Via the Free Beacon, so this is how Carson 2016 ends — with cheap analogies between Colorado and segregation-era racism, on behalf of the alt-right’s favorite candidate no less, then noting half-heartedly to cover himself that they’re not analogous. If he didn’t mean to draw a comparison, he could have made this otherwise basic point, that just because everyone knows the rules in advance doesn’t make them good rules, without the Jim Crow nonsense. As it is, it’s more common ground between Trumpism and its left-wing equivalent, the SJWs: Both are consumed with their own perceived victimization, and if that requires reaching for an outlandish metaphor, so be it.
The punchline is, Ted Cruz could have made the same claim about Colorado before the process began. A system that cuts out the voters and leaves state delegates unbound favors “insiders,” who are more able to work the levers of power behind the scenes. Insiders also tend to be better funded and better organized because of their superior access to big donors and seasoned political operatives. Colorado’s rule change last year was as likely to hurt Cruz, who’s despised by GOP insiders, as it was to hurt Trump. To put it in Trump-speak, Cruz’s voters were “disenfranchised” too. Both candidates at the time could have (a) complained loudly about that disenfranchisement, (b) prepared organizationally to win under the rules as written, fair or not, or (c) both. Cruz chose (b) and built a top-notch organization that ended up routing the guy who’s selling himself as an executive par excellence with all the best people around him. Trump chose … none of the above, preferring to whine about Colorado only after he and his team came out of their organizational coma and realized they needed to start getting delegates elected.
That’s the question for Carson, by way of Rush Limbaugh: Why did it take eight months for Team Trump to decide that “Jim Crow” was unfair? Why are we only hearing complaints about Colorado now when Republicans there have been “disenfranchised” in the primary for 12 years? If your objection to “Jim Crow” laws runs no deeper than “the outcome didn’t go my way,” then you don’t really care about disenfranchisement.
Thing is Ben Carson had a solid organization here in Colorado. By no means was it comparable to Cruz organization and ground game, and that of the Jeb campaign. Carson understood to win in Colorado, a candidate needed a good grassroots organization and he had one. Now to say it compares to the Jim Crow era because his endorsed candidate lost, maybe it was a good thing Carson faded fast. Trump is complaining because the campaign has now reached the point where organization and ground game matters – and he has neither.
And, that Electoral College thing, the framers put that in to balance and equalize the electoral system so as the more populated states would not hold undue influence over the election of the president.
The race card… really? Seems fitting as most jim crow laws were installed by democrats and Trump supported them. Carson became so much less since his endorsement.