COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 15, 2016 – 2016 is the year of The Outsider. But the Insiders are having none of it. A second American Revolution, sans guns so far, is taking place this election year, but how it will end is anyone’s guess.
Hillary Clinton, her husband Bill and her daughter Chelsea seek in vain the large, enthusiastic crowds enjoyed by her socialist fellow presidential contender, Bernie Sanders. This aging, low-visibility senator from Vermont has swept in and taken not only the scattered crumbs, but the entire loaf of bread off Hillary’s lavishly funded table. Bernie the Imposter is representing many Democratic imposters across the nation who have just about had it with the Clinton circus, which has essentially been running nonstop since the 1992 election.
After years and years of failed promises, Democrats, like Republicans, have finally awakened to the fact that their government not only isn’t delivering the mail. It’s completely corrupt. The resulting angst on both sides has morphed crazily into a bizarre and unaccustomed insider versus outsider political battle.
Policy statements seem to be taking a back seat in this election. Instead, we are treated to an amazing spectacle: Voters are watching in horror as the curtain over election rules is drawn back, revealing vile little party apparatchiks at work, scurrying about in their safe politburo offices and plotting to steal the results of both parties’ primaries, gaming Insider defeats and magically transforming them into victories..
Case in piont: As reported by Reid J. Epstein in the March 24 edition of the Wall Street Journal,
“Donald Trump beat Sen. Ted Cruz in Louisiana’s Republican presidential primary by 3.6 percentage points, but the Texan may wind up with as many as 10 more delegates from the state than the businessman.
“Mr. Cruz’s supporters also seized five of Louisiana’s six slots on the three powerful committees that will write the rules and platforms at the Republican National Convention and mediate disputes over delegates’ eligibility this summer in Cleveland.”
According to Epstein, the little-noticed maneuvering that led to the outcome in Louisiana is yet another dramatic illustration of the inside game that could have an outsized influence on the bitter race for the GOP presidential nomination.
Then, there’s the more recent matter of Colorado. In August of 2015 while voters were flocking to coastal beah resorts, the Colorado Republican Party decided to not hold a straw poll in the presidential primary. Previously, the state had held primaries until 2003, when Gov. Bill Owens and bipartisan majorities in the state legislature eliminated them in presidential contests, saying it was a waste of money.
Colorado then shifted to a caucus format. Republicans barely noticed the change in 2004, when George W. Bush ran with no major primary opposition.
It has long been said said that voters get the government they deserve. In the case of Colorado, that observation might be correct. Leaving governance to political party insiders is playing with electoral fire, as the voters are just now learning.
Meanwhile, over on the Democrat’s side, a flawed woman who’s long been known to possess only a passing acquaintance with the truth while attempting to run on her FBI-shredded record, is still winning the bulk of Democrat convention delegates, if only in the legalistic sense. We’ve learned that a substantial number of these delegates are long-time political insiders. Dubbed as “superdelegates,” at convention time, they’ll be voting for whomever the Party tells them to vote for, and it’s crystal clear they’re not Feeling the Bern.
By simply comparing the size of the puny crowds Hillary manages to draw vs. her opponent’s enthusiastic mass turnouts, it’s clear that Hillary should be losing, not winning. Sanders’ near rock star status has consistently led to events and attendance that are embarrassingly more raucous than Hillary’s poorly-attended book signings. The Clinton Team polling and PR machine sees what’s going on and tries to alter her tired stump speeches and transparent attempts to mimic Sanders’ outsider socialistic message, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, on the Republican side of the aisle, the apparent loser in what’s currently a two-man contest, Ted Cruz, continues to pile up all-important delegates just as Hillary does on the other side of the aisle. At this point, primary results aside, Hillary appears to have the vast majority of superdelegates in her pocket already. The result? She’s dancing all the way to the convention, her delegates locked in, sewn up and ready to nominate her.
As she herself has explained it,
“I totally respect the passion of my opponent’s supporters, absolutely respect it. And here’s what I want you to know . . . I have a bigger lead in pledged delegates, the ones you win from people voting, than Barack Obama had at this time in 2008. So we are on the path to the nomination . . .”
Face it, voters. What we have in 2016 isn’t a simple case of Democrat versus Republican. The electorate has morphed into a bubbling mass of discontent. Promises on both sides are made and broken year after year after year. Every presidential and midterm election year, as Americans returned home from their summer vacations (if indeed they could still afford them), and turned on the news to discover the latest election news and polling, they expected their enthusiasm — the kind of enthusiasm they currently hold for Trump and Sanders — to be rewarded.
But it’s slowly dawning on the electorate, as it is the non-establishment candidates, that this year, once again, the fix is in. Insiders intend to remain insiders, remaining forever in the catbird seat, earning the big bucks for their so-called “guidance” and wisdom by billing the poor shlubs in flyover country after the pre-determined election results are finalized.
The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and as always, outsiders still remain, well, outsiders.
Let the 2016 Revolution continue, and may the candidates of the people, by the people and for the people fight on. (Commence praying now.)
*Cartoon by Branco. Reprinted with permission and by arrangement with LegalInsurrection.com.