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July 20, 2016

The Good Parts of Day Two of the Convention: Dana White, Chris Christie, Donald Trump Jr.

One of the lucky breaks Trump got is that by having his convention boycotted by many of the Same Old Politicians (many of them failed and forgotten) that usually populate these snoozefests, he wound up grabbing more novel speakers, like UFC President Dana White.

The speech I'm really looking forward to is Peter Thiel's.

Chris Christie presented his "indictment" of Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump Jr. laid out a fairly strong document for conservative governance -- with one big exception. He railed a bit about a rigged system in which corporate cronies benefit at the expense of the country.

I know the donor class considers that a heresy -- all 2000 of them. The other 50 million Republicans don't, though.

The best speech is Trump, Jr.'s. Even Trump critic Rich Lowry said of his speech that he wouldn't mind if Trump, Jr. turned out to be the "chief ideologist" of a Trump presidency. It's reassuring to hear actual conservative notes being sounded by a Trump -- even if you do strongly wonder if it's all just a continued scam.

By the way, Trump Jr. deftly handled the potential class-envy issue. Rather than running away from the fact that he was born with all the advantages, he noted that explicitly, and said he wanted everyone to have the advantages he was lucky enough to have -- like being able to have school choice.

I should note his worst line comes early, when he portrays the millionaire's son Trump as an underdog who everyone told couldn't "make it Manhattan" because he was a born a lowly "Queens boy."

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