From Legal Insurrection.
Ted Cruz racked up another big delegate win, this time in Wyoming.
Cruz won 14 of 14 Republican National Convention delegates up for grabs at the Wyoming state convention here Saturday.
The crowd here was clearly in Cruz’s corner, as the Texas senator was the only candidate to make the trip to Casper — ahead of a major snowstorm — and Sarah Palin, scheduled to speak for Trump, previously canceled.
“If you don’t want to see Donald Trump as the nominee, if you don’t want to hand the general (election) to Hillary Clinton, which is what a Trump nomination does, then I ask you to please support the men and women on this slate,” Cruz said, holding up a piece of paper of 14 recommended delegates.
Twelve members of that slate won. They are bound to the senator on the first ballot and have also made a non-binding pledge to stick with him as long as things go in Cleveland.
The key here is just how unprepared to win Trump was, and still is. He is just now sending people into states where the caucuses and primaries are close. Cruz’s people had been there for months, shoring up support and arguing his case.
I am more and more convinced Trump is the true Trojan Horse, regardless if he realizes or not. His amateurishness and self-victimization is undermining the GOP in a bad way. They need to change, but Trump isn’t offering that, just more whining and confusion. The establishment may not like him and worry about the threat to the system, but more I think they just dislike his manner- a man-child bully who whines at the slightest hint of abuse, real or not.
Over at Hotair, they highlight an op-ed “written” by Trump complaining about how unfair he’s been treated. In another link, they point out the system actually treated him quite fairly in other situations- and he never made a peep.
The problem with this, as Dan Foster says, is that whoever ghost-wrote it doesn’t even try to sound like Trump. And how could they? How could you capture the classic Trumpian stream-of-consciousness rant on the page? The first half of the column would be spent on how great you’re doing in the polls, the second half would be spent on banalities about how unfairly everyone treats you, and before you knew it you’d have eight words left to say what you want to say. All politicians use ghost-writers but that’s no sweat for the average pol since their public persona and their written voice aren’t conspicuously different. In this case it’s night and day, so much so that Foster compares the disjunction to “breaking the fourth wall.” The author sounds so little like the man he purports to be that it yanks you out of the narrative and gets you thinking about the fact that it really is just a narrative. Which is a bad thing to have your reader thinking when you’re making a supposedly heartfelt pitch about un-rigging the system.
Here’s how I think this went down. Someone, probably Stephen Miller, wrote this up under his own byline but Team Trump realized that no one would notice an op-ed by Miller. Solution: Put Trump’s name on it instead. Everyone will notice that. Which is true — except they declined to tweak it to make it sound more like Trump, so the main way it’s being noticed today is people asking, “Um, who wrote this?” What they should have done is run it under Ivanka’s byline. Everyone likes her. It would have gotten plenty of attention. And unlike with dad, readers would have believed that she really can string together a series of calm, cogent thoughts in support of a larger thesis.
I read the piece, or as much as I could, because I realized early on he didn’t write it. Whoever did was far too smart, far too educated and far too cogent to be Trump. So it’s another lie he put his name to.
Instead of investing the time AND THE MONEY to focus on beating Cruz inside the rules everybody knows, Trump is running ego boasting rally tour where he can run around the nation, spout oddities that people like, and stand up on the podium saying things like “You love me, you really love me!” like an Oscar winning actress.
or maybe more accurately…
But go ahead and read his WSJ piece and ask yourself if this is the guy you want in a battle to save the soul of America and secure her shores.