Texas Senator Ted Cruz defeated New York businessman Donald Trump in the Wisconsin Republican Primary last night, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, according to Fox News. However, rumors continue to swirl that Republican Party leaders are conspiring to thwart either Trump or Cruz in their bids to become the GOP presidential nominee, regardless of how many delegates the two candidates accrue. The drama of such a bizarre scenario is transforming this election into one of historic proportion.
Cruz won the primary with 48.2% of the vote and collected 36 delegates while Trump won 35.1% and salvaged six delegates. Ohio Governor John Kasich, the man many Republicans wish would go home and focus on his gubernatorial duties, limped home with zero delegates in the dairy state and 14.1% of the vote. Kasich has won only his home state and many suspect is in the race only to bask in the glow of all the attention he’s getting. He has not mathematical chance of winning the 1,237 delegates needed to capture the nomination.
Kasich has become a strange figure in the race as his campaign is funded by Democratic billionaire George Soros and several of his powerful supporters. Is Soros keeping the Kasich campaign afloat in order to create chaos at the Republican Convention in Cleveland? By staying in the race, Kasich could drain away enough delegates to prevent either Trump or Cruz from winning the number of delegates necessary to win the GOP nomination on the first ballot. Chaos would then ensue on the second ballot and many reports are that Republican powerbrokers would like to nominate House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan, according to Breitbart News. Ryan has not entered a single primary.
Many voters on the Republicans side are dismayed that the Speaker of the House would be put forth by the Republican dignitaries as the nominee since he’s not won a single delegate. There is further concern among Conservatives that as Speaker Ryan helped pass the omnibus spending bill that funds everything President Barack Obama requested. The bill Ryan passed will cost U.S. taxpayers $1.1 trillion. Conservative Republicans are complaining that by giving the President everything he wants, Ryan has betrayed his own party.
While many wonder if the Republican Party leaders will take the nomination away from Trump and Cruz, the delegate count now stands at 755 for the real estate mogul, 496 for the Lone Star State Senator and 144 for Kasich whose true goals remain a mystery. Kasich’s paltry delegate total makes one wonder if he is either angling to trade his delegates for a vice-presidential appointment or if he believes the Republican Party leaders would favor him over their favorites Ryan and Mitt Romney. Romney has already lost two presidential bids and was beaten by President Obama in 2012.
Cruz has said this week that the Republican establishment “would not be able to parachute some white knight into the convention at Cleveland” to take the nomination. He was probably referring to Ryan, Romney or a possible mystery candidate that might be put forward. Cruz’s Wisconsin victory was aided by an endorsement from Governor Scott Walker and a strong campaign organization. Cruz’s campaign people are already contacting delegates won by Trump in Arizona, Louisiana and other states in an effort to get them to change their votes to Cruz if the convention reaches a second ballot, according to Sean Hannity. Delegates in many states are only bound to support the candidate the voters supported through the first ballot. If no one reaches the magic 1,237 delegates on the first ballot, chaos could possibly ensue at the July Republican convention, according to Sean Hannity on his show on Fox News.
This election is already guaranteed to go down in the history books as one of the most unusual during the existence of the United States. The Democrats also have an unusual nomination process going on as Socialist Bernie Sanders defeated favored Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin last night. Sanders is on a long winning streak against Clinton and would be in serious position to defeat her for the nomination were it not for the so-called “super delegates” which are already pledged to her. Super Delegates consist mainly of Democratic Party dignitaries, elected officials and members of the Democratic National Committee. This has become a watershed year in American politics as both Democratic and Republican Party leaders are working to guarantee their favorites are nominated, regardless of the will of the voters.
Trump has said he didn’t feel the Republican National Committee has been fair to him either on several occasions throughout this controversial nomination process. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has recently gone so far as to say he would vote for Clinton over Trump in a general election. Former House Speaker John Boehner has voiced his support for Ryan to to be the Republican nominee.
Many voters have expressed concern during this exciting election year as to whether or not the U.S. nomination process really follows the principles of a democracy. Are they right? We’ll find out soon. Hopefully, America will end up with a strong president who will steer the country through the troubled waters the next four years promise. Hopefully, the next president will put the country over politics or party.