Unless you’ve been in a cave or a coma lately, you know what 1,237 means related to the GOP race for the White House. Three Republican candidates — New York businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — are still reaching for the 1,237 brass ring. But none may reach the magic delegate count number by the July convention. In the meantime, the process is under a microscope. And that’s a good thing. I’ll make this easy, so Common Core grads can play, too. Ready? Good. Here it is. In two words:
Competence and Character.
More on that in a minute. First, a quick refresher.
Much hay has been made by a certain bloviating billionaire over his recent losses in Colorado and Wyoming. “Rigged!” and “unfair” are among the predictable responses from Camp Grump and Co. on both fronts.
The collective howls of protest from Camp Grump have been amusing, if not instructive. Reminds me of the wah-wah-wah- teacher in the Peanuts TV specials.
A quick visual overview of the Colorado caucus by Millennials for Ted Cruz 2016 points out the obvious:
Hate to break it to you, Trumpbots, but these are the facts about the Colorado caucus. Translation: these are the facts about the Colorado caucus. The system wasn’t rigged. The rules weren’t changed. The people had a voice from the beginning. You’d know that if you’d bothered to check.
Funny, Camp Grump didn’t have any issues with the delegate selection process when he was winning. As one Tweeter noted on Sunday:
That, class, is called a slam dunk.
Over the past few weeks, Cruz’s campaign has out-hustled Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a round of county and legislative-district meetings that elected 1,500 delegates to the state GOP convention.
As a result, the state Republican convention that convenes May 18 in Pasco is likely to be packed with Cruz supporters, allowing them to pick the bulk of the state’s 44 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
Back to competence and character. If a candidate can’t or won’t take the time and energy necessary to understand the delegate selection process and play by the rules – which have only been in place since, um, Lincoln – how in the Sam Hill is he competent to run the country? If he can’t even organize his campaign well enough to organize troops at key events like state conventions, what will he do in the Oval Office? Or with Putin? Assad? Netanyahu?
Then there’s Trump’s silly-putty grasp of the office of the presidency, Constitution 101, and the proper role of government. A recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper is a case in point. Two – healthcare and education – are unconstitutional. Translation for Trumpbots: Two are unconstitutional.
Regarding character, well, how ‘bout a serial angry tweeter whose favorite hashtag is #Lyin’Ted? Who’s facing lawsuits for fraud? Whose response to being out-hustled is to whine, caterwaul, obfuscate, howl, pitch a fit and generally behave like a spoiled brat (apologies to spoiled brats everywhere).
Furthermore, we can only wonder if Mr. Let’s Make a Deal is unable or unwilling to learn and follow the rules for the delegate selection process, what will his potential appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court look like?
With regard to competence and character, haven’t we seen a dearth of both in the White House in the past seven-plus years?
The White House is no place for a rank amateur. At least it wasn’t until 2008. And that, friends, is yuuuuuuge.