Days of Change

A Crooked Deal | April 11, 2016

This is the point where i get to call Donald Trump a big, crooked crybaby for whining about one state’s allocation system for delegates. Colorado’s delegate system uses a state convention to award them to a candidate. While Trump’s campaign could have worked to capture some of them, their lack of understanding led to Ted Cruz getting all of them.

That’s not all, however. In New York, two of Trump’s children, Eric and Ivanka, did not change their party registration before October, the deadline. In New York, the state enforces their closed primary by not allowing party changes close to the primary or election. Of course, the Trump kids have been Democrats for years, much like Donald himself.

Here’s what’s hilarious to me. In at least 3 states, Trump was the winner take all of the delegates and got less than half of the popular vote. He got somewhere between 32% and 47% in fact. In New York, he is likely to get all 95 delegates with only about 50% of the vote. Proportionality seems to be very important when he loses delegates, but not so much when he gains 2-3 times the number of delegates compared to his share of the popular vote.

I’m not even going to argue the fairness of the delegate system because Trump willfully ignores the unfairness as “the rules” when it benefits him and “unfair” when he can’t Trump his way into a victory. There’s a term James Madison used for the winner of a plurality who gets the majority of the power. It’s called “the tyranny of factions.”

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3 Comments

  1. “Crybaby:” maybe; “Crooked:” not.

    Comment by Mary — April 12, 2016 @ 12:46 am

    • I think Trump plays fast and loose with the rules, like his endorsement of Trump University. I haven’t seen evidence that he tries to commit fraud.

      Comment by 1539days — April 13, 2016 @ 12:06 am

      • “fast and loose ” may strike you as dicey, and it may be bent, but as you note, it isn’t fraud..

        Comment by Mary — April 13, 2016 @ 3:57 am


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