Governor’s wife, First Lady, United States Senator, Cabinet Secretary – for four decades Hillary’s breathed the air of politics. She’s the Politician in the race for President.
Donald Trump will tell you in the blink of an eye he’s a Dealmaker. A great Dealmaker. But he could have named his book The Art of ‘Selling’ the Deal. Because in his bones Trump’s a Salesman. He’s combative. And vain. He has a TV star’s flair for the dramatic. But, most of all, Donald Trump is a Salesman.
And, in a nutshell, that’s the goal of his Convention: To sell Trump. Scorch Hillary. And close the deal. And, in Philadelphia, at her convention, Hillary will try to do the same thing: Scorch Trump. And sell Hillary.
And the two conventions mirror the choice we face in November: Do we want to elect a Politician or a Salesman to the White House?
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In the end the answer may come down to weighing risks: We know more Washington Politics will fail. It’s failed for years. But we also know the harm that failure may bring. We’ve watched that for years too. We know the price to be paid for electing another Politician.
But the Salesman is more enigmatic. We ask: Will Trump fail or succeed as President? And, then, we wonder: And if he fails, will he do more harm than Hillary? And the truth is we don’t know.
The Salesman will tell us at his convention there is no risk. None. Not a bit. And at her convention the Politician will paint a portrait of doom: She will tell us electing the Salesman will be more deadly than sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind.
Carter Wrenn is a veteran N.C. Republican strategist. He and Democratic strategist Gary Pearce are writing about the national political conventions for the Observer.