Sunday, 17 April 2016

Rebel Without a Clause

     Ready, set, go to hell!   
It's a race to the bottom, they say. So be it, answers Trump. But is it really a race - or a game of street chicken? Like the delinquent adolescent that Ann Coulter (still one of his best supporters) likens him to, Trump is not one to back away from a contest of wills. Time and again he's revved up his fifties-era custom rod, blower and all, and come roaring down Mainstreet, the James Dean of political challenge. And, every time, it's the white shoe boys of the RNC and their mainstream mechanics that lose. The latest dust-up over the campaign manager that didn't - assault anyone, that is, and the candidate that wouldn't - fire him, that is, being a case in point. Loyalty is the first test of a conservative and Trump's got it. And in the end, what is loyalty except a kind of courage, His adversaries  have got the fancy machine with the big stock engine. But Trump's got the nerve.
     But does he have the delegates??? 
If not, Cleveland is a whole new race. Supercharging and nerve alone won't be enough. Maneuvering and judgment will also come into play, i.e., skill. The word is, though, that the artist of the deal isn't up to a brokered convention. He wants to turn the Grand Prix into a Demo Derby. Why is Trump spinning his wheels in show-off frustration while Cruz is under the hood tinkering and thinking?  Cruz knows the rules, clause by cunning clause. He's a lawyer. Trump's an actor. He can deal right enough because it is, as he writes, an art. But he's not used to rules or to being overruled by others who are used to them. He keeps spinning the fiction that a majority of delegates should take the prize, overlooking the fact that he does not now have and may not have a majority before Cleveland, but only a plurality. A majority can be his only at the final ballot.
          1237, go to heaven; 1236, pick up sticks. 
So there's Lyin' Ted picking up every delegate he can maneuver out of the pile while Trump, steamed at the "unfairness" of it all, wants to tell everyone to go to hell. Dear Donald, you bought into those same rules when you started this. So get back in the race and start ruling again!  

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