Next week, suddenly, the unbelievable becomes a distinct possibility.

Donald Trump may be our next president.

Political history will be made in Cleveland when the Republican Party nominates one of the most unusual presidential candidates of all time. Whether we like it or not, Trump defeated a field of 17 candidates on his way to piling up the largest vote total in the history of the Republican primaries.

Now the only remaining question becomes the conduct of the convention.

Republicans, famous for self-destruction, can still make it a chaotic spectacle that would result in certain defeat. Unbelievably or not, Trump has won, big, so get over it. He cannot and should not be denied the nomination. A great convention would go a long way to making the spectacle of a Trump presidency acceptable.

The 2016 Republican convention needs to feature great speeches by political figures who deliver inspirational words of unity and solid reasons why Trump can win and is worth a try on a “risk vs. reward” basis. Any election contest is a contrast between choices, and in this election the other choice may be even more dangerous. Hillary Clinton, an experienced but severely flawed candidate, and the Democrats present an anti-capitalistic, progressively liberal, socialistic agenda for our country at a time of great peril.

Defining the opponent will not be enough, however, for Trump. He must reassure those who don’t want Hillary that he is a safe alternative.

Trump can do that by making big news at the convention by unveiling several key choices for his 24-member cabinet. The Donald should announce key cabinet-level choices for positions like secretary of state and defense, attorney general, and director of homeland security.

Perhaps the biggest move Trump could make would be in formulating a blue ribbon commission on immigration reform, signaling his willingness to consider an empathetic, all-encompassing approach to modifying the wave of immigration. Some of Trump’s supporters would be tremendous choices to serve him and the country in a new administration. Some not yet supportive could become convinced to serve.

Naming public servants like Rudy Giuliani as director of homeland security and Chris Christie as attorney general would reassure people for a Trump presidency. Bob Gates would be a great choice for secretary of defense — again. Condi Rice would be a great secretary of state — again.

Newt Gingrich is the type of experienced politician that Trump needs to help educate and help him in handling Congress. Gingrich would be a good chief of staff.

Trump’s choice of Gov. Mike Pence from Indiana as his vice president will unify the conservative base and help capture the Rust Belt.

For Trump’s acceptance speech, I recommend these words from Ronald Reagan’s first nomination in 1980: “I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and purpose. We have come together here tonight because the American people deserve better from those to whom they entrust our nation’s highest offices, and we stand united in our resolve to do something about it.”

Rest assured that the case against Clinton will be prosecuted at this Republican convention. FBI Director James Comey has already presented the case. Clinton’s conduct and judgement on how she handled highly sensitive classified emails while secretary of state has essentially disqualified her for the presidency. Add her handling of Benghazi and the highly suspect funneling of funds to the private Clinton foundation from major foreign interests, and we have a potent mix of possible perjury, illegal actions and cover-up.

All this makes Hillary one of the most unpopular potential nominees in history.

So, here we are, faced with an unfortunate choice for president. It would be unconscionable to not vote. We must make a choice. That is our responsibility.

Let’s hope that the Republican convention in Cleveland is not marred by organized left-wing agitators or an unrealistic attempt by some within the party to stop their unconventional nominee.

One thing is certain, Trump and his convention is going to be a TV ratings winner.

Fortunately, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, doesn’t get to choose our next president, but Donald Trump might get to name her eventual replacement. The country is mad as hell, and it’s not going to take it anymore.

Trump figured it out, and believe it or not, he could be our next president.

Don Roberts is a veteran broadcaster, writer and political consultant. He has served Augusta as a city councilor at large, charter commission vice chairman and utilities district, treasurer.

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