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The Republican National Convention is when the party faithful set aside the fractious primary rhetoric and unite to defeat perfidious Democrats. Aside from Cruz’s call to support freedom (a position now considered treasonous in the GOP), other speakers focused on the myriad faults, failures, and crimes of Hillary Clinton, saying her name onstage even more than Donald Trump’s.
Party unity was strengthened when famously moderate Senator John McCain endorsed his party’s nominee in May. The following month, House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Trump in a splashy press conference, and spoke in favor of his election at the convention. New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte also fell in line, saying she supports Trump and will vote for him in November.
Obviously, any successful president will need to share mutual loyalty with his party’s leaders on Capitol Hill. Campaigning and fundraising for down-ticket officeholders is essential for any chief executive to get his legislation through Congress. A leader must move beyond the bruising battles of the winter and spring and look forward to the fall and beyond.