Jul 21, 201612:41 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
For this voter, it’s all about Pence, Hillary, and Scalia
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Favorably impressed with Mike Pence. He’s self-deprecating — as was Reagan! (“For those who don’t know me, and that is most of you.”) He’s reassuring. Looks like a governor; nice smile.
Gov. Walker said he was walking to another state delegation’s hotel when Wisconsin people came rushing up to him asking for a group photo. They handed the camera to Walker’s companion, thinking him a staffer. It was Mike Pence.
Walker this morning described Pence as “a good, decent, and honorable man.” That struck your favorite blogger as the reverse image of tonight’s featured speaker. Picking Pence shows The Donald “is ready to govern,” Walker said.
Pence had a good line in a very nice acceptance speech: “You can’t fake good kids. Aren’t they something?” He was talking about the Trump brood and he’s correct.
Can’t I vote for Donald Trump Jr.? The oldest son has the best set of teeth I’ve ever seen. Heard him Tuesday night on the convention floor and again on Fox. The young man does seem grounded, down to earth. Claims the old man hangs out with the construction workers on his job and made his boys drive the earthmovers. That was heart.
His was one of the three best speeches Tuesday night. Chris Christie regained his A game with his prosecution of Hillary. “What’s your verdict? Guilty or not guilty?” That was the night’s red meat.
Paul Ryan’s excellent speech was brain food.
‘Hillary for Prison’
One of the joys of political conventions is the circus surrounding the main venue. Vendors along the crowded sidewalks hawk all items Trump. I picked up two bobbleheads and a “Hillary for Prison” T-shirt.
The Westboro Baptist Church is here, claiming Muhammad is burning in hell. Support the Kurds has a banner. The Revolutionary Communist Party is asking for a revolution. Their T-shirt claims “America Was Never Great.”
Phalanxes of police bicycles glide past, mounted police ride in formation.
The Texas delegation wears lone-star red, white, and blue shirts, cowboy hats, and blue jeans.
Celebrity sightings are fun. Saw David Maraniss interviewing a delegate. Wanted to re-introduce myself and remind him that I worked for his father at The Capital Times.
Carol and Scott Grabins of Verona pose with John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on Cheers.
And interesting speakers. John Ratzenberger — Cliff Clavin on Cheers — spoke to our delegation at the Hilton Hotel to encourage high schools to reinstitute shop class to keep kids in school and to replenish the labor force for blue-collar jobs. He does a Travel Channel program called Made in America.
Great venues along the Cuyahoga River are rented out for our exclusive late-night parties, free food, and booze. (Free? Is Bernie Sanders running this show?)
Cleveland itself rocks. Lovely old warehouses repurposed, Beaux-Arts beauties, bridges to everywhere, a lively city square with a splash park and the human parade on display, yoga demonstrations, etc.
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