I've been watching the unfolding battle within the Republican Party in utter disbelief that people could be so stupid - and that grown adults could be so childish. Recent developments include:
- Priebus Won't Turn RNC Over to Trump If He Wins
- Cruz snaring Trump's Arizona delegates
- Ted Cruz ... May Pick up Delegates in Louisiana
- Republican Crisis May Deepen Even If Trump Loses Wisconsin
There are many, many more possible links, but they all point to two things. First, the Cruz campaign is trying desperately to control the selection of delegates and the rules committees in each state, so as to ensure that as many of their loyalists as possible are appointed as delegates. In the event of a contested convention, they're expected to switch from their designated first-round candidate to Cruz in subsequent rounds. Second, the GOP establishment appears to be working with might and main to ensure that the convention is contested, and that Trump doesn't win enough delegates to avoid that. (I don't normally read or listen to Rush Limbaugh, but he had some pithy comments on the subject last week.)
What staggers me is how blind the political establishment is to the reasons for Donald Trump's popularity (and Bernie Sanders' rise on the Democratic side, for that matter). More and more of the people of this country are sick of political establishments that promise the moon, but never deliver. They don't trust career politicians any longer - and with good reason. Yet, to read the news stories I linked above, most career politicians are blithely carrying on as if they can derail what the people want and ignore their anger. I don't think that's the case any longer - and if Trump's and Sanders' campaigns are derailed, I think the backlash among voters will be staggering.
(I hasten to add that I'm neither a Trump nor a Sanders supporter. I'm merely flabbergasted at the invincible ignorance displayed by the political class over both of them.)