Get Over It

15 Apr

I am sick and tired of hearing presidential candidates whine about the presidential nominating system. Yes, I am talking mainly about Trump during this current election in the GOP party, but to a lesser degree Sanders in pursuit of the Democratic nomination, and Clinton in the (distant) past of 2008 (The Daily Caller). Didn’t they know what they were getting themselves into when they ran for their respective party’s nomination?

Trump won every single delegate in South Carolina, that’s right, 100% of the delegates even though he won less than 1/3 of the vote (The New York Times). He won 100% of the delegates even though he won less than 1/2 of the vote (The Green Papers). I cannot find a story of his opponents complaining about the system after they lost, yet every time that Cruz wins delegates in conventions (especially where Cruz won all the delegate votes in Colorado),  Trump whines like a baby; I mean, come on, you knew these were the rules (The Denver Post). Why didn’t he look at the pretty picture by the blog Frontloading HQ?

What Cruz is doing (USA Today), and Kasich to a less visible extent (The Atlantic), is to do the best that they can do and hope for the best; they both know the odds and have only themselves to blame if they fall short. For Trump, it apparently is never his fault, even though it definitely is (POLITICO).

Rules can sometimes constrain what we want to do as individuals, but they ensure us that all those who participate in that activity understand their rights and responsibilities. Can you really blame “the system” in which you choose to get involved?

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One Response to “Get Over It”

  1. Level One Kenobi April 15, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    I tried to make effectively the same point as you at a Trump blog and got skewered for it. Nothing is ever his fault – he is just whipping people into a frenzy. It is starting to get a bit scary, both his tactics and those he incites.

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