Posted By RichC on March 18, 2016
On Friday morning, Doug Wead a presidential historian, talked with Maria Bartiromo on Mornings with Maria about the confusion most of us have regarding contested, brokered or open political convention. Personally, I only semi-understood the "courting of delegates" process that goes on behind the scenes in party politics. The "sausage making" and cronyism that goes into the process is uglier than most think. The average primary voter, particularly those who may only have gone to the polls this primary season because they either support or don’t support Donald Trump, will see the system as corrupt … and in my opinion, they are correct. It is an unscrupulous system we use to nominate a candidate, BUT applies equally to ALL candidates seeking to be the nominee of either party (obviously the best connected know how to play the game — noting Trump’s previous donations, he is probably very well aware of this).
Since the rules apply to each party affiliated candidate, it is equally harsh for all candidates who "choose to be connected to either party" (and learning about it could ignite a third Independent party?) From what a casual observer comes away with is that it requires the selling of one’s soul to win the nomination. It is pretty ugly when you look behind the political curtain and see how the process works.
The 5 minute discussion is worth the listen (mp3 version) … and if you hate cronyism, will surely make you even more disgusted in the nomination process.