ICYMI on PennLive.com over the weekend, here is Triad Strategies Partner Tony May's column on Donald Trump's appearance at the RNC later this week.
Let's face it: it's the middle of summer with mostly reruns on TV. What are you gonna do next Thursday night at 9 or 10 p.m.?
The Orioles are playing away at Yankee Stadium and the Phillies are facing off against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
Do you want to put up with the Schuylkill Expressway traffic or maybe just stay home and catch some reality TV?
It's called the Republican National Convention and late Thursday night is when Donald Trump is scheduled to appear and accept the GOP nomination for president.
To be honest, it's not your only option even though the speech is will be carried on all four major networks and the cable news channels. You might as well go ahead and tune in on The Donald – even if only out of morbid curiosity.
It will be like watching Maury Povitch or the old Jerry Springer Show waiting for the next nutty outburst..
The pressure will be on for Trump to outdo himself because, for the most part, this is shaping up to be an uneventful convention. Most if not all of the drama will take place off the floor.
Donald Trump has made this year's Republican National Convention a dramatic one.
The convention organizers will stonewall the Stop Trump forces before they get to the convention hall. Independent, outside protests will literally be outside.
Mainstream Republicans are staying away in droves and those who are voting delegates will likely be turning their heads away from any cameras pointed at them.
Trump, as only Trump can do, has ballyhooed a tremendous, wonderful convention – unlike any you've ever seen. If you start watching early in the week, his prediction will come true: it will be a convention that will stop being seen by Thursday.
It's a "Catch 22" moment for the nominee-to-be.When he hides from media as he has pretty much done as violence in America has increased in the past few days, his poll numbers go up.
But the nominating convention?
It's his wedding night, Bar Mitzvah and Wharton School graduation all rolled into one. The fans will be waiting to be wowed and his enemies itching to be insulted. The "real" Donald Trump is likely to win out over the "Presidential Donald" without a whimper.
The Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland in one week, poised to nominate Donald Trump for president. But so much of what Donald Trump says and does is objectionable.
Although Trump talks like a barroom bully, he's more than smart enough to remember the observation made by the writer Juvenal when Rome started it's inevitable decline: "Two things only the people anxiously desire — bread and circuses." The "people" will b munching Cheetos while Trump provides the entertainment..
Unless Trump has been very good at keeping his A-list guests a secret, the convention will have been short on true spectacle by the time Trump makes his formal debut as THE nominee. Who – short of cameo appearances by Vladimir Putin and Bebe Netanyahu – would really provide shock and awe?
And it's really not clear at this point if an "All Trump/all the time" strategy featuring speeches by his wife, his children and his son in law will appear to be more than a self-indulgence.
Part of the problem Is not Trump's fault. Political conventions are anachronisms. They have outlived their usefulness and frankly pose a burden to candidates rather than a boost.
Think Tampa and Romney in 2012.
Trump's pretty good at mounting a spectacle but even the most die-hard beauty pageant fan will tell you the first couple days of the Miss Universe Pageant are only of interest to their contestants, their families and – well, die-hard fans.
So, if you find yourself bored with "Ridiculousness" (Rob Gronkowski, M-TV, 9 pm). switch over to the convention.
You may be amused.
Oh, I almost forgot one more option. The Harrisburg Senators are at home against Richmond on Thursday and it's Cowboy Monkey Rodeo night with those clever simians performing mid-game and then with a longer show post-game.
Free parking if you bring a bag of clothes to donate to Community Aid and featuring $2 drafts. Beer and circuses. Now the choice gets tougher.
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