For those of you who are heartily sick of politics, here's your chance to change the subject. (But you are going to have to do it yourselves.)
We had lots of fun pointing fingers at the things that went wrong (from our point of view, at least) in last week's convention. But here's an opportunity to do the opposite.
Assume that the purpose of a convention is to improve the chances of winning the election in November. What happened this week that would increase the Republicans' chances?
A few opening thoughts:
- There were a fair number of minority folks speaking. Almost as many as there were delegates, but what people at home see are the speakers.
- They actually had an openly gay (and not ashamed of it) guy speaking. He was clear that he disagreed with parts of the platform, but at least he was up there. (Will the Democrats do likewise?)
- Ivanka Trump gave a speech that sounded like she was channeling the Democrats platform, rather than the one adopted by the Republican convention. But nobody except total politics wonks actually reads the party platform anyway.
None of those things may sway a lot of voters. Then again, they might -- or at least convince them to take a look.