Let’s get this out of the way right away: the Republican primary system (and Democrat, too) is ridiculous. The rules vary state-by-state and while one should expect that simple democratic principles should guide each state’s primary, the fact of the matter is that they don’t.
With that having been said, however, it’s worth noting that Ted Cruz did not invent the system. He doesn’t even attempt to defend it as a legitimate extension of egalitarian principles. He does, however, want to win the presidency and in order to help him do that, he learned how each state Republican primary operates and organized his campaign to operate within each system.
Still, Donald Trump whines incessantly and complains ad nauseum about the supposedly “rigged” system. It’s convoluted and unnecessarily complicated, but Trump had every opportunity to learn how to navigate the systems or otherwise hire professionals who knew how.
Somehow, his lack of preparation is supposedly Ted Cruz’s fault.
The situation is a bit nuanced, but perhaps the best break-down of the manufactured controversy around Trump’s delegate failures came from Late Night’s Seth Meyers who broke-down the situation plainly and mixed-in a bit of humor as well.
Meyers played many clips of Trump claiming that his strongest attribute as a presidential candidate is his ability to manage.
Meyers then questioned why this supposedly great manager is running such a disorganized campaign that cannot seem to operate on an efficient political level.
What do you think? Does Meyers make good points? Or is he being unfair to Trump?