…because he apparently can’t look one move ahead.
(Folks, cut me some slack. I’ve been out of town for a while and I’m sure Scott misses me.)
Here’s Scott talking about Hit– I mean Donald Trump:
Trump does not seem to understand how democracy works. The whole point of conventions is to deny the nomination to a candidate who has a plurality of the delegates, but not a majority. That’s why we have conventions. It’s just about the only reason to have conventions. Their purpose is to deny the nomination to a candidate who is supported by 40% (many not even Republican), but hated by a group of 60% who split their votes among other candidates. They keep voting until someone gets a majority—those are the rules. We have conventions so that we can stop crazy candidates with mere pluralities of delegates.
If Trump comes into the convention 100 votes short, and gets the nomination anyway, the GOP party establishment (not the voters!!) will have picked him. Actually, 60% of GOP voters will have rejected Trump. The establishment will have forced Trump down our throats despite that rejection. And America will be a country with one legitimate major party, plus the tiny Libertarian Party, and our own version of France’s National Front.
OK, so what if reason and sanity and anti-Adolf sentiment prevail, and the convention does just what Scott hopes? Then we would have, say, Ted Cruz coming into the convention 600 votes short, and gets the nomination anyway, meaning the GOP party establishment (not the voters!!) will have picked him. Actually, 71% of GOP voters will have rejected Cruz. The establishment will have forced Cruz down our throats despite that rejection. And America will be…
Well, you get the idea I’m sure.
STANDARD DISCLAIMER: I think Trump is a jerk and would make an awful president.