It seems that the 2016 political scene has produced the most “cry-baby” number of political candidates in my memory, going back to the 1030s. Having been a candidate twice in non-winning efforts, it is easy to understand the disappointment that such a candidate feels when he/she has been unable to motivate the voters to rally to their support and vote for them.
It seems to me that as adults (in the supposedly most-civilized society on the planet), candidates should act like gentlemen and ladies. They should show sportsmanship to congratulate the winner if it is the final, general election vote that came up short, or redouble the effort if it is a primary campaign.
Here in Tulsa County we have just been through an adversarial special election primary campaign for sheriff. There was only one who filed on the Democrat side but nine on the Republican side. None of the candidates were previously known to me, so reliance was placed on hearing them on a radio talk show and the publisher of the Tulsa Beacon. The winner was being attacked even before the general election, and then before he had been sworn in, one of the primary candidates announced his candidacy for the November election, supported by four other of the primary nonwinners. This, in my mind, showed very poor sportsmanship, since they could have waited until he was in office at least two weeks to show some performance.
Further, they resorted to personal attacks, probably since there was no record on which to criticize him.
To his credit, the Tulsa County Republican chairman stepped in and met with those dissidents and seems to have calmed them down. Frankly, their conduct would assure that none of them would receive my vote in November or the earlier primary.
Now we have “The Donald”, as former wife Ivana referred to him, acting like a cry baby or spoiled brat following a loss in Colorado. He has complained that “the rules were changed in the process” and that the delegates were “stolen” from him after he “won the primary.” Some of this could be understood due to his total unfamiliarity with the various state rules. In the Republican Party, each state party sets its own rules which are then submitted to the national party to be sure that none of their rules have been violated.
The fact is that I have had some experience in Colorado, from 1968 to 1986, and the process then was that each precinct sent one delegate and one alternate to the state convention, where decisions were made on national convention voting.
Admittedly, rules might have changed some since then. In addition, two of my children and three grandchildren of voting age still are living there. Information came to me that there was not a “primary election” but a straw poll could have been held, but was not, so the delegates were to be selected in the state convention.
It appears that Mr. Trump is so used to having things his own way that he simply is unable to accept that a loss has occurred with the vote completely in accord with normal and legal practices.
He also has a habit of applying a derogative adjective in front of the name any time he mentions an opposing candidate. That is very unpresidential and is a total turnoff to me. In my unsuccessful race for State Senate in 1999 against an incumbent,t there was, to my knowledge, no such personal attacks or untrue statements made by my opponent.
In fact, although we were opponents, we continued to act completely friendly when in the same location, even when our wives and his year-old son, who seemed to relate to me, were present. This was much to the consternation of the statewide Democrat activists whenever they were present.
In short, it would generate much more respect if they would act like gentlemen and ladies, but then, maybe the backgrounds of some might make that not possible.