Again today we suspend the rule that orange cats should not be political pundits to examine a development unthinkable a year ago: The major political parties are self-destructing.

The Republicans seem more hell-bent on suicide, but let’s start with the Democrats, where the nominating system was rigged to create a glide path for Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president. When Bernie Sanders started getting too many votes, the elites pulled out their insurance policy – convention superdelegates. Sanders supporters are crying foul. They get little traction because reporters hate Bad Stuff ‘Bout Democrats, but the effects in November will be huge. Picking Sanders for VP seems to be out of the question.

Because the media like negative stories about conservatives, the GOP is getting far the worse of coverage. Careers of elites, party functionaries and slobbering followers have already been destroyed, and the road to the convention is paved with land mines. Donald Trump steamrollered Jeb Bush early to the cheers of millions. Every other candidate the elites tried to push with rigged polls, TV ads and biased coverage fizzled until Ted Cruz emerged.

These elites can’t ring for their stooge superdelegates, so they are trying to create the equivalent with sleazy deals involving rules, which vary by state. In Colorado, some GOP voters feel disenfranchised because the party had neither a primary nor a caucus; leaders just decided to give all the delegates to Cruz, apparently in accordance with the rules.

Where this all goes, nobody knows. CNBC.com’s Bruce Abramson has a good take: “[W]e are likely witnessing the last few primaries as we know them. By 2020, the system will likely reflect either the will of party leaders or the will of party members, with little pretense of trying to serve both.”

Likely, your vote will not count. Perhaps it never did.

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