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On Cleveland

The President along with former President Bush (43) will be together in Dallas today. Let’s make a bet. Which of the following will be the first to make a crack afterwards in hope of further dividing America: Rudy Giuliani or Mike Huckabee?

I am thinking the editors over at the Chron want to see a fight break out at the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. They have a front page story today on an insurgency of sorts. Here is how it starts out:

A growing cadre of Republican dissidents hoping to block the nomination of Donald Trump started gathering Monday in Cleveland, where they opened an office and vowed to upend the celebrity businessman when the convention starts in seven days.

“Together, we’re going to have a first ballot surprise for Mr. Trump in Cleveland,” said Jack Burkman, a prominent Washington lobbyist and syndicated radio show host who threw a party over the weekend at his suburban Virginia home to raise more than $500,000 for the stop-Trump effort.

As Trump’s opponents planted their flag in Cleveland, a federal judge in Richmond threw out a Virginia law binding all the state’s delegates to Trump, a case brought by a Virginia campaign leader for Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/us/article/Dump-Trump-forces-arrive-in-Cleveland-buoyed-by-8353001.php.

This is wishful thinking.

Commentary plans to watch the convention next week only because it will be a bit different than the usual scripted fare. Sure there will be surprises, but not the kind that the Chron writes about. Speaking of, I wonder how many reporters the Chron will be sending to Cleveland.

Jose Altuve will be the lead-off batter for the AL All Stars this evening. This will not be the first time a ‘Stro batted lead-off at an All Star game. Name the other time or times this has happened?

The following from Politico this morning give me hope for this year. I am talking about GOP operatives staying away from Cleveland next week. Heck, if they don’t want to be seen in Cleveland, it ought to tell us something about what they think of their chances this fall. Here is from Politico:

At a time when many Republicans are deeply dissatisfied with their nominee, pessimistic about their prospects for victory in the fall and alarmed about the direction of their party, there’s a reluctance about attending the convention more typically reserved for going to the DMV, being summoned for jury duty or undergoing a root canal.

And:

Those who are going often say they’re doing so out of a sense of obligation — to meet with clients or to hold meetings before making a beeline back to the airport. As the Republican Party prepares to nominate a figure who is registering historically high disapproval ratings, some don’t want to advertise their presence in Cleveland. “Don’t use my name,” said one senior party strategist. “I don’t want anyone to know I’m there.” (A few days after the interview, the strategist got back in touch, having decided not to go, after all.)

Here is the entire story: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/republican-convention-trump-operatives-225393.

Like I said, this should tell us a lot, I hope.

Craig Biggio of course was the lead-off batter for the NL All Stars at the 1997 and 1998 classics.

I watched the dinger derby last night. It was so so.

Commentary is one of those that likes the idea of home field advantage during the World Serious based on the outcome of the All Star game. Why not? Home field advantage based on most wins in a season would tend to favor the clubs with the most money. Take that!

 

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