• August 31, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    [Note: written midday Thursday, but due to technical problems did not post until after Thursday night's proceedings]

    The underwhelming first two days of speechifying at the Republican National Convention was the almost inevitable result of several factors.

    For one thing, the Republican Party has very, very few pols who are popular, or even palatable, to the general American public.

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  • August 30, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    TAMPA--So there I was, at around 1:30am, with a reasonably good (free) gin & tonic at the Buzzfeed party in the Florida Aquarium, with pettable penguins circulating in a little wagon-cage and mermaids swimming in one of the big tanks, when a somewhat prominent conservative columnist whom I had met roughly 120 seconds earlier and who doesn't know me from Adam began arguing very earnestly with me about whether Paul Ryan's criticism of Barack Obama's failure to act on Simpson-Bowles was fair given Ryan's role in opposing Simpson-Bowles.

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