The media spectacle known as political conventions are about to plague us, and who could blame us if we collectively stick our heads in the sand for a few weeks? I have to admit that I had the mistaken impression of what to expect from the G.O.P. convention. Sure, much of it will be conventional. For example, trotting out the entire cadre of elected Republican minorities (roughly a half dozen or so) for speaking roles to a convention was predictable, if transparent. This may be the Republican version of affirmative action when 15% of their speakers are minorities compared to 4% of the entire delegation at the same convention.
Notable in their absence at the podium are the lunatic fringe of the Republican minorities: Palin, Bachman, Keyes, West and Cain. While many minority members elected as Republicans are most likely pragmatists who could not be elected in their venue otherwise, those who constitute the ideological apologists of the Party are notable in their, shall we say… eccentricities, hence their banishment to the silent corner of the Hall.
What was interesting was the keynote speech of Governor Bully, er… Christie, mentioning Gov. Romney less than a handful of times while touting his own record and philosophy scores of times. Someone is running for the 2016 nomination already…
Nowhere in view are discussions of the G.O.P. platform, also quite predictable. If most Americans knew what the Republicans actually stand for, Independents would run away from them in droves. Also conventional are delegates attending illegal parties sponsored by Lobbyists. Republicans have no monopoly on this aspect of conventions, but this convention’s debauchery is apparently setting new lows.
It’s depressing enough to make one want to become… a socialist.