bound to vote for the primary winner on the first (and sometimes the second) ballot at the convention. But if Trump can't seal the deal in that time, they are free to cast their vote elsewhere on later ballots.

    Now I realize that rules that have been in place for three decades may offend those who believe Trump should be anointed the nominee if he fails to reach the absolute majority of delegates required by the GOP for the last 160 years, but there is nothing illegal, immoral, or unethical about what is going on here.

  7. Why do I have the feeling that if the names were reversed and Trump was doing what Cruz is doing now, most of his base would be applauding the behavior? "That's it, DT, work the rules, the way you did with bankruptcy laws and eminent domain. Play hardball! Out-think those Establishment creeps! The only sin is losing, so do whatever you have to do to Win!"

  8. I'll just ditto what Greg said on April 18, 2016 at 1:54 PM. And add that Trump will go in to the convention with a plurality of delegates, which doesn't win. And his complete lack of attention to actual delegate selection will cost him the nomination.

  9. Trump's complete ineffectiveness in dealing with the delegate situation should worry everyone who has been promising that The Donald will be awesome because he knows how to hire the right people and negotiate deals. His first shot at it has been an utter failure by anyone's measurement.

  10. Demonstrating no interest or knowledge of the system, good or bad, may doom Trump to a Jesse Ventura administration, powerless and attacked from all sides. While everybody claims to hate lawyers, and Cruz is clearly a lawyer, you want the one on your side who knows where all the strings are and how to pull them, and Cruz clearly knows and does. Instead of inventing non-existent rules to accuse Cruz of violating, think of how effectively he is playing the system in terms of qualification for office.

    And I'm sorry, but where did this "Cruz is establishment" nonsense come from? I'm not a big fan of his Jesus Freakiness shtick, but the only reason he may be the "establishment candidate" now is he is the last real notTrump candidate standing. Let's remember that back while Trump was still being dismissed as irrelevant, it was Cruz the GOPe was trying to sabotage.

  11. The delegates in Fl are bound thru 3 ballots...this notion of Trump stealing anything suggests he has won something. It is odd to read that so many conservative have a sudden aversion to the states deciding how to select their voting rules. Suddenly you guys want a top down set of rules covering all 50 states. We have not talked about Colorado since Saturday when 50 people showed up to protest over how the people of Colorado selected their convention delegates.