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Cleveland Takeaways.

July 22, 2016

Post-Cleveland, everyone will have their own take on how it went, but there do seem to be a few common themes emerging.

First, this convention turned out to be about the modern American voter, and that person may not be a political carbon copy of their parents and grandparents.

It isn’t just Ivanka Trump or Millennials in general who are questioning traditional party orthodoxy.

The modern Republican voter could well be fiercely conservative on issues of national security and fiscal policy, but be more socially liberal and vice versa.

Really, can you imagine one of the cardboard Republican candidates of the past inviting an openly gay white billionaire entrepreneur to speak on the last night of the convention?

Even more improbable, can you imagine that the entire convention floor would give him a standing round of applause just about 24 hours after they booed Ted Cruz  off the stage?

As difficult as it may be for the Grand OLD Party to understand, things have changed.

Second, you can have dissent without bloodshed.

The most notable absences from the Republican convention were the paid agitators.

Perhaps anarchy isn’t as attractive in the face of effective crowd control and 5000 law enforcement personnel.

That didn’t mean you couldn’t burn a flag, although the cops did seem to take exception to people being on fire.

Third, the folks don’t want to be the voice of the party.

Instead they want their politicians to enunciate the voice of the people. It was never so much the silent majority, as it was the muzzled majority.

Trump’s single most effective line may well have been when he said, “I will be your voice.”

His advisers said Mr. Trump needed to be more specific, and he very specifically put Washington on notice that he was going to demand fiscal accountability from every department manager on and off the Hill and give veterans viable options to receive immediate and effective healthcare.

There was more, a lot more, and everyone will have their own personal take on whether the week was a successful rollout for the remaining political fighting season.

Cleveland wasn’t perfect. Life seldom ever is, but it was a damn sight better for the voters than its recent predecessors.

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