But there’s something that needs to be said here.
People are dead in the streets — literally — of Nice. As they have been murdered outright in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, Boston, San Bernardino, Orlando, London, Madrid, New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
Hello? We — the United States of America and the entire Western World — are at war here. Facing a relentlessly ruthless enemy that wants to kill us all.
Yet as the Republican Party gathers in Cleveland, some of the most prominent Republicans in the land are busy — busy pouting. They lost to Trump or they supported somebody who lost to Trump. They don’t like this, and they don’t like that. Yes, they took a pledge but they really don’t care about not keeping their word. So, with all the dignity of a pouting two-year old they will not deign to grace the rest of us with their presence in Cleveland.
Think about that for a second. It’s as if, after the tumultuous 1860 nomination battle that produced a victory for a one-term Illinois congressman over a slew of better known and better credentialed rivals, those rivals saw the Union coming apart and decided to sit on their hands and do nothing for Abraham Lincoln. It’s as if, on the morning of December 8, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt’s political rivals surveyed the wreckage of Pearl Harbor and the Nazi occupation of Europe and decided FDR was on his own.