GOP Convention Surprises Millions of Pundits and America

The Republican Party has done what numerous pundits including Bill Crystal of the Weekly Standard and syndicated columnist George Will said would be impossible; the Republican convention in Cleveland is unifying around Donald Trump. Millions of surprised Americans are watching a choreographed political gem with few mistakes and a lot of memorable moments.

Since last Monday, the convention delegates and TV viewing audience of millions has seen a parade of intelligent and persuasive adult children of the Republican nominee and their surprising professional dissertations that have wowed the audience and put smiles on Trump handlers, campaign staff and volunteers. It was a novel approach to say the least.

Never mind Ted Cruz’s “surprising” oration calling on Republicans to “Vote their conscience.” Every convention has poor losers who simply stay home or decline to speak. A bitter and angry Cruz was allowed to speak at Trump’s insistence knowing he would not endorse him. It said volumes about Trump’s inner-confidence and his real character of fairness.

The absence of any real upheaval to the real estate mogul’s nomination must have upset liberals, although the media promoted such an insurgence daily, in past weeks. Credit the RNC chairman Reince Priebus for calming the waters of discontent and working overtime to thwart the anti-Trump forces that all but fizzled after day one.

There were stirring moments as a stunningly beautiful Melania Trump gave an on-point and gracious speech much to the dismay of the Hillary campaign which tried desperately to discredit the successful businesswoman with their compliant liberal media boosters. Who among us could give a speech to millions of Americans if English was the fifth language you had mastered?

The candidate’s home state of New York delivered the crucial votes that also hit the nightly highlights with their over-the-top enthusiasm. There were no cue cards for the ceremonious honesty in their pride.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and a host of other notables were both eloquent and stirring, boldly speaking to a cheering crowd hungry for victory in November.

Other speakers included big Republican names like House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former primary candidate Dr. Ben Carson. They all were in a tone consistent in their advocacy of Trump as a champion of middle-class Americans.

And then there was Trump’s running mate, ultra-conservative Indiana Gov. Mike Pence who brought down the house with a 20-minute masterpiece. He was the total opposite of Trump’s bombastic personality.

Gov. Pence was masterful in summing up why Hillary Clinton cannot be the next president. He presented a litany of hard facts that were irrefutable. Aside from an embarrassing-to-their-own-profession group of “journalists” who are incapable of breathing one ounce of impartiality to Hillary Clinton’s sheep-like low-information Americans who believe everything the MSNBC’s of this world advocate night after night.

In conclusion, Donald Trump, who more than a few Americans and “journalists” wrote off the moment he declared his candidacy in June, 2015, the man who took on 17 highly polished politicians in the Republican primaries and accumulated more votes than any other primary candidate in the history of the GOP, beat all the overwhelming odds to become the nominee for the election to become the 45th President of the United States of America.

In early August, the Democrats have their week in the sun in Philadelphia. It can be safely said that there are more than a few Clinton strategists who are scrambling to modify their perceptions or misconceptions of what the reality will be in this fall’s campaign. No one is more delighted than Donald J. Trump.

Donald Trump speaking in Iowa.
Donald Trump speaking in Iowa.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.