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Presidential Horse Race 2016: Cruz’s superior organization smashes Trump in Colorado

We begin the second full week of April in the 2016 Republican presidential race with news of another high plains victory for Ted Cruz.

Jessie Hellmann of The Hill reports, “Ted Cruz has swept the Colorado GOP convention, winning all 13 of the state’s at large delegates.

Ted Cruz supporters“And after also winning all 21 delegates awarded at the congressional district conventions throughout the week, Cruz leaves Colorado with a complete shutout of his opponents.”

Cruz’s Colorado win follows his resounding 13-point victory in Wisconsin last Tuesday and keeps his state winning streak alive at four, including Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin and now Colorado.

Cruz’s success in Colorado reveals a couple things. First, winning delegates at state party conventions – as he did in North Dakota last weekend as well as Colorado this week – just doesn’t engender the same amount of media frenzy that always follows “Tuesday” voting contests.

For example, Cruz won essentially the same amount of delegates in Colorado as he did in Wisconsin, but we barely heard a peep from the pundits this weekend about the “magnitude” of the victory and what it could mean for the overall race.

It’s even arguable that Cruz’s Colorado win was more impressive than his Wisconsin triumph because it was a clean sweep of the state’s delegates. Frontrunner Donald Trump didn’t come away with a single delegate from The Rocky Mountain State, due largely to his lack of popularity there but also because of utter incompetence.

Ryan Struyk and Katherine Faulders of ABC News report, "Because there are more than 600 candidates running for the 13 delegate slots up for grabs today in Colorado, presidential campaigns are passing around lists of genuine supporters in order to consolidate votes around their preferred delegates.

“But the list of recommendations that Donald Trump's campaign put out has several major errors that could cost him delegates, even if supporters follow the campaign’s instructions.

“The ballot numbers listed are wrong for five of the 13 delegates Trump recommends voting for, a major problem because the ballot only shows numbers, not names.”

That’s the other major lesson to be garnered from Colorado and North Dakota, especially – that the Cruz organization’s professionalism and hustle equals delegates.

In contrast, incompetence and apathy towards the process on the part of Trump equals no delegates and brings about complaints of “cheating” and “corruption” from the candidate himself.

In most years, the behind-the-scenes campaign maneuvering draws very little attention. Ron Paul’s campaign created a stir four years ago by his attempts (in some cases, successful) to place supporters in state party operations in order to win delegates.

The Romney people didn’t like it but I don’t recall anyone claiming Paul was “cheating”.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: delegates elect party nominees, not popular vote totals. Most states tie awarding of delegates to their primary or caucuses, but they don’t always correspond. As has been noted throughout the calendar, many states allow Democrats and independents to vote in their primaries. Therefore, if popular vote was the sole basis for awarding delegates, non-Republicans would have a hugely disproportionate share of the power in choosing the party presidential candidate.

The party nominee is ultimately selected at a national convention of delegates from all the states and territories, not in the week by week slog of the campaign trail.

It’s a party operation, not a beauty contest. Ted Cruz understands this. Donald Trump apparently doesn’t.

It’s safe to say we’re all learning a lot about the process this year. With a likely contested convention on the Republican side and an increasingly nasty delegate fight brewing for the Democrats as well, I bet a lot of people wish they would’ve paid more attention in high school civics class.

Understanding the method of selecting presidential nominees takes more time than a quick perusal of the cable news shows once in a while. My guess is that Donald Trump is finding that out right about now.

If not, Colorado provides yet another good example of the lesson.

Weak kneed John Kasich dumps on North Carolina common sense bathroom law

With all the attention focused on the Republican presidential horse race, it’s sometimes hard to remember that the real struggle to defend conservative principles and traditions is an everyday occurrence and it’s taking place all across America.

Such is the case with the recent North Carolina law that’s drawn a ton of criticism and condemnation from liberal groups simply because it requires men to use men’s restrooms and women to do the same for their gender.

In today’s politically correct world, such an obligation is known as “discrimination” because it denies gender-confused people their “right” to use the bathroom of their choice. ISIS is plotting to kill us and some people are worried about a microscopic percentage of the population’s “rights” concerning public restrooms. Absurd.

The controversy has reached the Republican campaign trail as well, with the always bewildered John Kasich stating over the weekend that he wouldn’t have signed the bill into law.

Jeremey Herb of Politico reports Kasich said on CBS’ Face the Nation program, “Everybody needs to take a deep breath, respect one another, and the minute we start trying to write laws, things become more polarized, they become more complicated.

“I wouldn’t have signed that law from everything I know; I haven’t studied it. You just got to see what the laws are and what the proposals are and why you need to write a law. Why do we have to write a law every time we turn around in this country? Can’t we figure out just how to get along a little bit better and respect one another? I mean, that’s where I think we ought to be. Everybody chill out.”

Wow. Now THAT is a principled stand, isn’t it? Kasich will next be telling the pro-life people to “chill out” about that little matter of abortion.

Kasich’s gender bathroom answer is the same response he often gives when asked about social issues, practically verbatim.

There is no right or wrong answer here, of course, but Kasich’s lack of a backbone on something as cut and dried as which sex gets to use which public bathroom reveals a real convoluted set of values going into an important election.

We all know Hillary Clinton is going to go out of her way to champion every fringe weirdo’s “right” to go wherever he-she-it wants to go, so what’s wrong with saying the Republican position is to stand with tradition where there really isn’t a conflict?

I haven’t studied the issue either, John, but if the legislature of North Carolina feels it’s necessary to designate gender usage of the state’s bathrooms, isn’t that an indication that a law IS needed?

What about the need to check political correctness run amok?

Obama’s failure to respect the law happens to be a big matter of concern in this election. By listening to John Kasich, you’ve got another example of someone who just can’t seem to make up his mind on something as basic as this one, much less something complex.

In reality, no one really cares what John Kasich thinks either way. And if the reaction to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s principled stand defending traditional marriage in 2012 is any indication, lots of people will now be flocking to North Carolina to give the state some extra commerce – and not just because the women will know they’ll be safe from having men (dressed as women) glaring at them while they’re tending to their business.

Even those in the #NeverTrump faction recognize it must be Cruz…or Trump

It goes without saying many conservatives have become so frustrated with Donald Trump over the course of the campaign that they’ve sworn they’ll never vote for the New York reality TV star in the primary – or even the general election (the most recent and perhaps most surprising convert to this group is Mark Levin).

The #NeverTrump people have generated an enormous amount of discussion in conservative circles, with much disparity on how to move forward on making sure Trump doesn’t succeed in the remaining primaries.

But there’s one issue that even the #NeverTrump folks seem to agree upon – that the establishment should not be allowed to swoop into Cleveland and wrest the nomination away from the two frontrunners. Outspoken radio host Glenn Beck weighed-in on the issue over the weekend.

Rudy Takala of the Washington Examiner reports, “Beck, a firebrand conservative media voice, has endorsed Cruz for president and said he would never support Trump. Nonetheless, he said, either Trump should receive the nomination if Cruz can't come close enough in terms of delegates to justify his nomination.

“’We're going to live like brothers together or perish together like fools,’ Beck said, reciting a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Glenn was one of the earliest voices in denouncing Trump, so he’s certainly no fence-sitter. I personally don’t listen to his show, so I’ve only heard about his views in the media – and they’re quite clear and passionate on the matter.

The establishment risks a huge backlash from conservative and populist voters in the general election if they try, much less succeed, in preventing either Trump or Cruz from using the process to win the nomination.

It would be a classic blunder and likely mark the end of the Republican Party.

Candidates and families to participate in CNN town halls this week

Finally today, it’s been over a month since the last Republican debate which took place on March 10 in Miami, Florida, five days ahead of the fateful sequence of primaries that led to Marco Rubio suspending his campaign.

In the interim, Ted Cruz has repeatedly challenged Donald Trump to debate one-on-one, only to be rebuffed by the frontrunner who claims “we’ve had enough debates” and people wouldn’t be interested.

Of course there was the CNN town hall in Wisconsin the Tuesday before the primary, where Trump infamously defended his thuggish campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and said he would no longer honor his written pledge to support the GOP nominee.

Now it looks like CNN will give the candidates another forum this week – and even include their families.

Jessie Hellmann of The Hill reports, “Ohio Gov. John Kasich will kick off the series, hosted by Anderson Cooper, Monday with his wife Karen and his two daughters. Businessman Donald Trump will follow Tuesday, joined by his wife Melania and his children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr.

“On Wednesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be joined by his wife Heidi.”

Each will begin at 9 p.m. I doubt anyone will watch Kasich’s time. How does he factor into all of this?

At any rate, it looks like another interesting week in the Republican race.

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Come on...156 year rules????????

How about in 2015 the Colorado Republican legislators put forth a bill to have a primary in 2016 - yet by the time the legislature took it up, four Republicans voted AGAINST it, including the guy who SPONSORED it!

If that doesn't tell you that there were backroom shenanigans, I don't know what will.

The American public is sick and tired of 'backroom' politics and we shall see what we shall see come July in Cleveland and finally, in the November elections. The establishment in Washington and in all forms of media are running scared...that they are going to lose their power...which they believe to be invincible. We shall see what we shall see!

#NeverTrump

If Trump Doesn’t Understand 156 Year Old Political Rules, How Will He Understand the Presidency?