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Day Three: The Crackdown Culminates

The GOP’s nomination of Donald Trump looks like a Pyrrhic victory for him and the party.

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Donald Trump Jr. gestures to the crowd after delivering a speech on the second night of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
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Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland made it official last night: Donald Trump is now the party’s 2016 presidential nominee. That has been effectively a foregone conclusion since Trump became the presumptive nominee, back on May 3rd—as has the fact that Trump’s victory would prove pyrrhic for the party he now leads. Over the past two months I’ve heard many, many Republicans strenuously rationalizing Trump’s ascent, but no amount of spin can negate the basic truth of the matter: the GOP has now nominated Trump for president of the United States. There’s really no reason for any Republican to celebrate that.

Most Republicans, in fact, are not celebrating that, and during yesterday’s proceedings it occurred to me that winning the nomination has arguably been a pretty pyrrhic victory for Trump, too. His eldest son, Don Trump Jr., spoke on his father’s behalf last night, and it was probably the best speech anyone has given about Trump at the convention thus far, because it was the first one that was clearly about Trump. (As BuzzFeed’s Joel D. Anderson points out, the revelations that Melania Trump pilfered freely from the speech Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic convention mean that the speech she gave about her husband on Monday was, in a sense, about Barack Obama.)

Don Trump Jr.’s account of his father’s determination, of the look that comes into his eyes when he’s told that he can’t do something, had a slightly ominous subtext for those who read McKay Coppins’s report last week about Trump’s long history of believing himself to be unduly scorned and sidelined. In any case, the speech was, at least, a plausible account of Trump’s character, from someone who knows him well. Everyone else, thus far, has had far less to say about Donald Trump than about Hillary Clinton. At the midway point of the convention, it’s abundantly clear that this is Trump’s main—if not only—attribute as a presidential nominee: he’s not her. We’ll see how well that will work in November. Polling, thus far, suggests that it’s not enough.

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  • José

    Five thirty-eight dot com had some amusing statistics about the speeches last night. Yesterday’s theme was “Making America Work Again” and it was the day that Trump was formally nominated, yet the most commonly uttered key words were not “work” or “jobs” or “business” or “Donald” or “Trump”. Nope, by far the words most often recited were “Hillary” and “Clinton”.
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/live-blog/gop-convention-day-two-election-2016/?#livepress-update-13923553
    Now that’s just pathetic. The GOP loves to dig at President Obama because he won’t scream “radical Islam” (which ironically is something that Republicans and ISIS both want him to do), but they can barely force themselves to mumble the name of their own newly selected party leader.
    No party deserves support if it runs away from its candidates and is unable to explain specifically how it plans to govern. There’s a word for this party—losers.

  • Unwound
    • Sacagewea

      Taking bets?

      • Unwound

        well, as chris hooks mentioned on twitter when the whole cruz thing was announced, speaking at the convention IS an endorsement.

        • Sacagewea

          Cruz will weasel-word that diagnosis if Trump loses.

        • Erica Grieder

          again, called it in May (and more recently, this week, since I didn’t understand then why there was so much speculation about this): http://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/ted-cruz-chooses/

          • Unwound

            Nope, you were right. I figured he would fall in line. I don’t think anyone thought he would try to screw trump this bad. He might also have gooned himself out for 2020.

            But hey breitbart reported he was gonna endorse and those guys never screw up.

    • Unwound

      *gasps* a breitbart source was wrong!! *Faints*

  • Sacagewea
    • Not too surprised by this. I am surprised that they are keeping it fairly low-key considering Manafort’s mouth foaming on the various news shows.

      • Sacagewea

        Someone here in NH told me (take that for what it’s worth) that Ms. McIver is not registered as a political adviser and thus her “help” with the speech may have been illegal.

    • José

      So were they lying when they said it wasn’t plagiarism or are they lying now when they say it is? It’s so hard keeping up!

      • Sacagewea

        Lies, lies, everywhere lies . . .

  • Wilson James

    Hopefully after a disastrous November the GOP will regroup, rid itself of the Cruz-Huckabee-Carson Faction-O’-Zealots and start thinking about contributing to the success of the country. Gnashing teeth over Hillary has been a 25 year obsession of the party at the same time the talent level of their candidates reached rock bottom. The GOP needs to think about helping to govern, not on stopping the more talented from governing. The abject cowardice of Paul Ryan and other in their party over country knee bending has been telling. Waiting to see if Cruz bows to his master this afternoon.

    • WUSRPH

      A nice dream, but it is more likely that Ted and company will chant the same “if only we had nominated a REAL CONSERVATIVE” mantra the far rightists proclaim after every one of their defeats and try to drag what remains of the GOP even further toward the edge. Trump, meanwhile, will either drop out of politics or launch a new neo-fascist effort effectively outside the party. .We can only hope it is the former.

      • BCinBCS

        W, I had a real eye-opener about this over at LG&M when I read some commentary posted by Paul Campos. He stated: (bold is mine)

        So the Republican party is now the party of Trump, but does that party have a real future in presidential and/or national politics? … What happens when a real politician decides to try to step into the Donald’s oversized clown shoes?

        • WUSRPH

          That will be when it gets really frightening…..

          • John Johnson

            You have this thing about Hitler, don’t you? Almost a fetish, I would say.

          • WUSRPH

            Nope….just can recognize similarities when they arise. Too bad your knowledge of history is so limited.

          • John Johnson

            History is one thing; trying to turn everyone you don’t like into a Hitler is ridiculous.

          • WUSRPH

            There are many people I don’t like that I do not compare to Hitler…..The Troll is one…..He isn’t smart enough.
            But I do admit that, looking at Trump in the light of history and the light of the many similarities between his character (such as Erica notes his

          • Wilson James

            You can deal with the troll as most of us did. “this user is blocked” made most of his posts much more intelligent and topical.

          • Beerman

            Comparing Trump to Hitler is a very valid argument. Both are “Caesars-type” leaders. Hitler led Germany into despotism and darkness, and Trump’s rhetoric illustrates a definite direction into despotism and darkness using hate and fear as vehicles to power.

    • Unwound

      trumps voters arent going anywhere. theyre going to demand their candidates continue to go more extreme. now that trump has laid the template on how to get these voters, someone else will follow it next time, only more efficiently.

    • I think both Unwound and WUSRPH have the right of it. The party is going to split with those supporting Trump and those supporting the Tea Partiers (Cruz & company) each claiming legitimacy of the GOP. With those who boycotted the convention, like the Bush’s, either becoming independents or libertarians.

      The question is will the split happen before or after Nov 8th?

      • Unwound

        or there will just be an uncomfortable alliance, like the dems have between liberals and DLC neocons.

        • Maybe, but I think that there is too much spilled blood on the ground for them to forge any kind of working alliance.

          • Unwound

            id actually put the trump and cruz voters together. both extreme, both yammering about “outsider” status and harnessing tea party votes. really only two factions- white supremacy tea party morons, and establishment. after the election they’ll come together opposing clinton and you’ll see more of the mcconnell/boehner “hey were just like you” talk.

          • I agree that both sides are extreme but beyond both claiming outsider status they really don’t have any common ground.

            With the way the tea party/Cruz supporters were shut down at the convention – that’s a pretty big gulf to bridge. If they were allowed to bring their grievances to the floor and defeated there maybe I could see them forging an alliance. Hatred of the Democrats and Hillary isn’t enough to keep them together. Enemy of my enemy will only go so far…

          • Unwound

            so youre saying trump supporters are NOT tea party members?

          • I think most of them are supporters of candidates like Cruz, Rubio, Perry, etc. They were just as fractured by too many choices early on in the primaries as the so-called establishment candidates. They never coalesced around either of the final two of Cruz & Rubio and moderates simply didn’t turn out thinking that Trump was a fluke allowing him to take the lead. In the past 3 presidential election cycles there have been too many candidates, too much invective, leaving the GOP with mortally wounded candidates who couldn’t defeat Obama.

            Trump took advantage of it tapping into that seething core of resentment that is there under the surface of the middle and lower middle class, blue collar, and working classes that have seen little to no recovery in their economic situations.

            These aren’t the typical tea party supporters – much of the tea party is the middle to upper middle classes, the small-medium business owners, those that have seen some recovery but have borne the lion’s share of the tax burden

            It’s the former group’s sons and daughters who’ve died in the middle east, their jobs that took the greatest hits, they lost their homes and have yet to be able to buy another, and Trump gave them the perfect scapegoats for their frustration and resentment giving them fantasy solutions of banning and registering muslims, expelling illegal immigrants, giving a feel good slogan that gives them hope.

            Unrealistic hope combined with deep seeded resentment and contempt is a very dangerous thing when dealing with a populace.

          • Unwound

            we’re going to disagree with the demographics on this one.

          • That’s ok. I admit most of my opinion on the demographics is a combination of articles I have read, listening to Trumps speeches, and real life observations of people I know who identified as Tea Party and or Republicans and who either supported Cruz or Trump. I think that there is some crossover between those demographics but that the majority of which fall where I outlined.

            Many people I know IRL who identified as Tea Party are either voting for Johnson or are undecided at this point, very few have said that they can vote for Trump. I know many women in all age brackets who are planning on voting for Clinton, because Trump winning is something they do not want to see happen. The ones who can not hold their nose and vote for Clinton are most likely going to vote for Gary Johnson.

            Most of the people I know who are voting for Trump are men. They are overwhelmingly white, if they are 40 they tend to be similar to JJ, small business owners who feel betrayed by the GOP “Establishment” or are blue collar entrepreneurs. I can name about a half dozen women of my acquaintance who have said they will vote for trump and I know of only 2 who eagerly support him.

        • WUSRPH

          There comes a point where that kind of an alliance cannot sustain the pressure…..I remember trying to stay a Republican of a more moderate “Eastern/liberal/Rockefeller/Brook, etc.” persuasion in the late 60s. I held on by my finger tips until Nixon finally made me a Democrat.

          At some point, either the Trumtarians or the “Real Conservatives” are going to split…..just which ones end up with the name Republican and what is left of the state and national organizations will be the question. I’d put my money on Trump staring a new “Save America’ movement and leaving what is left of the party to Cruz and company.

          • Unwound

            i dont think youll see anything like that for another 10 years, until the boomers start hitting the glue factory. then you might see some moderation as a means of survival.

          • WUSRPH

            I think it will be sooner than you expect. Probably as early as 2020 when the Cruzites have to really face the Trumptarian threat.

          • Unwound

            Any divisions between those two will have dissipated by then and cruz will have Trump’s endorsement.

          • Unwound

            Well apparently tonight changes things.

    • José

      That’s only going to happen if the election is historically catastrophic. It must be not only an Electoral College that looks like 1964 or 1984 but also the Dems winning the House and getting a nice majority in the Senate. The delusional right wingers have an amazing ability to rationalize away their woeful performance and blame everyone except for themselves.

      • Unwound

        and as the polls currently stand, it looks to be a lot closer than anyone anticipated.

        • WUSRPH

          The “close” polls are the national ones, not the various state-by-state polls. Most of them show Hillary winning. Electoral votes is what counts. He can come close in the popular vote but still lose big.

          • Unwound

            well theres no doubt clinton will win, its just going to be a closer election than anyone initially anticipated. it may be an electoral washout but the popular vote margin wont be nearly so wide.

        • For now. A lot can happen in 3 months. Too many opportunities for Trump to open his mouth. And Hillary has some really compelling ads out right now. I predict that the pre and post convention bump is as close as this race gets.

          One of Trump’s top campaign advisor’s is being investigated by the Secret Service for making threats to kill Hillary. Then there is the new rape allegations which are rather compelling. This is going to be the ugliest campaign in memory if not US history.

          http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-conventions/secret-service-eyeing-trump-adviser-baldasaro-clinton-execution-comments-n613601

  • WUSRPH

    I am still staking bets on whether Cruz does or does not endorse. I think he will call for a GOP victory but never mention Trump. That is a weasel way to do it, but that is about as much as Trump can expect or deserves.

  • BCinBCS

    Now that Donald Trump is officially the Republican Party candidate for President, he has burned his brand deeply into their hind-quarters. That sentiment is shared by Jeet Heer at the New Republic>/i> who has an interesting analysis of why it happened and what it means: (bold emphasis is mine)

    …Trump is not an event-making man so much as an eventful one: a man who caught the rising tide of a moment.

    The rising tide that Trump caught was a wave of anger within a GOP base that is infuriated by the direction America is heading in and by the way party elites promise to reverse trends like Obamacare, but never do. Among these angry GOP voters, it’s an article of faith that Democratic presidents have no legitimacy, that the Clintons are corrupt and Obama is a foreigner. What makes the base implacably petulant is the fact that these illegitimate politicians keep winning elections. And the best explanation for why they win is that the GOP elite is craven, that they were unwilling to challenge Obama on his supposed foreign birth or to jail the Clintons for their corruption.

    [snip]

    And now with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Trump’s approach to politics has become squarely mainstream in his party. The Trumpification of the GOP is not likely to go away soon. It’s rooted in some fundamental demographic facts that the party has been struggling with for decades: that it’s increasingly a party of old white people in a nation that is becoming more diverse. Even if Trump loses by a blowout in November, the party is likely to become even more Trumpified because the #NeverTrump people will have left the party—or at least become inactive—while the politicians and activists who are most responsive to his message will have stayed on. That’s how Barry Goldwater conservatism continued to be a force after his epic defeat of 1964, and it’s likely to replicate itself with Trumpism. Like it or not, the GOP will be the Party of Trump for many years to come.

    • Wilson James

      Truly the Party of Trump……I agree with much of what is said below and will burn a candle for the old GOP, hijacked by the whackos.

    • Ron Floyd

      In many ways I am the traditional standard old white guy Republican who is fiscally conservative. I don’t know if Donald Trump will win in November but I hope he does. I also see him as the change the Republican Party needed. I also think Ted Cruz is a self serving idiot and the Bush family apparently did believe they were an American monarchy who deserved on more sot at wearing the crown. However I also believe Hillary Clinton represents the elite of Liberal America and and these elite stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders through the Democratc Party’s rigged nomination process. While I would not have voted for Bernie, he too represented a change that was needed by the Democratc party. Republican Party and Democratic Party power brokers need to recognize the wave of change that is upon them and let the people have their say. The United States was built on these principals

      • Pamela

        Ron
        You won’t get any useful responses here. Look at the screen names: I have noted that several commenters are repetitive and are active on most of these newsletter brief article forums. I suspect they are TM staff trying to make the TM newsletter look relevant and marketable. If they respond to you, the discourse will quickly become name calling.

        • Ron Floyd

          Pamela thanks. No worries, I just wanted to express my thoughts. I have read TM off and on since the 70s and realize my views don’t represent the norm for TM readers but I like the articles.
          God Bless
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  • Unwound
    • BCinBCS

      Imagine that!

      The most amazing part of this news is that it was the 5th Court of Appeals that made the ruling.

      • jammerjim

        Yeah, I did not see that one coming.

    • 203 page opinion! Oh wow. I wonder how badly they just spanked the lege and the goober?

    • dave in texas

      You’d think that at some point, GOP lawmakers would get tired of having their a$$ handed to them by the federal courts. You’d also think they have enough actual work to do, what with the various problems facing the state right now. But that’s obviously asking too much. Next to be summarily dismissed will be the bill (and it’s coming, you know it is) that makes using the “wrong” bathroom a state jail felony.

      • Unwound

        are you kidding? losing feeds into their persecution complex. they love it. abbott wouldnt have a career if he didnt lose so many lawsuits. guaranteeing losing lawsuits is what got paxton elected.

  • John Bernard Books

    JFK’s Camelot is no more….
    “Behold! A new American political dynasty is born!
    Goodnight, Camelot. Move over Bushes and Clintons.
    Meet the entire Trump clan.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/20/new-camelot-born/

    Won’t be the same, you will not see the mob involved, or women drowning, or secretaries swimming nude in the pool…..sniff.

  • WUSRPH

    And the decision to strike down the Voter ID law was issued by the MOST CONSERVATIVE federal circuit court in the county…..That should tell you how bad the law was.

  • WUSRPH

    Here’s an even more important point about the Voter ID Ruling…Now that we have the 5th Circuit ruling that the State of Texas violated the voting rights of Blacks and Hispanics DOES THAT lead to a finding under Section 2 of the VRA that puts Texas back under the pre-clearance requirements of Section 5?It certainly is more ammunition for the law suits trying to do that.

    • John Bernard Books

      Nope SCOTUS has already moved the jack booted thugs foots off the necks of Americans. It will be hard to to enslave them again.

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/j2mfvn3
     

    The National Review joins us who fear the effect of the “momentary passion of the mob” on our society. The question is whether we have reached that point in the life of a political entity where “too much democracy” brings it to an end.

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/zeyp86b

     The National Review says Cruz WILL NOT ENDORSE but I still think he will say vote Republican.

    • Jackson

      How is that not an endorsement of Donald Trump given that Trump has already secured the Republican nomination? Maybe I should be asking the editors at National Review, but at this point they’re likely willing to print anything that would prop up the illusion of the GOP being anything other than a dumpster fire that’s only going to get hotter.

      Or maybe that repulsive opportunist will, like most repulsive politicians would, exhort the delegates to “Vote Republican” so that nobody can say with anything approaching technical linguistic exactitude that he ever endorsed Trump, allowing him to maintain his purity/conservative martyrdom complex heading into 2020 while he and his colleagues ramp up their obstructionist tactics in place of taking action on anything whatsoever while Hillary is POTUS. As an added bonus, friendly journalists will praise his integrity and his willingness to place principle before party. Or something equally misleading and sycophantic.

      Ted Cruz is Exhibit A as to why the United States needs less lawyers running for office, and more engineers, scientists, and statisticians.

      • WUSRPH

        My experience with engineers and scientists both in running for and serving in public office is that they tend to get too hung up in the specifics and are not able to present that “sound bite” that most voters want to hear. (This is a condition they share with most political staff members which is why most of them make horrible candidates. Hillary often has the same problem.)

        (I can’t say about statisticians as I have not known any who ran for office.)

        Jimmy Carter, for al his basic goodness and qualities, is a good example of an engineer in office. He mastered all the details of how to run for office and all the workings of the programs after he was elected, but he just could not say it simply enough. Reagan, on the other hand, could have cared less about how things operate.

        It is a shame that voters are not interested in more details….if they were fewer would be backing Trump….but then you will always have the JJs whose “hope” outweighs any reality.

  • pwt7925

    I propose a National Convention Drinking Game at the nearest bar or (preferably) at home. During the Republican Convention, whenever someone says “We’re going to win BIG”, or “I tell you” or “Hillary”, or whenever Cruz or his supporters say “Constitutional conservative,” take a drink. During the Democratic Convention, whenever someone mentions the Koch Brothers, or Wall Street, take a drink. Other suggestions welcome. Designated drivers essential.

  • WUSRPH

    I, among many I think, are waiting to see how Erica reacts to whatever Cruz does tonight. It will be interesting to see how she interprets either a indirect, tantamount to an endorsement (“vote Republican”) or a speech in which Trump is neither mentioned or endorsed. Will he sell out his “principles” and “go along to get along” or will he stand firm? I hope she does not make us wait until tomorrow to see what she has to say.

  • John Bernard Books

    anti-American dems in Cleveland

    • Unwound

      That flag must have been TERRIFIED

      • I almost want to log out just to see the image or comment – but your comment and my imagination has me LOLing…

  • WUSRPH

    Two “interesting” reports today that suggest that it is just going to get weirder and weirder.

    First, the stories about how Trump plans to let the VP run the day-by-day presidency with full authority over domestic and foreign policy. (I wonder what this leaves for the president. I guess he will be responsible for inspiriting the people and setting overall policy and be called into to referee disputes.)

    And, second, the Chris Christie story that Trump proposes to allow businessmen to hold posts in his government WHILE STILL BEING ON THEIR business payrolls and also holding those jobs. Sort of an ultimate, fox guarding the hen house…..Plus Christie saying that Trump wants to be a new Andrew Jackson and “purge” the government in sort of a Jacksonian “spoils system”

    Except for the businessmen running their businesses at the same time they are running the government it sounds more and more like the approach taken to running a certain European government by a certain “Bohemian Corporal” back in the 1930s.

    • Sam Jacinto

      So is Christie auditioning for the fat Hermann role?

    • John Johnson

      Do you repeat everything you read or hear? It would seem so.

      • WUSRPH

        Only if it is worth commenting on…..

        • John Johnson

          That, for you, would appear to be anything and everything.

          • WUSRPH

            You may have a point there. If I only comment on the things that are “worth commenting on” I certainly would not be commenting on most of what you post.

          • John Johnson

            Oh, that hurt. If only that were true. You can’t help yourself. You write volumes that I certainly don’t read through. Most are self aggrandizing and, if a prognostcation, most often wrong…but I digress…you don’t need me to love you…you have a healthy following of wannabe’s.

          • John Bernard Books

            Its a simple formula, bash republicans lather rinse repeat. Doesn’t take much to please some.

    • Beerman

      I believe that it was George Orwell who wrote that it was “barbaric thought by Hitler camouflaged in seemingly civilized verbal garb turned millions of Germans into madmen.”

      Molly Ivins thoughts on hate and fear propaganda was quite similar to what we are hearing from the Trump campaign: “the message sounds like it was translated from the original German version.”

      The Trump convention is a scary reality show made only for TV. It is unbelievable, to me, that there are voters who can be conned by this garbage. Hopefully, pride and vision will prevail before November.

  • John Johnson

    Poor Erica! She still doesn’t get it. Me thinks she never will. She is just angry.

    She insults anyone and everyone associated with or supporting Trump. We are all fools.

    She suggests that Melania’s two paragraphs somehow made her entire speech about Obama. What a crock.

    Maybe she is growing tired of her TM gig and is angling for a job with Cruz or Perry in their next lives. Not sure where that might be, but neither will ever be President.

    • WUSRPH

      Nor will TRUMP. Thank god.

      • John Johnson

        Hey, Prof. Pedant, if I were you, I would stick with history and stop the prognosticating. You are not too good at it.

        • WUSRPH

          Actually my record is fairly good. I think I have missed on only one statewide race in Texas since 1978…That was the 1990 Perry-Hightower contest……My mistake that time was to assume that Hightower would actually campaign…..which proved to be a total misjudgment.

          • John Johnson

            Just like you to tout state political races and ignore all the other unsolicited prognostications you have volunteered. You are Erica, the two “experts” have terrible political batting averages. Throw in economic “guesses” and you are below the Mendoza line.

    • Sam Jacinto

      You are a fool to be taken in by the greatest con man of our times.

      • Unwound

        Tony Robbins?

        • along with a plethora of con men they are in a class unto themselves.

  • Wesley TX

    Sieg Heil Don Trump Jr.!!!

    • WUSRPH

      The Trumps (plural) seem to have a problem with that. The Donald does it all the time. The extended arm with a clenched fist really belongs to the LEFT from the day’s of the major Socialist Parties in Europe. The flat palm, as you know, was used by those at the other end of the political spectrum. Maybe Trump is trying to tell us that he is a combination of both….That would explain some of his alleged “positions” that Cruz and his like say deviate so much from traditional GOP stands. Of course, we cannot be sure of that because it is really impossible to know just what he is proposing with the total lack of specifics with which he presents them.

      • Wesley TX

        I’m stocking up on popcorn for the Debates!!! 😎

  • Wesley TX

    The latest plan is to try harder to tarnish Hillary in order to make DarnOld Grump look “not so bad” by comparison.

  • Wesley TX

    Let’s see the day after the plagiarized speech which Melania claimed to have written, then DarnOld claimed to have had a Yuuuge Staff write it. Then it was claimed that Hillary made Melania plagiarize Michelle’s speech. Today they trotted out a sacrificial lamb who claims to have written the plagiarized part. I can’t wait till tomorrow. 😎

  • WUSRPH

    I guess I was partially right. I said Cruz would not go beyond saying “Vote Republican” when it came to an endorsement….and this is about as close to that as he apparently will go:

    “And, like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November.”

    BUT
    I said he would never say the word Trump and he did, at least once.

    • WUSRPH

      One small request to the Cruz believers:

      Please, please do not try to compare what Cruz did tonight to Martin Luther’s “Here I stand. I can do no other.” Luther was risking his soul. All Cruz is risking is his political future.

      • John Bernard Books

        Nothing Cruz will do will please you haters…..as we say down on the farm Hillary for prison in 2016.

    • Erica Grieder
      • John Bernard Books

        Most here just don’t get the principle thingy. How was Cruz going to win with the uninformed, if he endorses he’s criticized if he doesn’t…well read the comments.

      • Ok. I’ll say it. You were right about Cruz having the moral turpitude to stand up for his principles. That he would choose them over party loyalty.

        I still wouldn’t vote for him, too many differences on policy, but he has earned my respect in this at least.

      • dave in texas

        I don’t really understand how anyone thought Cruz would endorse Trump in the end. I mean, forget about the petty “Lyin’ Ted” nonsense, Trump insulted his wife and intimated that his father had something to do with the JFK assassination.

      • BCinBCS

        You were correct in May, Erica, and you called it with certainty.

  • John Johnson

    Cruz is an a#*hole! A self-serving a#*hole. I hope he never wins another race. I have learned to dislike him almost as much as Erica hates Trump. I hope he floats into insignificance. If Trump wins, he is well on his way. Cruz sucked up to Trump early on thinking he was going to eventually garner Trump’s support and that of Trump supporters. He pandered; he defended him; then he realized he had miscalculated and had to do an about face. He waited too long. Then the questionable campaign tricks started…first with Carson, and then Rubio. Even many of the Evangelical leaders bailed on him…but Erica thinks he’s special…so does my Rep, Matt Krause. I just don’t get it.

    • WUSRPH

      I gather you did not like the speech.

    • Sam Jacinto

      You are not entirely a fool – you can recognize the canadian for what he is.

    • Unwound

      I’m laughing so hard at this

      • Unwound

        *snicker

    • No, he is a man that stood up for what was right even if it went against party loyalty. If that makes him a self-serving a$$hole in your eyes — so be it.

      • John Johnson

        So be it.

  • WUSRPH

    One last comment on today’s truly big story—-No, not the Cruz speech or the 3rd Mrs. Trump’s plagerism—but the 5th Circuit ruling on the Texas Voter ID law.

    As I read the event it does not necessarily mean that the need to show a Voter ID is gone. Instead, there is a chance that some sort of enhanced identification could still be required IF the State can convince the trial court that it can be done without discriminating against Blacks and Hispanics.

    • Wesley TX

      if it’s SO important to have a Voter ID, then why doesn’t the Voting Registrar issue them in place of the plain card they issue now???

      • WUSRPH

        Because those backing them do not want to make it easier to vote. They, like the Troll, believe that the right to vote should extend only to those who vote RIGHT. It would have been possible to add a picture ID to the voter registration card. It would have raised the cost, but, if insuring the “sanctity of the ballot” were the real reason, the cost would have been justified.

        Almost anyone who works in or around elections knows that the real area of possible fraud is in mailed-in absentee ballots…..but none of the “reformers” have been willing to do anything about that. They would rather make it harder for those who will not vote “right” to have any say in elections.

        • BCinBCS

          I am firmly against disenfranchisement but I have to admit that the system that my county uses is very efficient. They use a scanner to read the bar code on driver’s license that greatly speeds up the old paper based method of voter check-in. I hope that our county (and Texas) keeps this type of system no matter what is eventually developed to fulfill the VRA requirements.

  • Rules of Blazon

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! HA HA HA! BWAAAAAAHAAAHAHAAAHA! THIS CONVENTION IS SO AWESOME!

    • Wesley TX

      it’s Comedy Gold!!!

      • Sam Jacinto

        Not yet comedy gold while so many are still enthralled by con man don (digit). Civilization remains at peril.

  • jammerjim

    This may be the first actual act of public service by Ted Cruz since getting elected to the Senate. Even if I am certain it was also very self-serving.

    • Wilson James

      The party of Trump/Duck Dynasty needed a little reality check from the son of a Kennedy assassination conspirator from Canada. Now that Ryan and Cruz have pretty much shown their colors who the heck will the GOP nominate in 2020? Danny Goeb?

      • BCinBCS

        :-/

  • WUSRPH

    A good illustration of the low opinion Trump (and unfortunately some of the media) have of the public is the suggestion now being made that Trump’s air kiss of Pence topped any impact of Cruz’s speech.

  • Sam Jacinto

    digit (DJT) admits on the tweeter that he saw Rafael’s speech two hours in advance. Next he’ll tell us it was his plan along to embarrass lyin’ ted

  • John Bernard Books

    Newt had to explain Cruz’s speech to the dems.

  • John Bernard Books

    Even Trump won’t be able to get rid of the convicted felons fed workers…
    “During one interview this week, Chris Christie revealed plans to root out Obama administration appointees in the federal government and toss them once the new broom begins sweeping clean. Unfortunately, that’s more easily said than done in some cases. Most appointees can be dismissed when the new administration comes in, but not if they transfer from an appointed position to a regular, career federal employment assignment. As we’ve learned in far too many stories covered here, once that happens it’s virtually impossible to fire them even if they are convicted of felonies.”
    http://hotair.com/archives/2016/07/20/the-trump-plan-to-boot-obamas-burrowing-federal-workers/

    All you have to be is a dem shill like WASSUP and you’re on the taxpayer’s tab the rest of your life.

  • donuthin2

    Well it is almost over and nothing very positive that has come from it, but some signs of imploding. Whoever hoped that things would stay calm on the outside but be kinda crazy on the inside got their wish, at least so far. I would say that the democrats are the big winners as of now.

  • John Johnson

    Erica, can’t wait for your glowing report about how Ted did himself proud last night by holding true to his convictions like other “true believers” are doing. He is a sneak who outsmarted himself over the course of the last several months. He started the subterfuge during the primaries, and his group initiated the wife thing. He walked into a Trump buzz saw that he did not see coming. He is toast. Go ahead, fess up and tell us that you are now supporting Hillary.

    • nickthap

      Man, I love seeing people like you try to rationalize all of this.

    • Unwound

      i agree that cruz may have just hosed himself for 2020. and one thing it seems you can count on- ted cruz being ted cruz. he has FOUR MORE YEARS to make even more people hate him, which is something hes really really good at.

    • Beerman

      JJ, let’s remember that God came in the middle of the night to tell Rapheal Cruz that his son was the anointed Messiah. Maybe, just maybe, last night’s speech was fulfilling the Messianic prophecies in the second coming of Ted Cruz?

      • John Johnson

        Wow! Hadn’t thought of that!!!

  • John Bernard Books

    I couldn’t said it better:
    “When you become outraged at a man who encourages you to abide by your conscience, it means your conscience has already condemned you.”
    http://theweek.com/articles/637539/why-ted-cruzs-huge-convention-gamble-pay-end?utm_source=links&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=twitter

    No dem can understand this…..as they have no principles.

  • John Bernard Books

    I am extremely amused by most of the juvenile rantings that go on here daily and especially by the amped up pontifications of this week. Even the most insidious insiders in the dem party can see the hand writing on the wall……
    “Michael Moore told Bill Maher he thinks that Donald Trump will win the election during Wednesday’s special edition of Real Time With Bill Maher for the Republican National Convention. ”
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-moore-says-trump-is-913121

    What we’ve observed this week at the RNC were delegates having discussions, disagree and agreeing, and coming to a grand conclusion in a political process. We observed a front runner disagreeing with the nominee, most dems did not know that was possible. Dems are puzzled by this process, as they only do as they are told. They have no choice in selecting a candidate, their candidate was selected for them by the DNC. Many voted across party lines as instructed and are confused about which candidate to vote for in November.

    Major differences between parties and philosophies, the RNC is open and transparent and the DNC is deceitful, without principles and doomed to fail again.

    • nickthap

      Haha, moron, jokes on you.

    • BCinBCS

      JBB, you are certainly fact-deficient. Furthermore, you seem to be incapable of learning and changing.

      You repeat, ad nauseam, that Democrats had no choice for whom they could vote yet there were six Democratic primary candidates. You claim that Democrats en masse crossed over to vote for the Republican candidate, Trump, yet I posted survey information to you in previous BB articles that found that the increase in Republican primary voters was due to Republicans who don’t normally vote in primaries.

      I realize that these facts are inconvenient for you but constantly ignoring them merely demonstrates why no one takes you seriously and why most have blocked your comments (not to mention what it says about your mental faculties).

      • John Bernard Books

        What you wrote isn’t true so why waste my time responding…..apparently you lack the ability to comprehende……

        • BCinBCS

          JBB, you realize that what you just posted reinforces my statement about your inability to accept facts and learn from them.

          • John Bernard Books

            yes and yet you still respond….

  • nickthap

    I had to come here today. I really dislike Cruz, but he is literally the only other a-hole big enough to do what he did last night. He napalmed and already burning house.

  • WUSRPH

    “This is not a game. This is not politics,” Cruz added. “Right and wrong matters. We have not abandoned who we are in this country.”

    It is too bad it took him this long to recognize this….It is even worse that so many others do not.

  • WUSRPH

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/politics/donald-trump-issues.html?

    Talk about an invitation to Putin….”What do they mean to us?”..sounds like Chamberlain on Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. In one sentence he abandons nearly 70 years of deterrence…..and puts a dollar sign on freedom. Is this what America will become?

    • BCinBCS

      In that article, Trump stated: I don’t think we have a right to lecture… Look at what is happening in our country. How are we going to lecture when people are shooting policemen in cold blood?

      I was going to point out the many killed, the thousands arrested and hundreds who lost their jobs as examples of Turkey’s excesses in regime cleansing after its attempted coup as only one example of where the U.S. has an obligation to “lecture” but then I realized that it should be obvious and that, if it isn’t, my argument will never change such a jaded mind. Why strive for a better world when we can all be profoundly mediocre.