ROMNEY WORDSWORTH – It is the week of the Republican National Convention and you know what that means: It’s Trump Week! Let’s get started:
The evening started prophetically with Radio Host Laura Ingraham giving a barn burner of a speech that had the delegates on their feet and shouting, shaking the building rafters. Ingraham started with personal stories of the American ethic of hard work, and then veering into a warning to the former Republican primary candidates that were due to follow her later that evening: “This isn’t the time for little boys with bruised egos and hurt feelings. Remember your pledge! Endorse Donald Trump! Do it tonight!” She also memorably castigated the Media for not exposing the crimes and corruption of Hillary Clinton. Pointing her finger directly at the TV audience, Ingraham thundered at the media: “DO YOUR JOB!”
Sadly, Ted Cruz refused to take this advice. Ted Cruz came out and gave a speech that wallowed in melancholy. His only concession to graciousness was to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination. Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump even while the floor delegates howled that they wanted Trump. Exhibiting peculiar tone deafness to the crowd he was speaking before, Cruz would only encourage voters to “vote their conscience”. Outraged delegates booed him off the stage, and Cruz’ wife Heidi had to be escorted out of the arena by police for her own safety.
Cruz succeeded in showing himself to be a small man who could not overcome his personal feelings to put the party and the country before himself. If he had hoped to set himself up for a Presidential run in 2020, he only managed to bury his own political aspirations, earning the wrath of the party faithful. In that, he joins a very lonely little political island of exile with John Kasich, Jeb Bush, and Ken Cuccinelli. Cruz missed the opportunity to show he was a big enough man to brush off the past insults and hurt feelings to do what is needed to save the Republic. It was an act of self-pitying political suicide.
Tellingly, in the aftermath even a majority of Ted Cruz supporters said they were aghast at what Ted Cruz had done. In an odd way, Cruz drove more of his supporters into the Trump camp than he could have with a perfunctory endorsement.
Trump walked into the Convention Hall at the exact moment that Cruz was being booed off the stage, and it is now being whispered that the Trump campaign knew what Cruz was going to do and they let him do it, calculating that it would act to unite the party behind Trump. If true, it was a risky move, but it was one that paid off. That kind of cunning and leadership is needed by America in its dealings with our foreign competitors and enemies abroad.
Newt Gingrich immediately followed Cruz’ act of self-immolation and tried his able best to rescue Cruz from himself. Gingrich gamely noted in spontaneous remarks before his prepared speech that, if you carefully digest what Ted Cruz said, he said that staying true to the Constitution was the most important thing to vote for in November, and that voters should “vote their conscience”. Since Hillary Clinton will never be faithful to the Constitution, that only leaves Donald Trump. Gingrich declared that “a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton”. All very true.
Gingrich then went on to masterfully present the case for how Hillary Clinton has made America less safe, and her tenure as Secretary of State was an unmitigated string of disasters. Gingrich is a brilliant speaker and I hope to see him serve in a Trump Cabinet position, as long as he is on a short leash and cannot further the agenda of the Globalists.
Eric Trump, third child in the Trump clan, spoke eloquently of what kind of man his father is. He related how Donald Trump finished building a skating rink in Central Park in six months, after the City of New York had failed to complete the project for six years at the cost of millions of dollars. Eric promised the voters that this kind of no nonsense efficiency would be brought to Washington if his father is elected President. Eric also spoke glowingly about his father’s patriotism, noting that he was running for President because the country needed competent leadership, not because he needed the job. I would have added that he also isn’t running for the job to stay out of prison, like Hillary is.
The evening was finished off by Mike Pence accepting the party’s nomination for Vice-President. While Pence’s content was a rehash of many points already made against Hillary Clinton, I was pleasantly surprised by the strength of Pence’s delivery. He has a great voice, which should not be surprising since he at one time hosted a radio show. Pence showed wit and charm, and a pleasant cadence that encouraged the audience to stay interested in what he had to say. This bodes well for the campaign trail from here to November, although I still have reservations on how Pence will react under the relentless, vicious media assault that is no doubt be prepared. Few men have the fortitude to have their reputations and their honor, as well as their family members, dragged through the mud as our Left Media does to Conservative candidates. He broke and ran on protections for personal religious liberty in Indiana. Congeniality is all well and good, but the nation cannot afford a second act of political cowardice from Pence.