CLEVELAND, July 21, 2016 — The third night of the 2016 Republican Convention was all about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. There were other speakers, and the liberal media tried to gun up another non-story into a controversy.
The real story was that Donald Trump’s first major executive decision was as sound as it gets.
Vice presidential candidate Pence delivered a speech that was as heartfelt as it was effective. Before Pence stepped behind the podium, the delegates breathlessly awaited his introduction to America as they listened to impassioned speeches from the likes of Laura Ingram, Pam Bondi and Newt Gingrich.
Trump’s son Eric Trump gave a speech to and about his father, not only showing the devotion and love he has for his father, but clearly explaining why Donald Trump will work for America and Americans. His most powerful impact came when he ran through a list of disenfranchised Americans —veterans, laborers, single mothers, the elderly, children—saying that his father, Donald Trump, will fight for them .
Eric Trump’s speech also included one of the better lines of the convention: “It’s time for a president who has always been the one to sign the front of a check, not the back.”
Eric Trump’s speech was good, particularly with the bar set high by the remarks of his brother Donald Trump Jr. the night before. Eric Trump’s remarks helped humanize his father and delivered a positive view of America’s future, but he threw in some serious policy remarks as well.
House Speaker Paul Ryan again reminded Republicans that they must unify if they are to win in the fall. Ryan has the House and Senate majorities to protect. He was eloquent in making the case for conservatism and against the progressivism of the other side.
- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (Image capture by CommDigiNews)
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi laced into Hillary Clinton’s lawlessness and reminded television viewers that many strong, smart women are not ready for Hillary.
Ryan was followed by several of Trump’s vanquished rivals, who endorsed the Republican presidential nominee to varying degrees.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave a full-throttled endorsement of Trump. He had the crowd chanting in unison when he repeatedly offered reasons why “America deserves better” than Hillary Clinton. “If Hillary Clinton were any more inside, she’d be in prison.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stayed in Florida to campaign for his own re-election to the Senate. He appeared in a 90-second videotape, calmly explaining why Hillary Clinton is bad for America.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came out to loud cheers but was drowned out by boos when he left the stage. At the beginning of his speech, he acknowledged Donald Trump by name as the GOP nominee. That should have been enough, but many delegates glommed onto the fact that Cruz did not explicitly endorse Trump by the end of the speech. He gave a passionate defense of conservatives, excoriating Trump’s opponent.
While bad blood between Cruz and Trump remains, the liberal media may wish to remember that California Gov. Jerry Brown did not endorse his rival, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton in 1992. Clinton won the general election anyway, and Brown went on to win the governorship two more times.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used to be a firebrand, the Ted Cruz flamethrower before there was a Sen. Cruz. Now Gingrich is a beloved elder statesman.
- Newt Gingrich at the GOP Convention (Screen Capture CommDigiNews)
He explained how Cruz’s remarks telling voters to “vote their conscience” was a call to support Trump over Clinton. Gingrich then gave a brilliant foreign policy speech focused on radical Islam. He soberly spoke of potential terrorist attacks that would make Sept/ 11 seem like a day at the beach. Forget losing 3,000 people. We could lose 300,000 people. Gingrich reminded the world that Trump and Pence can keep Americans safe, while President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state failed to do so.
Everything then became white noise as Pence stepped on the stage. Outside of Indiana, only hardcore political junkies knew who he was. Pence shattered the liberal stereotype that extremely conservative men are mean and uncaring. Pence was as kind as can be, declaring that he is “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican” in that order. He showered praise on his elderly mother in the audience. The touching gesture brought the crowd to its feet.
It should be noted that the first person to stand up and cheer was Trump’s daughter Ivanka. That very classy move on her part was another reflection of the character of Trump’s children. Pence offered Indiana heartland sincerity when he pointed out that what makes the measure of a man. He calmly tweaked Trump’s critics by noting that the man helped raise very “good kids.” Pence also showered praise on his wife and said that his greatest job was being a D-A-D to his three children.
Even when Pence attacked Hillary Clinton, he did so in a calm manner. He stuck to policy by falling back on a safe but effective truism. Pence’s leadership of Indiana was successful. Clinton’s leadership of the State Department was not.
Pence was self-deprecating, telling the audience that he is a boring man brought in to “balance the ticket” from the excitement of Trump. He mixed this humor with a seriousness of purpose. His job was to give the American people insight into who would be one heartbeat away from the presidency. The last time an Indiana conservative was tapped for the vice presidential slot, the media ate Sen. Dan Quayle alive.
Pence was as heartwarming and kind as Quayle, but far more effective. Whatever happens in the fall, the GOP knows it has a solid conservative man on the second spot of the ticket.
While the success or failure of the entire convention rests on Trump’s Thursday night speech, Pence offered an excellent lead-in Wednesday night. After eight years of leftist elitism, Pence brought common sense heartland values and solutions back in fashion for at least one night.