Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Not the Last Time

The snafu that has been the talk of the day is not the last one that will surface from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

I know that because of how they handled the first one.

Melania Trump delivered a speech last night which contained sections that clearly and incontrovertibly had been lifted from Michelle Obama's 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention.

Instead of acknowledging the mistake, apologists for Trump denied wrongdoing and, incredibly, blamed the negative attention on Hillary Clinton.  This attack is akin to saying  "Donald Trump had to have a root canal today. Clinton is up to her old shenanigans."

Only a no-matter-what supporter of Trump can feel as if this, the denial, was a smart move.  Others have to be feeling a little squeamish.

A campaign that is willing to suppress truth like this, takes other shortcuts.  Something will happen in the next two days that will stagger dispassionate observers.

Still, you wonder if Trump will be competitive in November. He has done so many other worldly things on the campaign trail and, nevertheless, is, in some polls, neck and neck with Clinton.

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