As they continue a rump party convention, the Republicans — the party of good manners and good breeding, small-town hardware store operators and hard-working farmers — renominated Donald J. Trump for president amid one haunting but hard truth: They have seldom faced a passage quite like the one of this era.

For years, the party was like a fraternal lodge, passing its presidential nomination to the Next Guy, which is why Vice President Richard M. Nixon was the party’s 1960 nominee, why former Gov. Ronald Reagan of California (the unsuccessful candidate in 1976) was its 1980 nominee, why Vice President George H.W. Bush was its 1988 nominee, and why Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole of Kansas (disappointed candidate in 1980 and runner-up in 1988) won the 1996 nomination — and why Bush’s oldest son, Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, was nominated four years later.

David M. Shribman is the former executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Follow him on Twitter @ShribmanPG.

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Bulldog

What a unprofessional editorial. People who write letters to the editors have done far better than this bile. We understand democrats prefer spineless Republicans. They're easier to beat. President Trump has done more good for they everyday American (which you despise) in 3 1/2 years than biden did in 50 years. And please stop the uneducated disrespect. Republicans have an education too, and far too many of your educated people were simply indoctrinated rather than educated. I make more money with my 2 year degree than the average PhD. You stated the younger generation prefer biden. The same ones that were eating Tide pods, and snorting condoms? By the way, the RNC has had 5 times the viewership than the dnc convention.

natives5

Unprofessional because it doesn't jive with your distorted view of things? You have no room to tell someone to stop the disrespect, Bulldog. What is trumps platform? What has he done in his almost 4 years that is so commendable? The RNC bemoans the current state of the country and they are the ones leading the country....hmmmm. trump says he loves black people and minorities then turns around and says that the suburbs will not be bothered with low income housing. Used syringes in your parks; crime and chaos everywhere; white people lock up your families....speaking of dramatic! Bulldog, you realize the ratings tanked on night two once everyone saw how disappointing the line up was. Too much fear mongering and not enough reality. The circus continues....even Fox didn't cover the entire convention....hahahahahahaha.

Bulldog

When a "professional journalist" refers to the president of the United States incorrectly i would say that was unprofessional. To the rest of your point we all know the justice department is corrupt as biden, so I doubt they couldn't care less about bidens doings.

natives5

Where did he refer to trump incorrectly? Funny how you hold this journalist to a hire standard than you do your president. trump can't say Yosemite or Thailand yet he remains professional in your rose colored glasses. I guess we finally agree on something, Barr is corrupt. Poor trump, the perpetual victim. Supposedly Biden has been corrupt for 50 years and yet not one single charge or inquiry about his corruption. Wow you really do drink the kool aid, Bulldog.

Bulldog

As they continue a rump party convention, the Republicans —

Learn to read

natives5

Definition of rump in relation to politics: the remnant of a legislature, council, etc., after a majority of the members have resigned or been expelled. How is that offensive?!? Reaching again, Bulldog.

natives5

You could heed your advice about learning to read lol

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Michael Morris

Bulldog, your statement about ratings is false:

First Lady Melania Trump apparently helped to push up the TV ratings for the Republican National Convention with her speech Tuesday night from the newly renovated White House Rose Garden.

According to Nielsen, an average of 18 million viewers turned in for Night 2 of the GOP event — a sizable improvement over the 17 million that watched Night 1.

Four years ago, the average prime-time audience for the second night of the 2016 Republican Convention was 19.8 million. The audience for Night 2 of the Democratic National Convention held last week was 19.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

An average of 17 million viewers tuned in for the opening night of the convention, according to Nielsen, which based its stats on 11 channels. That fell short of the 19.7 million who turned out for the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

Bulldog

Comedies always tend to draw more.

natives5

First you were touting what you perceived as high ratings by the RNC. When you were schooled by Mr. Morris you called the higher ratings for the DNC comedies. You can’t have it both ways, Bulldog. Lol

AMP

Spoken like a true Communist! Trump is a professional businessman and that's the way to manage Government. Another term for "professional politician" is professional crook! If anyone would bother to look at Biden's record the way the Socialists have tried to railroad Trump, they would see what a true crook looks like.

natives5

AMP, please give us examples of Biden's crookery? Funny how he has never been indicted or charged with any crimes. trump just paid over $40k in court costs for the Stormy Daniels lawsuit. How much has Biden paid in court costs and settlements? Doing a quick internet search of Biden legal cases vs. trump legal cases shows who the real crook, or as Kamala says, predator, is.

PJBM626

What a hypocritical article. Did he not watch we hate Trump DNC convention filled with a murderer, anti Semitic, liars and two groups who removed Under God in pledge

The dem party has been party of destruction for decades. But the dem sheep media allows this it attack others if they attack

https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/25/stormy-daniels-lied-statements-about-affair-donald/

https://nypost.com/2020/01/18/how-five-members-of-joe-bidens-family-got-rich-through-his-connections/

natives5

Hahahahaha...I guess trump, Ivanka, Jr, and the son And daughter no one can remember Haven’t benefitted off of trumps presidency. Riiiiight..

PJBM626

Bad news for Joes sideshow. He is one of the few who didn’t get an bounce in ratings from convention. Actually Trump picked up

polling. Now polling is locked in 4 battleground states and his ratings have increased. Rasmussen is very honest accurate polling company not biased like many has race very close

Bulldog

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/fact-check-true-trumps-approval-rating-surges-during-bidens-convention%3f_amp=true

PJBM626

Gallop just released a poll. That those who affiliate with dem party has dropped 2-3% since the convention times. Repubs picked up 3% That's a swing of 5%. Dems and Repubs about tied for viewership the second night. Both parties ratings are down considerably from 2016. Biden didn’t get a bump from his convention but Trump has risen and polls are real tight at the moment

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