NEW CASTLE, Pa., April 26, 2016 —Although predictions of a 2016 Trump-Clinton showdown in November appear more and more concrete, fans of this political blood sport struggle to let go of a surprise Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz upset.
Despite Trump’s ability to win over Republican voters in key states like New York and Pennsylvania, the GOP establishment still hopes to find an alternative to Donald Trump and even alternative Ted Cruz. On the Republican side, it is well-known that Donald Trump is not liked by the political establishment to the point they are even willing to stomach the distasteful Ted Cruz to stop his nomination.
Democrats have also toyed with the idea of somehow selecting someone like Joe Biden in a bid to provide a more favorable, more electable choice.
Unfortunately, the majority of Republican and Democratic voters view Trump, Clinton, and Cruz as unfavorable with Sanders hovering near the 40% unfavorable mark. When it comes to the Parties and their representatives in the US government, the situation only gets worse. Quite frankly, it is clear that the American People are not pleased with the events of the 2016 Election or the political industry as a whole.
With that in mind, American voters may not like someone like Donald Trump, but they do not like the political establishment even more and do not want the political establishment to interfere in primary results. Because Hillary Clinton is seen as the benefactor and embodiment of the political establishment voters might be more willing to accept an alternative candidate, but her armies of supporters will not.
It is important to recognize why Donald Trump was able to gain so much support and why he seen so unfavorable. In essence, Trump took campaigning to a whole new level of extreme and embodied most of the things the majority of Americans find distasteful about campaign rhetoric, thereby trumping the entirety of the political establishment. The cure is, therefore, not to block Trump or interfere in the political process in any way; it is to fix the issues the American People have with the political system.
That said, the complex, nonbinding nature of the delegate system employed in primary races allow many Republican and Democratic delegates to ignore election results and vote for whoever they want. Typical of the numerous surprises that have defined the 2016 Election cycle, the realization that there is a potential for both the GOP and Democratic Party establishments to override voter choice has made the ill-democratic nature of the delegate system an issue.
In addition, selecting the right running mate could make both the eventual Republican and Democratic nominee more appealing to voters in the general election. More importantly, sincere threats to impeach Hillary Clinton, if she is elected, and Donald Trump’s promise to sue Ted Cruz over his Canadian birth, could make their potential running mates the next President, which would create a sort of de facto reselection process.
Where the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are private entities entitled to establish their own bylaws based on the views of their membership, the ability to simply ignore voter input tells Republican and Democratic voters that they are not seen as members of their own Party. It sends the message that American democracy is just a lightly veiled the political establishment, ultimately, decides who will run for public office and voters must choose between the two candidates.