IN normal times, a partyâ€™s leaders and comers grovel for roles in the convention and prime time on its stage.
In the Year of Trump, Republicans are racing for the exits. Itâ€™s as if the Emerald City suddenly turned into Chernobyl.Â …
… Small wonder that one of Trumpâ€™s advisers recently suggested that the candidate not wait until the climactic hour to deliver his remarks but, in a break with precedent, speak every single night. Not just double Donald. No mere triple Trump. Four luscious scoops of him.
Not only are a lot of A-list Republicans skipping the convention, a whole lot of corporate sponsors are opting out as well. Never fear; the show will go on, somehow. Bruni continues,
What a total, utter freak show this promises to be, and not in the manner that Republicans feared just months ago. They wondered then if the convention would be contested, with Trump and Ted Cruz dueling for delegates. Now theyâ€™re looking at four excruciating days that will be light on appropriate speakers, short on cash and long on God-knows-what other than the music of Trumpâ€™s voice and the shimmer of Trumpâ€™s hair.
Heâ€™s in a bind. He has expressed the desire for an event incorporating more show business than usual (shocker!), but bling doesnâ€™t come cheap, and neither corporate sponsors nor individual donors are coming around in their usual numbers to contribute.
And then there’s the question of who might be The Donald’s Number Two.
John Weaver, who served as the campaign strategist for Kasichâ€™s presidential bid, was more blunt: â€œI can’t imagine a truly credible person agreeing to be his running mate, because it would be the end of his or her political career.â€
Ironically, the presumptive nomineeâ€™s own toxicity is making the job of finding a vice presidential nominee that much easier, because the short list is so short. Multiple high-level Republican sources said it is topped by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions a distant third and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin also in the mix.
It appears Christie and Gingrich top the list because they want the job. They may be the only ones.
The Vengeance of WaPo continues with this piece, The brutal numbers behind a very bad month for Donald Trump.