Well, it’s not going to be the hells-a-poppin’, anything goes, contested convention that everybody thought it was going to be. In fact, my bet is, it’s probably going to be somewhat mundane. It’s going to be a time of telling how great America used to be…what’s happened to it under Barack Obama…and how Donald Trump is going to make it great again. Sound familiar? It really sounds like the “out party’s” convention for the last 50 years.
But overall, the GOP is going to be doing something that is going to be underneath the surface. You’re going to be seeing (I think) a party that is more “together” than mainstream liberal media folks believe or want. Somehow, I believe that most in the party, not all but most, have now reached the point where they know Donald Trump has been named their nominee. It hurts them, because someone that has no experience in politics has defeated the best and brightest the party could throw at him. But that is what the world is looking for now. Just look at England. Just look at what was tried in Turkey (which is much different for a variety of reasons, but still…), and you’re seeing this world-wide push to throw out the old and bring in the new.
What is going to happen in Cleveland this week will heal for the most part, the Republican Party. When it’s over, Trump will most likely get a bump. It won’t last because the Democrats are starting their get together in Philly the next week. And Hillary’s bump won’t last long either. I really expect this to be Trump’s moment. He needs to show the world he can be presidential. He needs to show the world that not only can he run billion dollar businesses, and star in reality TV shows, but he can be civil and presidential, and not say stupid things all the time.
I think the addition of Mike Pence to the ticket was a fine choice. Pence has proven himself to be a winner in every sense of the word, and is a rock-ribbed conservative, which will counter-balance Trump’s more moderate leanings. It’s already starting to show in the polls, and though we’re still a millennia away from the election, he’s starting to pull away as more people see what he’s capable of, and compare that to what Hillary Clinton is capable of. There is no contest when you look at that!
People could very well get bored this week in Cleveland, and I say that’s ok. These conventions have spent the last 45 years as boring TV programs that have watched their ratings plummet to the point most of the major networks only cover them for an hour or so a night. The major excitement of the old conventions is gone…and though the mainstream press would love to see 1968 Chicago-style riots and protests, and will zoom in on any that are evident, I think the message coming out of Cleveland will be much different. It will be one of more unity, and less flame-throwing. At least that’s my hope!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!