TRUMP THINKS IT’S RIGGED
... of course it is, just ask Bronwyn!
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Most Americans and Australians believe the current US election is a Federal Presidential election. It’s not! All posters here know it’s a two Party struggle to find their best respective candidates and, despite the protests, any party can select whatever candidate it wants for an election to be held later this year. The GOP doesn’t want Donald and the Libs didn’t want Bronwyn. Poor Bronwyn.
Like here, the US is a preselection process with each State having its own rules and procedures and like all preselections they can be, and often are, rigged!... by both the preselection committees and the candidates.
I was part of a Federal preselection process with nine other contenders for the seat of Fraser in 1974 and it was a brutal experiment. A thorough grilling by the Committee to see if you supported their political line, television debates, women’s groups demanding to know if you supported abortion and free education, multiple questionnaires, etc.
After weeks of more interviews they finally gave me the nod. And then it was on to the back of a truck with a megaphone dodging various pieces of outdated fruit.
I didn’t agree with all the Party’s policies but I understood it was their decision as to who they preselected, after all it was their bloody Party! People can stand as an independent if they want to.
But I did feel sorry for the other nine contenders because the preselection was already decided. I had arranged for the numbers before I agreed to stand and they were there so the other poor bastards went through the same tortuous process for no reason. That’s politics I guess and it’s usually rigged in some way. When I was asked to stand I said, “okay but I need to be sure of the numbers first”.
So Trump is doing himself irreparable harm by criticising the GOP process. What he needs to do is deal with the back room stuff with each individual State and play their game. Promise a new school here and a new bridge or road there. Buy them all a cake or agree to stop shagging their wives but for Christ’s sake don’t get the convenors offside with criticism of the game, learn to play it by their rules. It’s their bloody game and it’s a dirty one!
Once preselected you cannot send your kids to school and you need to duck the bricks flying through your lounge room window. And you need to check the brake lines on your car... never again! The most scary part for me was the 16 per cent swing... I came close to winning one of the safest Labor seats in the country. Too close for comfort, I would have been bored shitless as a backbencher.
Sad about Bronny but she knows the game and she was warned here about partisanship as Speaker. She tainted herself, she should have resisted attending Party meetings after she accepted the Speaker’s job.
Unfortunately she was already dead before she nominated and well before she booked that chopper.