Republican National Convention

Ted Cruz Defends Decision Not To Endorse Trump: What Do You Think?

At some point Ted Cruz’s feud with Donald Trump and the insults traded between candidates during the Primary are not our problem. What is our problem, however, is living in an America governed by Hillary Clinton. Click here to take our CHQ poll and tell us what you think: Did Ted Cruz commit political suicide by refusing to endorse Donald Trump?

Melania Trump: Winner

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Donald Trump actually did a great entrance to introduce his wife. She came on stage and was stunning. But it was not just that she is an objectively gorgeous lady, she was proudly American. She was not ashamed of where she came from. She was not ashamed of her family. She was not ashamed of her native country. But she was proud to be American. She was proud to be on that stage. It was all so very refreshing.

The Melania And Rudy Show Built The Trump Brand

Trump’s goal, as we see it, was to build and reinforce his brand, as much through non-verbal as through verbal communications. By keeping establishment Republicans like Paul Ryan, that millions of Americans hate, off the stage, and by putting Mrs. Trump, the very embodiment of the Trump brand, plus a highly targeted group of political outsiders on the stage, Trump went far in accomplish that goal.

Party Pushes for Unity at Convention

Emily Goodin and James Arkin, Real Clear Politics

Party unity is the main item on the agenda for Republicans as their national convention begins here Monday. But whether the GOP can unify behind its divisive presidential nominee remains to be seen.

Ted Cruz's convention speech should emulate Reagan's in 1976

streiff, RedState

If Ted Cruz sulks in his tent during this campaign, by 2020 many will have forgotten about him. If he gives a speech that overshadows Trump he will create a reputation that will only grow over the next four years.

GOP not in partying mood in Cleveland

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Republicans won’t be in a partying mood when they gather in Cleveland next week to nominate Donald Trump for president. GOP aides and lobbyists say there has been a big drop-off in invitations, compared with past presidential conventions, with many establishment Republicans and corporations shunning the event.

Where Not To Eat In Cleveland

Even though Cleveland Chef Michael Symon has millions of dollars of potential GOP Convention bookings at his restaurants, he says Donald Trump is not welcome in any of his establishments. Symon's biting the hand that feeds him leads us to ask why Republicans would wish to support their political enemy and patronize one of Michael Symon’s restaurants when they visit Cleveland for their Convention?

Conservatives: We Need To Fight And Win The Election We Have

Some of our conservative friends can’t seem to stop wishing for the election they want, instead of concentrating on winning the election they have. However, despite this lack of ability to focus on winning, the tools to win are actually there, in a way they haven’t been available to Republicans in the past several presidential election cycles.

The Carly Factor

Ted Cruz's decision to make Carly Fiorina his running mate would seem to preclude a grand populist - conservative alliance to break the Washington Cartel. Now the Republican National Convention will be a three army battle in which Trump’s populists, Cruz’s movement conservatives and the dark forces of the Republican establishment all vie against each other for dominance and the Republican nomination for president, and at this point no one can predict which way the battle will turn.

Trump vs Cruz Battle Must Not Break the Conservative Movement

The natural beneficiaries of the current bloodletting between the conservative and populist wings of the anti-establishment coalition are the Republican establishment, Hillary Clinton and the Far-Left who seek to maintain and expand their power by undermining constitutional liberty and continuing the crony economic policies that have devastated America’s country class for two decades. #NeverHillary #NeverRyan

Morton Blackwell for Virginia Republican National Committeeman

At what could be a contentious open Republican National Convention, where no candidate has a majority of the delegates when the convention opens, Morton Blackwell’s expertise on the Rules of the Republican Party, his record of working to empower the grassroots and his commitment to fairness and civility will be a much needed anchor to assure that Republicans leave their National Convention united and ready to defeat Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.

GOP nears the breaking point

Jesse Byrnes, The Hill

The presidential primary has been a wrenching experience for the GOP so far — and it’s about to get even worse. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have all backed away from their pledge to support the party's eventual nominee, foreshadowing a fight at the convention and beyond that could cleave the GOP into warring factions.

Trump and Cruz Getting Suckered into Destroying Each Other

The “War on the Wives” between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, that has grown increasingly cruel over the past week, should have conservatives and their populist allies asking “Cui bono?” an old Latin legal term meaning “Who benefits?” from the hostility that now threatens the hoped-for anti-establishment alliance at the Republican National Convention.

We Urge Cruz and Trump Delegates to Build an Outsider Alliance for the GOP Convention

We urge the Cruz and Trump delegates in other states to follow the lead of Tennessee's Joe Carr, state Senator Mae Beavers and Steve Gill and work together to make sure that, while they follow their principles and work to nominate their candidate, the Republican political class does not steal the nomination and succeed in forcing another content-free candidate and campaign down the throats of rebellious grassroots conservatives.

Good News From Iowa, Bad News From The Republican National Convention

Despite the fact that outsiders Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are blowing away the competition in Iowa, the Republican establishment of lobbyists, elected officials and big donors has served notice it isn't going to let a little thing like losing elections get in the way of making sure one of its own is the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.

Cleveland Chosen As 2016 RNC Site

Andrew J. Tobias, Cleveland.com

Capping off a months-long lobbying effort, Cleveland has been selected to host of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Social Conservatives Wary of RNC Convention in Vegas

Seth McLaughlin, Washington Times

Social conservatives say the GOP should deny Las Vegas’s bid to host its 2016 presidential convention after the Nevada Republican Party erased from its platform the pro-life and traditional-marriage language. Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, said the RNC could alienate a large part of its political base

Should the RNC Go to Vegas?

Jazz Shaw, Hot Air

Some of the heaviest hitters on the religious right are pressuring GOP leaders to cross off Las Vegas as a potential host city for its 2016 convention, warning that putting the next convention in Sin City will harm the party’s image and drive away supporters.

Which State Will The GOP Choose To Lose Next?

Hosting the Republican National Convention is one of the most reliable predictors that a state will vote against the Republican presidential nominee in the ensuing election. Which state should the RNC put in the Democratic column in 2016? Vote here.