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Charlotte, NC — The first night of the Republican National Convention had it ups and downs, but there was a level of quality in the some of the speeches that would make even the most cynical conservatives (like me!) have a little faith in the future of the country.
With speeches from all over the map (like a former NFL star, Andrew Pollack, and former Democrat Congressman Vernon Jones), it’s clear that the Republican Party is trying to make the argument that America is not some sort of oppressive state, and that an America with Donald Trump in charge for four more years can only get better.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) gave what was far and away the best speech of the night. Emotional and biographical, Senator Scott focused on the good of America, that ability to start anywhere and work your way up. In mentioning his grandfather, he gave the most powerful line of the night.
He noted his grandfather was forced to work in the cotton field when he was in the 3rd grade.
Scott stated that, “he lived long enough to see his grandson become the first African-American to be elected to both the United States House, and the United States Senate, in the history of this country.”
“Our family went from cotton, to Congress, in one lifetime.”
One huge credit where it’s due: Not having a Trump family member cap off the night and giving it instead to Tim Scott made the ending so much more powerful. If you had flipped those two speeches, you would have lost the impact Scott made.
Nikki Haley previously served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of South Carolina. Allowing Haley and Scott to finish the night would have been epic! Haley noted that South Carolina was the “Beast of the Southeast” by cutting taxes while the Obama/Biden administration continued to raised them.
It’s difficult to present a speech meant for a crowd to the eerie silence of an empty hall, but the fact of the matter is that what Haley and Scott said fit the tone of the night so well!
Many people have floated Haley’s name as a possible presidential contender in 2024. The governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, is also a rising star of the Republican party–especially since her state did NOT shut down one day as the country came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If the first night is any indication, what we saw from the RNC is a complete 180 degree shift from the DNC last week. With their access to the Hollywood industry, their production was woefully inept compared to what the producers of The Apprentice displayed last night for the GOP.
The Democrats are still using the same playbook that failed their 2016 campaign by putting Hollywood stars in front of the camera as Kerry Washington, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eva Longoria, Cardi B, and Billie Eilish, who literally performed a song in a cemetery!
While conventions are generally little more than overblown pep rallies, we’re seeing a very clear foundation for the Trump campaign’s strategy going forward, and if they can keep him on message and go with what we saw last night.
Given the year that we’ve had, every American’s five-year plan right now is to get through 2020!
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