It’s so amazing that people whom one would think should be familiar with basic civics, just don’t seem to be able to process the idea that the primary voting and campaigning cycle in politics is primarily intended to drum up enthusiasm and support for the entire party. The primary process is the parties’ foundation of all other Get Out The Vote efforts.
Without the primary campaigning and voting, turnout for a political party in the general might (will always) turn out low.
The desire to win an election should not cause a Political Party to exclude the voters of their state from the Primary Process.
And, their own “condescending benevolency” [sic], sprung from an overestimated sense of superiority, for dang sure does not bestow upon the Republican Colorado State or the National Committee, the “moral imperative” to decide our Republican Presidential Candidate for us.
But these same “Political Insiders” think it’s a good idea to NOT adopt the platform of the leading candidate. They apparently think it’s a peachy idea to call 60 % of their base whacko-birds, toothless, jobless, welfare bum, dope fiend, trailer trash, who should just close up their small towns and communities and really just go die.
I’m starting to get really sick of wearing my “shocked face”.
Update: Apparently former Colorado state Republican party chairman Ryan Call agrees with me:
The very time we should be opening up our doors and being more open and transparent, and welcoming people into our Party, we’ve essentially made the decision to close it off and make it more cumbersome and more difficult. And, to prevent the ability of people to have their voice heard in this process. You’re reinforcing all of the very worst stereotypes about the Party and I, frankly, am very concerned about the way voters are going to feel. In a swing state like Colorado, for example, even if Ted Cruz or Donald Trump ultimately become the nominee for President, while we’ve been able to make our pitch to the 3,900 delegates at the state convention, there’s million registered Republicans that haven’t been talked to and there’s almost a million and a half unaffiliated voters, independent voters, that are key to deciding the contest in the battleground state and we haven’t done any work in a state like Colorado to build the campaign infrastructure to engage them or allow their voices to be heard. So, the message we’re sending to voters broadly the way this process is going is that your vote doesn’t matter and your voice doesn’t count.