Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination was, objectively speaking, a mess. It was too long, too angry, too humorless, too mendacious, too repetitious, not at all poetic and poorly delivered — but it might have worked. With Trump, it’s hard to know.Read more
Every presidential nominating convention is an exercise in making one’s candidate look like the second coming of George Washington with a bold plan for the future while simultaneously portraying the other party’s candidate as a pitiful mediocrity clinging to the failed policies of the past. The 2016 Republican National Convention has gone a dramatic step beyond.Read more
Melania Trump’s plagiarism controversy had a good run on cable news and in the Twittersphere, but the 2016 Republican National Convention seems to be quick to hit the reset button to provide a fresh 24-hour brouhaha. The newest one came Wednesday night when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump’s toughest competition in the Republican primaries, was given a prime speaking spot on the evening program.Read more
John Kasich has gone AWOL from a political party that has gone rogue.
When Cleveland was picked as the site of the Republican National Convention a couple of years ago, Kasich, as the Republican governor of Ohio, certainly expected to be a featured speaker and busy participant in the event. And, of course, in his biggest dreams, he pictured himself as the party’s nominee.Read more
Donald Trump and Mike Pence are quite the odd couple. Pence and Trump disagree on a significant list of issues, including trade, gay marriage, the Iraq war, Medicaid expansion, entitlements and immigration of Muslims. One of them, Pence, is a veteran politician, the other, Trump, cannot claim a single day of governmental experience.Read more