|Donald looking for his delegates after the 1st Ballot|
The news from New York is that two of Donald Trump’s children, Ivanka and Eric, will not be able to vote for their father in the state’s primary next Tuesday because they missed the Oct. 9 deadline for switching their party affiliation from independent to Republican. Like their dad who is whining about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stealing his delegates, the kids failed to pay attention to the arcane, undemocratic rules that govern the presidential nominating process.
Ivanka and Eric are not alone in their slip-up. A significant number of independents were just as oblivious and now are shut out of the closed primary. You could say it is their own fault for not being aware of voting requirements, but, six months ago, only political junkies were that obsessed with the mechanics of the campaign.
The one person who should be embarrassed about not keeping track of the byzantine nominating procedures is daddy Trump. The Republican front-runner claims to be the world’s smartest businessman, a master at cutting deals and winning with his negotiating savvy. In recent days, though, he has been looking like a chump who bought property in Florida without reading the fine print stipulating the land was underwater and infested with alligators.
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Trump appears to have jumped into his campaign for president thinking all he needed to do was show up for the debates, call in to TV news shows and tweet out his random thoughts to a waiting world. Actually, thanks to the big boost he got from being a reality show celebrity, that approach did bring remarkable success in the early months of the presidential race. Now, however, he is getting snookered in many states where the Cruz campaign is far better organized and knows how to exploit the delegate selection rules.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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