By John F. Di Leo -
While Albert Einstein’s greatest scientific achievement is the very complicated General Theory of Relativity, his most famous quotation is a very simple one. It’s his common-sense definition of Insanity – doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
We can apply that definition to the current battle for the Republican nomination for the presidency. The candidates will likely all go to Cleveland with some number of delegates shy of the required 50% mark of 1237. Perhaps Trump walks in with 1150, Cruz with 910, etc., or something along those lines.
On the first vote, nobody gets to 1237. So they have more votes, and gradually delegates become unbound over the successive ballots. Under the normal, traditional way that conventions work, unbound delegates either stay with their original candidate, or coalesce around another candidate in the running who’s both winnable and generally in line with their district’s desires, or they start looking for a dark horse to arise who is both winnable and similarly in line.
This is normal, and proper, as it’s the party itself that has the right and responsibility to select its champion for the fall campaign against the opposition party’s champion. All the candidates accept this process, and always have… except for Donald Trump, who has been screaming that it is a “corrupt process” for months now.
But what is the alternative? Try to follow the logic of Donald Trump’s argument that “the votes he won” are his forever.