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Trump to get “surprise” convention role
Hot Air.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | ED MORRISSON

Posted on 08/20/2012 6:50:25 AM PDT by Kaslin

Surprise! Donald Trump will get a formal opening-day role at the Republican convention, according to Politico, who talked to “people familiar with the matter”:

Trump has generated some buzz with recent posts on Twitter saying he was planning a “big surprise” at the convention next week. But for the first time sources are confirming Republicans will indeed enlist Trump to be part of their opening day act.

Trump’s appearance will come on a day with a theme titled, “We Can Do Better,” which appears likely to amount to a coordinated attack on Obama’s time in office.

“We are going after Obama,” said Kyle Downey, a convention spokesman. “If he doesn’t want to talk about his failed record, we will. The American people expect and deserve better.”

But what exactly does this “surprise” entail? Maybe not as much as it sounds:

Convention organizers won’t say what he’ll be doing in Tampa or whether he’ll address the delegates there. But they promise the controversial billionaire and prominent anti-President Barack Obama provocateur will be part of their opening day schedule.

The move will undoubtedly generate headlines given the real estate mogul’s star power and his flair for the unconventional.

That’s certainly one way of putting it, yes. But if Trump isn’t speaking to delegates, what will he be doing? Perhaps he’ll be acting as some sort of ambassador for Wall Street and celebrity attendees, but even then, it wouldn’t be like Trump to do so quietly. He’ll want a big platform at some point; the only question will be whether he wants the dais.

In this case, I think LBJ’s advice probably applies. I’d rather have Trump inside the tent looking out then outside the tent looking in. (Okay, okay, I’m paraphrasing.) I just hope that the famously loose cannon doesn’t end up being the worst of both cases.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012rncconvention; capitalism; rnc; trump; yourefired
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1 posted on 08/20/2012 6:50:30 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Honestly...one step forward,two steps back.


2 posted on 08/20/2012 6:55:20 AM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: Kaslin

Palin. Period.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 6:57:10 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Kaslin

No Palin, but we get Trump??????

WTH?????????


4 posted on 08/20/2012 7:04:57 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: americas.best.days...

And because with just Romney, there just wasn’t enough
of a “rich white guy” vibe. We needed more.

The RNC,GOPe...is there ANYTHING they don’t know...?


5 posted on 08/20/2012 7:07:35 AM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: Kaslin
Whatever the shtick, it will involve the words, “You're fired!”
6 posted on 08/20/2012 7:10:28 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Kaslin

Now about Palin...


7 posted on 08/20/2012 7:12:54 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: Kaslin

Still no Palin?

Big mistake, Mitt. She is THE Tea Party darling. If you thought Paul Ryan got you some brownie points...Bring out Sarah.

I can visualize the reception she’d get at the RNC...we’re talking Richter scale reception.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 7:14:07 AM PDT by moovova (OMG...Obama Must Go)
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To: Kaslin

Wonderful.
A ‘comedy’ skit with King Kombover.

Another confirmation that the Republican establishment morons are TRYING to lose.


9 posted on 08/20/2012 7:15:56 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Vera the possum is US.)
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To: Kaslin

Honestly, I expect some form of video address from The Donald. This way, his remarks can be vetted and edited before they’re aired.


10 posted on 08/20/2012 7:19:45 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: Kaslin

Trump to Get “Surprise” Convention Role
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Caterer?


11 posted on 08/20/2012 7:21:57 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Kaslin

surprise in that he’s only been talking about it for 2 weeks now...


12 posted on 08/20/2012 7:23:26 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Kaslin; All; mickie; flaglady47; Chigirl 26; ExTexasRedhead; seekthetruth; seenenuf; Bob Ireland; ..
It may come as a shock to those who don't get out much, but Trump is generally well-liked among the populace. He is somewhat cartoonish in some aspects, but he's personable, affable, non-threatening, not snooty....and an interesting guy most common folk would like to have over for dinner.

He will NOT be a loose cannon at the convention....conventions are too-well planned for unpleasant surprises to happen. For Trump to announce some kind of "surprise" along with his having been given a role in the Tampa event signifies it's something "good" that the GOP officials approve of on the program.

So instead of nitpicking, criticizing, tearing-down, micro-managing, negatively-questioning and over-analyzing the Donald's upcoming appearance, why can't everyone for a change relax, have some anticipation, have some fun and look forward to the event with satisfaction that the guy is on OUR side, is no dummy, will have an anti-liberal message and will create a bigger audience for the convention as a side benefit.

As MAD magazine sez...."what, me worry?"

Let's all try to be HAPPY and positive about something for a change.

Leni

13 posted on 08/20/2012 7:38:00 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Kaslin

One the FREEPERS last week said that Trump is going to announce the new season of “The Apprentice” with all the contestants coming on stage. I thought it was pretty funny and knowing Trump, a possibility.


14 posted on 08/20/2012 7:42:02 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Kaslin

Trump??? Where is Palin, West, Gingrich, Bachmann, and Cain? What about us Conservatives, Romney? Don’t we get even one of our own to speak?

Take note GOP and RNC....it means NO CONTRIBUTIIONS FOR YOU for four more years!!!


15 posted on 08/20/2012 7:46:27 AM PDT by jch10 (America needs some R and R!)
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To: Kaslin

We can always hope that he is the one telling Romney, “You’re fired!”


16 posted on 08/20/2012 7:48:52 AM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Kaslin

Why in the world would the GOP want this guy as a participant? I mean I like Trump because he says entertaining stuff but he’s a bit of a buffoon and certainly a target for the media.


17 posted on 08/20/2012 7:53:05 AM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: MinuteGal; gonzo
***posts on Twitter saying he was planning a “big surprise”***

Trump as Sec Treas? Possible [although I doubt that is his 'surprise'.]

I heard today that Romney has chosen Jay Seculow to select his judge nominations. For anyone who does not know, Jay is the head legal mind of the ACLJ!. ...Not the ACLU, the ACLJ: American Center for Law and Justice; Jay has probably argued more cases before the SCOTUS than any other person in recent times - AND, he is on our side! The ACLJ is a Christian-based org.

The ACLU has a lot of $$$ and they intimidate small school districts and small businesses by threatening endless law suits. ACLJ has jumped in to fill the gaps. Often the cases the ACLU threatens to pursue have already been litigated in SCOTUS but they hope they will win without much of a fight due to their opponent's limited resources. ACLJ has brought some balance to this travesty of justice.

R & R seem to be on a great reconstruction course! :-D

18 posted on 08/20/2012 8:03:21 AM PDT by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: MinuteGal

I agree with MinuteGal!


19 posted on 08/20/2012 8:06:37 AM PDT by BobNative
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To: MinuteGal; BobNative
"I agree with MinuteGal"

I second that!
20 posted on 08/20/2012 8:08:45 AM PDT by JPII Be Not Afraid
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To: ScottinVA

Maybe Trump’s going to bring Palin along... It would be exciting and uniting... Trump understands why it would work...


21 posted on 08/20/2012 8:15:50 AM PDT by GOPJ (Politics is war without bloodshed, and war is politics with bloodshed. - Mao Tse Tung. We're at war)
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To: napscoordinator

Trump will present Palin as the new contestant on Apprentice.


22 posted on 08/20/2012 8:23:49 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Bob Ireland; seekthetruth; flaglady47; mickie
Thanks for posting the information that Jay Sekulow will play THE major role in Romney's judgeship nominations. This is dynamite news....and demonstrates Romney's willingness to follow the conservative path as his journey to the presidency goes along.

The selection of Paul Ryan is another manifestation of same.

"R & R seems to be on a great 'reconstruction' course".

You've nailed it, Bob! See my tag line.....

Leni

23 posted on 08/20/2012 8:23:58 AM PDT by MinuteGal ( Today's Three R's.............Romney, Ryan and Renewal for America......Fight for it!)
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To: Afterguard
Trump is a good resource (imo) He won't be intimidated by left media. May help direct attention on Obama's failure and corruption instead of their vague hope and change rhetoric. He has been a lone voice critical of Obama's endless campaign, lack of work and use of air force one.

Also spotlights concern about how we do business with China, and the importance of quality experienced people put in power positions that run government vs. the current Czars and academics

24 posted on 08/20/2012 8:27:02 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: MinuteGal

I’m excited! It makes it all the more worth watching...


25 posted on 08/20/2012 8:41:15 AM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: opentalk; flaglady47; Bob Ireland
Excellent points, Opentalk.

I love it when Trump gets going on China and trade policies. He's a warrior on these subjects. The present trade policies are killing us.

I'd like to see Trump appointed as some kind of special trade envoy directly under the president....and not as a cabinet head.

Guys like Trump and gals like Palin would never take cabinet appointments. They are bigger than that....and their egos (in the good sense of the word) would not enable them to accept such status, high-sounding as it appears.

Cabinet posts are political dead-end jobs, some are highly-administrative desk-type posts which idea go-getters don't like. Outside of high-profile spots like Secretary of State, maybe even Defense, how many cabinet members' names can anyone remember. The answer speaks for itself.

Trump, Palin, Rubio, whoever, are big names with high capabilities....and we hope they get the proper appointments in a new administration if they so wish.

Leni

26 posted on 08/20/2012 9:23:28 AM PDT by MinuteGal ( Today's Three R's.............Romney, Ryan and Renewal for America......Fight for it!)
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To: Kaslin

The Head PimP Boss himself.. what could he possibly do or say that will make the audience go wild? Maybe he can go on Leno afterwards with Moochele and they can have a ‘hair-off’.

He is under contract to a network that is set to deliver more gay family oriented comedies .. Yes, the commershes from the Olympics are still a not so distant memory.. albeit a rapidly eroding one..


27 posted on 08/20/2012 9:24:40 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Kaslin

So...no Palin. No Gingrich. But The Donald front and center? Who is giving the keynote? Joe the Plumber?


28 posted on 08/20/2012 9:27:14 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: House Atreides

Cake Filling, he going to pop out.


29 posted on 08/20/2012 9:29:40 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Bob Ireland

Jay Seculow picking judegs is the legal equivalent to Milton Friedman doing your economic/tax plan. That is awesome news.


30 posted on 08/20/2012 9:31:06 AM PDT by azcap (Who is John Galt ? www.conservativeshirts.com)
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To: MinuteGal
Twelve posts before some sanity.

Thank you, Leni.

31 posted on 08/20/2012 9:34:51 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: MinuteGal

Leni you are absolutely right. Thanks for your comments!!!


32 posted on 08/20/2012 10:04:31 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: azcap

“Jay Seculow picking judegs is the legal equivalent to Milton Friedman doing your economic/tax plan. That is awesome news.”
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That would indeed be awesome news IMHO. Of course, there are bound to be folks on FR who come out and lambast Jay Seculow as insufficiently conservative and therefore we shouldn’t vote for Romney but, instead, not vote and contribute toward Obama’s victory and Eric Holder doing the Supreme Court picks (possibly picking himself among others from places such as the ACLU and the SPLC).


33 posted on 08/20/2012 10:05:31 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Ingtar
We can always hope that he is the one telling Romney, “You’re fired!”

Yes!

34 posted on 08/20/2012 1:48:42 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Bob Ireland; melancholy

Melancholy - check out Bob Ireland’s comment about Jay Seculow.


35 posted on 08/20/2012 1:50:59 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah; Bob Ireland

That’s wonderful. We need a Couple of conservative judges to balance the potentially long tenure of the LGBT axis!


36 posted on 08/20/2012 2:41:28 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D. in L0w and H0lder)
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To: MinuteGal

MinuteGal said it well.


37 posted on 08/20/2012 2:48:18 PM PDT by Marylander (Offendiphobia)
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To: melancholy

Actually, Rep Steve (IIRC that’s his first name) King has said he might author or whatever the correct word is, a bill that would make every law 0kaka signed null and void. I hope all his hires and appointments would be included. When the truth about okaka is made public, I hope a huge outcry for null and voiding would occur, and that would include the BODs on SCOTUS.


38 posted on 08/20/2012 2:49:55 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: MinuteGal
I think he gave his time to Palin and he is going to intro her-surprise.
39 posted on 08/20/2012 2:52:42 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima; mickie; flaglady47; Bob Ireland; surfer; seekthetruth; seenenuf; oswegodeee
You may be on to something, Fatima.

Wouldn't that be a surprise. If Trump did introduce Palin, and Palin stepped out onto the stage unexpectedly..........WOW!

I live just north of Tampa and I'd be able to see the roof blow off the GOP Convention Center from my front porch!

Leni

40 posted on 08/20/2012 3:19:49 PM PDT by MinuteGal ( Today's Three R's.............Romney, Ryan and Renewal for America......Fight for it!)
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To: MinuteGal

:)It sure would be fun.


41 posted on 08/20/2012 3:36:42 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Kaslin

My prayer is that his surprise is Sarah


42 posted on 08/20/2012 4:13:26 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe he’ll bring up the birth certificate again, make it a mainstream issue.


43 posted on 08/20/2012 4:20:07 PM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: little jeremiah; null and void
Amen.

a bill that would make every law 0kaka signed null and void.

If that happens, I'll never talk to null and void again without a gasmask!

I copied Nully because YOU mentioned his name!

Who's on first? LOL!

44 posted on 08/20/2012 5:05:34 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D. in L0w and H0lder)
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To: melancholy; little jeremiah

I suppose that’s better than making me every law Okaka signed...


45 posted on 08/20/2012 5:23:07 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1309 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: null and void

Yeah, flush it!


46 posted on 08/20/2012 5:32:09 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D. in L0w and H0lder)
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To: null and void

I was thinking of pinging you! I can’t type that phrase without thinking of nully the person now.


47 posted on 08/20/2012 5:33:08 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Kaslin

Does anyone remember the opening of the 2004 convention? It opened with the head of the Republican Party (can’t recall who it was at the moment) in a video that mimicked the opening of Saturday Night Live episodes where all of the players are announced, along with the guest host.

I’m guess this will be something similar, with a parody of The Apprentice, where The Donald interacts with major Demoncrats (Obama, Biden, Hillary, Pelosi, et. al.) and tells them one by one that they are fired.

Just a guess.


48 posted on 08/20/2012 6:03:23 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: MinuteGal

Hi friend, Catching up as you can see. Will sleep in tomorrow and first time in some time!

I am with you on this too! Donald Trump will be great and sure will add excitement and fun to the Convention!


49 posted on 08/20/2012 10:15:38 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: MinuteGal; Bob Ireland

Yes, great news! The more decisions I see Romney make the more I think he is going to surprise many and be a VERY GOOD President!


50 posted on 08/20/2012 10:18:34 PM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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