Saturday, July 16, 2016

In anticipation of the Republican National Convention 2016

Nobody really knows who's going to speak or what they're going to say (Benghazi?  Monica?  Watergate?  Was Tim Tebow's slot a baseless rumor?  Or the incompetence of the Trump Campaign?).  But we had a preview, and it looks like it's gonna be ugly:

Yes, that was the music playing as Trump came out to make his VP announcement.  And then, according to Ezra Klein, it got weird:

What started as farce continued as farce. Trump emerged without Pence. He spoke, alone, at a podium adorned with Trump’s name, but not Pence’s. And then Trump proceeded to talk about himself for 28 minutes. There is no other way to say this than to say it: it was the single most bizarre, impulsive, narcissistic performance I have ever seen from a major politician.

At this point Klein is right:  you just have to follow the link and watch the video for yourself.

It was all about Trump, and then the closing:

When Trump finally stuck to Pence, at the end of his lengthy speech, he seemed robotic, bored, restless. He recited Pence’s accomplishment like he was reading his Wikipedia page for the first time, inserting little snippets of meta-commentary and quick jabs as if to keep himself interested.

The final humiliation was yet to come: Trump introduced Pence and then immediately, unusually, walked off the stage, leaving Pence alone at the podium.
As Ezra says, Trump is not running for the host of "America:  The Show."  But if this is any indication, four nights in Cleveland is going to be an epic garbage fire that concludes with a massive train wreck.  It's going to be so bad it'll be hard to look away.  I already predict it will lead to cries for Clint Eastwood to return, because all is forgiven.

By the fourth night I expect the convention hall to be empty except for Trump and the clean-up crews.  This is going to be epically bad.  Because this is the man the GOP is proposing be the leader of the Free World:

"So many friends in Turkey," Trump said. "Great people, amazing people. We wish them well. A lot of anguish last night, but hopefully it will all work out."

Yeah, I know they've already dropped this logo.  I'm keeping it, though.


  1. Officer! They're looting the Food King!

  2. Oh.... Just incredible. I hadn't known just how incredibly bad it was.

    Imagine, all of those years in show biz and he had no more of a conception of how to do this than that.

    I predict Mike Pence with be known as Mike Putz by November. This is like someone climbing on to the Titanic as it's listing and people are jumping into the ocean.

    I won't be watching, no TV, but I'll bet if there's not a gun fight on the floor people will tout it as a huge success. I can only imagine what would happen if they'd released the delegates to vote their, um, "consciences".

    Will the bikers be doing security? Because they could stage a repeat of Altamont, only with semi-automatics, everywhere.

  3. It appears that someone working publicity for the Trump campaign has a yoooge grudge against him. Or perhaps it's simple incompetence and inexperience. Calling Molly Ivins for a word from the beyond! You can't make this stuff up, the entire mess from the logo to the choice of Mike Pence, someone Trump clearly does not want around. This marriage is not made in heaven. If you made up the story, everyone would say it's incredible.