Despite the primary elections, it’s the party, through its delegates in convention, that selects its presidential nominee. But who gets to be a delegate? Those state boosters in funny hats that we watch on TV are mostly party insiders, chosen at state conventions or given an automatic slot because they are current office holders.
By law, they have to cast their first votes according to the results of the primaries. But after that, if the nomination goes to a second ballot, they can vote for whoever they want. And, as the state selection process gets underway, it is already evident that many of the delegates who have to vote for Trump actually prefer Ted Cruz, whose organization is actively working to get his people chosen as delegates.
Read about this after the jump. Do you think this backdoor, inside game could thwart the will of the people who voted in the primaries? Or is it entirely legitimate? Would the return of the politics of the “smoke filled room” be anti-democratic or a good thing?