For a long time, you could (almost) forgive GOP leaders for their blindness. These people are among the most powerful in the world, and naturally, they don’t have the slightest clue what life is like for the average American. Their world in Washington D.C. Their ambitions are mind-boggling. Their egos are astounding. That they ever do anything that actually helps anyone outside the elitist class is a miracle. Through what prism would they possibly understand the rage fueling the Donald Trump phenomenon?
But that time has passed, and their blindness is no longer believable. The least-informed person in America could tell you that Trump supporters believe the system is rigged against the people. That they see the Republican Party as an institution filled with corruption, incompetence, and outright liberalism. Their anger is aimed at Obama, yes, but it burns every bit as bright for the “conservative” politicians who have failed to do one damn thing to stop him.
What to do when you’re faced with that kind of an image problem? Do you listen to these voters? Sympathize with their concerns? Or do you launch a NeverTrump movement, send out past presidential candidates to lecture the voters, and start constructing Machiavellian plots to stop the outsider by any means necessary?
It appears that the party has chosen the latter, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched Republicans fumble the ball year after damn year. Worse, they aren’t even ashamed of themselves. They’ve practically come out in open warfare against a portion of the base. That’s disturbing, because it proves one thing: These people care more about stopping Trump than they do about stopping Hillary Clinton.
“The media itself is so dishonest,” Trump said after the bizarre Colorado convention that awarded Ted Cruz all of the delegates. “Honestly, I do wonder. I’m millions of votes ahead, which they don’t even mention, they don’t even talk about. They talk about delegates. And I’m hundreds of delegates ahead but the system is rigged, folks. It’s a rigged, disgusting dirty system. It’s a dirty system and only a non-politician would say it.”
Cruz, honestly, didn’t do anything wrong by grabbing up Colorado’s delegates. Those were the rules, he played by them, and he won. Why would he do anything else?
But when he glibly responds with: “Donald, it ain’t stealing when the voters vote against you, it’s the voters reclaiming this country and reclaiming sanity,” it shows a remarkable contempt for millions of Colorado voters who were robbed of their voice. Rightly or wrongly, the majority of Americans were under the impression that we were voting for a nominee. To put on a Cheshire cat grin, shrug, and say, Welp, now you know better, don’t you?
That’s going to have consequences.