I’m not sure which disconcerts me more: stadium politics or stunt veep-ing.
Moving the Democratic Convention to a stadium seems to be the culmination of politics as entertainment form. It’s already the case that reporters largely view politicians as celebrities, and if you don’t believe it, read this, so this kind of clinches it. Super Bowl production values at a political convention? I mean, I guess that politics is something everyone should get excited about, but this wasn’t what I had in mind.
Selecting a young female governor as a running mate to grab a potential gender vote seems, at least for a Republican, marvelously shrewd. The Machiavelli in me is thoroughly impressed, which means that the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in me just passed out at the end of his filibuster.
1.) I’m still trying to find out if this was intended to be a surprise or not. It seems like it was presented as a surprise.