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At Tuesday’s session of the Republican Convention, the roll call of delegates officially put Donald Trump well over the top to be the nominee. So could we all stop pitching fits now and get together to defeat Hillary Clinton? Even Paul Ryan and Mitch McDonnell made speeches about the importance of electing Donald Trump. It’s time for the NeverTrumpers to get over it. The key to victory is spelled “UNITE,” not “UNTIE.”
If you missed the broadcast and are catching up on the Internet, here are a few highlights to look for. One of the most quotable speeches was by Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund. Warning that a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court would spell the end of Second Amendment rights, Cox said this:
“Make no mistake: this election is not about the next four years. It's about the next 40 years.”
And as to Hillary's life of privileged double standards, he added: “What's so outrageous is for the rest of her life, Hillary Clinton will never even think about dialing 911. For the past 30 years, she hasn't taken a walk, a nap or a bathroom break without a good guy with a gun there to protect her. So it's easy for her to dismiss a right that she'll never have to use...In America, there cannot be one set of rules for the Clintons and another set for us.” Not surprisingly, the ending got a roar of approval from that crowd.
Chris Christie’s speech was another highlight. Pundits thought he wanted to be Trump’s veep, but he was obviously auditioning for Attorney General, a job Hillary must be praying he never gets. Christie laid out the evidence for Hillary’s incompetence, dishonesty and relentless pursuit of self-interest over the national interest case-by-case, each time asking the crowd, “Guilty or not guilty?” Each time, they roared back, “Guilty!,” except for the times when they started chanting, “Lock her up! Lock her up!” (Granted, it would be hard to find 12 impartial jurors in that room – nobody there is uninformed enough to be impartial about Hillary.)
The talking heads have criticized the GOP Convention so far for attacking Hillary too much (and I’m sure the Democratic Convention will be a lovefest for Donald Trump). I’ve been to a lot of political conventions in my day, and most knock the opposition, but this is the first time I can recall chants built around sending the other party’s nominee to prison. But then, they come with speeches laying out the convincing legal case for doing so. Remember Al Gore leading chants of “It’s time..for them…to GO”? I could imagine this convention ending in chants of “It’s time...for her…to GO...to jail!”
Another speaker worth watching was Donald Trump Jr. This young man is one of the most impressive discoveries of the election season. He’s razor-sharp, handsome, articulate and principled; and he gave one barnburner of a speech. Pundits who mocked the idea of there ever being a President Trump might someday find themselves being proven wrong twice.
Finally, my favorite moment from the punditry came on Fox News, when a former Hillary aide turned New York Democratic Party official tried to brush off Christie’s litany of Clinton failures as Secretary of State by insisting that she had many fantastic accomplishments that will be highlighted at the Democratic Convention. Asked to name a few, the first thing that came to mind was that she “led the conversation in talking about climate change.” I find it adorable that Democrats think that talking about the weather is an accomplishment worthy of a promotion to President.