Cleveland becomes Trumpland, and the laughing ceases

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In a lighthearted column published a year ago to the day, I tried to imagine what Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the 2016 GOP convention might sound like, never really thinking that we would have to witness such a thing in real life. Back then, you may recall, Trump was a political freak show, an aberration that was destined to vanish from the scene like a half-remembered nightmare, leaving behind only a vague sense of dread and relief.

Or not, as it turns out.

Now, one year later, Trump is on his way to Cleveland, where next week he will indeed accept the nomination of the Republican Party to be president of the United States of America. This time though, it isn’t funny, and that once-vague sense of dread now has clarity. This could happen. What began as farce is ending in tragedy, for the Republicans if not yet for the country as a whole.

Every presidential election cycle makes history, but what we’ve seen so far in the 2016 campaign is truly astonishing, in part because so much of what Trump epitomizes directly repudiates so much that the Republicans proudly told us about themselves. The party of family values and the evangelicals has given us a thrice-married, skirt-chasing casino owner more familiar with the bankruptcy code than the Bible. The one-time champions of free trade suddenly back a candidate who promises to impose massive tariffs and forbid the importation of foreign-made goods such as clothing, steel, automobiles and other items. The party that long fancied itself the more serious, sober-minded practitioner of foreign policy has chosen a candidate whose lack of knowledge about foreign policy is exceeded only by his lack of interest in learning about it.

Most importantly, perhaps, the party that after its loss in 2012 concluded that “we need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them,” the party that realized that “If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee … does not want them in the United States, they will not pay attention to our next sentence” — that very same party has has now committed itself to a candidate who scorns Hispanics and claims that a U.S.-born judge of Hispanic descent is not capable of adjudicating a lawsuit against him.

It has also been startling to see how swift and complete the surrender to Trump has been. Initially, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus and others promised that as its nominee, Trump would have to bend to the ways of the GOP, that the GOP would not change to suit Trump. Other party leaders spoke in brutally frank terms about his unsuitability for office, about the dangers of investing a man of his character and instability with the powers of commander in chief. But that resistance didn’t amount to much.

On his march to dominance of the GOP, Trump won a total of 13.3 million votes nationwide, some 46.5 percent of those cast in GOP primaries and caucuses. Winning in November will require some 65 million, from a very different pool of voters. I still don’t think he can do it, although the polls have certainly tightened. A Trump victory in the fall would mean the same thing to America that his nomination means to the GOP, a repudiation of all that we like to tell ourselves about our country.

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rimsky
rimsky

“I watched the president, and sometimes the words are okay. But you just look at the body language and there’s something going on. Look, there’s something going on,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Monday./////

Bawahahaha.

Body language!!!!!!

The people who believe this load of ..... are certifiable morons.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

I heard that the great statesman himself. Scott Baio will have a speaking slot in prime time today. That's right, Charles in Charge. This is too funny.


"Charles its me, Buddy"

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

I'm certain that our conservative friends are going to give Pence they same grief over his Gulf War vote that they gave Clinton, amirite?

Peachs
Peachs

Trump ultimately will have to go left and try to pick up Sanders votes, there is not enough white conservative over 40 votes out there to get the White House.  I could see him selling out to the left and telling his VP to go pray about it but get out of his oval office. 

rimsky
rimsky

@Peachs He don't know how to make a left turn.  You only see that in NASCAR.

Peachs
Peachs

Obama now has a 54% approval rating, the highest percent in modern time.  He is the gorilla in the room, as the right tell us how bad he is.  


Congress is in the low teens, seems a wise man might summarize that what the nation is doing is blaming a broke government on who broke it...

Peachs
Peachs

@OldEngineer @Peachs and Georgia the model of the Republican Party, is close to being a third world economy. 


Man if it worked I would vote for it, but don't give me baloney and call it steak. 

td1234
td1234

@Peachs Where are you getting the 54% from? Gallop has it at 49% and I have seen other polls that has it between 46% to 48%

td1234
td1234

"The nation's active military favors Donald Trump for president over Hillary Clinton by a 2-1 margin, a new survey shows.


The Military Times polling also shows service members are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with both presumptive nominees.
Here's the breakdown in support, according to Military Times:
  • Trump: 49 percent
  • Clinton: 21 percent
  • Libertarian Gary Johnson: 13 percent
  • Third-party candidate: 23 percent
  • Won't vote: 7 percent



JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@rimsky @td1234 did we miss something?

Perhaps you single handedly changed the Electoral College while no one was looking!

All those millions in the big metro areas mean nothing once enough give the electoral college vote.

rimsky
rimsky

@td1234 There is what 500,000 active military personnel.  Go get them votes you will win yuuuuuuuuge.

BTW he won't more than 30 million votes.

A candidate will need North of 65 million votes to win the WH.

Did I get you depressed now?

Peachs
Peachs

@rimsky @td1234 Trump ran in a field of 17 horses, disguising confusion for a landslide. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@rimsky @JohnnyReb @td1234 you can't be serious?  Do you not understand that once enough people in state give the majority to a candidate the overflow whether a few or millions don't really matter.  The candidate gets the EC votes and that's it.

The point is, its not a popular vote.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Nick_Danger most of us know to ignore the Huff, not only its childish rant but everything.  I never look at them unless they are linked by another site such as Drudge.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Sister of slain Baton Rouge officer Montrell Jackson: ‘It’s coming to the point where no lives matter’

A profound statement.

I hear 'ya Joycelyn! 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I remember well when so many, Right and Left, were so critical of President Obama on this blog.  My opinion of him has never veered from the time he ran for office - I think he is an outstanding, elevated person, and will be known as one of America's best presidents, if not a transformational president.


Likewise, my opinion of Hillary Clinton remains the same, and I believe that it will continue to be so.  I think if Americans are not wise enough to see her value to our nation, especially at this time in America's history, they will deserve the very rocky, bumpy road they will have under Donald Trump. Practically all the negatives about her are political propaganda, imho.  She may have the personality of a school marm, but the lady has vision, intellect, compassion, and leadership ability.  I could not care less about her personality type, especially based on such a superficial trait.  The "crookedness" label is pure political propaganda, made powerful by Trump, and he has NO credibility with me.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@FIGMO2 

EU, US to Turkey: No excuse to break democratic traditions

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Lol. Good times.

Peachs
Peachs

Trump thinks he can parade his weird family out on the stage and forge a picture of Leave it to Beaver.  


The kids are articulate because they are rich, manicured like a punk going to court, with his price tags still on his or her suit.

Peachs
Peachs

@rimsky @Peachs the stuff they must have seen and lived in their short lives, it would mess anybody up.  It is how alcoholic parents in my day raised their kids, making decisions that were entirely selfish and then telling their kids, or whoever else crossed their path, how sorry they were, what a loser, they were. 

rimsky
rimsky

@Peachs You went easy on the Kids Mr. Peachs.  LOL

Peachs
Peachs

@InTheMiddle2 @Peachs i am jealous of Obama, two beautiful children, one going to Yale, a solid marriage, live in mother in law, yet never mentions family values, doesn't have to, he would do it no matter the politics, it is call real for those not use to seeing real. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Reason 372 why Trump cannot win - the Latino vote.  A Republican needs at least 40% or more of that vote.  Trump has driven off blacks, Asians, gays, women, and college educated people of all races - he'll need at least that many Latinos.


He won't get them.


In 2004 - Bush won 40% of that vote.  McCain won 31%; Romney 27%.  


Trump is polling at 14%.

Peachs
Peachs

@CherokeeCounty my fear is how easy people forget and vote for something that is advertised right to them. 

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Peachs @CherokeeCounty 

I remember a wonderful Letter to the Editor in AJC by an Anglo man married to a Latina reminding everyone that Latins are very slow to forget an insult--he knew.

DaltonbywayofBickley
DaltonbywayofBickley

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” – William Blake


Hope everyone starts the week with a clean perspective, an open heart and good will toward everyone around them.

Peachs
Peachs

@DaltonbywayofBickley The Republican Party is going to give us a three day infomercial, that the press carries at their expense.  That is my clear perspective. 

lvg
lvg

Three police bodies are not even cold and the Trumpster is using their shootings for political gain. Only he can stop the shootings of Police. It will be Yuge.

Peachs
Peachs

@lvg These rural areas of the US, are populating too fast, and cutting their budgets in concert, resulting in untrained police. 

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@lvg Holding Trump to higher standards than Obama, YOU must be a liberal.