[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.
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.