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No It Don’t

Now we wait for Secretary Hillary Clinton to announce her choice for VP.

Meanwhile, as I write this, Donald Trump is on TV rehashing the primaries. What a tool. Keep trumping!

There is really not much to add to the analysis of Donald Trump’s speech. Dark and without solutions.

I will say that the GOP convention did not move the needle their way when you talk about the Latino vote.

Check these tweets:

Houston ChronicleVerified account ‏@HoustonChron 38m38 minutes ago

Peter Thiel’s speech shows major shift in GOP on gays http://trib.al/etExqQn

 

Annise Parker ‏@AnniseParker 29m29 minutes ago

Annise Parker Retweeted Houston Chronicle

No, it doesn’t.

 

And this AP story today:

Peter Thiel, a billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist, is a different type of Republican, as delegates to the Republican National Convention found out Thursday night. But that didn’t keep them from giving the gay co-founder of PayPal a shockingly warm response. 

“I’m proud to be gay, I’m proud to be a Republican, but most of all I’m proud to be an American,” Thiel said to a thunderous standing ovation from members of a party officially opposed to gay rights, same-sex marriage and LGBT parenting.

The loud applause was also a major shift from the 2000 convention, when then-Rep. Jim Kolbe, an openly gay Arizona congressman, spoke briefly without even mentioning his sexuality. When he began talking, the Texas delegation took off their cowboy hats and began praying. 

Thiel also took on the type of social questions that have ravaged the GOP and destroyed its standing among Millennial voters. 

“Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom,” he said. “This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?”

I agree with the former H-Town Mayor. No it don’t!

I was watching CNN and a reporter asked Rick Scott, the GOP governor from Florida, about Thiel speaking.  Scott definitely did not want to have this discussion.

A standing ovation is one thing, having an anti-LGBT platform is another.

Thiel also spoke on the same day the NBA snatched the 2017 All Star game away from Charlotte because of House Bill 2 – a GOP product.

And you have Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and AG Ken Paxton running around Texas looking into bathrooms.

Sorry, this isn’t a shift. It is an ongoing assault.

Philly plays host to the Dems next week. When was the first time Philly won the World Serious?

I agree with the following:

JORGE RAMOS ‏@jorgeramosnews 7m7 minutes ago

Due to the lack of diversity and the hateful speeches, the RNC in Cleveland was the least inclusive convention I’ve covered since 1988

I watched in amusement as Ivanka Trump talked about child care and equal pay for women in front of a GOP who cut women absolutely no slack on these issues.

I was also disappointed that “Here Comes the Sun” was played when Ivanka was introduced, so I am glad the following AP story appeared this morning:

LONDON (AP) — The estate of former Beatle George Harrison is complaining about the use of his music at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Harrison’s family tweeted Friday that the use of the song “Here Comes the Sun” during the introduction of candidate Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was not authorized, and was “offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison estate.”

Rocker Paul Rodgers also complained about the use of his “All Right Now” at the climax of Trump’s speech.

Earlier in the convention, Brian May of Queen complained about the use of the band’s 1977 hit “We Are the Champions” during a Trump convention appearance.

I don’t know about “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

The Phillies won their first World Serious in 1980 when they took KC in six of course.

Some ‘Stros fans are wondering why we brought up Preston Tucker instead of Alex Bregman. Commentary is not going to second guess on this move.

We have the Angels in for three this weekend. They are handing out fedoras tonight and gnomes tomorrow. We are 3 ½ out so let’s keep it up.

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