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Today’s news included an “off-the-record” admission from inside the Trump campaign that they are trying to suppress the vote. This admission is not news for many Democrats. It is an open secret in this country that low turnout usually favors Republicans, while higher turnout tends to favor Democrats. In 2016, voter suppression takes three forms.
First, voter suppression can be built into the election system itself. For example, unlike many democracies, the U.S. holds elections on a weekday (not just the general election, but also, in most states, primaries and municipal and special elections). In most, if not all states, election days are not a holiday. That makes it harder for folks to vote. Additionally, there are hurdles to registering to vote (fewer today than in the past). In particular, most states cut off registration weeks in advance of the election and you have to register every time that you move to a new county.
Heading into tonight’s debate, the Republican Party is very uneasy. Even before Friday, things were not going well in Trump land — a poor debate performance, his taxes, his connections to Russia, his record of disgraceful behavior towards women, minorities, and the disabled. Then came Friday’s latest revelation that Trump is an even bigger cad than we thought. As Donald Trump continues to implode, the question is what options exist for the Republican establishment to salvage the election. The problem for the Republican establishment comes in two forms — the political and the legal.
The political problem is the fourteen million people who voted for Trump in the primary (and some additional like-minded people who did not vote in the primary). While some of these voters might now think that Trump has finally stepped over the line, many of them still support Trump or would be upset if the Republican leadership tried some form of coup to replace Trump. If eight or nine million Trump supporters declined to support the rest of the Republican ticket (about 5% of the vote nationally), that could make a difference in several races. On the other hand, Trump — like Todd Akin in 2012 — could become a lead weight pulling down the rest of the party. From the point of view of the Republican establishment, the best strategy may be quietly shifting resources to states with key Senate, House, and Governor’s races (particularly as Trump lacks a coherent strategy to begin with) and pretending that Trump does not exist.
Update: A friend from Cleveland has informed me that the arrest number I heard for Cleveland on the radio is incorrect: rather it was 23 arrests. He was kind enough to send the list of those arrested, which you can read here. I regret the error.
In this case, the lower number wins. There were
400 23 total arrests in Cleveland, and only 11 in Philadelphia for the RNC and DNC, respectively.
I wasn’t in Cleveland, and so can’t speak to it, but here in Philly, the cops, State Troopers, Homeland Security, Secret Service, and TSA people were really great. It was incredibly hot, and the Philadelphia police, as of Tuesday night, had given out 110,000 bottles of water to protesters and marchers. The idea was to keep order while still respecting people’s constitutionally-guaranteed right to protest. I spoke to many officers walking by their areas. No one had an attitude, and all they cared about was safety for all: the attendees, the locals going about their business, the protesters, and their own.
The most important takeaway is that the GOP is now Donald Trump’s party. This may seem minor, but it’s critical to understanding what will be necessary for the upcoming general election cycle: the rules are different.
You may have noticed that MSM referred to the RNC as “Donald Trump’s Convention” instead of “The Republican Convention” or “The RNC Convention.” Next week is not “Hillary Clinton’s Convention” — it is “The DNC”. No convention has ever before been personalized this way. The importance relates to how the cycle will be covered, and intimates that he will continue to be covered differently from everyone ever. Note that the first night of the convention, while the mother of a soldier lost in Benghazi was speaking, Donald called into Fox and they preempted her speech to speak with him. A cautionary tale for the party comes from more than 150 years ago. Read about Zachary Taylor. Seriously, read the link. Read it now. It’s really important.
Welcome back. Now you know the future.
I was going to post the schedule. Really, I was. But I can’t. I just can’t. If you really want to see the list of speakers, it can be found here.
The convention news is coming fast and furious leading into the GOP confab starting Monday. Here are some highlights:
- 538 looks at the contested 1976 GOP convention
- The press is receiving security training
- Cleveland caterers are not happy
- Here’s where the GOP state delegations are staying
- The Dem convention in Philadelphia may help the Dems win Pennsylvania more than the GOP convention in Cleveland will help the GOP win Ohio.
- Convention bumps are real, but getting smaller, especially with conventions in back-to-back weeks as they are again this year
- And sadly, Tim Tebow will not be speaking at the GOP convention next week
That, and the many other things Republicans are giving as reasons for not going to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Discussions are in the works to move Hillary Clinton’s presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention away from the Wells Fargo Center to a larger location, Billy Penn has learned.
Philly Congressman Bob Brady said nothing has been finalized but “there’s talk about it.
The GOP released a model of the stage for their 2016 convention.
A couple of thoughts:
- Because it’s a model, I don’t think releasing it achieved the effect they desired. It kind of looks like a middle-school panorama project.
- It looks like a standard convention stage. Anyone expecting anything dramatically different for a Trump convention won’t find it here.