I didn’t vote in yesterday’s Arizona Primary. Not because I didn’t want to. or I was lazy. It was my day off. Not because of the reports of lines taking hours to vote.
Because I couldn’t. I was Not Allowed to Vote!
I’m a registered Independent. I was not welcome at the party.
KPHO-TV: The largest group of registered voters in Arizona cannot vote in Tuesday’s Presidential Preference Election.
Voters registered without a party preference now make up the largest voting bloc in Arizona.
According to the Arizona Secretary of State, more than 3 million people are registered to vote in Arizona.
Of those, 1.2 million are registered as Independent.
“The idea that you should be forced to take part in a party to be able to participate in the system is the most un-American thing I can think of,” said former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson. “They system today totally discriminates against Independents.”
Johnson has pushed for Arizona to move to a top-two system that would put all candidates on a single ballot, without party preference.
Arizona is one of 24 states where voters must register with a party to vote in the state’s primary.
So I stayed home.
Trump crushed my candidate Ted Cruz.
But the only satisfaction I got from yesterday was not really good in the long run. That of telling the all the little wide-eyed, rose-colored, almost-hippie like Bernie Zombies that the fix was in and being proven correct as Hillary crushed Uncle Bernie here in AZ.
The problem with a Dishonest Socialist (besides the whole Socialist thing) is that they are Dishonest. Hillary is the Dishonest Socialist. Unlike Uncle Bernie who has been a honest Socialist all his life.
He believes in it. His minions believe in his dream of “free stuff”.
Hillary, on the other hand is just power-mad evil personified.
She’s the Sith Lord of Socialists.
The Bernie Zombies who were all fresh faced and excited yesterday, are silent today.
Maybe they learned a lesson about power, but I doubt it.
While the victory in Arizona was needed, the loss of any delegates in Utah handed a blow to the Trump campaign as he seeks to avoid a contested convention in Cleveland in July. As it stands, Trump has 739 out of the 1,237 delegates needed, according to Real Clear Politics’ count. In comparison, with Utah’s 40 delegates, Cruz will have a total of 465 delegates.
So the Establishment will likely get there Brokered, smoke-filled Backroom, Convention.
And Hillary will benefit greatly from it.
And America will die. Once and For all.
But as Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over until it’s over”
And there is still Hope (just not the Obama type Hope, I hope).
Like Trump, Clinton’s luck changed after Arizona as well.
Speaking to his supports after losing in Arizona, Sanders contended that the race wasn’t over yet and predicted that he would pick up a victory later in the night — and in Utah and Idaho he was correct.
“I am enormously grateful to the people of Utah and Idaho for the tremendous voter turnouts that gave us victories with extremely large margins,” Sanders said in a statement following his victories. “The impressive numbers of young people and working-class people who participated in the process are exactly what the political revolution is all about. These decisive victories in Idaho and Utah give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests.”
Idaho’s 23 delegates and Utah’s 33 delegates will be split proportionally between Clinton and Sanders as was Arizona’s 75 delegates.
Idaho’s Democratic caucuses were open to anyone, regardless of party affiliation, who is eligible to vote in November’s general election and didn’t vote in the GOP primary which was held earlier in March.
Amazing hings can happen when you LET people vote.
Would things have been different if Independents like me were allowed to vote?
We’ll never know. There were potentially a million voters who weren’t invited to The Party. 🙂