Vail Daily column: Why the egomaniac is in first place

Richard Carnes
My View

We are a nation of prepubescent teenagers being told by our elders to abstain from sex, booze and masturbation unless we want to catch gonorrhea, become alcoholics and go blind.

This, in a nutshell, is the main reason Trump is now the preemptive nominee for the GOP.

It is true, however, that Americans exist who actually believe Trump will build a wall funded entirely by pesos, deport 12 million illegal immigrants, end birthright citizenship, force Christian-only prayers in public schools, force 15-year-old rape victims to keep the baby, kill the wives and children of terrorists suspects and bomb the cow dung out of a fictional country known as ISISistan.

But for the remaining 95 percent pledging their support for “The Donald” through primary and caucus voting, it is a simple rebellious act towards “The Establishment,” and the more party leaders yell at their constituents to not vote for Trump the more likely they are to do so.

This suicidal GOP has tossed a shovel to a gaggle of 12-year-olds in a deep hole, daring them to dig themselves out.

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It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

I am amazed, and disappointed, at how many do not seem to understand why “our government allows such an obviously corrupt system to exist” when referring to the primary and caucus process.

It is because the evil government basically has very little to do with it. Though highly regulated by the feds, these are private political parties, and for the most part can do whatever they wish, follow whatever protocols they choose and abide by whatever rules they want in order to pick their very own candidate.

And each state can be completely different from the next within the same party.

It’s like the Broncos choosing their No. 1 draft pick. Every fan on the planet (the voters) can have a say, but in the end John Elway (the super delegate) will choose whomever he thinks is the best fit for the team in the long term.

These are not elections. The number of votes can be irrelevant to the number of delegates a candidate receives, and complaining has as much impact as praying to Allah for Happy Valley snowfall.

The vast majority are simply not choosing any current members of the self-serving political elite, which means the primary and caucus votes so far are not for Trump nearly as much as they are against all other candidates.

But as I’ve been writing for months now, if the GOP continues on this path the end result will be a guaranteed victory for Hillary Clinton.

Yes, that is still a difficult sentence to write, yet there is no substantive evidence to prove otherwise.

And all of those pretending to be appalled at the “vulgarity” of the GOP debates along with the childish name-calling and relevance of hand sizes, throwing their chins high in the air as if such things are beneath them, must understand that their pompous attitude is having disastrous ramifications for their party. One can now only assume another Clinton White House is their true goal.

At least we won’t be forced to spell “huge” with a “Y.”

Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes a weekly column for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at

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