Friday, April 15, 2016

Cruz’s Pyrrhic victory in Colorado will be the death knell of his campaign

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

By definition a, Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way. However, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit.” Ted Cruz won a Pyrrhic victory in Colorado.

The blow back from Cruz’s big victory in Colorado is causing his campaign to meltdown across the whole northeast. The false bravado by those in the media who insist that the Colorado disaster has stopped Donald Trump’s momentum and shifted it to Cruz is embarrassingly silly.

Aside from the fact that there have been no primaries since the Colorado Disaster, the polls measuring voter sentiment in upcoming primaries show Cruz getting buried all across the northeast and Trump’s approval ratings at record (for him) high levels.

The startlingly stupid comments from one of the Colorado GOPe officials who helped arrange Cruz’s “big but voter-less” victory has turned into another log on the fire burning down Cruz’s campaign. You cannot flip off offended voters by cavalierly advising them to “Go ahead, burn down the Party” and not expect to be hit back. The problem for Cruz is that since the Colorado official is not running for anything, Cruz stands alone as the only target for voter anger.  

It is indeed ironic that Cruz’s remark about “New York values” that played so well to the jealous New York haters in the Midwest is now serving as a “bloody shirt” for New York and northeast voters to rally around to show their contempt for Cruz.

What’s worse for Cruz is the “help” he is getting from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. These two otherwise professional talkers are frustrated by the fact that they can’t smooth things over and make people love the unlovable Ted Cruz. Consequently, they won’t stop trying even in the face of continued failures that show the more they talk up Cruz the more we dig in our heels against him.

Ted Cruz won a BIG victory in Colorado; he wiped the floor with Trump; but it will prove to be a Pyrrhic victory that has been won at the cost of his whole campaign.    

1 comment:

  1. Ugh...I live in Colorado and have seen all of this unfold first-hand.

    I'm a guy in my 40's with a family and a small business. I don't normally have time for politics, but as we all know, things are getting a little crazy so I'm trying to be more involved. I showed up at my precinct caucus back in March. The first group was small, probably around 10 people from my neighborhood. Only a few of us were interested in running to be a delegate. It was mostly preaching to the choir about Obama and the decidedly left-turn the country has taken. Very little was said about candidates.

    Half of us were picked, and we went to a larger room with about 70 people in it. I knew one other guy there, and it seemed very few people knew each other. For a lot of them, this was their first time. There we needed to narrow it down to 15 delegates and 15 alternates to send to county and state (some counties vote on state delegates at the county assembly, but our county combines them). Again, most of us didn't really talk about candidates, we mostly talked about issues. I myself was undecided at that time between Cruz and Trump, but Cruz's name came up the most. One guy was really in favor of Trump, and another guy said he'd never vote for Trump (he got booed). After that we made a motion that whoever got picked would need to support the eventual nominee (but not a last minute substitution by the Establishment). Pretty much everyone who was picked to move on was uncommitted (not pledged to any candidate).

    A couple of weeks later we showed up at the local auditorium and voted on resolutions for the platform. Then last week I drove down to Colorado Springs with my family and stayed in a hotel. On Friday the smaller assemblies got to pick half of the national delegates, and then on Saturday 3,600+ of us from all over the state got together and listened to speeches all day and at the end we voted on congressional and senate candidates, and the resolutions for the party platform.

    We got to hear from Cruz, but Trump cancelled last minute and instead sent a representative. There were Trump supporters there, but they were WAY outnumbered by the Cruz folks. Everyone was polite though. After that we picked the remaining national delegates.

    It was a long day (about 75% of people left after the first ballot, but I stuck around in case there in case the senate race was close, but it turns out that wasn't necessary). In the end I felt it was worth the work because we had picked some strong candidates and very conservative delegates - and I felt I had a voice in my government.

    By the next day however, certain people were out there spreading misinformation about the process and riling everyone up. It's been all downhill from there, and I've been amazed at how little due diligence people reporting on this have done. The caucus system in Colorado has been essentially the same since 1912, and all the details of the rules were public back in August. Cruz clearly had the better ground game here in Colorado.

    I will say this - if you don't show up, your ideas may or may not be represented. I remain in favor of federalism and right of the people in the various states to conduct their primaries and caucuses the way they want.