As Never-Trump Republicans tried to force a floor vote on rules for running the convention, the Trump faction swiftly and effectively twisted arms to take away the group’s standing—whipping three state delegations back in line. Then there was the prospective candidate’s wife’s speech, which was well received. . .except that some claim that Melania plagiarized it from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

Who would want to miss such fun? Well, nobody, of course, but for some, “something came up,” according to Reuters.

As Republicans spilled into Cleveland on Monday to nominate Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, 2012 nominee Mitt Romney had an equally crucial task: Entertaining his grandchildren at his lakeside summer house in New Hampshire.

U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican nominee who has endorsed Trump despite the latter’s insults, attended an ice cream party with his wife, Cindy, and volunteers in his re-election campaign in Prescott, Arizona. He also took part in a veterans’ gathering.

“Working out of my office in Miami this week,” former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race in February, said in an email to Reuters. Bush had been the most active in attacking Trump on the campaign trail and has said he will not be voting for either Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8.

His brother, former President George W. Bush and father, former President George H.W. Bush, were also not at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. . .

As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gaveled the convention to order, Rubio was in Fort Myers, Florida, talking about how to tackle toxic algae polluting some of the state’s waterways. . .

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was in Wyoming helping the congressional campaign of his daughter, Liz Cheney, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was talked about as a possible vice presidential running mate for Trump, was at home in Palo Alto, California. “Writing her book about democracy!” said her chief of staff, Georgia Godfrey. . .

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, an eye doctor, was providing free eye care in Paducah, Kentucky. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham was in his home state of South Carolina for the week.

The most surprising no-show was the state’s governor.

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. . .criticized Ohio Governor John Kasich for not participating in an event in his own backyard. . . Kasich adviser John Weaver shot back: “Governor Kasich has made it clear why he hasn’t endorsed Mr. Trump. They share a different world view in how to move the country forward.”

Of course, Kasich could change his mind, and speak. He told NBC that it would be a matter of Trump simply making a change.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich told NBC News’ Lester Holt that Donald Trump would “have to change everything that he says” in order for him to speak at the Republican convention taking place in his home state. . .

“I don’t hold any personal animus towards Donald Trump,” Kasich said. “We just are two companies that have different values, different directions, and different philosophies.”

Meanwhile, Ohio’s embattled senator, Rob Portman, is also missing in action.

Rather than take the stage on behalf of Trump and assume a home-state starring role at Quicken Loans Arena, Portman is swinging a hammer at a Habitat for Humanity site, kayaking with wounded veterans on the Cuyahoga River and shaking hands with hundreds of millennial volunteers from around Ohio. Instead of defending Trump’s vision for America, the first-term senator is talking up his push to pass a sweeping anti-opioid measure.

At a volunteer appreciation event at Cuyahoga Community College on Monday, Portman was surrounded by raucous volunteers wearing matching blue T-shirts and introduced by a flashy campaign testimonial video in an atmosphere that could’ve easily been mistaken for a major party convention.

The Trump forces are not taking this lying down. Ohio is being punished, according to the Daily Caller.

So much for host state favoritism. Ohio’s state delegation will not be seated in the front row at the Republican convention at the Quicken Loans Center this coming week.

Instead, the Buckeye State delegates will be seated in the second row from the podium, to the stage’s left wing, behind the Pennsylvania delegation.

Ohio is not happy, according to Politico, saying such pettiness could cost Trump the state in November.

Donald Trump’s team came to Ohio and declared war on Gov. John Kasich — an approach top-ranking state GOP officials say hurts Trump’s chances of beating Hillary Clinton in this crucial swing state in November. . .

In an interview with POLITICO, Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges sharply rebuked Manafort, suggesting that such comments make it less likely that Trump will carry Ohio, a critical swing state where Trump’s contest with Clinton is very tight so far, according to the polling averages.

“He’ll need to do better if we’re going to carry Ohio in the fall,” Borges said. . .

Asked whether Trump could win without the support of the Ohio GOP, Borges continued, “Could he win without the governor’s support? I certainly think that is possible. If they choose to continue on this divisive type of message, it’s going to make things more difficult.”

It’s not all pettiness. Seating seems to be one sign of how the Trump campaign values the states. They want to attack “Blue” and “Purple” states, while taking “Red” states for granted, according to the Daily Caller lineup.

State delegations with front row seating are New York, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Alabama and Pennsylvania. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California are in the prime center areas of the stage.

Where is the massive Texas delegation? Toward the back of the convention floor with Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Delaware and Maine.

The Utah delegation is far up on the other side of the convention floor with Guam, Nebraska, Virginia, Arizona, Washington State, Michigan, and Minnesota.

It’s showmanship. As the cameras send the message home, mom and pop will see signs for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California waving enthusiastically. Pop turns to Mom and says, “gosh, I thought them states were sure Dem wins—must be this Trump feller is more popular than we thought!”

10 COMMENTS

  1. If Trump thinks he’s going to unite the GOP to win POTUS, he’s sadly mistaken. The only way the GOP can win WH is unite the party. Well start painting that WH a hot shade of pink because Hillary is coming back as 45th POTUS on January 20, 2017.

    • You sound like a spoiled adolescent who did not get her way at a pillow party. Or, you are in here as a Clinton supporter with the usual liberal garbage praising a political criminal who rightly belongs in prison.

  2. For those members of the GOP who were not present at the Convention, your absence apparently did not dampen the spirits of the Convention whatsoever. Trump was not my first choice either, but neither was Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio et al. For the doomsayers who predict a Clinton victory in November, I can only guess you are pathetic losers or Clinton supporters from the beginning…in either case…PATHETIC and USEFUL IDIOTS.

    • Arcturus6: You sound like an over bearing parent who likes to a rope and chain on a their children long after their 50th birthday. You are the one who is a spoiled little brat. You need to wake up to reality and take off those rose colored. Trump will lose to Hillary Clinton. If you don’t believe me now, may you will on November 9, 2016 – the after the 2016 POTUS ELECTION. Will it sink in then?

      I’ll tell you the real reason why I want Hillary in the WH in spite of her short comings. I wouldn’t care if she were like Al Capone, John Gotti, or Scarface all rolled up in one. I want a Democrat in th WH because I want her nominate as many liberal Supreme Court justices as she can. I want the high court to destroy or strike down as many conservative laws of not all conservative laws. I want to preserve pro choice, voting rights, outlaw gerrymandering, etc., etc. I want this country to be socialized for free and guaranteed healthcare in the U.S. Constition, rip out the 2nd Amendment, pair down the first Amendment. It is also the real reason the GOP doesn’t want a Democrat in the WH. It would destroy everything you and St. Ronnie worked for. Now you know the real reason why I want Hillary in the WH and I know the real reason why you don’t.

      • You and others that think like you are not true Americans in my opinion. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are what made this country so much better than any other in the world. Those that would destroy that are traitors and should be exiled to some communist country that suits their values. Most Americans, even many Democrats value our Christian heritage and want to keep it. It’s just that too many are ignorant of what the modern Democratic party stands for. If they ever open their eyes and ears and see the truth they will vote the traitors out of office and turn back to God and the traditional American family values that made America an exceptional country that people from all around the world longed to come to.

  3. All I can say is shame on those Elite Republican’s, the movement is real and it’s here. Now put your big boy panties on and support the American people’s choice. Then go cry on mommies shoulder. It only shows that those whom didn’t show, why you didn’t win in the first place, you aren’t for the people your for yourselves and yourselves only. Go TRUMP. Also NO WAY will “Killary” Clinton win, she’s nothing more than a corrupt career politician. A documented liar, and more crooked than Blagovich and Obama, both that stole money in Illinois. NO PINK WHITE HOUSE !!!!!!!!!! Maybe a pink cell in Prison ??

  4. At least some intelligent Republicans see what a farce this Trump is, and won’t lower themselves to support that loud mouthed buffoon. The Republican agenda is what I’m against. Their focus is on taxes favoring the wealthy few, outsourcing jobs to benefit profits for corporations that are now mostly internationally owned, and in no way will help the middle class. The bluster about the Affordable Care Act is empty rhetoric aimed at gaining more profits for pharmaceutical corporations and big insurance companies that have mandates to obtain constantly increasing profits for shareholders. It’s a rigged game, and Republicans are the ones who rigged it. If Trump becomes President, he will be a puppet for the Republicans and their agenda. You’re blind if you don’t see that he won’t be able to turn the tide of outsourced jobs because it’s not in the business interests of big multi-national corporations! The House and Senate will run the show, and they are Repiblican controlled. If anyone is voting for Trump because they feel disenfranchised, then they will be sadly disappointed if he is elected. Small businesses will not flourish, but big business will. It will be more of the same. And don’t get me started on a woman’s right to choose, on education that includes teaching fictional ‘creationism’ as if it were fact while the rest of the world passes the U.S. by in science and real studies based on facts, or on the separation of church and state.
    We’ve come far as a country, and in my opinion, this is a sad state of affairs where such a farce of a man as Trump could seriously be considered as President of our country.
    All of Europe is wondering what the heck is wrong in America right now. And please don’t confuse the UK Brexit issue with the current affairs in the U.S. It is a completely different matter, and the majority of Americans have no idea what it’s about.

  5. For anyone who thinks a President Trump will be a crusader for them, they should look up the background of his pick for VP–Mike Pence, an entrenched Republican who will NOT protect jobs or do anything to help the middle class. More of the same, folks. At least Clinton supports woman’s rights, a clean environment, separation of church and state, and a myriad of other things that benefit the middle class. She’s not perfect, but Bernie Sanders influence will smooth some of her rough edges out.

    • Women’s rights? You mean the right to tear an innocent baby from it’s mother’s womb piece by piece even the day it would be born and think it doesn’t feel any pain? Policies such as abortion and gay rights are the things that will spell the destruction of America. Only God’s blessing made us great to begin with and when we turn so completely against everything that is right and good He can no longer bless us.

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