Mitt Romney had two objectives in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention in Tampa: first, to make himself more likeable; second, to make himself more credible as an alternative to President Obama. My take is that he fell short of the first, but attained the second. Continue reading Romney’s Artful Dodge
When the Republicans open their conclave on Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla., and the Democrats a week later in Charlotte, N.C., they will try to make everyone stay on message and stick to their meticulously prepared scripts in what has become one of the most tightly controlled rituals in American politics.
But since the first Democratic convention in 1832, these quadrennial events have always been full of surprises. These may be, too. Continue reading Why conventions still matter