At this years Republican convention, Trump’s job was to quarterback the message or platform of the republicans to the conservatives, the undecideds, and disaffected democrats. Further, he could have shown that there is room for all in the republican party; that the party is not monolithic, nor is its message.
Trump could have unified the party by saying to the world, “I know we don’t all agree on every subject. I know we all have our priorities too. But this is a time for working together for issues we can agree on. This is not a time when we should all be feuding over small differences. It is too important a time in history for us all to get lost in the details.”
Now, back to reality; Should Ted Cruz have endorsed Donald Trump by name? It has been interesting, to say the least, observing the drama or Kabuki Theater of the “Donald Trump Convention.” We can almost see the calculations being made as we see the convention footage unfold. One could guess Mr. Manafort advised his candidate of the political cost of not inviting Ted Cruz to speak at his convention. It’s likely that there were several animated conversations in the Trump camp about this. Trumps campaign wanted Cruz to endorse him because it makes many of Cruz’s supporters potential converts. I’m not sure Trump himself cared though.
Trump, or his camp, came up with a convention contingency plan in case Cruz kept his word by not endorsing Trump. How far have we fallen when we have to have a plan in case someone keeps their word? They would have agitators working the floor, some delegates referred to them as brown shirts, that would coach the Trump delegates in their “Boo Chorus.” If that didn’t help, Donald would come out into the auditorium, on cue, before Cruz was finished; the Trump supporters would start cheering and drown out Cruz’s closing remarks. Am I the only one who noticed that the media was cued and ready for Trumps premature entry? One cameraman was waiting on him for some time. This entire thing was an orchestration and was calculated in advance.
During the primary campaign, in his arrogance, he said he didn’t need or want Cruz’s support, nor that of his supporters. Trumps biggest problem is that he is prone to these delusions of grandeur and appears to refuse an awful lot of counsel. Within three days of the closing of the “Trump National Convention” Trump was quoted by USA Today of saying, he should have let Cruz be ripped off of the stage. On NBC’s Meet The Press, Trump said he “will probably” fund a political action committee to take down Ted Cruz, and John Kasich, who also wouldn’t endorse him, and someone else he wouldn’t name.
In every political convention there is a winner and a loser. There is always a bit of fighting and such. Eventually, the losing side accepts the outcome and we all move on with our lives. I don’t ever remember a time when the winner wanted to keep the fight going. Trump is acting like he lost the race. Why is he acting like a sore loser? He was mad at Cruz for “not keeping his pledge,” and now he’s mad at him for keeping his pledge.
In view of all of the events of the past primary and convention, we have things backwards. The party is being asked to quarterback the message of Trump, not Trump quarterbacking the message of the party. Trump is not the team, he’s just the quarterback. We need party members and leadership with real immovable convictions. Winning is not a conviction.