Some takeaways from that thing up in Cleveland:
While Chris Christie, New Jersey’s intellectually challenged governor, was smugly trashing Hillary Clinton as the RNC’s piñata in his speech to a bloodthirsty audience that shouted “lock her up!!!”, his state was in a stranglehold by his ordered shutdown of billions of dollars of road projects frozen in a legislative deadlock on funding. Meantime, Christie’s pal, David Samson, has pleaded guilty for his nefarious role as the chairman of the Port Authority of New York in the Bridgegate scandal. Christie said he will look into the situation when he returns from Cleveland. By then he will have figured out a way to indict Clinton for creating the traffic nightmare. (Who said the greatness of democracy is that anybody can make a damn fool of himself in public and get away with it?)
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Every political gathering must endure the hacks in its ranks, so it seems only right to choose the leading contender for the title at the convention. My choice is House Speaker Paul Ryan, who somehow has managed to rise to the third highest office in the land without any known merit badges. His chief asset according to his bios is that he gives copies of Ayn Rand’s books to all of his staff members.. Scorned and threatened earlier by ringmaster Donald Trump, he now finds himself jitterbugging for Trump’s ego. It’s on the job training for a guy from Wisconsin who was of little use in Mitt Romney’s campaign and will have even less on his candidate’s one-man-band.
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Watching Rudy Giuliani’s hysterics from the stage, one got an excellent view of how far a washed-up pol will go in a bid to become relevant. Why should we care? By the way, didn’t see Sarah Palin, who had given Trump a rousing loony endorsement earlier in the campaign, in the crowd. Is she no longer relevant either?
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Trump’s upstaging arrival in the hall in the closing moments of Ted Cruz’s speech will tell you that regardless of his billions, he has not an ounce of class. Would you endorse a candidate who implied that your father had a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy?
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At lunch yesterday, a former newspaper colleague said he had the awful feeling that we are now living in the 1930s of Nazi Germany. Clip and save to take it to the polls in November.