Now that the ballyhoo of both political party conventions are over, we begin the long stretch of a nasty presidential campaign. All of the balloons and slogan placards are gone along with the endless string of celebrity speakers, entertainers and hecklers appearing at both conventions to dress-up the rites of nominations already decided.

The aftermath two weeks following the Democratic Party convention were focused on mutual criticism if not insults between the two presidential candidates. The upcoming debates will be revealing and probably increase the dislike of both contestants spreading among the general public. Favorable rating poles are not kind to either candidate.

At least the insider leadership of the Democratic Party are united behind Hillary Clinton and even have managed to recruit Bernie Sanders formidable supporters to back her. Things are quite different over at GOP headquarters. Many prominent Republicans refused to endorse Donald Trump and many other party leaders have made reluctant if not conditional endorsements. There is actually talk of making an effort to override the convention nomination and enter another candidate for president.

That would be an almost impossible maneuver and would surely give Clinton the presidency. Trump already claims the election will be rigged to keep him out of office. Some political commentators suggest that Trump should be elected to keep Clinton out of the White House and then impeach him for improper conduct of his presidency. That, too, seems to be an unlikely prospect.

So what is the Republican Party to do to unite to have a better opportunity to win seats in Congress and to elect a president in 2020?

That is what the GOP leadership should be working on right now to have a sensible agenda before the midterm elections in 2018, and especially for the presidential campaign in 2020. Can they possibly pull themselves together to do this?

In my opinion, the Republican Party has to align its representation to meet the needs of American citizens not the preferences of several minority groups within the party. A large representation of future voters are looking forward to the new millennium, not facing back to the 19th or 20th century on social issues.

One commentator used the term “God, guns and gays” as the key points causing dissension within the party membership. I would add to this the hot issue of immigration. Somehow the party must recognize that the majority of younger Americans view these issues with an open mind. They do not agree with the minority special interest groups that are generally faith-based or representing the especially well organized and financed special interest group that prevent remedial legislation in Congress.

This is asking a lot from a group of “business as usual” politicians. They need to listen to their constituency, not the well-heeled lobbyists who are paid to get their support to defeat any legislation that interferes with their special interest.