Dopey Reporting Is the Real Colorado GOP Delegate Story
One of the biggest stories of the last couple weeks was Ted Cruz's complete shutout of Donald Trump in the Colorado delegate selection at the Colorado state Republican convention. The story, pushed hard by Trump and his zombie followers, is that the election was "stolen" by Cruz in an "unfair process."
Okay, fine, sour grapes and all. But on Sunday I watched Media Buzz with Howard Kurtz, and realized that real story is this: the media has not, and apparently will not, do the tiniest bit of research in order to get the grossest, most basic facts about this correct.
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." -- Mark Twain
There are a bunch of myths that everyone on the show repeated as fact. It started with Kurtz himself talking about the "convoluted process" Colorado uses. Ahem:
Myth #1: "The process is convoluted"
Well, here's the process: there is a caucus, in which any registered Republican may participate, to vote on delegates or to run as a delegate. These delegates go to the county and district caucuses, where some of them are selected by vote to go on as state delegates at the Colorado state convention, where delegates to the national convention are selected. By vote.
Here's where Heidi Przybyla on Media Buzz confidently asserted ...
Myth #2: "The process is 'voteless'"
Colorado's process is hardly "voteless." We've got votes coming out of our ears. Tens of thousands of people voted -- I've seen 65,000 reported, I've seen 70,000. No, they're not "party insiders." I mean, 70,000 "party insiders" in one state? Come on.
In fact, the process is as exclusive as a thunderstorm -- as evidenced by the fact I was elected a state delegate in 1976. Here's the deal: if you want to have your vote count in the delegate selection process, you have to go to the freaking election. In Colorado this year, the election was on March 1.
These two articles helped pushed the nonsense "voterless" narrative that Colorado had neither primaries nor caucuses, providing the opposite service to readers than one might expect by making this easy stuff hard to understand.