Contra Cruz: In defense of a brokered convention

I’m perplexed. If Donald Trump or Ted Cruz (or anyone else) fails to garner 1,237 delegates prior to the convention, they will not have won a majority of the delegates up for grabs. In other words, the majority of delegates will have been awarded to someone else (if Cruz thinks we should get rid of the delegates system and just have a popular vote, that’s another story).

Why would playing by the rules constitute “stealing” the election?

Does Cruz believe conventions are inherently illegitimate? I’ve been to some. In Virginia, it’s not unusual for the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate to be nominated at a convention. Is that illegitimate?

Perhaps Cruz only believes an orchestrated effort to deny someone the nomination is bad. That would mean an organic outcome to the same effect is perfectly fine.