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Monday, July 18, 2016

Republicans have a great plan in Cleveland

The press made up stories that Mike Tyson and Tim Tebow would speak at the Republican National Convention. Tebow this week is in the Philippines. But what are facts when you are trying to destroy a man and his party?

This will be a sane convention. No Clint Eastwood mumbling to an empty chair.

From the RNC, the prime-time schedule:
Monday: Make America Safe Again
Headliners: Melania Trump, Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Jason Beardsley and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (Mont.). 
Tuesday: Make America Work Again
Headliners: Donald Trump, Jr., U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Ben Carson and Kimberlin Brown. 
Wednesday: Make America First Again
Headliners: Lynne Patton; Eric Trump; former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista; and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, whom Donald Trump has chosen as his vice presidential running mate. 
Thursday: Make America One Again
Headliners: Peter Thiel, Tom Barrack, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump
This is a great theme and a sensible roster of speakers. The themes address the concerns of Americans. We do not feel safe. We want jobs. We are tired of being sold out internationally by our politicians. We want unity. Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal delineated between the protected class in Washington and Manhattan, and the unprotected class.

The press will concentrate on the dissenters, as is the nature of news. But the fact is Trump with his core of maybe a third of the nation prevailed in the primaries and will win in November. What he needs to do is be normal. The election is now a referendum on Donald Trump. He has to show he can be presidential.

In the film, "As Good As It Gets," Jack Nicholson as Mel Udall -- a brilliant but insane writer -- starts taking pills so he can win over the waitress portrayed by Helen Hunt. It's a terrific scene:
Melvin Udall: I've got a really great compliment for you, and it's true.
Carol Connelly: I'm so afraid you're about to say something awful.
Melvin Udall: Don't be pessimistic, it's not your style. Okay, here I go: Clearly, a mistake. I've got this, what -- ailment? My doctor, a shrink that I used to go to all the time, he says that in fifty or sixty percent of the cases, a pill really helps. I *hate* pills, very dangerous thing, pills. Hate. I'm using the word "hate" here, about pills. Hate. My compliment is, that night when you came over and told me that you would never, all right, well, you were there, you know what you said. Well, my compliment to you is, the next morning, I started taking the pills.
Carol Connelly: I don't quite get how that's a compliment for me.
Melvin Udall: You make me want to be a better man.
Carol Connelly: That's maybe the best compliment of my life.
Melvin Udall: Well, maybe I overshot a little, because I was aiming at just enough to keep you from walking out.
A year of bluster by Trump will give way to the normal American man who wants to unite his country. I think he will.
Meanwhile, read my new book and laugh at the nattering nabobs of negativism.


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  1. It sounds like The Donald has a good plan and a solid lineup for speakers. Let's hope the NeverTrumpers and or the Progressive Lefters don't turn it into a circus, a shambles, or worse. - Elric

  2. I'm also worried about rioting. But I really like the idea of themes for each day, and the themes chosen, and their order. Ending with unity. Nice.

    1. Lots of cops and Bikers for Trump.

      You'll see more action in Philadelphia next week.

  3. I thought Clint Eastwood's bit was brilliant. He was talking to an empty chair filled by an empty suit, the empty suit of a man with an empty chest and rock cold heart.

    1. "“In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”
      ― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man"

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  5. I see Trump gave spots to the One True Ted and Little Marco, but they're not considered headliners.

    How sad.

  6. Well said, except the Eastwood comments.

    Clint Eastwood is a Trump supporter, a man who told the truth about Barry Soetoro, and who used an unforgettable picture to show his contempt of this phony empty-suit.

    So far, none have painted that indelible picture better than Clint Eastwood!

    1. I used to think of Obama as the man who leaves no footprints in the snow, but Clint's portrayal of Obama as the Invisible Man is so much more memorable. In a few years, Obama's time in office, I hope, will be but a fading memory of a terrible national nightmare.