Magazine May 9, 2016, Issue

The Nomination Process Isn’t Rigged

A cowboy hat is used to collect votes at a Republican caucus in Ottumwa, Iowa, February 1, 2016. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty)
Rather, its mix of direct and indirect democracy is a strength.

In one of his rare cases of truth in advertising, Donald Trump recently commented, “I keep whining and whining until I win.” That tactic has never been so obviously on display as in his recent drumbeat of complaints about the GOP primary-election process.

Never mind that, as of this writing, Trump leads the GOP field with 45 percent of all delegates awarded to date, despite having won only 37 percent of GOP voters, a ratio far more advantageous than that of his closest rival, Ted Cruz (whom I have endorsed). Never mind that, according to mediaQuant, a firm that calculates the

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