Chaos in the RNC

The Corner office (2)Beware, I’m writing on the fly this morning as I watch Morning Joe’s review of the opening night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. I have never seen any coverage for a convention before, unless you count President Bartlet or President Santos in The West Wing, but let’s assume you don’t.

I did not watch more than five minutes of the convention last night, I came in about an hour into it and quite frankly, I didn’t have much interest because I don’t understand the concept or  procedures. I knew it would be the entire focus for my pals on Morning Joe so I waited to get the commentary. What I’m gathering is the Convention was a shit show.

Coverage so far this morning includes interviews with people that were threatened with death for not supporting Trump, hypocritical statements in response to the biggest offense of all: Melania Trump’s speech that included a section that is almost verbatim of a speech that Michelle Obama made in 2008. Watching the video comparing the two speeches, I literally sat, stunned, with my mouth hanging open. It seems, Trump’s philosophy of not using speech writers or political advisors on his team is catching up to him. Today, no one is talking about his words, they are talking about hers (well, Michelle’s) and it’s not good.

Regardless of my feelings for either candidate, especially considering I wrote, just a couple of days ago about who I will be supporting, come November, the lack of political professionalism in this convention is staggering. I can’t imagine this is helping the legitimacy of his candidacy with the GOP. Everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, seem to be appalled by how this happened and that the response they received was that the observers and critics are “absurd”. Yikes.

The larger issue for this campaign, in my amateur opinion, is that Donald Trump continues to insist that he does not have to follow the norms of a presidential campaign. He states that his best advisor is himself, that he doesn’t need speech writers – or speeches for that matter, or traditional campaign structure. His continual dependence on his own skills has started to stall his progress. He got far by speaking directly to the people of our nation, but is now ignoring the other political operatives that he needs to push forward. The same people he will NEED in the event that he becomes President. He cannot lead alone. No one can.

There are three more days of the GOP COnvention, if this was the kick off, I can’t imagine how this will end.

 

Lesser of Evils

Disclaimer: As I finished writing this post, it became glaringly obvious that this became more of a personal rant on our current political environment. It seems that I may be a little more peeved than I had originally anticipated.

I’ll admit, I have been pretty disengaged in the political climate over the last few weeks. Not only have I just not had the motivation to pay attention, but to say I am disappointed with our Presidential candidates is an understatement. Typically, I consider myself to align more with democratic values on the major issues that are of importance to me but during this entire process I have been more engaged with what is happening on the Republican side of the race. Maybe it was the circus that followed Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy that kept me engaged but as the field has narrowed on both sides I find myself underwhelmed.

I am a firm believer that you don’t have to agree with a candidate to believe they would make a good President. It’s pretty naive to think that you will find a nominee who completely aligns with your personal political agenda. What is most important to me is the trust that there is a sensible, intelligent, strong, leader in the Oval Office that can make the right decisions for the benefit of all Americans. I want to know that our President can work with members of Congress to get things done, regardless of their political party. I just want my President to be able to act like an adult. Who knew that would be so hard to come by in 2016?

Other than my underwhelmed reaction to our possible nominees, I was disgusted by the sudden turn this race seemed to take from an issue-based conversation to a schoolyard insult-slinging wrestling match.

jerry-garcia-quotes-19443No, I don’t care about the size of your hands, ears, or any other of your body parts, thank you very much.

I am sick of hearing about how awesome Donald Trump is that he only consults with HIMSELF on policy issues. Himself? Are you kidding me!?

Oh, you’re going to revoke my woman card for NOT voting for Hillary? Awesome. Delegates via threats. Congrats.

There’s not much I can say about Bernie. I think he is running a great issue-based campaign and I applaud him for that, however, if you think that he’s going to walk right into the White House and be able to get any of his agenda through Congress, you’re giving Congress a lot of credit.

It’s difficult for me to even comprehend how polarizing the general election will be if the two front-runners end up as our nominees. Excuse me as I throw up in my mouth a little bit. A polarizing general election will mean a lower voter turn out and who knows what kind of impact that will have on our House, Senate, and White House.

Maybe I’m wrong, maybe this is how all Presidential elections start out, but I doubt it. I can’t help but wonder what the history books will say 50 years from now when describing this campaign season. Hopefully it isn’t the story of how Donald Trump became the 44th President of the United States of America. Although, I hear from his trusted consultants that he would be FANTASTIC.