A poll released this week by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press included an unexpected result: Americans said they were more interested in the party platforms released during the conventions than the speeches. They're right.
Republican and Democratic party conventions are no longer quite as important as they used to be--they're now little more than four-day scripted commercials. And yet, says historian Julian Zelizer, they still matter quite a bit, and can often change the course of political history in unexpected ways.
Romney didn't lie last night. Every one of his claims was true as he phrased it. But a viewer could be forgiven for thinking that poverty and inflation have been at unprecedented highs under Obama. They haven't.
By my count, Barack Obama's 2008 convention speech spent 768 words describing his domestic and economic policies. Romney's speech spent 260 words. There was almost no mention -- and absolutely no description -- of his budget, tax, health care or Medicare plans.
Chris Christie and Paul Ryan hit the same themes. We have hard choices facing us. We need leaders who won’t be deterred by the polls. Leaders who won’t duck the tough issues. Leaders who won’t hide the hard truths. Do any of these lines really sound like a description of Mitt Romney?
Tonight is going to be Paul Ryan night. Which means it’s going to be Paul Ryan budget night. So here's a quick refresher on what it actually does, which is very different from what most people think it does.
Any party platform is necessarily a compromise between a number of different interest groups. Inevitably, there are always some odd or puzzling policy items that make it in. Here are 10 of the more unexpected items inside this year's Republican platform.
We're sending 15,000 journalists to an event where, by and large, no real news is going to happen. It's a ridiculous use of journalistic talent. A party convention isn't where you need people skilled at gathering and uncovering new information. It's where you need cameras.