Jacksonville the front-runner for GOP Convention


As Republicans seek to change the venue to re-nominate Trump, the real question is “Why do they want to re-nominate Trump?”

USA Today reported that “The Republican National Committee is zeroing in on Jacksonville as the new site for President Donald Trump to accept the party’s nomination, according to two sources briefed on plans of RNC officials.

“The shift to Jacksonville comes after the RNC backed out of Charlotte, North Carolina, last week after Gov. Roy Cooper and Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles wouldn’t commit to allowing a full convention amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

I don’t know about you, but the line that caught my attention was “…for President Donald Trump to accept the party’s nomination…”

Now, just to be clear, I have no interest in assisting the Republican party. The most senior members of that party, from Vice President Pence to Majority Leader McConnell, to Attorney General Barr, to Secretary of State Pompeo, to RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel and on down, have been shown to be spineless, duplicitous, unpatriotic (yes, unpatriotic) Trump acolytes and enablers. But, even so, you’ve got to ask, why in God’s name would these people and the GOP overall, want to renominate Trump, this human stain on society, to lead the country for four more years?

Think about it.

When you watch the daily GOP senatorial “walk of shame,” as Republican senators pass by silently dodging reporters asking them to comment on the latest Trumpian tweet or outrageous “news conference” comment you’ve got to ask, why would they want to renominate him?

As you watch the few who do speak excuse themselves with comments like, “I’m late for lunch,” “I have to make a call,” or the most egregious, “I didn’t see it” or “I’m not familiar with that,” hiding behind phony schedules or deceitful lack of knowledge in order to avoid being the target of another Trumpian tweet or, horrors, lose support of what has to be becoming an ever shrinking base, you’ve got to ask, why would they want to renominate him?

Note: The base may be shrinking, but clearly, not going away completely.

Does the GOP have alternatives to Trump? Probably. The most likely suspect is Pence, followed by Barr and Pompeo. These mini-Trumps, these Trumps who, without his sordid, unseemly, sleazy, mendacious characteristics that seemingly appeal to his base (well, maybe Barr has all those characteristics as well), would most likely lose. But, by nominating them and not Trump, perhaps the “Grand Old Party” would accept the loss, but with just a little dignity restored.

Wait, what am I saying? Lose with dignity? Why should the GOP be accorded any “dignity?” After what they’ve let happen in the last 3+ years. Let the GOP nominate Trump in Jacksonville. And then lets watch them all go down in flames.

So forget all what I wrote above.

In the immortal words of the late, great, Emily Litella, “Never Mind!”

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

3 thoughts on “Jacksonville the front-runner for GOP Convention

  1. “Never mind” is a good response.

    Relative to the press corps, when will they get some smarts and a stiffer spine…when McConnell, or Jordan, or Meadows, or any of them pass by without responding to legitimate questions, they might turn to the camera, and in a relatively loud, easily heard voice, say “That was Majority Leader McConnell (or whoever, identified) refusing to comment on their president’s national comments”…and do that each time these sycophantic cowards walk by or refuse to comment.

    We do what we can do.


    1. You know, the anchors on MSNBC do call them out. The fact is, the Walk of Shame” has been going on for over a week. All the “Shameful Walkers” have had to have seen what they look like. And for those who make the “I didn’t see it” responses to Trump’s outages tweets, clearly BS – because if they didn’t see them, they’re staffers sure did. But despite all this, they continue to do the Walk of Shame. No wonder they’re consistently characterized as “Shameless.” Fitting sobriquet!


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