GOP convention: Day III

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Locher)

10:46. Strange pivot from #Reagan to “my wonderful wife Karen Pence.”

10:41. Jay Nordlinger

@jaynordlinger

I wonder if Mike Pence will take the opportunity to defend religious liberty. #BetterLateThanNever

10:40. Speaker Ryan’s introduction did not set the place on fire.

10:38. My cold’s worsening. If I watch Mike Pence, I might cough up my toenails.

10:30. From a rhetorical point of view, Gingrich has been the best tonight. And my boo at NRO agrees:

Jay Nordlinger ‏@jaynordlinger 2m2 minutes ago Manhattan, NY

One thing about Newt: He speaks in normal cadences. Not in stagey, slo-mo applause lines. This is a first-rate performer. (And ex-prof.)

10:28. Gingrich’s measured, civil way of distinguishing ISIS-supporting Muslims from the rest would have been a grace note in 2004.

10:24. Fuck you, Newton Leroy Gingrich, for using gays, lesbians, and transgender citizens as fear-mongering ISIS drivel.

10:22. If Eric Erickson is to be believed, the Trump junta knew that Cruz would not endorse and warned him that he’d get booed if he didn’t yield. Cruz did it anyway. The crowd booed. As ILX poster daria g wrote, “so the trump campaign is so incompetent they feel it’s more important for them to put cruz on and orchestrate boos/walk out at the end of his speech to try and make him look bad, rather than.. negotiate some kind of resolution that wouldn’t make this the big story tomorrow because everyone looked ridiculous?”

― arts and crafts THIS GUY (daria-g),

10:16. I can’t see the Trump goon pressing the pistol into the small of Scott Walker’s back.

10:10. Golf courses, real estate projects, steaks, wine, vodka — Trump has built an exemplary empire.

10:04. Another Cruz spawn, who pledges love like a New York delegate does support for Trump. He babbles about Trump not sitting idly while the Pledge of Allegiance is removed from schools as a result of “political correctness.” Right.

9:58. Boos smothered Ted Cruz’s peroration. Hilarious — no one trusts him.

9:55. “Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom.” Well, there’s the rebuke.

9:54. “Love” will bring hope to a “grieving” girl in Dallas. When Ted Cruz mentions love, he snarls.

9:48. “A government that stops admitting ISIS terrorists as refugees.” Another lie.

9:45. Not everybody’s getting up from his or her seats. Despite his mellifluous tones, Cruz isn’t winning them all.

9:44. For the first time in his political career, it seems Cruz mentions “gay”….in a sentence following one in which he calls for “religious freedom.” Nice tip of the hat to Mike Pence.

9:35. Ted Scott, the only person on the planet more oleaginous than Ted Cruz, got a haircut; I can tell because it looks like it’s pressed down with margarine. But he’s not there for charm: he’s there to plant the seed for his 2020 candidacy. Hence the repugnant story about the dead Michael Smith, one of the Dallas cops who died “protecting the protestors who mocked him.” This is a lie. A repugnant lie. The Dallas shooter was a military vet — care to explain how this fact inconveniences you? “Did we do all we ever could?” he asks in Reagan-esque tones.

9:01. Well, maybe if someone shouts the Declaration of Independence as shrilly as Cleveland preacher Darrell Scott he or she will get attention.

8:32. Speaking of things we can’t control, my attorney general Pam Bondi is enunciating like a fifth grader kicked by a mule. “I know Donald, and I’m proud to know Donald,” she says, a reminder that thanks to her buddy and her open purse in the attorney general’s office Donald Trump’s university will not be investigated in Florida. Apparently cocaine and heroin are problems in Florida, smuggled in by illegals who can’t afford to contribute to Bondi’s reelection fund.

8:26. This story, as has been written eight dozen times since July 2016, would have buried anyone else:

John O’Donnell, who was president of the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino and later wrote a memoir about his experience, said Trump blamed financial difficulties partly on African American accountants.

“I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza — black guys counting my money!” O’Donnell’s book quoted Trump as saying. “I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else. . . . Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is; I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.

8:15 Former Marco Rubio staffer Bernie Navarro, who looks like several thousand men of Cuban descent with whom I attended school, said the crowd couldn’t wait for the junior senator from Florida’s speech, which shows Rubio has learned nothing in two months. At the moment he seems likely to win reelection to a Senate for which he has contempt.

8:01. Rick Scott, experimenting with a smile as warm as a orthodontists, exhorts voters to cast party labels aside and vote for “the survival” of the United States. “Who better to let the politicians know they’re fired than Donald Trump?” Scott asks. “We need a president who’s politically incorrect and tells it like it is.” Scott, responsible for the greatest Medicare fraud in the history of the United States, is just the man to deliver the anti-politician message.

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