Trump is now the Republican nominee

The roll call of states has been concluded, and Donald Trump is now officially the Republican presidential nominee.  Discuss. [Read more…]

Mrs. Trump lifts from Mrs. Obama’s speech

In her speech before the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump lifted, without attribution, passages from Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2008!

Compare what was said after the jump.  (I don’t blame Mrs. Trump.  I blame whoever wrote her speech.  This is another yet blot on Trump’s campaign staff.) [Read more…]

Missing the smoke-filled room

Delegates opposing Donald Trump disrupted the choreography at the Republican national convention.  They booed, yelled (“shame!”  “roll call vote!”), and walked out after their petition to have the convention vote on freeing the delegates was gaveled down without a roll call vote.

In other news, Donald Trump defied the tradition that the candidate only appears on the last night to receive the nomination, showing up to introduce his wife Melania, who was the main speaker of the night.

After the jump, Jonah Goldberg argues that picking a candidate at an open convention, with pols negotiating in smoke-filled rooms, is a superior way of fielding a strong candidate, as opposed to all of the primary mini-elections, in which even non-party members can often have a say. [Read more…]

The Republican National Convention starts today

The 2016 Republican Convention starts today in Cleveland, Ohio.  It may be a strange one.  Most A-list political speakers are not coming, but we will be getting lots of athletes whom presidential nominee Donald Trump hails as “winners.”  A big number of the delegates who will be voting for Trump nevertheless do not care for him, which might mean the traditional spontaneous demonstrations will lack their normal enthusiasm.  There are worries about protests and violence outside the hall and what NeverTrump delegates inside the hall might do, though the insurgent delegates seem pretty much defeated.  And no one knows what the candidate himself might do or say.  Republican leadership, though, is working hard to put on a good show.

No, I won’t be liveblogging the convention, or even watching much of it, contrary to my usual practice, since I’m on the road this week.  Feel free to comment upon it here. [Read more…]

Trump picks Pence as VP, quells rebellion

Donald Trump picked Indiana governor Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running-mate.

Pence has been well-regarded by social and religious conservatives.  That reputation was tarnished a bit recently when he first approved of a religious exemption for LGBT laws in his state, but then rescinded it when faced with pressure from corporate interests.  He may have alienated both sides of the debate.

So does Trump’s choice of a conservative, Christian governor and former Congressman make you feel better about supporting him, or might it influence you to do so?

In other news, the effort by anti-Trump Republicans to free delegates to vote their conscience, rather than having to obey the results of their states’ primaries, has failed in the rules committee.  So the way is clear for a Trump coronation in Cleveland, beginning Monday.

Details on both developments after the jump.

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Trump “is the most pro-gay candidate in American electoral history”

Jim Hoft, founder of the Gateway Pundit, a leading conservative blog, has come out publicly as gay.  That was his response to liberals’ defense of Islam after the Orlando shootings.  He believes that Donald Trump, with his tough stance against ISIS and Islamic immigrants and his long-time friendly relationship to gays and their causes, is the best choice for LGBT voters, many of whom (20% according to the latest poll) are rallying to the Trump banner.

Trump’s gay supporters are staging a party at the Republican convention designed to highlight the man who, according to one gay activist, is “the most pro-gay candidate in American electoral history.” [Read more…]


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