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The Republican National Convention held last week at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, was such a success that Democratic Governors Association (DGA) fired off the following email (excerpted below):

We’re PANICKED, Friends:

Nate Silver just confirmed that Donald Trump could be our next president – and polls show him within single digits in key swing states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida) …

This is NOT good. If we lose these swing states, Donald Trump becomes president …

But, wait, Nate Silver always says Trump can’t win, right?

I wonder if the DGA are also concerned about Michael Moore’s interview last week during the convention wherein he says he thinks Trump ‘will win’, taking swing states like Michigan. Moore describes American voters’ reaction as ‘the Brexit effect’.

No pun intended, but Moore’s opinion has more weight than Silver’s analysis. Silver failed to predict the general election result in the UK in 2015 and, if I remember rightly, he and his at fivethirtyeight.com didn’t want to touch Brexit. Yet, Donald Trump called it correctly weeks beforehand.

After Trump’s acceptance speech at the convention, the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York interviewed several GOP delegates, all of whom said the Republican nominee knocked it out of the park. Among the reactions were:

“Awesome.”

“He rocked it.”

“I loved it — it was fabulous.”

“Wonderful — everything about law and order and the military — it was huge.”

“Oh my gosh, I was blown away.”

“Great — very presidential, actually.”

Meanwhile, left-wing critics from the media asked for signs.

A reporter from NBC — Lester Holt — practically demanded from Donald Trump Jr that Trump Sr show emotion:

Trump responded by assuring his interviewer that his father is indeed capable of crying. But Holt interjected again, and said, “I think we want to see it.”

Trump Jr. answered by explaining there is a time and place for emotion, and that his father doesn’t think now is that time.

If Holt had actually been paying attention to the numerous speeches and films from the convention, he would have heard specific instances of what a compassionate and caring person Trump is. Trump does a lot of individual charity work with families or couples with whom he’s met. It’s private. He doesn’t have to announce it. Nor should he. Imagine if he did. The Left — including types like Holt — would accuse him of boasting.

There’s no winning with these people.

Dems should be shaking in their boots. I watched nearly all the convention coverage that Right Side Broadcasting put out on YouTube, including the opening session on Day 1.

It was an organisational triumph, revelation of unity and beautifully done. GOP chairman Reince Priebus (pron. ‘Reintz Preebus’) can take a lot of credit for that, and I say that as someone who was not terribly fond of him during primary season. This was the most contentious Republican convention in many years.

The delegates may have arrived divided and not all applauded the pro-Trump speeches, but viewers at home saw more Republicans coming together in unity, day by day. They were happy. They were cheerful. They were getting to know Trump better through the variety of speeches given, and not just by him or his family.

The Hill has a post listing five successes of the GOP convention: lack of chaos outside, organisational strength as a party, Ted Cruz’s damp squib of a speech which failed to produce a mass exodus, a great address by Mike Pence and a final evening of inspiring talks and films, many of which pointed to past greatness in American history.

Trump is on his way.

It will be interesting to see how the Dems can top this in Philadelphia over the next few days.

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