He brought a new-car freshness to the Trump campaign, which face it, is a year old and could use a little oomph. He reminded me of the general briefing the president.
Pence showed he was a team player, while Ted Cruz earlier in the night showed he is all for Ted Cruz.
In a half-hour oration, Pence said "Donald Trump" about as often as Obama says "I" in one of his speeches. The deference to Trump showed a maturity that matched his tanned face and white hair. He's 57, an age that is a sweet spot in presidencies. Republicans and the nation are assured that if something happens to Trump, Pence will not miss a beat.
Earlier, Cruz tried to hijack the night by taking the stage and refusing to endorse Trump. His reward was a chorus of boos. Cruz showed how presidential he is. Instead of grace, he showed crass. Looked to me like political suicide. Certainly it was infantile. Maybe he was under the impression that there are more than a couple of holdouts left in the party.
Cruz is the Republican Obama. Big ego. Loves the mirror. Has never done a damned thing outside of politics.
From Fox News:
One RNC official called Cruz’s speech “classless,” while a senior GOP operative on the convention floor told Fox News, “I could not believe it. I literally could not believe [Cruz] didn’t endorse Trump. I’m speechless.”
Cruz, a rival of Trump’s during primary season, was booed off the stage after ignoring cries from delegates to formally back the presidential candidate.
The cacophany of noise and discontent was amplified when the nominee himself walked into the Quicken Loans Arena as Cruz was finishing his speech.Byron York observed:
Cruz is an extremely difficult position. Not only are his emotions involved in the decision, but there are a significant number of Never Trump voices who would cheer a Cruz refusal to support Trump. They assume Trump will lose in November and that Cruz can score I-told-you-so points.
The problem is, there are a lot more rank-and-file Republicans who will remember a GOP candidate who refused to endorse his own party's nominee.Trump's reaction?
Wow, Ted Cruz got booed off the stage, didn't honor the pledge! I saw his speech two hours early but let him speak anyway. No big deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2016
Cruz united the party faithful last night. A few diehards in DC insist this hurt the party, or Cruz was right to use the national stage to imply it is unconscionable to vote for Trump ("vote your conscience") but most of the delegates assembled realized he was a jerk who now symbolizes all the jerks who are still holding out.
But it was Pence's night. He stood on the world stage -- other countries know our politics better than we do -- and delivered a terrific speech. That's the takeaway.
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