GOP Convention Roundup Day 2: Kids and Cuffs

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>> Minute-by-minute coverage of Day 2

Greg Bluestein and Aaron Gould Sheinin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution summed things up in their lede-all:

CLEVELAND — Donald J. Trump officially became the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday evening, as the convention crowd celebrated not just the naming of a standard-bearer, but the welcomed end of a primary campaign that has forced the party to confront its own future.

The moment seemed to mark a turning point for the candidate and his party.

“Congratulations, Dad, we love you!” Donald Trump Jr. said in casting the votes for the Trumps’ home state of New York that officially made him the nominee.

National coverage

The interwebs had a brief moment of excitement for Melania, The Sequel last night, but Vox assures us that Donald Trump Jr. did not plagiarize his speech. One of his speechwriters cribbed some lines from his own column.

>> Lines from Donald Trump Jr.'s RNC speech: 'It wasn't stealing'

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz analyzes the Trump, Ryan, McConnell trio, noting that, despite the happy talk, the latter two are more than willing to dump the top of the ticket to preserve their majorities.

Speaking of Ryan, here’s your awkward moment of the day, via Buzzfeed. What, no “SEC Pride?”

During a breakfast for Texas delegates Tuesday morning, Ryan tried out a college football metaphor in his efforts to convert the state’s Ted Cruz backers into enthusiastic supporters of the GOP ticket.

Pointing to the in-state rivalries between teams like the Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies, and TCU Horned Frogs, Ryan said, “You guys are at each other’s throats … [But] when one team advances to a big bowl game or a national championship, don’t you root for the Aggies? … Don’t you root for the Longhorns?”

The ballroom full of Texans erupted in laughter, boos, and shouts of, “No!”

Ryan chuckled, taken aback, and said, “Start thinking that way, OK?”

And then, “Holy moly, this explains everything right now.”

Politico has a deep dive on Republican leaders looking past a Trump collapse, with this eye-opening quote from George W. Bush, said to be uttered at a staff reunion in Dallas in April: “I’m worried,” Bush told them, “that I will be the last Republican president.”

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National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar writes that Christie’s stemwinder lent some star power and showed that Trump might have made a mistake passing on him as running mate.

Don’t Forget About the Dems

It looks like Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice Friday in Florida. (L.A. Times)

That means the oppo research (slash media vetting) is starting to dribble out. The Wall Street Journal reports on Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s grandfather’s relationship with Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, a tale that runs counter to one Perez routinely tells.

Tweet storm:

The night’s theme was “Make America Work Again,” for the record.

Fun with old tweets:

During Carson’s speech, the teleprompter just gave up.

Up Next: Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence has his coming out party with Wednesday night’s biggest speech, but we’ll also hear from Newt and Callista Gingrich (the dynamic duo also spoke jointly at the 2012 convention), Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio (only by video message, because Florida needs him).

Today’s discussion topic: National Review reports that Cruz will not endorse Trump tonight and is already laying the groundwork for his next presidential run, as he tries to both be a loyal party soldier (i.e. not go Full Kasich) but also be blameless if Trump goes down in flames.

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