The lead up to that speech was refreshing. Others talk of reaching out to minorities, women and gays. Trump delivered.
In the vice presidency, he did not need to throw a Hail Mary like Bush 41 with Quayle and McCain with Palin. (By the way, Bill Kristol was behind the selection of both, later serving as Quayle's chief of staff.) Instead, Trump selected a competent and proven political leader whom people in Washington respect.
In the prime-time speeches, he did not have to haul in Clint Eastwood to talk to a chair. Trump used Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie to nuke Hillary on her record and ethics. Both are former federal prosecutors well-versed in making closing arguments.
The nominee could afford to have these great speakers because he had the self-confidence in his own powers of speech. Decades of learning to give extemporaneous speeches paid off. He also let Ted Cruz speak even though Cruz refused to endorse him. That backfired, just like all of Cruz's sneaky plans to hijack the convention.
Trump's bevy of speakers included minorities, women and gay people, which is requisite. But the people he chose were not from central casting. Dave Clarke -- America's sheriff (sorry Joe Arpaio but there's a new sheriff in town -- gave voice to black people who reject Black Lives Matter.
Gay billionaire (his fame stems from bankrupting the fellow who outed him) Peter Thiel, too, showed how you move beyond appealing to white, straight males. Hint: it is not by pandering:
I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform. But fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline. When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?Trump's four adult children -- each speaking on their own night - delivered the human side of Trump. I compared Ivanka's CEO speech to the Bush twins and their juvenile intro of their father (I was embarrassed by the "Sex in the City" reference) and realized the difference. Along with Chelsea Clinton, all four women are roughly the same age. While it is unfair to compare a woman in her 30s with two women in college, I doubt Ms. Trump watched "Sex in the City." Maybe I am wrong. But hers was not a frivolous life on the beach; rather she spent her summers working at a string of lowly jobs and learning business from the ground up.
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air had a slightly different take but arrived at the same conclusion.
The GOP had a trainwreck in Cleveland. Is that a good thing?
Traditionally speaking, the Republican national convention would look like a near-total debacle. In the era of television, major-party conventions have become tightly choreographed displays of party unity, bland speeches hailing the nominee, and almost entirely forgotten by everyone except the delegates after the usual polling bump recedes. By that measure, the GOP’s four-day event in Cleveland was a debacle: floor fights, a vanquished primary candidate telling the world from a prime-time main stage speaking slot that he didn’t support the nominee, and a plagiarism scandal that went on at least a day longer than necessary thanks to attempts to rationalize it away.I can see his point. Romney's convention went by the book. So did his campaign. He did everything his consultants told him to do.
Trump is a rookie in politics, but he is quick on the uptake. And while the experts built a Titanic, Trump built a Noah's Ark. But he brought an authenticity to his campaign that was missing with Romney -- who really was a good man in 2012 and I do not regret that vote. He's since grown into a bitter old man, a warning for me in my next decade or two.
Morrissey quote Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post to make the point that Democrats should be worried:
Requirements for a successful convention next week in Philadelphia are modest. First, the Democrats need to display real party unity rather than the simulated kind; voters will be able to tell the difference. To that end, the speech by Bernie Sanders on Monday night will be tremendously important. If he goes all in for Clinton — and shows some enthusiasm about it — the Democratic Party’s built-in demographic and electoral college advantages will be able to kick in.
Beyond that, the convention needs to portray Clinton as a human being, rather than the grotesque caricature painted by Republicans; draw a contrast between her vast experience and Trump’s dangerous ignorance; demonstrate that she was enlightened, rather than annoyed, by the issues Sanders raised; and paint a positive vision of the nation’s future.]Good luck on making Hillary look authentic. No one has succeeded doing that in 25 years of truying.
Trump is who he is. Voters get that the public Trump is not the private one.
Was this week's convention the best convention Evah? I have no clue.
But it was a winner despite the Never Trump/liberal attempts to spin it.
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