Back in April (remember April?) before the rough winds of objective reality finally blew the last of the darling buds of #NeverTrump to ash, you might recall that Donald Trump was having big big fun mocking the RNC for running such dumb, boring conventions. What they needed was a little Trump-brand show biddnizz! (emphasis added):
Compounding the challenges facing organizers are the expectations of Donald Trump, who asserted in an interview that he should have at least partial control over programming, stagecraft and other issues by virtue of his front-runner status — even if he does not have the delegates to secure the nomination beforehand.
Trump blasted the GOP’s last convention, in Tampa four years ago, as “the single most boring convention I’ve ever seen.” The billionaire real estate mogul and reality-television star said it was imperative that this year’s gathering have a “showbiz” quality — and he cast doubt on the ability of the Republican National Committee, which oversees the convention, to deliver.
“It’s very important to put some showbiz into a convention, otherwise people are going to fall asleep,” Trump said in a 45-minute interview here last week in his Trump Tower office. “We don’t have the people who know how to put showbiz into a convention.”
And so it should come as no surprise that, like every other failed Trump enterprise, now that Donald Trump's Nuremberg on the Cuyahoga* is in the books as a catastrophe -- an entirely avoidable catastrophe -- Don the Con wants to jet the hell away from the disaster he created and leave it to other poor schmucks to clean up his mess (emphasis added):
It might have been a less notable contrast if Mr. Trump’s show had not been such a break from the tightly scripted performance that has come to typify these conventions. In Cleveland, an important endorser, Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, started speaking after the broadcast networks had already moved on to local news (Republican Party officials argued Thursday that they should have shown her instead); Mr. Trump called in to “The O’Reilly Factor” while Patricia Smith was speaking emotionally onstage about her son’s death in the Benghazi attack; and one night’s program ended prematurely, leaving precious prime-time minutes unused.
Asked about the differences, Mr. Trump said he could not speak to them with much specificity, because “I didn’t produce our show — I just showed up for the final speech on Thursday.”
Meanwhile as the Democrats enjoy the warm afterglow of the most brilliantly staged, humane, optimistic, generous and inclusive convention in memory, the usual suspects are doing the usual things.
Counterprogramming Khizr Khan's moving tribute to his fallen son with one more shitty little Benghaaazi hit job:
Obsessing over allegedly missing flags:Fox News Plays Benghazi Commercial Over Khizr Khan's Anti-Trump Speech At The Democratic National ConventionFox News Plays Katy Perry Song After Khan Leaves Stage
Don the Con Talks To Murrica About Flags (And Other Scary Wingnut Bedtime Stories)Obsessing over allegedly missing flag pins:
NC Gop Gets Tim Kaine's Flag Pin Horribly Wrong [UPDATED]Even more obsessing over allegedly missing flag pins:
The woman who wants to be the next President of the United States is not wearing an American flag lapel pin tonight. #DemsInPhilly— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 29, 2016
America's premiers crackpot reverse-mortgage hero whispering darkly of the Terrible Sekrit Liberal Media Conspiracy that keeps the ALL CAPS TRUTH away from the Murrican People:
MSM will try to promote and persuade for Hillary. Best not to even watch or listen. They are all in the tank. Even some at FOX.— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) July 29, 2016
And projectile vomiting Republican-brand racism all over everything:
You know what this convention really needed? An angry Muslim with a thick accent like Fareed Zacaria.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 29, 2016
To his marginal credit, even a shitbag as capacious as Erick son of Erick finally could not supress his gag reflex any more:
Perhaps someone could scare up the address of the cave in which Erick son of Erick has been living and writing horrid things on the wall in his own poo for the last decade and start forwarding to him some of the email I see every fucking day.What a terrible thing to say about a man whose son died for this country. https://t.co/h9Zp4x3j6v— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 29, 2016
Meanwhile, despite his temporary shock at how deranged the Republican Party suddenly became 10 minutes ago, The Sad Clown of Centrism clearly knows which side his bread is buttered on (spoiler: It's Both Sides!)
I don't do equivalences. I do compare things tho. https://t.co/XEop4T2Gv0— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) July 29, 2016
*I checked and found that I probably lifted this Melania Trump-style from bowtiejack in my own comment section, who was passing it on from somewhere else.