It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t a good laugh, since I don’t know when.
For months, the political class in Washington had predicted a trainwreck in Cleveland for the Republican convention.
From Slate magazine:
Nominating conventions are designed to be infomercials for the respective parties. It’s three days of pomp and staged celebration. While there are occasionally bitter fights over nominees or platform positions, modern conventions have become highly engineered television spectacles: The nominees are anointed, future stars jockey for stage time, and everyone pretends that the previous 12 months of in-fighting never happened.
The Democrats will likely follow this script in Philadelphia this year. Sanders is still working to leverage his influence, but he’s already pledged to stop Trump and he will almost certainly endorse Clinton at the convention. Whatever happens, the party will emerge on the back end united and ready to launch the general election campaign.
For the GOP, however, the convention is shaping up to be a complete trainwreck. Nothing is working. Party leaders are contorting themselves every day as they support Trump without actually endorsing him or even admitting he’s qualified for the job. And their nominee is doing everything possible to complicate things – hurling racist accusations, insulting Muslim and LGBT Americans, and doubling down on positions he ought to be running away from.But despite Ted Cruz's screwy attempts to derail the event, Nomination Week went well. No one forced Reince Priebus to resign as party chairman. And the Wisconsin delegation did not boo their homeboy Reince.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was not so lucky. Party donors forced her to resign as the head of the DNC after emails showed what was obvious: she was in the tank for Hilary. And this morning at a breakfast, her home state's delegation booed her. The only person booed in Cleveland was Ted Cruz after he gave a speech only the Never Trump crowd could like.
Booing is the least of her worries. From her primary challenger Tim Canova via the Tampa Bay Times:
Our lawyers are preparing a complaint against Wasserman Schultz that we will file with the FEC for her wrongful use of DNC resources in her campaign against me, based on the WikiLeaks disclosures.And then there is this:
Bernie delegates going wild pic.twitter.com/ERIe7dS0Uc— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) July 25, 2016
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