01 September 2012

Convention schmonvention (3)

On Thursday Romney became the Republican party's official nominee, the legitimate nominee, as Akin might put it -- yet the American people were oddly disinclined to watch the historic occasion.  The convention's climactic night was soundly beaten in TV ratings by some godawful-looking sitcom, with audience levels down almost by half compared with the last Republican convention in 2008.  The Eastwood / chair fiasco is said to have had 1,300,000 views on YouTube so far, but I can't help thinking these are mostly the same kind of views a spectacularly messy traffic accident gets from passing drivers.  Obama apparently couldn't resist a quick tweet to rub it in (picture above).

Don't be too disappointed if the Democratic convention next week turkeys out almost as badly.  There's apparently some big-deal football game on opposite it on Wednesday, and lots of people use a four-day work week to take vacations.  Anyway, conventions are staged, choreographed, scripted events, generally free of surprises unless there's some major screw-up, and thus not of much interest to the average non-political-junkie citizen.

Anyway, some more analysis of Romney's speech:  he flagrantly lied about his party's obstructionist record, he contemptuously dismissed one of the world's biggest and most rapidly-escalating problems, and he signaled a pointlessly adversarial stance toward Russia.

2 Comments:

Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

I think many people look on the conventions as something by the pols and for the pols, and to a great extent they're right. Presidents are under no particular obligation to follow the party platform, even loosely. So what's in the platform isn't looked as important by very many. And, of course, who the nominee will be is clear before the convention, so there's no drama there.

So, these big, expensive events are dog-and-pony shows that the parties hope people will follow, the better to showcase their candidates and get their talking points out. They provide a chance for money men to schmooze with insiders over free food and drinks.

Ironically, political junkies can sometimes glean interesting and useful information from conventions.

01 September, 2012 15:58  
Blogger Philo Vaihinger said...

"Anyway, conventions are staged, choreographed, scripted events, generally free of surprises unless there's some major screw-up, and thus not of much interest to the average non-political-junkie citizen."

Ignorant lunkheads and well-informed partisans, alike.

And you could have written those words just as well about the entire campaign from the day after it became clear who would be the GOP nominee.

No, wait.

I correct myself.

From the day after the GOP nominee selected his running mate.

Romney's apparently forced selection of Ryan may actually have been more important than his own successful quest for the nomination for president.

But after that?

Let me know if Biden quits and is replaced by Obama with some hand-picked successor.

That would be important, too.

02 September, 2012 07:45  

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