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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

As Party Elites Cling To Power, Colorado GOP Portrays Candidates As "Hero" & "Villain"

During the first two years of the Obama presidency the Democrat Party had a total lock on every part of the federal leviathan. With super-majorities in both the House & Senate, there was nothing the Republican party or citizens could do to stop the freight train of socialism that was being rammed up America's collective ass in Washington. Americans were rudely slapped in the face with the reality that Barack Hussein Obama's version of "hope & change" was dramatically different from what voters thought he meant. The misinterpretation of this vague promise was by design, no doubt. But voters had no recourse for two long years.
GOP leaders seized on the opportunity. They had a villain. A Super Villain! And villains are great for fundraising and motivating voters to install Republicans into positions of power. To fight the Super Villain, of course.

"Give us control of the House, and we will stop Obama and his agenda!" the Republican Party said. Americans, having nowhere else to turn, elected Republicans in a landslide. The House of Representatives changed from a Democrat super-majority to a Republican majority overnight. An electoral tsunami, a loud & clear repudiation of the Obama agenda and total buy-in from voters who bought the Republican promises that they would stop that agenda.

It didn't happen.

On taking control of the House, Republicans acquiesced to every demand from Obama and Democrats. It appeared to us regular citizens that Republican leaders were actually working with the Democrats to continue the agenda that they swore they would stop if only the voters would give them control of the House. "You don't understand how Washington works!" we were told. "Washington is all about compromise!" They explained and excused and waffled and flip-flopped. They sanctimoniously lectured about how we just didn't understand the process. They even wrapped themselves in the memories of Ronald Reagan and compared their compromises on policy and friendships with Democrats to The Gipper's. Ultimately, they claimed to be impotent to do anything they had promised because they didn't have control of the Senate. That's it! Another Super Villain! "We can't do what we promised because Harry Reid is foiling our plan to stop Obama! Give us control of the U.S. Senate (more power) and we can finally stop Obama!" In 2014, the American public, with nowhere else to turn, gave the GOP another landslide electoral victory and firm control of the U.S. Senate.

Now with solid majorities and control of both houses of Congress, Republican leaders claim that they can't keep their promise to stop Obama's agenda because, well...because he's the President.

Americans were hoodwinked again. First by Obama with his promise of "hope and change". Then by Republicans who promised they would stop Obama with control of the House. Then again by Republicans who made the same promise, if only they would be put in control of the Senate.

The freight train of socialism continues pushing down the tracks as fast as ever.

It is against this backdrop that America entered the 2016 presidential election cycle.

The Republican establishment dusted off their same ol' trick bag to whip the voters into line. "Stop Hillary!" was the preferred line of BS and another member of the Bush family was trotted out as the "hero" who could deliver us from the "villain". But the voters aren't buying anymore what the GOP is selling.

Republican elites, donors, lobbyists and talking heads all tried to sell the establishment line of what's best for us. The voters didn't  buy it. They tried spending enormous amounts of money. Still nothing. They tried demonizing candidates who weren't under their control, hyperbole about electoral doom if they didn't get their way and threatening to vote for the other party.

The voters weren't moved.

The GOP establishment tried the novel approach of latching on to a weak "outsider" candidate that the voters seemed to like and compromising him to attack the interlopers and get voters to see the light. Marco Rubio's candidacy went down in flames within days of his willingness to become a stooge for the party elite that the voters were roundly rejecting.

The establishment, having burned off all good will with their own voters, has resorted to fleeing behind their last firewalls. They have no candidate in the race save for the token John Kasich, who is a distant trailer and cannot win the nomination outright. So party elites are left with the sole option of throwing their support to the 2nd place candidate as a way to siphon delegates away from the frontrunner in an effort to deny them both the nomination and allow the elites, donors, lobbyists and party insiders to appoint a member of their own club to be the nominee. A member who the voters would never elect. A member appointed for our own good.

And that brings us to what happened at the Colorado Republican Convention on Saturday. Party elites had earlier changed the rules, moving away from a straightforward caucus to a series of meetings among party insiders and a state convention where party officials would elect delegates who would ostensibly be who Colorado voters would vote for in the caucus. The voters weren't needed, though. Party leaders made sure that only one candidate would be represented, thus negating any need for voter input. The party simply gave the state's delegates to Ted Cruz, canceled the caucuses then celebrated on Twitter that they had screwed Donald Trump out of the contest.

Delegate ballot with Trump delegate "#379"
omitted and Cruz delegate "#378" listed twice.
The most notable thing about this disgusting affair in Colorado is the success of party elites in portraying their stealing of the vote from citizens into a soap opera between Ted Cruz & Donald Trump. Their latest "hero" & "villain". As though the party had nothing to do with it. As though party insiders didn't write the rules, schedule the district meetings with themselves, set up the convention, (mis)print the ballots, preside over every aspect of the process and then cancel the caucuses and eliminate the input of ordinary voters.

The Colorado Republican Party did all that. To the voters of Colorado.

By all accounts, Ted Cruz's state organization did a fine job in Colorado. But there was no way that party insiders were going to let him lose. Which is why the voters had to be eliminated. The party could not chance out-of-control voters interfering with the outcome they had arranged.

It also appears that Trump's campaign was lacking in the state. Again, it didn't matter. Nothing that either candidate did or didn't do in Colorado was going to change the result from how the party elites had the game rigged.

The Colorado GOP has successfully deflected the narrative to one of Trump vs. Cruz when the real issue, as always, is The Party vs. the voters.

Outrage at what happened on Saturday has nothing to do with Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. It's about party elites denying voters a chance to cast their votes. The donors, lobbyists & party elites all decided that the voters could not be trusted to vote the way the elites wanted them to. So they just gave the delegates to their preferred candidate, cited the rules (written by them) and blamed Trump for not complying with the rules (that they made up and enforced). Party elites are throwing Ted Cruz and Donald Trump out there as "hero" & "villian", but it really has nothing to do with either of them.

Just like in other states, this is between the Republican Party and their own voters. Voters who party elites and donors have decided will get no say in the election.

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