Brief update (2)
Not much for me to do on the internet this week. Tumblr is all full of Poke Mongo or whatever it's called, Turkey's lunge toward fascism is too depressing to write about, and everything that needs to be said about the Republican convention is already being said, in spades.
Amid all the convention mess, one genuinely important thing has happened. What has been de facto inevitable for months is now de jure irrevocable; the Republicans have formally nominated a cross between Benito Mussolini and the Three Stooges as their candidate for President. What was once the party of Lincoln is now the party of Trump. And it will be branded as such for all the miserable and hopefully-short remainder of its existence.
Oh, and as for the fracas over Melania Trump's speech: I don't believe she herself plagiarized Michelle Obama's words. No plagiarist would choose such an easily-detected source. What must have happened is something more intriguing -- sabotage from within the campaign. Whoever wrote the speech did that. The "Rick Roll" flourish was the saboteur's victory whoop, showing off his assurance that what he had done wouldn't be caught until the speech was delivered, because the Trumps are too out-of-touch to recognize even a universally-known fragment of pop culture.
There have been a lot of stories about conflict and turmoil within the Trump campaign. At least one insider was hostile enough to the cause to torpedo Trump's wife on her big night, despite the likelihood of severe consequences once the Trumps figure out who was responsible. Over the next three and a half months we may see more sabotage from within.