Are We Now or Have We Ever Been... a Democracy?
So we all have to wait for the convening of the rules committee, which takes place the week before the convention, now slated for July 18-21 at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.
So what happens, I asked the lawyer, if they get to a fourth or fifth ballot and no one has the magic number of 1,237 delegates that's been so ingrained in our heads by now that we remember it better than pi? If they have to stay extra days, will there even be hotel rooms for all the myriad delegates and (gasp!) media?
Cleveland in July? the lawyer replied, rolling his eyes to imply there'd be lots of rooms. I took his point. These guys are sharp. That's why they get the big bucks.
Going further the lawyer averred that the convention, in his view, was too early and didn't give the warring sides sufficient time to come to terms, i.e. calm down. But Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus had wanted the convention to be even earlier, in June.
Fortunately, Lebron James stepped in to save the day. Lebron, as most of the Western World well knows, was returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers. No way would the Quicken Arena be occupied by a convocation of (gasp again!) Republicans -- unless Steph Curry was running.
So there we were with the Republican National Convention wedged in by the Cleveland Cavaliers and what...? I consulted the Quicken Arena website to see if the Republicans would have space to prolong their convention should they need more time. Fortunately nothing was scheduled at the arena, at least publicly, until the Janet Jackson Unbreakable World Tour on August 28, plenty of opportunities for the Republican delegates to vote themselves silly to find their favorite candidate. But would that be democratic? By then, the primaries and their humble voters would be far in the rear view mirror, a distant memory of one man, one woman, one vote.
But whatever the Republicans do, when it comes to being anti-democratic, they can't hold a candle to the ironically named Democrats whose convention will be manipulated by the Super Delegates. The "super people" -- straight out of the backroom party bosses of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington -- are so super important and powerful Hillary Clinton can lose to Bernie Sanders in New York and practically every other state from here on in by landslides and Her Chappaquaness still gets the Democratic Party nomination.
To paraphrase the investigations of the 1950s, are we now or have we ever been ... a democracy?
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His next book - I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Country, If It Hasn't Already -- will be published by Encounter Books in June 2016.