Colorado: A Cockeyed Caucus Born From “Condescending Benevolence”

Victory-Run-color-600-nrdBy now, I am sure that you know that, following a change last August in Colorado’s Publican Primary System, Ted Cruz has received 34 Republican Convention Delegates from that state and has been declared the “winner” of that state’s “Republican Primary”.

The Denver Post reports on the aftermath of Cruz’s “appointment”…

…”The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them by the phony politicians. Biggest story in politics. This will not be allowed!” Trump posted on Twitter on Sunday evening.

Moments earlier, he posted a tweet that asked: “How is it possible that the people of the great State of Colorado never got to vote in the Republican Primary? Great anger — totally unfair!”

The Cruz campaign ran the table in Colorado, capturing all 34 delegates at a series of seven congressional district meetings this month and the state party convention Saturday in Colorado Springs.

Colorado GOP leaders canceled the party’s presidential straw poll in August to avoid binding its delegates to a candidate who may not survive until the Republican National Convention in July.

Instead, Republicans selected national delegates through the caucus process, a move that put the election of national delegates in the hands of party insiders and activists — leaving roughly 90 percent of the more than 1 million Republican voters on the sidelines.

The decision sparked significant controversy at the time and removed Colorado from the Republican primary map in the early stages of the campaign. But Cruz supporters worked quietly behind the scenes to build an organization to get like-minded Republicans to the March 1 precinct caucuses and capitalized on the Trump campaign’s failure to adapt to the system.

Trump’s campaign didn’t put a visible paid staffer on the ground in Colorado until last week, when it hired Patrick Davis, a Colorado Springs political consultant, to organize national delegate candidates at the 7th Congressional District convention in Arvada. By then, Cruz had won the first six delegates. 

Even then, the energy behind Trump’s campaign didn’t materialize in support. He managed to win only seven alternate delegates.

The Trump campaign’s list of preferred national delegates distributed at the state convention on Saturday was riddled with errors and misspellings that only further hurt its chances.

The problems with Trump’s ballots — and the candidate’s comments — raise questions about whether Colorado will figure prominently into a challenge at the national convention about the state’s delegates.

Ahead of the state convention, a Trump campaign strategist said it made the strategic decision not to compete in Colorado because the caucus system favored party insiders.

Trump skipped the state party convention, where Cruz gave a rousing speech that galvanized his supporters.

In an interview at the event, Cruz said Trump was “scared” to attend because he “doesn’t handle losing well.”

Powered at first by volunteer organizers, the Cruz campaign began working to win delegates months ago and amplified the efforts in January when it brought U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, on board as state chairman. The campaign also teamed with controversial conservative organizations, such as the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Gun Owners of America and religious liberty groups, to rally support.

The Colorado Republican Party only exacerbated the fears of the Trump camp on Saturday when it tweeted after Cruz claimed victory at the convention: “We did it. #NeverTrump.”

A second after the tweet, a state party spokesman came running into the press box at the convention and shouted “it wasn’t us!”

The party quickly deleted the tweet and posted: “The last tweet was the result of unauthorized access to our account and in no way represents the opinion of the party. We are investigating.”

The party’s spokesman, Kyle Kohli, said Sunday evening the investigation is ongoing and the party is examining its IP login history.

The party declined to comment on Trump’s tweets about the process.

It appears that the Colorado Republican Committee, in certain lockstep with the Republican National Committee, accomplished what they set out to do last August.

They took the power away from the citizens of Colorado, and put it in the hands of Party Hacks.

Dick Wadhams served as Colorado Republican state chairman from 2007 to 2011.

In this excerpt from an op ed he wrote, published by the Denver Post, on  August 27, 2015, he blew the reason for the change in the Primary all to Blazes:

Colorado Republicans do not have to sacrifice the ability to play a major role in a contested convention even if a binding presidential preference poll is held. As candidates inevitably drop out of the race as the process moves forward after Colorado’s caucuses, any delegates won by those unsuccessful candidates would be released to vote for whomever they want at the national convention. And for those candidates who are still alive and competing, the delegates they won should be required to vote for those active candidates as a show of good faith with the grassroots support they won at the caucuses.Colorado Republican State Chairman Steve House is a good man who is doing an outstanding job. The Colorado Republican State Executive Committee is comprised of outstanding men and women who have devoted a great deal of time, energy and passion as Republican leaders.

I hope these leaders allow the full Colorado Republican State Committee, made up of around 400 county leaders and elected officials from across the state, to debate this decision when it meets on Sept. 26 in Pueblo and, hopefully, restore the caucus vote.

Our precinct caucuses are open to any Republican to attend and participate. Let’s keep the Colorado Republican presidential preference poll as a way to empower those attendees and quantify their support for a presidential candidate. And, most important, to allow Colorado Republicans to have a strong influence on who we nominate to be the next president of the United States.

Trump’s people were exactly right, when they explained that the new Colorado System for assigning delegates favored party insiders.

The “Preference Poll”, or Presidential Straw Poll, which was previously their way of doing things, often favored the anti-establishment candidate, as shown by Rick Santorum’s victory in the State Primary in 2012.

Make no mistake, this was a deliberate move, back in August, by the Colorado Republican Party Hacks, to take some steam out of what was predicted, and has proven to be, a Populist Election.

Dictionary.com defines “populism” as

1. the political philosophy of the People’s party.
2. (lowercase) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.
3. (lowercase) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
4. (lowercase) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.:populism in the arts.

Pay close attention, if you will, to the 2nd and 3rd definitions.

Trump’s ascension to his number one ranking in the Republican Primaries, is entirely due to a Populist Resurgence.

Love him or hate him, he has founding political success through bypassing the Republican Establishment and speaking directly to the American Voter.

What happened in Colorado was Political Chicanery and Back-room Political Establishmentarianism at its finest.

The desire to win an election should not cause a Political Party to exclude the voters of their state from the Primary Process.

And, their own “condescending benevolency”, sprung from an overestimated sense of superiority, for dang sure does not bestow upon the Republican Colorado State or the National Committee,  the “moral imperative” to decide our Republican Presidential Candidate for us.

Now, I’m just an average American, sitting here outside Memphis, Tennessee (Detroit South) in the Northwest Corner of Mississippi, but it seems to me, as I’ve said before, that average Americans, especially here in the Heartland, are a stiff-necked people.

We tend to stand up on our hind legs when someone tries to force something (or in this case, someone) upon us that we really don’t trust, or care for.

Hey, Republican Establishment…

I thought you guys didn’t like Ted Cruz?

Hmmmm.

Interesting.

Until He Comes,

KJ

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One Response to “Colorado: A Cockeyed Caucus Born From “Condescending Benevolence””

  1. Gohawgs Says:

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…

    It’s kinda rich that Cruz falls into the “upon us that we really don’t trust, or care for” category from those that used to expose conservative and religious principles but now have jumped onto the Trumpfone bandwagon. And continue to support, in the face of repeated examples of an incoherent candidate (that in poll after poll loses to Hillary and Bernie in the Fall) a self aggrandizing, self absorbed, shallow, bully of a man-child.

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